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Gear Review

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Good multipurpose shoes

There are several variants of the North Face XCR "trail running" shoe. Some are a bit lighter than others, and some are a bit too gaudy for my conservative taste. I have had 5 pairs so far, and my only complaint is that they are not as durable as I would like, though they have given decent service considering how I treat them in Colorado, Korea, and in Patagonia. (Colorado seems to have perpetual mud/wet seasons). I am pleased with the waterproof/Gore-tex characteristic. I find that the standard insert is good enough (for support) that I don't have to use my custom inserts. The sole gives quite good traction on most surfaces and has fair durability (better than many trail running shoes). I plan to continue using this series of XCR shoe.