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The North Face Hedgehog Mid GTX Hiking Boot - Men's

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    Protective and supportive for the hard hikes.

    The North Face Men's Hedgehog Mid GTX Hiking Boot offers protection for long trails, rugged backpacking trips, and varied conditions. Gore-Tex gives the Hedgehog waterproof, breathable protection for year-round weather, and full-grain leather keeps the upper strong while mesh ensures breathability and reinforcements extend longevity.

    The Hedgehog Mid GTX also features The North Face's TPU Cradle heel-stability technology for soft impact absorption and a firmer toe-off at each step. This midsole also includes a full-length TPU plate for support and EVA for cushy comfort. The scratch-rubber tip protects your toes from rocks, and outriggers give the Vibram sole extra grip on all sorts of terrain.

    • Gore-Tex
    • Full-grain leather upper with mesh and reinforcements
    • TPU Cradle heel-stability technology
    • EVA midsole with full-length TPU plate
    • Scratched-rubber tip
    • Vibram rubber sole with outriggers
    • Item #TNF01ED

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    full grain leather, mesh
    Gore-Tex membrane
    TPU Cradle heel, compression-molded EVA, full-length TPU
    Claimed Weight
    [size 9, single] 1 lb
    Recommended Use
    backpacking, hiking & camping
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited 1 year

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    Super functional, but slightly rigid.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10

    Primary use for this boot is winter hiking with YakTrax or Snow Shoeing. Some of the reviews below are warranted, but with any shoe, the design varies from individual to individual and not all shoes fit everyone.

    Personally, the heel stability is phenomenal and the support I get on long hikes is great! The upper cuff took a little bit of breaking in, but after a few longer hikes they were golden!

    From single digit temps on the trail to warmer days, from slushy trails to hard packed snow my feet are always dry and warm.

    Worst boot ever

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

    Ordered these because of previous good experiences with North Face boots/shoes. They are waterproof, which is the main reason I wanted them. But the design is flawed. They rub your ankles raw. I have tried just about every way possible to "break them in"..even taped my ankles and wore them for a few days, but the boots rubbed holes through my socks! Nothing has worked. Wish I would have pulled the trigger and sent them back two after trying them on. Now I am kinda stuck with $120 unwearable boots:(


      This is an unacceptable shoe design as the lace hooks are placed to high or the boot is cut too low so that the laces do not stay on the exterior of the boot but slide over onto one's ankle. This makes the boots unwearable as they cannot be laced up fully. I requested an RMA so that I could send them back as a warranty issue, but customer service refused to issue the RMA. As I do not want to pay for items returned and then shipped back to me at my expense, I am forced to throw these is the trash without anyone being made aware of the issue except through this method.

      They are water proof...

        Well 3 hikes under my belt with this boot and over 60 miles and they have held up very well. I was hesitant of buying a Northface shoe/boot at first. I have only owned some t shirts and jackets they make so I never considered them a shoe manufacturer in my book. But, I took a chance and I just came back from my third hike and it was muddy, wet and rocky and they held up very well. I recommend a pair. I am a size 11 or 12 depending the brand and I went with size 12 and they fit perfect with a pair of Smart wool socks.

        Great boot

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 10.5

        I got this boots 1 week before a 50 mile backpacking trip. I logged maybe 5 miles in them before the trip to break them in. I was worried they would destroy my feet but the worked out great. 0 blisters and shoes fit great after 50 miles. They kept my feet dry through multiple stream crossings a day. My favorite pair of hiking boots so far.

        Bitching For The Bucks

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: Runs large
        • Size Bought: 10

        There are better boots, but not for the price and quality you get here. My first Northface and I've hiked Merrell for many years in Central Idaho's mountains, but changed this spring for moderate price. Not as "stiff" as Merrell's "Sawtooth" (discontinued?), which is still my fav, but I like this Hedgehog Mid far better than Merrell's Mid-cap Moab. It's tougher. Here's why: 3 gromets on top are necessary in Idaho's terrain, as top 2 should be backlaced for added ankle support; Roomy toe (I'm 10.5; bought 10), and can be worn with one sock (two socks are stuffy and hotter), heel and foot pad are VERY comfortable. Insoles are comfy and form fitting heel pocket from get-go,so with proper lacing, foot is immediately secure. Secure at ankle with soft tongue. No hot spots at all. Vibram sole works well, as long as on ball of foot going downhill in shale, slickrock, or loose dirt/gravel (stay "over" your skis). If your weight is thrown to your heels, your weighted foot shoots forward, as heel potion of sole doesn't "bite" aggressively. OK/Fine if you stay forward on ball of foot. I prefer a beefier lace with bigger lace openings, but this one's adequate, so far. I've already put a hundred miles or so on these pups with challenging vertical and rockface, extreme angle descents - and I am confident and secure with its future performance. Shows no wear, so far. I think one of the best of the mid-price boots offered recently. Will prob wear two socks in winter, - one compression - and expect fine performance in snowshoes, as it's light; yet will be secure and stable in bindings. Rubber toe should keep foot dry. Good value in the Hedgehog.

