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Italians know technical, jagged mountain terrain better than anyone (heard of the Alps?), so that's where The North Face decided to have the Men's Verbera Lightpacker GTX Boot crafted. Mid-high support protects your ankles, tough suede and ballistic textile fend off trail hazards and, when the sky opens up, a waterproof breathable membrane keeps your toes dry. Button this light-and-fast boot up with the claw-like traction of a Vibram sole and you'll find it all too easy to drag a multi-day pack through the mountains.

  • Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane protects your foot from moisture outside (foul, wet weather) and allows sweaty moisture inside your boot to escape to the outside
  • Boot last has a medium-volume shape, it's narrower in the heel and achilles for control, and it features a roomier forefoot and tapered toebox to accommodate thicker hiking socks and swollen toes
  • Ventilation from ballistic mesh helps keep your foot cool, and the tough nubuck leather upper shrugs off sharp rocks and trail hazards
  • Northotic Pro footbed uses upgraded EVA material and a cushioned, Poron ReSource heel to soak up impact
  • Cradle heel cushioning and SR2 insole board provide support for carrying heavy loads but still allow for enough response so you can feel the trail below your feet
  • Vibram outsole has durable, reliable build and offers supreme traction on everything from wet, loamy trails to loose, rocky desert terrain
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  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I have used these boots now for 3 months (2 times a week 8 hr hike). Sadly they have not see any mountains yet, but I have used them in steep hills, wetlands, dunes and forest. In general just uneven and soggy terrain.

The best feature is their light weight, comparing in weight with regular lower boots, but at the same time it has the stenght (sole, heel and ankle stability) and durability of my heavy-mountain boots. This makes them easy to use, and I use them for most of my outdoor activities now. I do get some soreness in my feet after 8 hours of walking, but this is as expected, and not too bad. The insole is great, I wanted to replace them with the isoles I used in my heavy-mountain boots, but that is not necessary, the ones that come with the boot are so far so good. The sole seems to be pre-bent at the toes, which makes walking very easy with stiff soles, although I do not know how they will hold in true mountain terrain, or how they will hold if I use them longer. The gore-tex so far holds very well, although I always get wet feet because it is not high enough for the waters I want to cross (but that's my problem)

I can not really think of negative points, except for being slightly small at the toes. And personally I would have liked a higher boot better, for more ankle support and to cross deeper waters.

Fantastic boots

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

Typically I am not a fan of TNF products. Some of their higher end gear is ok but not usually my go-to brand. However, I took a chance on these hiking boots due to positive reviews and the advice of a backcountry gear head. I am definitely not disappointed.

The boot fits snug and is very well constructed. I did size up a 1/2 size from what I normally wear. It has the stiffness that you need when backpacking longer distances but is crazy lightweight. Also, the tread is amazing. I have a pair of snow boots but these have quickly become my first choice. My son and I are heading out on a 2 day 25mile hike in a couple weeks so this will be a good test for trail comfort and support.

Great product that I highly recommend.

These are great boots!

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

Rain, snow, mud, rocks, you name it these boots can handle it! Hiked 14ers, snowshoed, hiked in snow, hiked through mud, streams, camped everything in between and these things just keep getting more comfortable and keep my feet dry and warm. They are light weight which is great for long hikes. My feet have never even gotten close to damp wearing these things. They fit true to size which is nice and are quite sturdy. You'll want to break them in a little before doing anything strenuous in them. I didn't and had a couple of blisters but I'm to blame for that. After they got broken in they have been awesome and super comfortable.

I just broke my ankle from the constant...

I just broke my ankle from the constant tendency of my asolo boots to roll towards the outside (with my feet). I am looking for a boot with a strong lasting board, a wide heel and durability. Looking at LaSportiva Pumir, Scarpa Kinesis, and North Face Verbera Backpacker gortex. Which of these do you think will provide the most stable and stiff boot for off trail hiking and mountaineering in Colorado and Wyoming?

I have an ankle that likes to roll as well, thanks to an injury over 20 years ago.

For really good support, and since you mentioned mountaineering, I'd suggest moving up to a light mountaineering boot.

My everyday work and backpacking boot is La Sportiva Glacier. They see water nearly everyday and are still going after almost 18 months. Typical work boots, like Red Wing, barely last me six months before they wear out or dryrot.

If you need the support of a full steel shank, look at La Sportiva Makalu. I use mine for more technical terrain, or HEAVY backpacking.

Both boots I mentioned are very comfortable, after you break them in, and with the right insole.