Owner Review: The North Face Ultra Gore-Tex XCR Trail Running Shoe
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Owner Review: The North Face Ultra Gore-Tex XCR Trail Running Shoe
Review date: February 3, 2006
Name: Erik Clemmenson
Location: Farmington, Connecticut, USA
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lb
Experience: 10 years
Backpacking style: Semi-heavyweight (though not by choice)
Manufacturer: The North Face
Year of Manufacture:
Listed Weight: 14 oz (396 g) per shoe Men's Size 9
Measured weight: 15 oz (425 g) per shoe Men's Size 10.5
MSRP: $109.00 USD
Description (in the words of The North Face)
· Abrasion resistant synthetic mudguard
· AgION anti microbial lining
· Breathable sandwich mesh upper and tongue
· Decoupled heel
· Extended Roll Control medial heel wedge
· Heel & Forefoot X-2 cushioning
· Injection molded TPU shank insert
· Northotic ergonomically designed multidensity footbed with AgION
anti microbial top sheet
· Reinforced toe cap and heel
· Scree gaiter attachments Dual density EVA midsole
· TNF Trail Grip rubber outsole
· Waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex® XCR® trail runner for all weather
conditions. Gore-Tex® XCR® waterproof, breathable membrane upper
After having two pairs of The North Face's Ultra 102s, I decided it
was time to spend the extra ten dollars and purchase their Gore-Tex
XCR model. Though the Industry Blue/Goldenrod color I bought had me
querying the employee whether he was positive that he had grabbed the
men's shoe, and was different from my old Black/Yellow trail runners,
the new color seemed to grow on me after a few days of wearing them
around. Many a time my shoes were degraded by comments such as, "I bet
those don't make it through the next five days." But when we stopped
to tape up for hotspots, and eventually blisters, I could feel an evil
grin spread across the front of my shoes. I've put these shoes to hell
and back, and they show no signs of quitting.
Appalachian Trail (Presidential Range, NH)
Elevation: 1,452 ft (442 m) - 6,288 ft (1917 m)
Weather: 35 F (1 C) 80F (27 C)
Elevation: 3,600 ft (1,097 m) 8,098 ft (2468 m)
Weather: 32 F (0 C) 75 F (22 C)
From the Appalachian Trail to Jotunheimen Nasjonalpark (Norway), these
trail runners have endured through a vast array of terrain.
The first trip brought Franconia Ridge, hiking in from below Liberty
Campsite, to Mt. Washington, and out through Hermit Lake.
On the AT (the Presidentials), the difference was staggering while
running downhill. I've never felt so fleet of foot while on the trail
as I did the first time I went down a hill with my new shoes. The
weather on the trip was sunny and partly cloudy, with a few droplets
of rain here and there during the nights. Unfortunately (fortunately
at the time), I didn't get a chance to test out these shoes while
saturated, but dry and damp they offered awesome traction, and great
cushioning. Personally, I like to feel what I'm stepping on, and these
shoes gave that to me while still offering immaculate traction. The
cushioning feels like a regular running shoe, except it doesn't wear
out after running on it 20 times as most of mine have. The exceptional
breathability of these shoes was wonderful, I didn't ever feel like my
feet were damp from sweat. My one complaint from this trip is that
while putzing around in a stream before heading up Mt. Webster, I
noticed that the "Gore-Tex® XCR® waterproof, breathable membrane
upper" wasn't so waterproof. However, as stated above, I felt no
Now, across the mighty Atlantic Ocean to Jotunheimen, "Land of the
Giants." I believe we covered around 70 miles on our hike through
This was my first time abroad, so I didn't know what to expect, so I
brought my trail runners along, and I was rudely awakened by seeing
Jotunheimen covered in snow, in July. So, not having any alternative,
I strapped on the trusty trail runners, and made my way up
Galdhøpiggen. By the time we got back, my shoes were completely soaked
through. But even though water squished out with every step, they
still offered great traction and cushion, when I was out of the snow.
I was optimistic as I laid my shoes out to dry. However, my gaiters
decided that they had had enough after Galdhøpiggen, and promptly
broke within a few hours of beginning the second day, so I was left
with wet boots for the rest of the trip. After fording through rivers,
and walking through the snow for 7 days, my feet didn't have any
blisters on them, though they did look rather humorous in their
shriveled state. Though at the time I can't say I had any idea it was
in there, the anti-microbial lining prevented any type of vile stench
from accumulating inside my shoes. My only complaint would have to be
that my toes hurt after doing kicking steps, but I wasn't expecting to
be comfortable in them while doing kicking steps. What ever happened
to that reinforced toe cap? Oh well, I can't blame The North Face for
that one. I was pleasantly surprised that these didn't alter in their
performance whatsoever, though they might've been completely
inadequate for my situation.
In closing, I wouldn't think twice about getting a fourth pair of The
North Face Trail Runners. They've gone beyond their calling many a
time, and stood to tell the tale.
Things I like: Anti-Bacterial footbeds, lightweight, multiple lacing
holes, just about everything.
Things I dislike: Uppers are not waterproof as stated by The North Face.
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--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "andv4ranaut"
> Owner Review: The North Face Ultra Gore-Tex XCR Trail Running Shoe
> Review date: February 3, 2006
> Name: Erik Clemmenson
> Location: Farmington, Connecticut, USA
> Height: 6' 0"
> Weight: 185 lb
> E-mail: andv4ranaut@...
> Experience: 10 years
> Backpacking style: Semi-heavyweight (though not by choice)