Arc’teryx Norvan LD 3 Trail Running Shoe Review: Fit for the Long Haul
I wouldn’t go so far as to call them “stripped down” or exceedingly plain, mind you; they are made with advanced materials and have all the updated bits you’d want from a modern trail runner. These new Arc’teryx shoes simply don’t have anything you don’t want or need.
For its third version of the Norvan LD (the latter letters stand for Long Distance), Arc’teryx has outfitted the shoe with a well-stacked, shock-absorbing Vibram Litebase sole finished with 4.0mm lugs, in a pattern that Vibram has dubbed Megagrip. The shoe is Hoka Running Shoes extremely light and features a minimal, durable upper that is in no way flashy (other than when found in the bright blue Fluidity colorway).
The toebox is wide, to accommodate splay, and the stretchy tongue provides a comfortable, friction-free fit. They also have the ever-important extra lace eyelet you can use for a heel lock, which definitely comes in handy on the trail.
What’s Good About the Arc’teryx Norvan LD 3 Trail Running Shoes
The Fit Is Impeccable
The first thing that wowed me about these shoes: the fit. The tongue is made from a thick, stretchy mesh-type material that is integrated into the sole of the shoe, providing a satisfying cocoon-like feel that seems to grab your foot and caress it once your heel drops into the shoe.
The laces are plenty long enough to lace through every hole and still do a heel-lock, though I did have to double-knot them to keep them tied. I really appreciate the toebox width — gotta let those toes breathe, after all. Plus, it kept me comfortable across all types of terrain.