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Hedgehogs have changed very little over the past 15 million years; on the other hand, The North Face is constantly evolving, offering new products like the Hedgehog III GTX XCR Shoe. Adventure racers, day hikers, and multi-sport athletes can now enjoy Gore-Tex protection in a lightweight, low-profile shoe that's built for comfort, support, and speed.

  • Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane keeps your foot dry on wet, rainy trails
  • Northotic Pro footbed features Poron ReSource heel and forefoot cushioning to protect you where most needed
  • Heal Cradle features a higher-density perimeter material surrounding a softer EVA directly under the heel to balance stability with cushioning
  • X-2 dual-density, injection-molded EVA midsole cushions your foot on long treks
  • Injection-molded TPU shank plate adds support without piling on the weight
  • Vibram outsole gives you excellent traction on tricky terrain
  • Mesh panels on upper increase breathability
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These shoes are the best over all

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: 9.5

I have had these shoes for over 2 years now and they barley show any wear. I use them on a ranch so there is no concrete, all uneven surfaces and very rocky place to trek around.
Very comfortable.

Sturdy and comfortable

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

Tis is the second pair of this particular shoe and I love fact I just purchased another pair for backups. The shoe is extremely supportive...I wear custom insoles with a high arch and this shoe provides a great cradle for my feet. They are torsionally stiff and this provides an excellent shoe for trail walking. Overall a great product.

Not impressed

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

I had the previous year's shoe, which has lasted me almost 3 years without imploding. I bought this shoe because I like the other ones so much and this one sucks it up. I put probably 50 miles on the shoe and returned it. They create blisters all over my feet, the stitching is terrible, the Vibram peeled off the toe, and the Gore-Tex failed almost immediately. I have started leaning away from TNF products now seeing that they are inferior-made. Disappointing. Thanks to for returning my order!

My review is based on my experience wearing them, not yours or anyone else. My previous model was stitched differently. I also used these for heavy backpacking and pushed the limits of the shoe, but imo for over $100 I shouldn't have to sacrifice quality. I hope if you have a pair they are great.

So far so great

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs large

After spending quite some time deciding on a pair of shoes to buy I ended up deciding on these North Face Hedgehog III shoes. My cheap pair of sneakers only lasted 6 months so I figured I'd spend some extra money and get an actual decent pair of shoes. I have had these shoes for 3 months now and so far I have no complaints at all. I really like how these shoes look which is one of the main reasons I bought them. They are a little lighter in person than I was expecting but they still look good. After I got them all worn in they are also quite comfortable. Before these shoes I had never owned a pair of waterproof shoes and I have to say I will only be purchasing waterproof shoes from now on. I have had these shoes completely submerged in water and my feet stay nice and dry which is very very nice. Following the advice of other reviewers I ordered these a half size smaller and they fit well.The next test is just to see how long they last until they become worthless. All in all I would definitely recommend these shoes!

Happy so far!

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

Awesome hiking shoe!

I've tried lots of different hiking boots and no matter what I do I always get blisters on my heal. Someone recommended a low hiker, and I tried a bunch on, and this fit my foot better than the others I tried. I've taken them on two day hikes so far, and my feet were very happy. I only had moderate loads, and hiked at most 8 miles in a day, but under those circumstances, all hiking boots I've tried would tear my heal to pieces. These did nothing of the sort, straight out of the box. I'm curious how they'd be for some light backpacking, like a night or two. I might miss the ankle support of a boot once I add in a heavier pack, but I've know of people to backpack in Chaco sandals with no issues, so we shall see.

Happy so far!

