Who should buy the Arc'teryx Konseal AR

The Arc'teryx Konseal AR is a brilliant approach shoe in both utility and form. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer an approach shoe that is purposely built for agile adventurers who need a combination of stability, support, and comfort in tackling technical approaches. 
  • Prefer an approach shoe that is engineered capable of performing adequately, even under the weight of a loaded pack.
  • Prefer an approach shoe that provides improved ground stability and surface traction.

Arc'teryx Konseal AR logo

Excellent traction over a variety of terrain

The Konseal AR from Arc’teryx promises to deliver the right amount of slip and skid resistance over a variety of terrain with its Vibram Megagrip outsole. The rubber compound—Megagrip—on which it was based gives it the ability to stick to most types of outdoor surfaces, be they rough or smooth, wet or dry. 

Arc'teryx Konseal AR outsole

Excellent grip

Since it has a combination of circular studs and blocky lugs, users can expect to have enhanced traversal control over loose soil on it.

Arc'teryx Konseal AR outsole 1

Comfortable and stable cushioning

With its compressed midsole, the Arc’teryx Konseal AR gets to provide sufficient cushioning and stability underfoot, whether on or off the trail. It is made entirely of ethylene-vinyl acetate or EVA—a kind of material known for its high resilience and rebound rate. The tough yet supple construction of its heel delivers adequate shock absorption upon each landing.

Arc'teryx Konseal AR midsole

Excellent heel and arch support

Helping the hiker’s stout midsole in supplying users the right amount of comfort is a 4-mm thick, 3D-molded footbed from Ortholite. Aside from extra cushioning, this plush subcomponent also grants additional support around the heel and arch zones.

Arc'teryx Konseal AR arch support

Excellent toe and heel protection

The Arc’teryx Konseal AR shoe wraps the foot in its 1.7-mm thick nubuck suede leather upper. Both its ankle cuff and tongue are padded to provide the wearer with additional cushioning. The sides of the hiker’s tongue are gusseted, shielding the footgear’s interior from intrusive debris. Arc’teryx designers furnished its forefoot with a 3D-molded toe cap for bump and knock protection. They also reinforced the shoe’s heel with practically the same material to improve its structural integrity.

Arc'teryx Konseal AR upper

Easy to wear

Plated holes and synthetic loops make up the Konseal AR’s eyelets. They work in conjunction with a synthetic lace to lock the foot in place. A synthetic pull loop is placed at the shoe’s heel to make on and off a quick affair.

Arc'teryx Konseal AR loop

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 440g / Women 400g
Features: Heel brake
Technology: Ortholite
Material: Leather
Collection: Arc'teryx Konseal
Top: Low
BRAND Brand: Arc'teryx

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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.