        Bitching For The Bucks

        Good Choice

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: Runs large
        • Size Bought: 10

        I have been using a pair of lightweight Salomon boots for a couple of years. I found that my feet were getting sore, especially on rocky trails and European cobblestone streets, especially when lugging a backpack.
        I specifically got these for their comfort and sturdiness, and I am not disappointed. I've only been out a few times, so they are still conforming to my feet, but they are giving me the comfort and support I was seeking. I've also tested their grip and water resistance, and I'm very pleased with both.
        I do find the toe box to be wider than most. For me, with bunions, this is a good thing, but a surprise nonetheless. A narrow foot would likely swim in them. That said, the lacing system allows for custom fitting, if you will, so again, I'm getting both comfort and support.

        Not very comfortable

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

        I gave these boots an honest effort, but they just wouldn't start to break in. I thought they would be good winter hikers, but they hurt my feet and ankles.

        Great Shoe

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 9.5

        I bought these for my son and he really likes them. Its a great light weight shoe for hiking, The size is true to size. Great for a everyday shoe to wear for work.

        Nice solid boot

        • Fit: Runs large
        • Size Bought: 9.5

        First off I had to go about a 1/2 size smaller than I normally wear. They seemed slightly larger than most of my shoes. But BC is great with exchanges and promptly sent me out my adjusted size. The boots fit great. I did put a pair of green Superfeet inserts into them. This is the norm for me as most shoes and boots do not come with proper arch support. Once you try them you don't go without.

        The boots have a nice gripping Vibram sole. They fit like a comfy glove with a smartwool or ski sock on. My feet have stayed dry and warm. It has only been winter since I have had them so I can't comment on whether or not they are too warm in the summer. No blisters or rough spots right out of the box. My only problem occurred with my right boot. I felt like the lace hook rivot at the bend of the boot dug in a little so I by-passed this and have had no problems.

        Solid boot

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I've put off writing any big reviews of any of my kit until I felt I'd adequately put it "through the wringer", that and found myself in front of the computer long enough to get it all down. From single and multi-day hikes through NH's Whites and around New England to a trip to the top of Kilimanjaro, these boots have seen "the wringer" while on my feet.

        Long story short, these are good boots. They're moderately supportive; they've got enough sensitivity that you can feel the rocks and terrain under your foot, yet still grab your foot to keep it in the same spot if any of those rocks decide to slip. The grip with the Vibram soles is great, you can practically run up a window in them. I wouldn't set out on a multi-day trek under a heavily loaded pack and over rough terrain with these, but I wouldn't expect to in most boots in this price bracket, and for lighter loads they're great.

        Out of the box the first thing I noticed is that I could have jump-roped with the laces. There's a feature you don't see in the bullet list. I've never been accused of having narrow feet, but when laced up tight with some heavy socks on I was still afraid I'd trip on the laces, so I snipped a few inches off each lace and capped the ends with some heat-shrink tube (available at your friendly local hardware store), and have been very happy with them since. Easy fix. The boots took me a little longer than I expected to break in, but once they did the flexibility through the foot and up the ankle is great. That being said, one time during a particularly long hike through a boulder field with a decently heavy pack and tired legs I found myself wishing for a little less ankle flex when the rock under my foot decided to roll. But I’m not sure the designers at TNF really had that type of use in mind for this boot. A pretty cool feature about this boot is the hard plastic toe cap. It was great in that same boulder field or when descending through scree or anything slidey. No more beat up toes. However, that hard plastic cap does make the toe box feel a little bit wonky. There’s a ton of room to move your toe up and down (or put on heavy socks), but side to side it’s locked in. My heel has always felt locked into these boots as well, and so far zero blisters and zero hot spots. It could just be my foot, but the fit in the toes does feel a bit weird, but it’s not serious enough to be a deal breaker. The boots are super breathable, I’ve never suffered from swamp foot in them, and as long as it doesn’t come over the top of the boot, there is no water getting in. I spent a few days in particular trekking in sleety-rainy-nastiness, but my piggies stayed dry. Shallow river crossings have never been an issue either… as long as you stay upright.

        These boots do what they’re supposed to. The support, waterproofing, breathability and durability are spot on. The fit is even good, just a tiny bit weird in the toes. Or it could be my weird feet.

        Great boot, right out of the box.

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 13

        I usually lean very heavily on reviews when I buy anything. As such, I was taking a leap of faith purchasing these without anyone's prior experience to rely on.

        These hardly got broken in (wore them on a morning hike over a couple miles with only +/- 500ft) before I took them out over night. This weekend did a quick overnight up and down about 3,500 ft and 6 miles in both humid heat and pouring rain - 0 Blisters, 0 Discomfort, not too hot and completely dry throughout whole trip.

        They look great, they feel great and they really perform. Would highly recommend. Fits to size with smartwool socks.