PS. I had read reviews that these ran large, and to try a size down. This was definitely not the case for me. I am normally a 10.5 in most shoes, so that's what I got with these too. Maybe they are a tiny bit big, but hasn't been an issue yet, and the 10.0 was definitely too small. Toes were up against the front

Nice shoe but a little large in size

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Bought these and wore them around for a week, unfortunately once they started breaking in a little there was to much slippage in the heel. I wear a size 8 in my hikers and this was like having a 8 1/2 on my foot. Had to return them and was gonna try out a 7 1/2 but so far there isnt one available. Seems like this shoe is sized a little large, otherwise I would have to say it was well built. Hope this helps someone out when selecting size.

So Far So Good

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have only used these a few times but they seem to work quite well. I haven't tested the water-proofness though. They fit me very well but I had to return the 9.5's and get 9.0's because they were too big on my foot. I wear either a 9 or 9.5 in most shoes so these might be a little on the small size.

Great shoe!

    The best hiking shoe I've ever worn. Had these for about a month so far, probably 50+ miles and no problems. No break in period needed. Stepped into about 4 inches of mud, rinsed them off in a lake while on my foot, and not a drop of water or mud got inside. Great shoe!

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      After reading all the reviews on these shoes my wife and I each bought a pair for a trip to Alaska that involved some medium trekking. We tried them here first walking a 2 mile loop on gravel and turf. We made this trip on five occasions and the shoes just did not work for us. They are attractive, lightweight and comfortable at first. Alas, they are so stiff that they strained our leg muscles and rubbed raw places on our feet no matter what socks we tried. It may simply be our foot shapes or some other anomaly, but they are not the shoe for us. We returned them to Back Country and they promptly refunded our purchase price. I have nothing but praise for them. We bought Merrill Moabs and have found them to be delightful.

      Good Shoe

        I have had these a while now in the Coffee Brown colorway. As a hiking and performance shoe, they have done great thus far. Lots of grip most of the time, except when it's wet stepping on logs or stone (but what shoe doesn't slip under these conditions?). Very comfortable, my feet have never hurt on long hikes. I have hiked 10+ miles in these in one day many times with no discomfort. Relatively waterproof. I have stepped in deep puddles and such hiking, along with extended hikes in the rain, and my feet didn't get wet. I did try and jump over a small creek once and didn't make it. Shoes got wet inside, but dried out very quickly.

        Only dislikes about these shoes are I bought them to replace of older style North Face shoes which I loved, but they no longer make. I liked the styling of those older style better (I casn't remember the name). TNF needs to bring those back! Other than that, I wish the color was a lighter brown to coordinate better when wearing jeans. Other than that, like these a lot!


          I have a horrible time finding shoes that I like - but after several other brands I finally found these and they're perfect! Great fit, really comfortable, very waterproof, and the softer rubber on the bottom grips far better than the rigid hard rubber used on most shoes. I've had them a few weeks and and have put on over 100 miles - still going great.

          Hello, is the North Face shoes sizing the...

          Hello, is the North Face shoes sizing the same as the other brands? I have seen in the reviews of some people that they had to return and re-order smaller size in the past. Thanks a lot for your help in advance.


          I have just received my Hedgehogs, that I ordered a half size smaller than I normally where based on feedback about sizing I'd read from reviews. Unfortunately in my case, the advise has turned out to be incorrect. I ordered a 11.5, where I normally where a 12. I need a 12 for the right fit and now I have to return the items back from Australia for an exchange for the right fit. This will probably add $90 to my purchase price which makes the proposition marginal. Not that happy

          How would these shoes be for use on the...

          How would these shoes be for use on the AT. Maybe with a 25-35 pd pack?

          Best Answer

          Depends. If you have good ankles and are not prone to turning them and want to travel light and fast they would be fine. At the upper end of your weight range and on the sections with lots of elevation changes and rocks and roots or if your ankles like to roll you might do better with the support of a boot. Good luck and enjoy!

          Good shoe I guess but what's with the way...

          Good shoe I guess but what's with the way long shoe laces? Am I supposed to cut them to a reasonable length and deal with frayed ends? Or do I stuff the excess inside the shoe tongue in some fashion. Need advice. Thanx