Updates to Arc'teryx Norvan LD 2

Confident performances on the trails are the bread-and-butter of 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.

Size and fit

The Arc'teryx Norvan LD 2 has been made to be true to size. Runners can use their usual choices of size when vying for a pair of these lightweight running shoes. Still, it is highly recommended to test this product personally or study user reviews before purchasing to fully enjoy a just-right in-shoe experience.

Curved designs permit running shoes to welcome the natural shape of the human foot. This particular model offers snugness and security through a contoured outline that follows the anatomical structure of the foot. The inner sleeve uses a smooth textile to prevent hot spots and chafing.


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 One One Speedgoat line.

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.


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.

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

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.


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.

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.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 260g / Women 220g
Drop: 9mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 16mm
Heel height: 25mm

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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