When considering a new running shoe, there are so many similar-looking shoes on the market being made by so many different companies, it is virtually impossible to (1) know where to begin; (2) quickly figure out which one or two products from a given brand might work well for you; and (3) determine what products from other brands might be the most similar and also worth considering.
So in our new “Blister Brand Guide” series, we provide an overview of the entire product lineup of a brand; highlight how each product stands out from the rest of that brand’s lineup; and help you figure out quickly and easily which shoe might work best for you.
In our individual product reviews, we go very deep into the details of particular products. With these Brand Guides, the goal is not Depth, but Breadth. Our Brand Guides and full reviews are designed to complement each other — provide a broad overview of entire company lineups, and then also very detailed reviews of individual products.
Arc'teryx: Brand Background
Arc’teryx was founded in Canada’s Coast Range, and their wide range of outdoor products reflects the extremely wet climate and extreme terrain of that region — which might explain why you’re probably more likely to associate Arc’teryx with fancy raincoats, bomber skiing shells, and technical climbing equipment than with running shoes. But for the last few years, Arc’teryx has also been making trail running shoes that are equally well-suited to mountainous terrain.
Arc’teryx’s trail running lineup consists of three shoes, each with a specific intended purpose. Each model is also available with a waterproof / breathable upper. Arc’teryx’s shoes generally have slightly narrower fits than shoes from brands like Altra. Many of Arc’teryx’s models are built on similar lasts to Salomon’s trail shoes, as both brands are owned by the same parent company (Amer Sports), so Arc’teryx shoes will likely fit similarly to some of Salomon’s offerings. Like most of their other products, Arc’teryx’s trail shoes tend to be pretty pricey, with MSRPs ranging from $150-$200.
In this brand guide, we’ll break down the features and intended features of each shoe in the Arc’teryx lineup. As always, shoes are organized in order of highest to lowest stack height.
(Most Cushioned to Least Cushioned)