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Arc'teryx - Acrux FL GTX Approach Shoe - Women's

Arc'teryx Acrux FL GTX Approach Shoe - Women's

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$149.50 Original price:$230.00
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Item #ARC009E
Past season color




Tech Specs

Upper Material:
PU-coated nylon, TPU high-abrasion films, 3D molded heel and toe caps
GORE-TEX Performance Comfort
Adaptive Fit liner
3D molded Ortholite
injected EVA, anatomical arch
Vibram Megagrip rubber
Claimed Weight:
Recommended Use:
technical approaches, day hiking
Manufacturer Warranty:

Acrux FL GTX Approach Shoe

Arc'teryx always tops the competition with its harnesses and outerwear, so it isn't too shocking that the Women's Acrux FL GTX Approach Shoe is the newest contender for the best in ultralight performance for hikers and alpinists. The Acrux FL GTX has that same unique style and performance that we all expect out of Arc'teryx. For starters, Arc'teryx constructed the Adaptive Fit liner separately from the upper in order to hug your foot with breathable, quick-drying mono-mesh for a truly customized fit.

Arc'teryx slipped Gore-Tex's Performance Comfort Stretch membrane inside the Adaptive Fit liner for extremely reliable waterproof, breathable protection. Unlike standard membranes, Performance Comfort Stretch wraps entirely around the foot from top to bottom in order to maximize protection like never before.

The Acrux FL GTX also features a lightweight and surprisingly durable seamless upper designed to handle rock, snow, and ice with ease. This upper features a non-woven, DWR-treated internal surface that sheds wet weather, PU-coated nylon for air permeability and abrasion-resistance, and TPU film for enhanced support and durability. The two top lace holes have integrated reinforcements to reduce stretching.

Underfoot, Arc'teryx equipped the Acrux FL GTX with a premium injected EVA midsole designed for stability and enhanced braking. The 3D molded toe and heel caps buffer impacts, offer rock protection, and resist cracking. There's also an anatomical arch shank, and the custom-developed 3D molded Ortholite footbed offers maximum comfort and breathability.

Vibram's brand new MegaGrip rubber makes the Acrux's sole fine-tuned for any trail. Design features include a climbing zone with traction grooves, grippy inserts for smearing, Arc'teryx's RockGrip with anti-slip lugs, and a spherical heel shape for a smooth stride.

  • Approach shoes for hiking and scrambling
  • Gore-Tex Performance Comfort Stretch seals out moisture
  • 3D molded Ortholite footbed for comfort
  • Injected EVA midsole with arch shank for support
  • 3D molded toe and heel caps protect your feet
  • Vibram Megagrip sole gives your feet purchase
  • Seamless upper keeps debris out
  • Adaptive Fit liner reduces chafing

really like them

    I got the black with the Magenta detailing and love the way they look. They are a bit of a struggle to get into, but once one, they fit like a glove. I find them very comfortable and water repellent. have only walked on the flat, so have not done any hiking up hill with them, but think they will be good as they have a good grippy looking sole.

    From box to Sierra in a day

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9

    I had last minute approach shoe panic and, against my better judgment, I purchased these the day before a trip to climb a high Sierra peak (Temple Crag) based on a recommendation from an acquaintance. They were AWESOME!!!! Not only did they not need any breaking in, but they were super comfortable and absolutely stellar on the snowfields. OK - crampons would have been better, but we were ill prepared and these shoes made kicking snow steps a breeze while keeping my feet dry and comfy. I would highly recommend these to anyone looking for a good alpine approach shoe.

    I would agree with the other reviewers that the color is really bright, but after this trip that is no longer the case. Use them and they will not be as bright! Mine dulled to a normal color after 3 days.

    So beautiful light blue color

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 7

    So beautiful light blue color

    My Experience

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 6.0

    I was pretty nervous about these shoes reading the reviews below but I decided to give them a chance because I've had good luck with other Arc'teryx products.

