Who should buy the Arc'teryx Arakys

The Arc’teryx Arakys offers enough pros to be desired. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer an approach shoe that can reduce weight, eliminate hot spots, and improve comfort. 
  • Prefer an approach shoe that provides excellent support and comfortable cushioning.
  • Prefer an approach shoe that renders stickiness regardless of the surface condition.

Arc'teryx Arakys logo

Superior grip over wet or dry surfaces

The Arakys employs the Vibram Arc’teryx Light Approach outsole. Its tread profile combines climbing and hiking performance. This sole is made of Vibram Megagrip compound which is known for its provision of superior grip over wet and dry surfaces. It sticks to the ground without sacrificing flexibility and rigidity.

Arc'teryx Arakys outsole

Comfortable cushioning

This approach shoe from Arc’teryx cradles the foot using a leather footbed. It can be removed or swapped out to a different insole, should the owner wants to use custom orthotics. 

Arc'teryx Arakys midsole

Durable and absorbs shock

The footbed sits atop a durable ethylene-vinyl acetate or EVA foam midsole. This duo aids in shock absorption while providing precision stability.

Arc'teryx Arakys insole

Breathable and abrasion-resistant

The Arc’teryx Arakys has lightweight ripstop nylon upper. This material is air permeable, providing utmost breathability when climbing in warm conditions. It has 0.2 mm laminated TPU film overlays that give extra protection against abrasive outdoor elements. 

Arc'teryx Arakys upper

Excellent ventilation

As part of the Adaptive Fit Lite feature, a zonal stretch liner forms to the foot, reducing the break-in time and eliminating hot spots. Also, this approach shoe is designed with a collapsible heel that allows owners to wear it as a camp or belay slipper.

Arc'teryx Arakys upper 4

Easy to wear

The Arakys employs the innovative one-hand closure system. It includes a memory buckle that allows quick fit adjustment. Lastly, the product designers added a tab at the top of the tongue and heel for a convenient on and off.

Arc'teryx Arakys loop

Nice to know

  • Hikers who prefer approach shoes that have a leather upper may consider looking at the TX4 from La Sportiva.
  • Surface clean the Arakys with soap and water mixture.  Remove accumulated dirt using a soft brush. Owners can re-apply DWR (Durable Water Repellent) treatment as necessary. Keeping the shoes clean will help preserve their overall integrity. 

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 270g / Women 230g
Features: Breathable / Lightweight / Tongue Pull Loop / Heel brake
Technology: Ortholite
Top: Low
BRAND Brand: Arc'teryx
Randing: Forefoot only
SKUs: 2736 / 4396 / 4630 / 4631 / 4974 / 18718 / 18720

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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.