Arc'teryx New Gear For Spring 2016

The big news from Arc'teryx Online at OutDoor was the launch of the brand's first full-on mountaineering boot for spring 2016, the Acrux AR GTX Alpine Boot, a radical double-boot design that has similar external dimensions and weight to a conventional boot, but the insulation and fast-drying properties of a double one.

Alongside that, there were also further developments to the hiking and approach footwear range first launched this spring, plus a zoned, compact, lightweight insulated jacket designed specifically for summer use. 

First Full-on Mountaineering Boot

No question that the star of the Arc'teryx show was the new Acrux AR GTX Alpine Boot. We were talked through the fundamentals of the new boot by top product manager Jon Rockefeller. Superficially it looks similar to something like the Scarpa Phantom range thanks to the integral gaiter, but there's a lot more going on under the surface.

Double plastic boots with a removable foam inner boot, on the other hand, are warm and easy to dry overnight, but also tend to be bulky and heavy. Not ideal on technical terrain.

The idea of the new Acrux AR is that it has the warmth and fast-drying properties of a double plastic boot, but with the same sort of size and volume a single boot. 

The inner liner boot has its roots in last year's Acrux and Bora approach shoes and mids. It's made from perforated PE foam with a Gore-Tex liner. The materials are hydrophobic so it dries fast and the lower section uses 4mm PE foam for added insulation. The sole is rubberised for hut use as well. Neat stuff. As with the shoes, the stretchy foam moulds to your foot to give what Arc'teryx calls 'adaptive fit'.