One shoe to rule the roost.

Use the quick-adjusting Boa cable system to fit your The North Face Hedgehog GTX XCR Boa Hiking Shoes and head out into the elements with your feet protected by the waterproof-and-breathable construction of this fast-and-light hiking shoe. As a exclusive, this particular Hedgehog comes packed to the gills with features fit for long days on the trail. Inside these supportive and cushioned shoes you'll find comfort, and on the outside, a surefooted design up by grippy Vibram soles.
  • Adjust the fit of your shoe with a turn of the Boa dial on the heel which evenly tightens or releases the cable lacing system
  • Gore-Tex XCR waterproof and breathable membrane keeps your feet dry through wet and muddy conditions and allows sweat and moisture to escape from within
  • Northotic Pro footbed has softer ReSource heel and forefoot cushioning pads
  • ESS Heal Cradle Pro protects the heel by keeping the foot centered over a softer density EVA cushion that not only eases transition from step to step, but reduce pressure from impact
  • X-Frame technology places dual-density material at the mid-sole and forefoot to suck up the impact of the trail and provide quick rebound as you hike
  • Vibram rubber soles provide supreme grip on variable surfaces, long-lasting durability, and sure-footed traction

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5 5

Great Shoe!

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

I have been buying TNF shoes for about 10 years now and i have to say these shoes might be my favorite. I love the GorTex and the BOA Lacing system. The soles on these should not peel at all like some other TNF shoes i have had in the past. I am glad i got two pair.

3 5

i tried

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

i tried so hard to like these shoes.i bought a ten and they were too big, then a 9.5 and they were too skinny. i broke my foot 6 months ago and wanted some real nice supportive, sturdy hiking shoes. first, they were way to tight at the wide part of my foot. after a week they finally broke in. then the part near the ankle dug into my ankle every day. my (formerly broken) foot hurt worse every day i wore these. big shout out to the Assistive tech these shoes offer, but i can tie my laces and am not fat enough not to reach my own foot. they look nice and have thick soles and pads, but you need to have super skinny feet to get a good fit.

How is the sizing on these shoes?
I wear...

How is the sizing on these shoes?
I wear 12 on other TNF shoes. Do I need to go up or down in size?

Best Answer Responded on

Honestly, fit within The North Face brand is only going to vary slightly by style of shoe. I don't know what TNF shoes you normally wear, whether it be casual, hiking, running, or boots but I would suggest staying with size 12 if that is normally what you wear in this brand.

5 5

I may never own a different shoe!

Ok so the days of Velcro are over... and you don't have to be wearing a ski boot now, to enjoy the comfort of the Boa system... this is by far the best shoe I have ever owned. So comfortable since it is completely adjustable. Not to mention its self-adjusting while you walk. The fact that it comes from North Face you know it is rugged and made for the trail. Water repelled, if not completely waterproof with a quick spray.. you will NOT be disappointed with this shoe!

5 5

NF Boa Trail Runner

NF boa shoes are the best I've ever owned. I'm on my 2nd pair, and never had a problem with the boa system. Usually have them set so I can slid them on without any adjustment. The stiff heel counter allows this. I only tighten them if I'm running or hiking, other wise it is a work and kick around shoe. The boa system is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but since it appears to be discontinued by NF, then I guess others have had problems. I also have a boa by Vasque. Not as good a shoe, but the boa part works flawlessly.

4 5

Like them a lot, but had to return them anyhow

I really like The North Face use of the Boa lacing system. I really wanted to keep these shoes, especially since I got my size on sale. Unfortunately, I have a pronounced navicular (ankle bone) and it came right up against something hard, the casing for the cable maybe. I've had several pairs of TNF shoes using this system, and my disappointment in my most recent fitting was only relieved by the knowledge of the return policy.

5 5

are you old?

If so, they might be perfect. The shoe is ridiculously comfortable, but i bought them for my old man for his birthday. Being 65ish and not wanting to deal with laces, the boa system was the major sell. He puts them on, twists a dial, and is on his way!

5 5

Love 'em

Best shoes I've had - very comfortable and the BOA lacing system allows the shoe to hug your foot. Shame this system is being phased out.

