Who should buy the Arc'teryx Konseal LT

Superbly lightweight with kingly comfort—is perhaps what many will call the Arc’teryx Konseal LT at first wear. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer an approach shoe that is capable of addressing a variety of approach-specific challenges with as much mobility as possible.
  • Prefer an approach shoe that provides users with sufficient support, even while they are carrying a loaded pack.
  • Prefer an approach shoe that delivers additional level-ground walking comfort, thanks in large part to its moderately rockered toe section.

Arc'teryx Konseal LT logo

Excellent surface traction

The Arc’teryx Konseal LT is in the business of granting wearers enough surface traction with its Vibram Megagrip outsole. The rubber compound powering it (a.k.a. Megagrip) promises sustained tenacity on a variety of backcountry surfaces, be they wet or dry. The circular lugs scattered around it provide adequate friction in practically every direction.

Arc'teryx Konseal LT outsole

Excellent braking power

Its ability to give users sufficient braking power during descents is courtesy of its square edge heel. On the other hand, its smooth forefoot tip—widely known as the climbing zone—delivers extra grip on smears.

Arc'teryx Konseal LT outsole 1

Shock-absorbing cushioning

On the cushioning front, hikers have the Konseal LT’s stabilizing midsole to thank. This firm yet springy layer is made of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). A midsole made of this particular material is known for being adequately effective at mitigating shock on impact.

Arc'teryx Konseal LT midsole 1

Excellent arch support

Arc’teryx shoemakers topped it with a 3D-molded insert called Dynamic Foam for extra comfort underfoot. It owes its plushness mainly to its 4.5-mm thick construction. This removable component also provides additional support around the arch.

Arc'teryx Konseal LT arch support

Easy to wear

The breathable low-top shell of the Konseal LT is synthetic, with its vulnerable high-contact sections reinforced with overlays for abrasion protection. Its heel and gusseted tongue have a sturdy pull loop to make on and off a relatively easy affair.

Arc'teryx Konseal LT loop

Provides toe protection

Arc’teryx engineers gave it protective sidewalls for lateral protection and a 3D-molded toe cap for added grip where toeing maneuvers are required. They also furnished its heel with a long-wearing overlay for more rearfoot support.

Arc'teryx Konseal LT upper

Excellent lace-to-toe fit management system

The Konseal LT’s resilient upper is made complete with its lace-to-toe fit management system. It consists of slits for eyelets and flat lace. It comes with an extra pair of eyelets around the ankle cuff, allowing users to have a different fit configuration when used.

Arc'teryx Konseal LT laces

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 9.5oz / Women 8.6oz
Features: Breathable / Lightweight / Tongue Pull Loop / Heel brake
Material: Vegan, Fabric/Textile
Collection: Arc'teryx Konseal
Waterproofing: Water resistant
Top: Low
BRAND Brand: Arc'teryx

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Author
Teddy Dondanville
Teddy Dondanville

Teddy is a professionally trained Apprentice Rock Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association and a Wilderness First Responder with the National Outdoor Leadership School. Besides guiding outdoor rock climbing, Teddy also has years of experience in route setting and coaching climbing indoors. Through his guiding, route setting, and coaching, Teddy has experimented with climbing shoes for over a decade.