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No trail too tough, no distance too far.
From early morning three-and-half yawner runs to thigh-melting twenty mile ridge link-ups, The North Face Women's Ultra Endurance Trail Running Shoe handles both, and everything in between, with aplomb. With a construction that puts an emphasis on protection, the Ultra Endurance's upper is a breathable mesh material with welded TPU and suede overlays for serious support and dependable protection.
Since trails are often littered with hitchhikers and rocks, The North Face threw in a gusseted tongue to keep goatheads at bay and added its ESS Snake Plate at the forefoot for underfoot protection against bumpy rocks and pointy logs. The whole shebang is built on a Vibram Megagrip sole for solid and reliable traction whether you're cruising single track in the valley bottoms or riding high in the mountains across loose scree and slabs of granite.
- Synthetic mesh upper
- Welded TPU and suede overlays
- Standard lace closure
- Gusseted tongue
- ESS Snake Plate forefoot protection
- Single-density EVA midsole
- 8mm drop
- Vibram Megarip sole
- Q & A
My feetsies are happy!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I've been wearing Salomon Speedcross for about a year. I swore I'd never wear anything else, but hiking on the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania, suffering a bad sprain and a pretty messed up toe, I decided to look for something that offered a bit more protection for those rocks but did not want to switch back to boots. The description on the TNF Ultra Endurance made me want to give these a try.
The verdict... These are awesome! There was no break-in period. They were comfortable right out of the box. I experienced zero hot spots or blisters. I normally wear a size 7 but in the past have been a 7.5 in TNF... in these a size 7 fit perfectly.
First day in them I logged just under 9mi over rocky AT Pennsylvania terrain. Day 2 was just over 17mi.
The grip on these things was phenomenal. There's a section called Knife Edge where big boulders slant at an angle and yup, you gotta walk across them, feet slanting. I always felt completely stable on my feet. Bear Rocks was a climb up big boulders with some rock hopping and no falls and secure grip. Even managed to keep grip on a narrow rock for tree pose!
All in all, I think these may be new go-to trail runners
UPDATE: I've put about 200 mi on these, mostly on the AT in Pennsylvania and for anyone who knows, it's more like ROCKSYLVANIA! These are holding up incredibly well. Good tread and cushion remain. On a 22+mi day in PA, I had no pain at the bottom of feet despite all the rocks. "nuff said!