Arc'teryx Aerios FL GTX Shoes review

Nick, the Exeter store manager, has been testing these Arc'teryx shoes and gives his view.

A few months ago I got the good news that I was to be testing a relatively new shoe in our range, the Aerios FL GTX from Arc'teryx. This was very handy as I had pretty much wrecked the other 3 pairs of trail shoes I own , the old Inov8 Ultra Trail , the Scarpa Crux and the original Salewa Mountain Trainer

First impressions

Out of the box, first impressions are good.

The finish of the shoes is excellent, as you would expect from a premium brand such as Arc'teryx with the mostly laminated upper giving clean lines. The stealth black colour adds to this also.

The sole unit is made of Vibram mega grip which has a good reputation and looks effective. The lug pattern is aggressive but not overly so. Ideal I hope, for hard pack trail and moorland.

One nice feature is that the front of the toe box is quite well protected. For me this is useful as when I get tired I tend to accidentally scuff and kick obstructions on the trail which can prove painful in a softer shoe.

The quoted weight is 345g per shoe and I did weigh the pair I have and they are spot on. Not that light compared to some pure trail running shoes I have used but they do have more structure so that can be forgiven. They certainly don't feel heavy when worn.

I measure a UK 10 on both feet and I am pushing into an E width fitting which just means my foot is on the wide side but not overly.

Having tried the Konseal FL on a few months ago I was a little concerned that the Arc'teryx fit might not actually work for my foot as I had to go up a half a size to get the required width in that model. No such problem with the Aerios due to the softer nature of its material, particularly around the tongue area where it is really comfy.

The fit of the size 10 is fine, although only with a very lightweight trail sock so the width is definitely still snug.

In use

I have put these shoes through a long term test. They have had upwards of 300 miles fast walking and slow jogging use primarily on Dartmoor, Exmoor and coastal paths over the last 4 months.

I think I might have covered every mile of the 2 Moors Way in them over the summer as I am training and recceing it with a view to running the DEVON COAST TO COAST race next year.

I have also worn them a little as a day to day shoe. Although not so much as I would have if they were a non Gore-Tex version as I get pretty hot feet at the best of times

I have put these shoes through a long term test. They have had upwards of 300 miles fast walking and slow jogging use primarily on Dartmoor, Exmoor and coastal paths over the last 4 months.

I think I might have covered every mile of the 2 Moors Way in them over the summer as I am training and recceing it with a view to running the DEVON COAST TO COAST race next year.

I have also worn them a little as a day to day shoe. Although not so much as I would have if they were a non Gore-Tex version as I get pretty hot feet at the best of times.

I can say without a doubt they are a really good trail shoe. Particularly for hard pack trails and paths as I expected them to be.

The sole pattern spreads your weight across it very well without you noticing any individual lugs which can be a problem with other trail shoes I have used in the past on hard ground. They are well cushioned, so much so they are capable of doing a little bit of slow trail jogging on occasion.

The mega grip rubber has been good so far, showing few signs of wear even after mostly being used in the dry conditions we have had in the last four months.

I have not noticed any issues with grip in these conditions. In fact they are extremely good on dry rock.

I think they will be a capable scrambling shoe and I have even done a little bit of granite bouldering in them to test the performance of the rubber.

Grip is great off track and on the open moorland but this might change a little in wet conditions due to the lug pattern being shallower and wider than a dedicated trail shoe like my Salomon ultra pro's.

This shoe will definitely stay waterproof for a long time due to the amount of laminated fabric and rand around the outside of it. The rand has also done a good job of protecting the shoe and it has the benefit of making the shoe easy to keep clean which is a bonus.

I have had little use for the Gore-Tex lining as we have had such low rainfall lately
I did jog across half a mile of Metheral marsh near Fernworthy reservoir and have made quite a few stream crossings and had no water come into the shoe so I guess that is some sort of test that it at least works.

The addition of the waterproof lining has definitely made them slightly warmer to wear in summer conditions than I would like. Over the winter months though, I am sure this will be a benefit and I will definitely be finding out and will update the blog with this info.

Conclusion

The Aerios is definitely a do it all shoe, one you could wear for all occasions whether out on the Trail or at work.

I think it stands out from the rest of our trail shoe range with its distinctive sleek, modern look.
I like the comfort and support it provides underfoot on rocky trail and with only a thin sock the shoe still feels great around the foot.

It's light , much lighter than my old Salewa mountain trainers, but at present that doesn't seem to be at the cost of durability which is good news.

Overall it's a great choice!

Nick - Exeter Store Manager

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