Arc’teryx Nor­van LD

Women’s 260 g (9.2 oz.) Men’s: 310 g (10.9 oz.) Drop ra­tio: 9 mm $200

Canadian Running - - TRAIL SHOE GUIDE -

Last year, Cana­dian out­door com­pany Arc’teryx re­leased its first trail shoe, the Nor­van VT, fo­cused pri­mar­ily on tricky moun­tain­ous as­cents. The Nor­van LD stands for, you guessed it, “long dis­tance.” It pro­vides a firm, re­spon­sive ride qual­ity, but the LD has more mid­sole foam in or­der to take the load off for a de­mand­ing en­durance ef­fort.

Arc’teryx is a mas­ter at styling, and the Nor­van LD looks a lit­tle dif­fer­ent than the vast ma­jor­ity of trail shoes on the mar­ket – it’s re­fined and min­i­mal, sim­i­lar to some of the Sa­lomon (its sib­ling com­pany) de­signs, but even more pared down. In terms of per­for­mance, the Nor­van LD is a touch firmer than most shoes touted to be de­signed for the long haul, but our testers liked how re­spon­sive it is, and felt it never de­vel­oped into feel­ing “dull,” as can be the case af­ter hours on the trail with a firmer shoe.

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