Notable elements of the Arc'teryx Norvan SL

- The Arc'teryx Norvan SL is a lightweight running shoe that is designed for those who like to accommodate activities on the trails. This product utilizes a Vibram® Megagrip™ external pad with not-so-prominent gripping lugs and ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole that has been configured to be lightweight and super responsive.

- A thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) mesh is used for the upper unit. This thin yet form-fitting material can flex and fold itself for natural movement and quick-and-easy storage, respectively. Thin synthetic prints help with the security of the foot.

Size and fit

The Arc'teryx Norvan SL has been designed to be true-to-size. Runners are encouraged to grab a pair with their usual choices of size in mind. Nevertheless, the attainment of full comfort and in-shoe security can be influenced by personally testing the shoe or studying user reviews from various sources.

When it comes to the fit, the elements that contribute to a snug and secure coverage are the thin yet flexible upper unit, as well as the foot-shaped outline of the platform’s lasting board.


The external pad of the Arc'teryx Norvan SL is made of the Megagrip™ compound from Vibram®. This full-length layer is tasked with protecting the midsole foam from the abrasive nature of the trails. It is also naturally grippy to enable surface adhesion and movement control. This technology is used by many running shoe series, including the well-known Altra Olympus line.

Non-prominent yet angled gripping lugs pockmark the forefoot and heel of the outsole. These nodes are tasked with heightening the traction given by the shoe, ensuring surface control, even when tackling upward or downward traversals.


Arc'teryx uses an EVA foam that has been particularly crafted to be light and flexible. Natural movement, speed, and the feeling of not being encumbered by the shoe are what this full-length foam highlights.

A TPU plate is placed in the forefoot section, and it rests between the outsole and the midsole. This element has the goal of acting as a shield against impact shock and debris on the trails. It can also potentially help with the push-off power the foot.


The upper unit of the Arc'teryx Norvan SL uses TPU mesh, a material that is highly breathable. Open pores and ventilation holes permit air into, and through, the foot-chamber, thus ensuring a cool and dry wrap.

Printed overlays grace the sides, the front, and the rear. These seemingly incognito layers help to maintain the upright structure of the facade. They also assist the traditional lacing system when it comes to locking the foot in place and staving off in-shoe wobbling.

A discreet lacing system graces the bridge of this shoe. Flat shoelaces snake through isolated fabric lace-holes, adjusting the fit to suit the preferences of wearers.

The thin collar of this product features a sipe at the medial side of the collar to serve as a clip-on point for outdoor clips and other attachable hooks for trail adventures.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 6.5oz / Women 5.6oz
Drop: 7mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 14mm
Heel height: 21mm

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.