4 5

like them

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

i had the tnf plasma's and loved them i was hopeing these would be close to the same as them there not. they are realy low cut the heel cupping system gave me alot of hot spots. the boa system doesnt quite give me that locked in place feeling till i took the spool apart and cut about 4 inches off the lace/wire. i still like them but would not buy them again. wish tnf would make the boa in more of there shoes

5 5

great shoes - if you love slip-ons

They are great if you love slip-ons and want their easy on and off benefit. They are NOT slip-ons but BEHAVE SO. The BOA system is great, the comfort is impressive and the Gortex water proof is the USP for these shoes.

5 5

Wonderful athletic shoes

I was looking for athletic shoes that I could fasten one handed as I recently had a stroke, and a customer service person suggested the BOA lacing system. These shoes definitely fit my needs. They are very comfortable, and are easy to adjust once I figured out how to release the laces.

4 5

Good Shoes

I've tried them in TNF store and bought them here in Got $30 less here. The shoes are good.. as long as you know their purpose. if you need water proof and easy to wear, they are good. If easy to wear, no lace etc. is not you priority, there are much lighter, better, cheaper shoes around.

5 5

Great all around shoes...

I'm 6'-0", 190 lbs and an advanced hiker. I specifically bought the shoes for hiking in Hawaii, September of 2009. The traction and comfort are great and am buying another pair. I ended up hiking the most difficult and dangerous trail in Hawaii; The Pu'u Manamana Trail and was very happy with the shoes. They've also been great fro grass volleyball and anywhere else you need traction. It's over two years later and they're still great but time to replace. In the two years I've had these shoes, I've warn them about 25% of the time.

Great all around shoes...
2 5

Comfort with a twist

My first pair of expensive hiking shoes, they look nice and feel nice. I love the technology of the boa cable, very handy for tightening your shoe and taking off your shoe. I bought them for there over all comfort. The first time on the trail I was happy at the grip and safety I felt wearing them, but here is the twist they boa cable next to your ankle digs in, there is little to no padding, to where all the tension is pulled. So I tried loosing the cables to relieve the tension so it wouldn't grind my heal but it still did and I felt less secure in the loose shoes. I even wore high socks that were padded. Sorry to say I'm taking them back. I love north face but this was disapointing.

5 5

Men's boa shoes

I've worn one for the past two years. The only problem I've had
with the cable system is the cover of the wheel came off, but did
not impair the operation of the cable. I just bought another pair.
No shoes come close to be as comfortable as the boa line, especially found in general stores. The cost is well worth it!

1 5

BOA doesn't work!

I've had to send 2 pair back because the boa lacing system jams after about two weeks. I spoke to someone at boa and she told me that they get clogged with dust and have to be cleaned periodically, "It may help" and told me to go to their website for a tool. Not exactly the response one wants to hear. The result of the jamming is that they are very difficult to get off (and on) once this takes place. I like the concept but boa needs to perfect it before I'd hassle with another pair.

Responded on

I've owned to 3 boa setups. 1. these North Face 2. Vasque boots 3. Bindings. I've never had any of them jam, nor did I ever clean them. It sounds as your post is a bit fabricated.

Responded on

I've owned 4 pairs of Boa laced shoes. 2 from Treksta and 2 from North Face and I've never once had an issue with the lacing system. Your review does indeed sound a bit fabricated...

3 5

Good but don't get the BOA

Shoe is awesome, all other reviews are correct save for one thing: The BOA system. The back knob does not lock tightly enough to keep you from inadvertantly popping it out. The shoe loosens and if you're climbing up rocks, trees, etc., the shoe will come off. I love my BOA hedgehogs but I think I would like plain laces better. The extra money for the BOA isn't worth it until they place some sort of lashing over the BOA knob in the back or make it lock tigher... or just relocate it to another part of the shoe. I've worn mine for about a year now and have had the lacing come loose six or seven times. I am now concious of it and it doesn't happen as often but I have lost the shoe completely on one occassion (as in, it fell off and I had to retrieve it). That really sucks for an outdoors hiking shoe. Not loosing your footing is kind of the point, no? Anyways, good shoe, pretty comfortable once broken in (miserable before), good, durable quality, but the BOA system isn't secure enough, so a "Meh.." Rating. 3 stars only.

5 5


I love this shoe. And Boa lacing system is located fine in the back. Great Shoe!