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Gear Review

5 5

comfortable waterproof shoe with aggressive tread

I purchased this shoe for disc golf in all seasons. Aggressive tread and waterproofing are more critical for this that what I would need in a hiking shoe. The Hedgehog XCR low fit the bill in both categories while still not being unreasonably heavy and bulky. So far the shoe has held up well through soggy, muddy and sloppy conditions and the tread provides the necessary grip to keep from slipping when performing a throw. The shoe has also stayed dry inside despite being plunged halfway into the occasional running water and walking through waist high wet grass. I have also used these shoes hiking on both well maintained and poorly maintained trails. After a full 8 hour day of walking off-pavement my feet have very little soreness or fatigue and never any hot spots. I would expect soreness after using this shoe a full day on paved surfaces.
My pair is showing no signs of wear after almost daily use and it's been over a month since I've started using them. A friend had the same shoe, and after a full season's hard use on the disc golf course, the lacing had broken in a couple spots where it wore against the eyelet.
Overall I would probably buy another pair of these when my current pair wears out. The North Face last fits my foot well and the shoes perform as advertised.