Who should buy the Arc'teryx Norvan LD 2

Confident performances on the trails are the bread-and-butter of the Arc'teryx Norvan LD 2. You will like this shoe if:

  • You want a cushioned trail shoe that is compatible with heel striking
  • You need a long-distance running shoe that can support neutral pronation/supination

Arc'teryx Norvan LD 2 front

Updates to the Arc'teryx Norvan LD 2

  • This trail-optimized footwear offers in-shoe comfort, breathable coverage, and sure grip on the irregular outdoor topography.
  • The weight has been reduced since the debut, so runners can enjoy all-day use. The midsole is made of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) and polyolefin to accentuate durability and responsive performance.

Arc'teryx Norvan LD 2 name

Responsible traction

Vibram Megagrip is used for the outsole unit of the Arc'teryx Norvan LD 2. This compound is touted to be highly durable and able to deliver responsible traction throughout the running session. Claw-like yet not-too-aggressive gripping lugs offer extra control over the surfaces. Megagrip is used in many trail series, including the famous Hoka Speedgoat line.

Arc'teryx Norvan LD 2 vibram

The Vibram LITEBASE configuration reduces the overall weight of the outsole because the rubber is thin yet able to retain the supposed durability and sure traction.

Consistent underfoot support  

The midsole unit of the Arc'teryx Norvan LD 2 features 80% EVA and 20% polyolefin. The mix of these two compounds ensures consistent underfoot support that doesn't sag or break down quickly. Responsiveness is retained because of the platform's focus on durability and the use of energy-giving elements.

Arc'teryx Norvan LD 2 midsole

A thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) plate is added to the forefoot section to protect against sharp trail debris and jagged surfaces that may cause injury.

Arc'teryx Norvan LD 2 forefoot

A high-density insert is placed right above the primary cushioning system. The job of this add-on is to provide extra support to the underfoot. It also maintains feelings of balance and standing on an even plane.

Arc'teryx Norvan LD 2 insert

Lightweight yet durable coverage

The upper unit is made of a single-layer polyester mesh. The purpose of this material is to offer lightweight yet durable coverage. Furthermore, it features a bevy of ventilation holes to deliver a cool and dry experience when the foot is inside the interior compartment.

Arc'teryx Norvan LD 2 upper

Thin TPU overlays cloak the facade of this product. These synthetic prints bolster the durability of the upper while also helping in the attainment of a secure hug.

Arc'teryx Norvan LD 2 overlays

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 9.2oz / Women 7.8oz
Drop: 9mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Arc'teryx Norvan LD 3
Forefoot height: 16mm
Heel height: 25mm

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