Verdict from 5 experts and 100+ user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Hikers and outdoorsy customers are very impressed with the boot’s lightness.
  • Most agree that the Arc'teryx Acrux TR GTX is built to last for years.
  • The boot has also received high marks for its stylish design.
  • Customers are amazed by how comfortable the shoe feels. 
  • Winter walkers are satisfied with the boot’s insulation properties. Some have used it for trekking through snow.
  • Many consider Arc'teryx Acrux as one of the most reliable lightweight hiking boots
  • They also admire the great traction. 
  • Acrux is also well-touted for its waterproof construction. Hikers love seeing water and snow just roll off the boot.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One experienced hiker says the sole can be slippery on wet wood.
  • A few customers also note that the boot could use more cushion around the top laces.

Bottom line

A robust trekking boot designed for multi-day routes in challenging terrain, the Arc'teryx Acrux TR GTX has impressed lots of outdoor junkies for being extremely light. This boot also receives wonderful praises for its durable construction, stylish design, toasty insulation, reliable waterproofing qualities, and superior cushioning. 

Overall, it’s one of the most reliable hiking boots in the market. People looking for a premium-quality boot should greatly consider the Arc'teryx Acrux TR GTX.

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Good to know

-This trekking boot is constructed using super-light materials for an easy, comfortable stride in the outdoors.

-Some of its unique qualities are movement efficiency and climate control, which make the Arc'teryx Acrux TR GTX suitable for climbing and alpine environments.

-The boot uses GORE-tex for waterproofing, injected EVA midsole for cushioning, and SuperFabric® micro-plate technology for abrasion protection.

Arc'teryx Acrux TR GTX is a hiking shoe for men and women. It uses a lace-up closure system for a nice fit.  Meanwhile, the to-toe construction helps wearers achieve a lockdown around the toebox.

The footwear features Vibram® MegaGrip™ outsole which is known for its superior grip on wet and dry surfaces. It’s well-suitable for trekking, travel, hiking, multisport activities, and fly fishing. Since Vibram rubber is moldable, it makes a good material for varying outsole shapes and patterns. Meanwhile, the aggressive lug geometry gives the shoe strong traction.

This premium trekking shoe from Arc'teryx uses an injected EVA midsole that provides long-wearing cushion and support. Unlike traditional compression midsoles, injected EVA midsoles tend to be thinner (up to half the size of traditional midsoles). This makes Acrux boots really lightweight for its class.

Furthermore, injected EVA midsoles are softer and have an increased bounce to them. Although they tend to crease quicker after some time of use.

For further comfort and support, a 4mm OrthoLite™ 3D molded insert is added. The unique open-cell structure of Ortholite insoles is designed to keep moisture away from the foot, leaving it fresher, drier, and cooler.

Arc'teryx Acrux TR GTX has an upper made from SuperFabric® that is abrasion-resistant, breathable, quick-drying, and water-resistant. This special type of fabric is constructed by infusing tiny, hard guard plates into the fabric, also called “micro-plated technology”. SuperFabric® is also super light, which completes the overall lightweight construction of Acrux TR GTX.

The boot also features a GORE-tex lining that is completely waterproof. Thus, hikers can walk on muddy paths, and even hop on running water without worrying about their feet getting wet. Furthermore, it comes with an integrated sticky rubber toe cap for protection and a TPU chassis at the midfoot and forefoot for better stability and torsional rigidity.


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