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Go ahead and add that extra gear to your pack; when you're wearing the lightweight The North Face Men's Havoc Mid GTX XCR Hiking Shoe, you can handle the weight. That's because this new TNF offering features the advanced Cradle technology, which gives you exceptional stability in technical terrain; the shoe is also incredibly light for a supportive leather boot, so even if your pack is heavy, your feet feel free.

  • Cradle technology centers and stabilizes your heel bone to keep you stable on uneven terrain; cavity in heel construction also redistributes weight upon heel strike to lower impact
  • Gore Tex GTX XCR waterproof membrane keeps your feet dry on soggy trails, and breathes to create the ideal microclimate in the shoe
  • TPU Snake Plate provides underfoot protection without sacrificing flexibility
  • Protective rubber toe cap adds durability and protection on rough trails
  • Biomechanically engineered Northotic Pro footbed features Poron ReSource heel and forefoot cushioning pads and extra heel support
  • Exclusive Vibram rubber outsole provides lightweight, non-slip traction
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Wish they had a non-GTX version

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I have been using these light pair of mids in GTX in the rainy and typhoon season in Japan and this has provided me some good experiences/feedback.

The fit is great, I would say these are a normal/average width. Although I have narrow feet and these are a bit on the wide side for me, these are very comfortable and I only ever get minor blisters when I have to trek 6+ hours with soaking wet feet (yeah, see below for that).

Cushion is there but not overly squishy, just right, and the grip of the outer sole works really well for me. Previously I had trekked a lot with trail runners without a rock plate and this would leave my feet bruised after longer day treks (40~50Km). The TPU plate in the forefoot really helps with this, my feet feel well protected.

The upper of the shoe has a very simple design. There are not a lot of lines and stitches - usually points of failure or blisters - which I think looks good and performs well.

On Goretex - trekking twice a week during the rainy season in Japan my experience has been that when there is sustained rain my socks will start to feel wet after two hours. Then they will be soaked and sogging in 2,5 hours. I've had this happen quite consistently while hiking in continuous rain. The rain I'm talking about varies from normal sustained to intense sustained rain, sometimes was a bit less, sometimes a bit more. But my shoes never stayed dry for more than 2~2,5 hours.

I think there might still be cases where GTX could be good. In mild snow trails where you are not constantly subjected to lots of snow or water the GTX Mids were warmer and stayed dry enough (but I have limited snow experience).

I wish they would make these in a non GTX version, one that might dry out or drain quicker while walking. This would make for a better option in all but full winter season for me.

Not worth it

  • Fit:True to size

I ordered the boots a half size larger and they were a perfect fit. I went on a pretty easy hike and there were not many hotspots on my feet and overall I was feeling pretty stoked on the purchase. But after day two of moderate hiking I blew two seams. One in each boot on the right side of the boot about 3" long a piece . I was already hesitating on buying any middle of the road North Face gear and now I have confirmed why I will not in the near future. I think I will go Lowa , Scarpa, or La Sportiva from now on. North face to me was already just a brand name more for Urban hikers and these boots proved it from the gates.

Great Boots!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I've had these boots a little under a year and have put them through several tests so far. I've hiked in NC and TN in the mud and rough country. I have yet to find anything to complain about. If I were nit-picking, I've noticed slight signs of wear on the edges in the front where the rubber meets the leather. Other than that, a durable, comfortable boot worth every penny.

TNF Havoc mid GTX XCR hiking shoe

These boots are so comfortable, the gore-tex holds up like a boss. I broke these bad boys in after a rain storm in Utah's high Uintahs and summited two peaks in one day. I recommend! I normally wear 9.5 men's size but I went with a 10 size. Excellent grip on all terrain, I did everything from bouldering to crossing streams.

TNF Havoc mid GTX XCR hiking shoe

Received open (used?) product ...

    I received the boots last week and look forward to using them on an upcoming overnight backpacking trip. Unfortunately, I immediately noticed that the sticker/seal on the box was broken and that the box had been opened. Upon closer inspection of the boots, I saw that the bottom was dirty and the shoes had obviously been worn. Granted, they don't appear to have been used on an actual hike, but they look like demos you would find at a retail store. Either way, they were not brand new. I don't like going through the hassle of returning or exchanging things, and there were only two left when I bought this pair a few weeks ago, so I'm going to be keeping these. They are solid boots as far as I can tell, but I will update my review once I've actually gone out with them.

    Sweet Kicks!

    • 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 was quick and well packaged.

    Brandon, nice review. I wanted to ask you about the durability. I saw these boots at a local gear store and the demo they had on the floor had its black rubber that wraps around the toe and then down the side of your foot already peeling off. And this boot hadn't seen any trails whatsoever. What do you think? Isolated incident?

    Gotta retract what i said. The rubber on mine came loose all around them both after several hikes in Bulgaria. Not anything intense, just on rocky terrain but I'm pretty disappointed. I'm returning them now. The wear for the amount of use they got is pretty ridiculous to me. They started breaking down practically as soon as I left the country. I suppose I spoke too soon.

    Wreak Havoc on the trail

      Well, don't actually damage or destroy stuff on the trail, but these boots can definatly hold their own. On the product description, they say that you can "skip, jump, and splash" and that is definatly true as these boots are pretty darn light, not clunky like other boots. Other boots also have big ol thick, grippy soles on the bottom, these ones just have what you need to be protected, nothin more. That black material you see on the side of the boot is really lightweight, great for ventilation; nice substitute for the leather. I would say these boots are ideal for light to medium grade backpacking trips. If you hauling some real heavy stuff in your pack, you might want to look at something else. I have other North Face shoes/boots and I have always been satisfied. Although their relativly new to the footwear industry, their quality in their outerwear definitly transitions to the footwear. As for the looks, I got the black pair and they look pretty sweet, when your wearing pants, it almost looks like a cross between a hiking boot and a basketball shoe (for better or worse). Overall, nice lightweight waterproof boots that are comfrotable and will get you from point A to point B with ease. The only reason I didnt give it 5 stars it because it's not the best possible boot on the planet.

      Can these support standard ice crampons

      Can these support standard ice crampons

      How do these fit? Do they tend to run...

      How do these fit? Do they tend to run small?