The Norvan VT is Arc’teryx’s first venture into trail-running shoes. VT stands for Vertical Terrain and it’s designed for steep ascents and alpinists who need a shoe for moving fast along technical trails that’s also comfortable enough to wear all day. Its innovative lacing system has two alternatives: one gives a relaxed fit and the other a precision fit, for accurate foot placement on steep ascents. This means it’s also excellent for long distances on flatter ground. The Vibram outsole is super-grippy, and there’s an internal sock liner that hugs your foot and prevents debris entering. A Gore-Tex version is available. 9mm drop.
VERDICT: A cleverly-designed trail/mountain shoe for the best of both worlds.