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Kevin S.

Kevin S.

Kevin S.

Kevin S.wrote a review of on May 19, 2016

Comfortable, but has a major DESIGN FLAW
2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: USA 9.5

I purchase these shoes approximately one-year ago after reading a lot of positive reviews, and these light hiking shoes performed well in a variety of conditions. For example, I was in the Okavango Delta of Botswana during 40+ hours of continuous downpour rain and these comfortable shoes kept my feet completely dry. I was impressed. I thought I had found the perfect waterproof hiking shoes. Unfortunately, there is a major DESIGN FLAW I discovered while hiking the Routeburn Track in New Zealand recently.

DESIGN FLAW: The rigid rubber toe-cap rubs against the Gore Tex membrane where the shoe flexes and eventually wears a hole through the exterior webbing and the interior Gore Tex membrane. Fortunately, The North Face replaced my Ultra 109 GTX shoes with a new pair. Nevertheless, I sent the new pair back to TNF because of this design flaw. They accepted my return and issued a gift card. TNF is an awesome company.

Retailers should stop selling this defectively-designed shoe. I suggest looking at the new Hedgehog model because it doesn't have the rigid, rubber toe-cap of the GTX 109, and I assume it incorporates all of the good features of the GTX 109. However, I don't have first-hand knowledge or evidence to substantiate this assumption.