The Norvan LD has been the signature long-distance running shoe for Arc’teryx for a good few years. The step up to the LD 2 in 2020 showed that Arc’teryx were eager to refine and improve their model; the shoe was lighter, more durable, but maybe a little stiff, sacrificing some comfort for more protection and security. 2 years on, their latest offering, the Norvan LD 3, has made some huge strides.
First and foremost, the LD 3’s midsole has been totally overhauled. The addition of more stack in the heel and forefoot greatly increases shock-absorption. This is especially good over long runs, thanks to the new full-length 42c compressed midsole with 55c anti-fatigue insert. For minimal weight, you can expect an impressively smooth ride that doesn’t wear thin when you want to push yourself to the max.
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To keep your feet protected, the new last shape provides more room for splay on impact. This means landing on even the hardest of surfaces won’t put any unnecessary pressure on the bottom of your feet. The toebox has also been made roomier for improved comfort, and to further accommodate splay.
All-day comfort is the goal of the Norvan LD 3. Small details make all the difference, like the minimized friction in the dual-layer interior, which prevents grazes and blisters, or the Cordura upper which provides breathability and durability in equal measures. The Aeriaprene cushioned tongue also protects against trail hazards, and the breathable 3mm foam mitigates lace pressure for a consistent – but not constrictive – feel.