Review: Arc'teryx Konseal FL Shoes

I’m a climber on my free time, and over the years I have wished there would be either hiking or approach shoes that would be low key and with muted colors that would allow me to wear them as everyday shoes for the urban commute.

Last year, Arc’teryx launched the Konseal FL and that was it.

© Arc’teryx

© Arc’teryx

According to Arc’teryx, these shoes are “stable, yet built to move quickly across technical terrain”. I couldn’t agree more. I have been wearing the Konseals for a year, on variable conditions, from dry and hot weather, to wet and cold, on cities around the world, and they have been great. They are low key, comfortable, can be worn with jeans and with more dressy pants, they are easy to care for, and more importantly, they can be worn for their intended use, on a Friday, before the weekend begins, to approach a big wall and get after it.

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The Konseal FL is originally designed for fast and light approaches, but performs amazingly in the city as well. The Vibram Megagrip outsole provides a secure footing on slippery wet urban surfaces, such as the train or sidewalks. These are durable soles, and after a year of almost daily wear, they show little signs of wear. I do have a second pair that I wear while hiking and on the approaches, and these do show more wear. Arc’teryx recently released a Gore-Tex version of them, and I am tempted to get a pair for the winter when the current ones go.

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They are semi-packable, so if you are traveling, they do not take a lot of room in a backpack. And even if you decide to take them as your single pair of shoes for the trip, the fabric is easy to clean and doesn’t keep mud or debris on it. Grab a wet towel, and clean it. It makes traveling with one pair easy, and if you are going to a place where you can dress casual, these will blend right in.

Overall, I am very happy with them. Arc’teryx delivered on these. I would definitely recommend you get a pair, if you are looking for something like this.

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