The Arc’teryx Konseal FL Approach Shoe is designed for when your objective is in that middle distance away—not long enough to justify a super-beefy, weighty shoe, but not short enough to rock just your flip-flops. Each shoe weighs just over 10 ounces—light enough that it won’t encumber you as you boulder hop up a short talus field, but also robust enough to protect your foot with it’s soft, springy foam insoles. The sole of the Konseal is made of Vibram’s Megagrip rubber, so it sticks well to bare rock. The various tread patterns on different parts of the sole mostly disappear under the toes—replaced instead by just a flat section of sticky rubber—so you can smear and edge with precision closer to that of your climbing shoes than typical runners. This rubber extends up and over the front of the shoe as well. The lacing system makes tightening the shoes to your desired snugness a breeze, so if you need to cinch these babies up and bust out a 5.7 move on that last little sketchy bit before the first belay ledge, give these guys a look.
Rock and Ice vigorously tests all gear it reviews for either 50 days or 50 pitches. This is a time-consuming process and limits the amount of new equipment we can present to our readers. Every year hundreds of new products hit store shelves, and most of these aren’t reviewed due to our stringent selection and review process. To better keep you more up to date on what is new, we present First Look. Gear in First Look has not been field tested, but is gear we think you’d like to know about as soon as it is available. Some of the gear will be reviewed using our 50 days/50 pitches criteria, in future print and online editions of Rock and Ice.