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Gear Review

3 5

not for people who like light and simple

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The quality of this shoe seems to be pretty good, and I like the hard plastic plating to protect from rocks etc. However, the soles are pretty thick and bulky, the uppers are thick and interfere with the laces being tightened. It creates some spots where the laces cinch down painfully on my foot and others where the laces are too loose. They also fit narrow and have been rubbing blisters on the inside of my feet (could be just the way my feet are though). If you like light and fast I'd stay away from these, but if you like a lot of protection they may be right for you.

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I get the same rubbing on the inside of my feet as you mention, but only on runs longer than about 2.5 hours. They may just run narrow. Even though I often run in a much lighter shoe, I have to say I like the firm, neutral fit and find them suitable for runs up to about 3.5 hours. These were the first North Face Shoes that won me over. My biggest complaint is the tread life is too short. Granted they last twice as long as the Hayasa which I consider to be essentially a throw away shoe after 100 miles.