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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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Price:  $240 List | $250.00 at Backcountry
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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  ⋅  Nov 6, 2019
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  • Comfort - 25% 6
  • Stability - 20% 8
  • Traction - 15% 8
  • Weight - 15% 6
  • Water Resistance - 15% 7
  • Durability - 10% 5

Our Verdict

The Arcteryx Acrux TR is one of the most useful boots in their line. It is a general-purpose boot that does well on and off the trail, with high-top support, and above-average stability. This model is fully waterproof and uses a synthetic upper that is 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.

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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 wellAmazing comfort, stable, great tractionComfort of a trail runner with more support and stability, good all around performance, lightweight
Cons Questionable durability, expensiveExpensive, not as great for hot and dry climatesWider fit, not the best lace locking system, priceNot as capable in off-trail terrain, rockered sole feels unnatural at firstCould be more breathable, not great traction on smooth rock
Bottom Line An all-purpose hiking boot that provides great support while remaining lightweightThis flagship hiking boot is our first recommendation for a hiking and backpacking boot, achieving remarkable performance in all terrain types and conditionsFor hikers venturing off trail into rocky or snowy terrain, this boot offers stability and traction that no other boot doesThe ultimate in comfort for on-trail enjoymentA proven performer from short walks to intense thru-hikes, with shoe comfort in lightweight boot form
Rating Categories Arc'teryx Acrux TR GTX Salomon Quest 4D GTX Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX HOKA ONE ONE Kaha GORE-TEX Salomon X Ultra Mid 3 GTX
Comfort (25%)
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9
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8
Stability (20%)
8
9
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8
7
Traction (15%)
8
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Weight (15%)
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Water Resistance (15%)
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Durability (10%)
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Specs Arc'teryx Acrux TR... Salomon Quest 4D GTX Scarpa Zodiac Plus... HOKA ONE ONE Kaha... Salomon X Ultra...
Weight per Pair (Size 11) 2.60 lbs 2.9 lbs 2.65 lbs 2.45 lbs 2.28 lbs
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 Gore-Tex
Upper SuperFabric/epoxy-based resin Leather, nylon 1.8mm Suede Perwanger Leather Waterproof PU coated leather
Last Board/Shank TPU Chassis 4D Chassis BZ last None Molded shank
Midsole Injected EVA/4mm OrthoLite inserts EnergyCell PU + 3D EVA-MP EVA Injected EVA
Sole Vibram MegaGrip Contragrip Vibram Drumlin / Mont Vibram MegaGrip Non-marking ContaGrip
Color Options No Yes No Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


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.
Photo: Tim Johnson

Comfort


The Acrux TR is a relatively comfortable boot, though it did not impress us as much as other 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 shifts out of place and places 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.

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.
Photo: 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.

Charging downhill in scree and talus felt very stable in these boots.
Charging downhill in scree and talus felt very stable in these boots.
Photo: 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.

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.
Photo: 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.

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.
Photo: 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.

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.
Photo: 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.

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.
Photo: Ryan Huetter

Value


These boots are not inexpensive when compared to other models, but they are a reasonable value when weight and stability are concerned.

Conclusion


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 the traction that you require, while remaining light and flexible enough to scramble in technical terrain.

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.
Photo: Tim Johnson

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