The North FaceUltra Fastpack II Mid GTX Hiking Boot - Women's

Cruise over the roughest terrain.

Enjoy every step as you navigate twisty contours and jagged ridgelines with The North Face Women's Ultra Fastpack Mid GTX Hiking Boot. The North Face equipped this surprisingly light mid-top boot with a waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex membrane inside the well-ventilated mesh upper, welded with cables and a rubber toe cap for long-lasting durability and rock protection. There's a FlashDry lining inside the collar to wick moisture and dry quicker than you can bag peaks.

Underfoot, the Ultra Fastpack II features Ultra Protect Cradle technology for proper heel support, and the dual-density, compression-molded Cradle Guide midsole enhances cush and support specifically designed for faster pursuits. Vibram's reliable rubber comes in a Megagrip tread for traction on any terrain.

  • Gore-Tex
  • Welded mesh upper with embedded cables and rubber toe cap
  • FlashDry collar lining
  • Ultra Protect Cradle technology
  • Cradle Guide midsole
  • Vibram Megagrip sole
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  • Q & A

seem pretty awesome

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I wear a 10 but there was only an 11 in stock in the color I like- which turned out to be a really great color scheme btw- but 11 was too big. I usually go up at least .5 a size for hiking shoes, so hoped these would fit, but at the end of the day they just felt too big and like it would make me clumsy. They were super comfortable- it felt awesome to have toe room. (One of my biggest problems with hiking shoes is that my toes get jammed up, especially if there are a lot of steep inclines, and it really hurts after a long hike.) I liked these so much I contemplated keeping them even though they were too big. I also have never owned high top hiking boots, so that felt a little weird and I was worried about blisters and rubbing above my ankles- but I was looking forward to crossing shallow creeks and staying dry and keeping rocks out of my shoes! Thank you North Face for making a woman's shoe that isn't the color of a lollipop.

On the edge at Capitol Reef

On the edge at Capitol Reef

Outbound Collective Apparel Pick 2017

"These are the type of hiking boots that make you actually love hiking boots. At the weight of a running shoe, but with that often-needed ankle support, these waterproof stompers are the best for any type of jaunts and really shine if you're trying to cover extensive milage. They are breathable, dry out quickly, quickly form to your feet, and the traction is great. Since putting on the Fastpacks for the first time, I haven't been able to return to now seemingly-clunky leather boots."'s-guide

Outbound Collective Apparel Pick 2017

Kick A** Boots After Update

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 9.5

I was in the market for new hiking boots. I tried on a bunch of different ones and first went with the older version of this boot (WOMEN’S ULTRA FASTPACK MID GTX). I liked everything initially, but after a short hike I found the lack of tongue padding bruised the interior of my ankle. Luckily they released this new version with an updated, more padded tongue and so I returned the old version, bought this one and haven't had that issue since. I frequently hike and even backpack in Saucony trail runners, but my feet are hypersensitive to water and simply cannot get wet or they will itch. So whenever I am hiking in the shoulder seasons, when rain is in the forecast, or I am hiking in a wet environment these are my go-to footwear. Their waterproofing also handles snowshoeing well, since I have not yet bought a pair of dedicated winter hiking boots.
Things that I like about this boot are the wide toe box but narrower middle. I am an A width foot with a high arch. I added heat molded foot beds in these shoes for more arch support than the standard insoles provided. I use the SOLE Dean Karnazes Signature Series Custom Footbeds - Medium Volume, which were a little narrower than the Superfeet Green/Orange insoles. B width feet (standard women's width) will probably find these suitable as well, but women with wider feet will want to look at a different shoe. I am a true 8.5 on the measuring platform but purchased these in a 9.5 as I do with all of my shoes for extra toe clearance.
The look and feel of these shoes reminds me a bit of basketball shoes. Actually a lot, minus the soles. When I am tired I sometimes accidentally trip or my ankles give out on me, and this boot provides basic support that the trail runners don't. There is no comparison to a backpacking boot but compared to a low cut shoe, it is a definite step up in protectiveness and support. A lot of ultralight backpackers prefer trail runners but I think this would be a great boot (more like high cut shoe) option for those looking to get a slightly more waterproof and supportive package. Its also a great day hiker of course. Anyways, try these out.

Thanks so much for sharing your story on these shoes. A lot of people are very curious to hear how this relatively new style, works in the field. I'm so glad they've been great!

November 2017 review update:
Just a quick update to say that my North Face boots are still going strong. There is a bit of wear and tear on them but the waterproofing has held up well. I've decided that they are a bit cold to be a dedicated winter boot (which means they don't overheat as quickly in warm hiking weather as some other backpacking boots), but otherwise I've enjoyed them a lot and use them more than my trail running shoes at this point.

Unanswered Question

I am wondering what the difference is between the Ultra Fastpack vs. the Ultra Fastpack II?