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Arc'teryx Acrux TR GTX Review

A quality boot that uses advanced materials to shed weight
Arc'teryx Acrux TR GTX
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Pros:  Lightweight for their beefiness, good traction and stability, good all-around performance
Cons:  Questionable durability, expensive
Manufacturer:   Arc'teryx
By Ryan Huetter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 23, 2022
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#14 of 16
  • Comfort - 25% 6.0
  • Stability - 20% 8.0
  • Traction - 15% 8.0
  • Weight - 15% 5.0
  • Water Resistance - 15% 7.0
  • Durability - 10% 5.0

Our Verdict

The Arc'teryx Acrux TR GTX is one of the most useful boots in their line. This general-purpose hiking boot does well on and off the trail, with high-top support and above-average stability. It's fully waterproof and uses a synthetic upper enhanced by an epoxy-resin treatment to resist wear. We find this to be a good option for backpacking and even day hiking, as it is one of the lightest and most nimble boots for its class.

Editor's Note: This review was updated on February 23, 2022 with added info to help better compare products.

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Pros Lightweight for their beefiness, good traction and stability, good all-around performanceTop-level hiking boot performance, excels in all metricsBest choice for rock and snow travel, durable, breathes wellIncredibly lightweight, comfortableWell-cushioned, waterproof, durable
Cons Questionable durability, expensiveExpensive, not as great for hot and dry climatesWider fit, not the best lace locking system, priceLess durable than heavier models, thin soleHeavy for their height, feet get especially sweaty
Bottom Line A quality boot that uses advanced materials to shed weightThe gold standard of what a great hiking boot should be, and we heartily recommend it for those seeking the best possible performance on and off the trailFor rocky alpine approaches and moderate snow travel, this model is a lightweight mountain boot disguised as a hiking bootThis mid-top hiking boot is ridiculously lightweight, though it offers excellent stability and traction for fast and light objectivesThis affordable boot is super comfortable right out of the box and has the durability to go the distance
Rating Categories Arc'teryx Acrux TR GTX Salomon Quest 4 Gor... Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX Salomon X Ultra Mid... Merrell Moab 2 Mid...
Comfort (25%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
Stability (20%)
8.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
Traction (15%)
8.0
8.0
10.0
8.0
7.0
Weight (15%)
5.0
4.0
5.0
9.0
6.0
Water Resistance (15%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
Durability (10%)
5.0
8.0
7.0
5.0
7.0
Specs Arc'teryx Acrux TR GTX Salomon Quest 4 Gor... Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX Salomon X Ultra Mid... Merrell Moab 2 Mid...
Weight (per pair) 2.60 lbs (size 11) 2.90 lbs (size 11) 2.65 lbs (size 11) 1.85 lbs (size 11) 2.48 lbs (size 10.5)
Boot Type Midweight hiker/lightweight mountaineering boot Midweight hiker/backpacking boot Midweight hiker/backpacking boot Midweight hiker/backpacking boot Midweight hiker/backpacking boot
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular and wide
Waterproof Lining Gore-Tex Gore-Tex Gore-Tex Gore-Tex M Select DRY
Upper SuperFabric/epoxy-based resin Leather and nylon 1.8mm suede perwanger PU coated leather Suede leather, mesh
Last Board/Shank TPU Chassis 4D Chassis BZ last Molded shank Nylon arch shank
Midsole Injected EVA/4mm OrthoLite inserts EnergyCell PU + 3D EVA-MP SensiFit EVA
Sole Vibram MegaGrip Contagrip Vibram Drumlin / Mont Contagrip Vibram TC5+ rubber

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


Arc'teryx Acrux TR GTX hiking boots - supportive, lightweight and offering great traction in rocky...
Supportive, lightweight and offering great traction in rocky terrain, the Acrux TR is a great all-around hiking boot.
Credit: Tim Johnson

Comfort


The Acrux TR is a relatively comfortable boot, though it did not impress us as much as our award-winning models. It has an EVA injected midsole that keeps us from feeling sharp rocks underfoot when hiking off-trail, but the sole feels a bit thin at times. The ankle is cushioned and feels comfortable when laced, though the tongue tends to shift out of place and put an awkward pressure on the bottom of the shin. The toe cap gives good protection from impacting rocks and roots as well. While this is a fully synthetic boot, we found that the epoxy resin-treated upper did not flex as much as we would have expected and causes some minor discomfort on the top of the toes before it is broken in.

