Brandon Zwrote a review of The North Face Havoc Mid GTX XCR Hiking Shoe - Men's on October 15, 2012
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I purchased a pair of these after coming across them while reading Backpacker magazine. I was torn between these or the Salomon Synapse Mid. Well after looking at the Salomon's online (and reading a few less than stellar reviews on this site), I decided to purchase the North Face. Without breaking these in, I used them on a three day hike in Yosemite which included Half Dome. Verdict: Comfy. I used light wool socks and didn't get a single blister or sore spot. I found the "Heal Cradle" technology actually did encourage your foot to roll from your heel to your ball of your foot. I can't say whether or not the Gore-Tex works well as I didn't test it. The traction ascending Half Dome was adequate. I only experienced minor slipping a few instances while descending, but that's to be expected on such a slippery rock face. Also, I went with the Red/Black after checking out the Brown/Yellow at a North Face store. Glad I did. They are very unique, look awesome, and actually go well with khaki color hiking pants. Plus, the shipping from Backcountry.com was quick and well packaged.