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The North Face developed the Men's Single-Track Hayasa Trail Running Shoes in collaboration with the ultra-runner Tsuyoshi Kaburaki and named them after the Japanese word for 'speed.' The Hayasa shoes are for runners who prefer to stick with their traditional (heel first) gait but want to experience the minimalist feel and ultra-light weight that their barefoot-oriented brethren enjoy.

  • Lightweight, minimal upper construction is almost entirely welded to reduce bulk, weight, and chafing
  • TPU welded overlays give you a close, supportive fit
  • Perforated Northotic footbed offers support and underfoot comfort
  • Using soft EVA in the center and firmer TPU in the perimeter, Cradle technology under the heel offers lightweight impact protection and motion control during heel strike
  • Dual-density, compression-molded EVA in midsole cushions your stride
  • Snake Plate in forefoot offers protection from bruising from rough trails without sacrificing flexibility or adding weight
  • Toe cap and gusseted tongue offer protection from trail debris
  • Tenacious Grip sole features lightweight blown rubber in the center of the forefoot and durable carbon rubber in the perimeter and heel to reduce weight and maximize traction
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Good lightweight training shoe

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

This is a nice lightweight pair of shoes, they work great if the terrain is not very technical o too muddy. I personally use them just for traning.

A bad thing is that they dont offer a lot of protection for your toes.

Have worked on roads really well too!

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

I originally bought the Single Track Hayasas for running off-road and through snow this past winter and kept on wearing them through the spring as a trainer in my road racing because they were just that comfortable! These ones felt like a glove and were amazingly receptive including handling both my long runs, dirt, and even intervals and strides with ease.

I did wear through the lugs on the forefoot.....after 626 miles!


    My man got the Single-Track Hayasa Trail Running Shoe - Men's about a month ago - he's worn them everyday since! He normally wears a size 11 and the 11 fit perfectly. His feet aren't wide but aren't narrow - this is form fitting but not skin tight on his foot. The top of the tongue rests right at the ankle curve and from there, the top wraps around his foot just below the ankle bones.

    He didn't feel like there was much of a breaking in period - they were flexible from day 1 and the support has really changed since then.

    FAVES: Perforated Northotic footbed - he has been looking for a shoe that offers comfortably support. Extremely light!!! Tenacious Grip is nothing less than what it claims to be - very trustworthy on the rocks and speeding around corners.

    Problems with sole wear

      I read a number of people were having issues with rapid wear on these shoes. I then spoke to some guys from North Face at a race recently and they said there was an issue. They did say the Single Track II did not have any issues. I have been stoked with the Single Tracks and decided to go with the new version instead of trying the Hayasa. Maybe once the wear issue is fixed I might give them a try.

      Hat being thrown into the ring. Bought on April 16th and returned on June 10. Put about 40 trail miles on them, a few gym workouts and the sole was as flat and worn like Fred Flintstone was stopping his car in them the entire time. I was over the moon when I first got these, looked grrrrrrrreat and felt light and thought I had finally nailed a great shoe but more disappointing than coal on Christmas :(