I bought these shoes one week before a week-long trip to Patagonia in Argentina. I bought them without trying them on so, really I just used the other reviews on the site to help.
THEY WERE PERFECT.
The Vibram soles made me feel like I was Spiderman at times the way these shoes gripped boulders and rocks on the trails.
The fit was great (slightly big, I'm a tad above a 11.5 but not quite a 12) and I went with the 12 which were perfect with Smartwool socks. But not so much with casual socks (for my urban hiking adventures around NYC.)
This was the first The North Face product I bought from a non-TNF distributor. I'll be a return customer!