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Arc'teryx Konseal FL 2 Women Approach Shoe
  • Arc'teryx Konseal FL 2 Women Approach Shoe
  • Arc'teryx Konseal FL 2 Women Approach Shoe
  • Arc'teryx Konseal FL 2 Women Approach Shoe
  • Arc'teryx Konseal FL 2 Women Approach Shoe
  • Arc'teryx Konseal FL 2 Women Approach Shoe
  • Arc'teryx Konseal FL 2 Women Approach Shoe
  • Arc'teryx Konseal FL 2 Women Approach Shoe
  • Arc'teryx Konseal FL 2 Women Approach ShoeArc'teryx Konseal FL 2 Women Approach Shoe
  • Arc'teryx Konseal FL 2 Women Approach Shoe
  • Arc'teryx Konseal FL 2 Women Approach Shoe
  • Arc'teryx Konseal FL 2 Women Approach Shoe
  • Arc'teryx Konseal FL 2 Women Approach Shoe
  • Arc'teryx Konseal FL 2 Women Approach Shoe
  • Arc'teryx Konseal FL 2 Women Approach Shoe
  • Arc'teryx Konseal FL 2 Women Approach Shoe
  • Arc'teryx Konseal FL 2 Women Approach Shoe
  • Arc'teryx Konseal FL 2 Women Approach Shoe
  • Arc'teryx Konseal FL 2 Women Approach Shoe
  • Arc'teryx Konseal FL 2 Women Approach Shoe
  • Arc'teryx Konseal FL 2 Women Approach Shoe

Konseal FL 2 Women

Rating

My vote: None ( 3.3 avg )

Description

Stable, supportive precision-fit approach shoe for fast, light mountain travel.

Move with agility, confidence, and comfort. The Konseal FL 2’s precise design handles your most technical approaches and longest hikes. Inspired by trail running shoes, it’s nimble, fast, and light, but delivers essential support and protection. The Vibram® Megagrip outsole provides a secure hold – wet or dry – while the TPU chassis and raised sidewalls offer exceptional stability. The minimalist design reduces debris collection and easily transitions to more civilized landscapes. 3D molded rubber toe cap.

Retail price

US$ 145.00
Weight

Half Pair - size unknown
275 grams (0 lb 9.7 oz)

Full Pair - size unknown
550 grams (1 lb 3.4 oz)

Style

Style

Running

A running inspired shoe, designed to excel on technical trails. These shoes may have less rubber lasting and a smaller climbing zone on the sole but tend to be on the lighter and less bulky side of the spectrum, similar to a classic technical trail runner.


Casual

Great for flat ground, short approaches, and slabby scrambling. Casual approach shoes are great daily wear for folks that find themselves scrambling and hiking a lot in between trips to the crag and the grocery store.


Technical

A more rugged shoe with more lasting and typically a thicker sole. Made to handle the most technical terrain and talus fields. Technical shoes can also have more ankle coverage and waterproof coatings.

Running Technical
Volume

Volume

Size vs Gender

Volume refers to the overall sizing of the shoe in relation to the size of the foot from top to bottom and side to side. Many brands make a Mens/Unisex shoe and some have both a Men’s and Women’s model. Brands are slowly updating their language away from gender to Low/High volume -- recognizing that any person may have a high or low volume foot.

Low (women)
Closure

Closure

Flat Laces

Flat laces are found most often on casual or running shoes, as their low bulk helps with aesthetic and having a lower profile.


Cord Laces

Cord laces are found on the majority of approach shoes. Their rounded shape makes them more durable than flat laces and their woven structure makes them much stronger.


Webbing & Buckles

Though fairly uncommon, some approach shoes are made to be closed via a combination of threaded flat webbing and a tightening buckle.

Cord laces
Rise

Rise

Low vs Mid

The rise of an approach shoe mostly affects the support and coverage of the ankle but can also limit articulation and range of motion. Most approach shoes have a low rise. A mid rise should be chosen when scrambling through large loose scree or boulder fields is a regular need or when in wet or snowy environments where slippery surfaces can benefit from more ankle support.

Low
Features

Features

Climbing Zone

The climbing zone is a quintessential part of an approach shoe; without it, we consider a shoe a hiker or trail runner. The climbing zone is a flat or flattened area of the sole directly beneath the toes on every approach shoe. This zone is specifically designed to not have lugs for grip and instead is intended for smearing and edging on rock during an approach to a technical climb. Some manufacturers add splits or shallow texture to this zone, but it is not lugged as in a traditional hiker.


Foldable Heel

A foldable heel is designed to flatten into the shoe so it may be slid on and off easily similar to a clog or a croc. This is becoming more common with newer models and is most likely to be seen in casual shoes than hiking or running.


Low Toe Lacing

Low toe lacing is a feature where the closure of the approach shoe extends greatly towards the toes as compared to traditional hiking shoes. This will most usually be an extra 3-5 extra lacings across the shoe that are usually partially across the knuckles of the toes. The advantage of lacing extending this low is that it allows a greater tightening of the shoe around the toes when terrain requires technical footwork like slab climbing or crack jamming.


Stowable

An approach shoe with this feature either has a built-in elastic or webbing or an accessory strap or band that is designed to connect the shoes to each other when they aren’t worn. This allows them to be hung from a harness or bag on a multipitch climb. This is fairly uncommon and usually found on light-weight shoes.


Vegan

Since there is no standard in the shoe industry for what exactly qualifies a shoe as ‘Vegan’, we only list this if the manufacturer has stated it in the product description.


Waterproof

Refers to an applied coating or material technology that either makes a shoe resistant or impervious to water. Not every manufacturer tests waterproofing in the same way so this can be difficult to compare. We list items as ‘Waterproof’ when the manufacturer states they have one or more of these technologies.

Climbing Zone
Low toe lacing
Sizing US: 5 - 10 (half sizes) ­
Materials & Construction Upper: 60% PA 40% PE mesh

Midsole: Injected EVA midsole with TPU 70 Shore D ­

Insole / Liner: 0.8mm microfiber heel lining, 3D molded, Ion Element 100% recycled EVA (closed cell) by Dynamic Foam (4.5mm), 4mm thickness OrthoLite™ 3D molded insert

Sole: Vibram® Megagrip™ ­

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Climbing Gear Reviews UK rating 4.5/5

For climbers, the main plus is the stiffened midsole and climbing-specific toe profile. Although the Konseal FL 2 isn’t super narrow in fit they do have a precision feel to them, the fit can be adjusted using the climbing shoe style lacing and the Vibram Megagrip sole offers high friction on rocky terrain; which further places them in the approach shoe category. Arc’teryx has designed the shoe for fast and light rocky Alpine terrain and I would agree, that they will excel in these situations. I am usually a size UK8 in approach shoes and I would say that the Konseal 2 is true to size, I had a little room in the tow box but that just means I can wear thicker socks if I’m enjoying a mountain day.

Outdoor Gear Lab Gear Review rating 4/5

The Arc'teryx Konseal FL 2 are durable and well designed, with a stiff midsole and a toe box designed for precision. The abrasion-resistant nylon upper and wrap-around rubber rand stabilized and protected our feet in rocky terrain while the sticky rubber soles and overall stiffness made for a solid climbing shoe. We were not as impressed with the all-day hiking comfort of these shoes and wouldn't recommend them for long approaches. They don't provide much room for the feet to swell and don't fit a wide foot very well. In the end, the Konseal FL 2 felt like a great option for specific situations but lacked the all-around performance of some of the other shoes in this review.

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