My favorite pair of trail runners are made by The North Face, so I decided to give these a try. I recently used them on a very rugged multi day hike. The terrain I was navigating had extreme elevation changes, no marked trails, full of fallen trees and rocks, and a few small streams. I can confidently say you will be hard pressed to find a tougher test for these shoes than what I just put them through last weekend. They performed beautifully.
I enjoyed the lightweight and waterproof uppers that were light enough to not add fatigue for longer distance hikes but still stiff enough to prevent ankle twists and injuries. The weight is something I detest about traditional "hiking boots" and these feel more like tennis shoes in the weight department. These still do have a heavy duty sole however. I couldn't feel any pain, discomfort, or even real pressure from knobby stumps or rocks I trekked over which impressed me. I inspected the soles after my trip fully expecting to find large chunks or gashes and found no signs of wear on the rubber bottoms, and very limited signs of use on the foam sides. I also liked the secure lacing system that has eyes AND hooks towards the top. I preferred the eyes for ankle security (see terrain description above) but if you like the hook system or wanted these loose at the top for more ankle bend you could use them that way as well.
Sizing is just a tad big, but not enough that Id recommend sizing down. I think the extra room is built in purposefully to accommodate a good pair of hiking socks (I 100% recommend merino wool). If you for some reason plan on hiking in thin or no socks you might want to size down 1/2 size.
For leisure hikes with my kids, Ill still put on my trail runners, but I am really glad to have these boots waiting for me whenever I plan a trip into dense forest or otherwise rugged terrain.