I’ve been working for more than 12 years with sports apparel; you could say I have seen practically all the brands on the market in the areas of trekking, running, cycling and so forth.
Maybe it’s my age or just that I’m particularly meticulous when it comes to products, but lately there is nothing out there that motivates me, as far as brands or products are concerned.
Once again, it was time to do my annual shopping for the Spring/Summer collection. It sounds crazy, right?
In this case, I was buying for my U51-Pro shops in San Sebastian and Madrid the latest from the Canadian brand, Arc’teryx, clothing manufacturer for trekking, climbing, skiing and a reference point as a global brand.
As a novelty for Spring 2015, I have had the opportunity to test and use the new Arc’teryx footwear. The company has been working on developing trekking footwear aimed at meeting the same lofty standards as their other products. They’ve managed it. The first thing that catches one’s attention is their light weight.
I am referring specifically to the Alfa FL Men`s model in a size 10 (UK). It weighs 410 grams, way below anything else on the market. The manufacturing concept and design is totally new; it is a shoe which has an ankle boot inside and, depending on the model, this can be removed or not.
My attention was not grabbed only by this feature. The ankle boot has tremendous breathability, built to ensure maximum performance in this regard. The outer part of the shoe is not embossed at all. That is, it is smooth except for laser-cut perforations which help avoid scrapes, providing maximum fit. The toe and heel are reinforced and come with an Arc’a Approach sole. Even though this footwear has been conceived for sports use, it is so attractive that you will have no problem using it as casual wear.
The model I looked at was for men, the Alpha2 FL Men’s, manufactured in Gore-tex. This particular has a removable ankle boot. With this model, you can choose an Insulated Mid ankle boot for brutally cold days. Another model, the Alpha FL GTX Men’s comes with an ankle boot that is not removable. Alpha FL Men’s is the same model, but does not come in Gore-tex.
There is also the Bora2 Mid Men’s, with a removable ankle boot, Gore-tex, 550 grams. This boot has the possibility of inter-changing with the Insulated Mid Bora Mid GTX Men’s, which does not have this possibility of change and weighs 500 grams.
In sum, it is a pity we have to wait till next February but I’m sure it will be worth it.