Arc'teryx Acrux TR GTX hiking boots - these boots take a bit more time to break in than others, so this...
These boots take a bit more time to break in than others, so this 25-mile hike was a bit much for them right out of the box.
Credit: Tim Johnson

Stability


This is a boot that can handle heavy use in difficult terrain. While light on the foot, it does feature an EVA injected midsole that provides cushion from impact and supports the foot. It is also built on a TPU chassis, which acts as a shank to provide structure and stability in the midfoot and forefoot. These boots were taken through many talus fields and scree slopes, and we noted above-average performance on these challenging routes. The outsole is fairly narrow at 4 inches, giving this boot a bit more chance of rolling, though the narrow sole aids in climbing ability with more edging sensitivity.

Arc'teryx Acrux TR GTX hiking boots - charging downhill in scree and talus felt very stable in these boots.
Charging downhill in scree and talus felt very stable in these boots.
Credit: Ryan Huetter

Traction


Using the same Vibram MegaGrip sole that many approach shoes feature, this boot gives us a lot of confidence while scrambling on rock. The soft rubber bites into granite, and the sole flexes enough to be able to smear up rock slabs. In wet conditions, it fares reasonably well, though the lugs are not as deep as other models and slip more easily in mud and snow. In short, this boot has an all-purpose sole that can do it all fairly well, though it is not outstanding in any single terrain type.

Arc'teryx Acrux TR GTX hiking boots - able to smear on the rock, these boots provided excellent traction...
Able to smear on the rock, these boots provided excellent traction in the rock environment.
Credit: Tim Johnson

Weight


With a verified weight of 2.6 pounds per pair in size 11 US, these are average performers when it comes to weight overall, but are fairly light when you consider the type of boot it is. Lighter models are less supportive, less waterproof, and do not have as good of a sole in our experience, so we feel that this is actually a lightweight boot even when you score it against the other lighter weight models in our review.

Arc'teryx Acrux TR GTX hiking boots - shaving some weight off your feet makes it easier to complete big...
Shaving some weight off your feet makes it easier to complete big hikes with less fatigue.
Credit: Ryan Huetter

Water Resistance


The Acrux TR has a flood height of 5 inches, which makes it an attractive option if you plan on hiking in wet conditions. We have not had any experiences with the synthetic upper failing or allowing water to pass through seams, thanks to a Gore-Tex waterproof barrier. We feel that the breathability of these boots is less than other lined models and have often been dismayed at how damp and sweaty our feet have gotten while hiking, even in relatively cool weather conditions.

Arc'teryx Acrux TR GTX hiking boots - we had no issues with the waterproof barrier of these boots, they...
We had no issues with the waterproof barrier of these boots, they held up to stream crossing and submersions just fine.
Credit: Ryan Huetter

Durability


Durability is one metric where we feel that the Acrux TR is vulnerable. While we have not yet had any issues with the sole, the upper material is made of a proprietary fabric called SuperFabric, which is a fabric combined epoxy resin to provide a high level of abrasion resistance for its weight, similar to the materials found on many lightweight three season mountaineering boots. Time will tell, but this fabric is unlikely to survive as many seasons of hard use as a full-leather upper.

Arc'teryx Acrux TR GTX hiking boots - the superfabric upper may have some wear issues if you spend a lot...
The SuperFabric upper may have some wear issues if you spend a lot of time in abrasive terrain.
Credit: Ryan Huetter

Should You Buy the Arc'teryx Acrux TR GTX?


The Arc'teryx Acrux TR boots are good overall hiking boots that can do it all. From day hikes to strenuous multi-day treks, they have the support and traction you require while remaining light and flexible enough to scramble in technical terrain. They're quite expensive, though, and there are other higher-scoring, less expensive models we'd recommend over this pair.

What Other Hiking Boots Should You Consider?


It's hard to go wrong with our overall favorite boot, the Salomon Quest 4 Gore-Tex. For an even lighter-weight boot, we recommend Salomon's X Ultra Mid 4. If you can't quite swing the cost of either of those, though, our favorite budget model is the Keen Targhee II Mid, which is a great all-around hiker.

Arc'teryx Acrux TR GTX hiking boots - light is right, and the acrux tr is a good choice for the hiker that...
Light is right, and the Acrux TR is a good choice for the hiker that wants to do it all.
Credit: Tim Johnson

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