Fit-feel-ride: With its Vibram “Megagrip” outsole, its durable ripstop mesh upper that wraps around the midsole and the semi-firm ride of the cushioning, The North Face Ultra MT is a hard-charging mountain shoe. It actually feels strong and solid on the foot, and holds up to sharp, rocky terrain. The traction of this shoe is what stands out the most. It gripped everything from slick to dry rock, soggy ground, dusty trails and more. Some testers craved more cushioning around the heel collar near the tongue, and others noted how the narrow fit of these won’t work for everyone. The thin yet nicely padded tongue lays comfortably on the foot, and the “FlashDry” lining wicks sweat and moisture in a jiff. This shoe also comes in a Gore-Tex version. For how durable and burly this shoe is, it’s still fairly lightweight. The only detractor is the non-stretchy laces (which need double knotting) could be felt by some of our testers across the top of the foot, but most of our testers really raved about this shoe’s traction, durability and agility.
This shoe is for you if … you’re a trail running fiend and don’t want to hold back on mountain runs.
Weights: 9.7 oz. (men’s); 8.2 oz. (women’s)
Heel-Toe Offset: 8mm; 23mm (heel), 15mm (forefoot)
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