Last year, the acclaimed Canadian outdoor gear maker got into the running shoe game with their first trail model, the Norvan VT. The first part is a portmanteau of “North” and “Vancouver,” where the brand is headquartered, and the “VT” stands for “vertical,” as this shoe was all about running up and down mountains. The Norvan LD is, as you may have guessed by now, designed for long-distance trail runs. The Norvan LD is built off the same laste as the VT and certainly borrows from some of the design smarts of Salomon, their sibling company. The LD is designed for all-day comfort, whereas the VT is a more focused scrambling and summiting mountain running shoe. The LD’s comfort stems from its more generous EVA midsole and Vibram Megagrip outsole, which is indeed extremely grippy as it was previously used for Arc’teryx’s approach hiking and climbing shoes.
The minimal upper incorporates micro-suede for added durability. Gore also approached Arc’teryx about using their new Goretex Invisible material, which is a revolution in waterproofing a shoe. Gone is the internal booty construction with the Norvan LD GTX version, which now uses the Invisible fabric seamlessly across the entire upper. Early testers couldn’t tell the difference between the regularly LD and the LD GTX, which is exciting for any trail runner who likes to get their feet wet (i.e. pretty much everyone).
Arc’teryx Norvan LD $200 and $230 Men’s: 310 g (GTX: 330 g) Women’s: 260 g (GTX: 270 g) Drop ratio: 9 mm Available early 2018