The Drop: Arc'teryx Vertex Shoe

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Known for its top-tier, high-performance outdoor equipment for mountain climbing and skiing, Arc’teryx bolsters its trail running catalog with the newly released Vertex Shoe. It’s fine-tuned for alpine running, with an upper made from 100% recycled PFC-free polyester that’s durable and breathable, as well as an integrated knit collar that covers past your ankle that helps keep debris from entering the shoe.

The Vertex’s TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) rock plate provides added support and protection against rocks, roots, and other debris on the trail from mid to forefoot, which is a must for highly technical terrain. A Vibram Megagrip rubber compound outsole with deep 4mm lug patterns and friction zones at the forefoot handily takes care of grip, giving you complete control and confidence on both wet and dry terrain. Last but not least, the Vertex comes in three colorways with hi-vis accents to best match your outdoor ensemble.

What we like: With a heavy focus on freedom of movement and moisture management, the Vertex Shoe is excellent for long-distance use since it helps regulate the temperature inside the shoe. The knit collar is also a unique take on the sock-like fit of many sneakers and trail runners.

What to watch out for: It has less padding than the other dedicated running shoes in the Arc’teryx stable because it substitutes a bit of shock absorption for precision and durability, making them ideal for highly technical and mixed terrain.

Final verdict: Everything Arc’teryx makes is designed for exceptional outdoor performance, so your feet are, well, in good hands with the Vertex Shoe. Consider them if you plan to conquer some rocky slopes on your next outdoor adventure, and pick them up at the link below.

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