Arc’teryx was founded in Canada’s Coast Range, and their wide range of outdoor products reflects the extremely wet climate and extreme terrain of that region — which might explain why you’re probably more likely to associate Arc’teryx with fancy raincoats, bomber skiing shells, and technical climbing equipment than with running shoes. But for the last few years, Arc’teryx has also been making trail running shoes that are equally well-suited to mountainous terrain.
Arc’teryx’s trail running lineup is trimmed down from previous years, consisting of only two base models, one of which is available in a waterproof version. Despite limited offerings, expect Arc’teryx’s footwear to share the same intelligent design and superior build quality expressed throughout the rest of the brand’s product line.
Arc’teryx’s shoes generally have slightly narrower fits than shoes from brands like Altra. Both of Arc’teryx’s models are built on similar lasts to Salomon’s trail shoes, as both brands are owned by the same parent company (Amer Sports), so Arc’teryx shoes will likely fit similarly to some of Salomon’s offerings. Like most of their other products, Arc’teryx’s trail shoes tend to be pretty pricey, with MSRPs ranging from $150-$200.
In this brand guide, we’ll break down the features and intended use of each shoe in the Arc’teryx lineup. As always, shoes are organized in order of highest to lowest stack height.