You may think that because the weather is transitioning into more of those warmer summer-type days that you can totally block a brand like The North Face out of your memory for a few months at least. However, what a lot of people may fail to realize or just remember is that The North Face has a great selection of hiking boots and and durable sneakers to help you you with the fantastic apparel that you normally buy from the brand.
This time we will focus the men’s side of the shoes offered by The North Face. There will be another post upcoming featuring shoes for women.
Starting off with a solid hiking shoe, the Men’s Ultra Fastpack II is a lightweight, yet protective shoe designed for fast pursuits on mostly hardpack terrain. This hiking shoe is crafted with embedded cables for internal mid-foot support and the improved Ultra Protect Cradle Guide technology for reliable support.
Obviously, on any hiking excursion, every ounce counts. You usually want to try to eliminate any unnecessary weight. With these shoes, their lightweight makeup will be an immediate noticeable feature to go along with the many new technologies to build it up for fast pursuits. Some of those features for the hiking shoes include:
- Upper: Embedded cables inside the mesh quarter panel provide sleek, lightweight midfoot support.
- Sole Unit: Updated Ultra Protect™ CRADLE™ technology provides proper heel support.
- Dual-density, injection-molded CRADLE™ GUIDE midsole for cushioning and support.
- Rubberized toe cap and screens for toe and metatarsal-head protection.
- FlashDry™ collar lining that keeps you cool and dry.
Many North Face shoes and boots run from sizes 7 up to 14 and some have multiple color designs available to choose from.
You’ll notice when shopping online or in person that styles like the Ultra Fastpack II have a corresponding mid height hiking boot version of them. These boots are in most cases are waterproof and nearly as lightweight as the shoe versions of them. Also, especially of note is the waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® membrane.
GORE-TEX® products are designed to provide superior comfort and durable waterproof protection for a wide range of outdoor activities. The GORE-TEX® revolutionary patented membrane technology is specifically engineered to form an impenetrable barrier against wind and water while maintaining breathability. GORE-TEX® fabric is used in a two-layer construction for a lighter and softer feel and in a three-layer construction for a more heavy-duty alternative.
Other styles include the Men’s Lightwave Explore, a shoe that’s ready for fast-moving day hikes. It will be a great go to shoe for when you’re packing a bit lighter for a hike. Some notable features include the dual mesh with closed mesh in the lower quarter and breathable mesh throughout.
You’ll also find more heavy duty hiking boots such as the Men’s Verto S4K GTX® with substantial features to help deliver maximum performance and confidence on demanding, mixed terrain.