This years model of The North Face ultra is a little different than previous models. They got rid of the two tiered lacing which I always thought was a pain. The excellent support and stability remains the same. This has always been an excellent shoe for long (marathon plus) distances and wide ranging trail surfaces. My one criticism of this model is that it doesn't seem as cushioned as the earlier models. I'll go with a flat spenco insole for distance races. Runs true to size, but the toe box is not as wide as Montrails.