Trust Arc’Teryx to change a category entirely. The Canadian brand has long been known for creating exceptional apparel – simple and beautifully tailored – but they’ve never really ventured into footwear, until last year… and wow, did they. Arc’Teryx have created a range of footwear that redefines the category and reinvents the idea of boot construction completely. How?
Well, their boots come in two separate parts: a interior ‘booty’ or liner and the exterior ‘boot’. There’s very little like it anywhere else and they nailed it… first time. This should be no surprise; Arc’Teryx will have spent an awful lot of time on R&D, perfecting a product before releasing it, rather than just repeating the same thing over seasons.
“Arc’Teryx have created a range of footwear that redefines the category and reinvents the idea of boot construction completely.”
The Bora Mid GTX is their flagship hiking and trekking boot, perfect for a few winter days on the trail. The internal liner, known as the Adaptive Fit, stretches around the foot and up the ankle, and its sock-like fit is the key to this remarkable boot. It is in the liner where the stretchy waterproof Gore-Tex membrane is housed. Another advantage of the separate liner is that the Gore-Tex membrane goes right up the elasticated ankle – no other boot does this.
Also, the sole of the liner is a durable plastic making it the perfect shoe for the bothy or mountain hut. Finger loops fore and aft help pull it on. In a brilliant move, the liners can be interchanged and there’s an insulated liner available to buy separately.