    A few things to note: These run HUGE - I would recommend sizing down a full size. I typically take a 6-6.5 and the 6's were quite large on me.

    I've heard mixed results on people wearing these shoes with or without socks. Because mine were a little loose, I opted to wear socks with them. I found this to be comfy.

    I was super nervous because the first outing with these shoes was a 9 mile backpacking trek into the Uintas - NO TIME TO BREAK THEM IN.

    I wore them around the grocery store for about an hour the day before and was pretty concerned with how stiff they felt.

    But surprisingly, they felt awesome on the trail. They definitely provided a little more give and flexibility as I put miles on them.

    I tested them in near perfect conditions for what these shoes are designed to endure. Seriously rugged, rocky terrain in variable weather from pouring rain to spitting. The trail was absolutely sopping from 24+ hours of rain and I hate nothing more than wet feet trapped in swamp pits all day. These shoes kept me bone dry through all the muck, mud, rain and river crossings.

    These things are rugged! They protected my toes and soles from the non-stop outcroppings of sharp rocks and pebbles we encountered on our hike in. We took 5 pack goats with us, and when saddling them up, one of the goats actually stepped on my foot - didn't hurt. Boom.

    I disagree with the statement that these are 'quick drying'.

    Near the end of our sojourn in a goat knocked me off my boulder perch in the middle of the biggest, fiercest stream crossing. One foot was totally submerged for about 15-20 seconds so the shoe did get wet. If you totally submerge them - this situation is unfavorable. They were awesome UNTIL they got dunked and I found that they weren't really drying out at all as we hiked our last miles in. They required a whole night and a sunny morning to dry completely, so just be really cautious and avoid submersion if you can. The really nice part is you CAN get the tongue and upper of this shoe wet without the moisture seeping inside - which is pretty cool. You won't find that functionality with most GTX hikers, but like any shoe that is completely submerged, discomfort will ensue.

    Loved the SUPER knobby, traction-loving soles on these Acrux shoes. We crossed over 20 streams and creeks and I had perfect confidence scrambling over wet boulders, precariously placed (thin) balance beam style logs, and mossy outcroppings. I never had a moment where I didn't trust these shoes. If you live in a wet climate or backpack where lots of stream crossings will be encountered, these are AMAZING. I felt just as surefooted as the goats we brought along.

    Color is BRIGHT. Smurf bright. I actually felt borderline ridiculous walking into the grocery store, because people definitely notice these things and will comment. Opt for a lighter color than the blue if BLINGBLING isn't your thing.

    Overall: I would recommend these to hikers/climbers/packers who live in wet climates or plan to cross many a waterway. They aren't so stiff as you'd expect pulling them out of the box. Just give them a little love and they will treat your feet right.

    My Experience

    Great pic!

    Great pic!

    Big Disappointment

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs large

    I really wanted to love these because I love everything else Arc'Teryx I own. Sadly it was not meant to be.
    Cons: The aquamarine color is super bright, borderline ridiculous in person. The shoe is EXTREMELY stiff. It's difficult to get on and off, which could get annoying quick. The outside edges of my feet hurt after trying these on and walking around my kitchen. The sock liner slips up and down on my heel. Even after switching to a super thick winter hiking sock, it still slid up and down.


    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs large

    I ordered these, along with the non-Gore-Tex version. My normal size is 7.5, but I wear size 8 running shoes and sometimes boots, but can also wear a 7 in certain shoes. So I ordered these in a size 7.5. In the non-Gore-Tex version, they were much too big. In the Gore-Tex ones, they were about right with thicker stocks. I might have tried a size 7 in each style, but didn't really like the design, so I'm not going to reorder. The shoes felt firm and supportive, had stiff soles, but I think the outer shoe is odd. It is very stiff and is made out of a plastic-feeling material. The shoe doesn't flex well, and as I walked in it, it did not bend in the natural place in either version of the shoe. They just have a stiff feel to the upper, plus my heel slipped up and down with every step. Overall, I'm disappointed with the design...not at all what I was hoping for.

    How it was built


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