Shoe-In

Canadian Running - - SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2017 -

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

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