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For a speedy summit.
A cross between hiking and trail running shoes, The North Face Men's Verto Approach III Shoe gets you to the summit faster than most approach shoes. The North Face's Cradle heel-stability technology absorbs impact so you can move fast comfortably, and there's an additional layer of high-abrasion, textile-infused, compression-molded EVA underfoot for more cush. Vibram's reliable rubber comes in a Megagrip tread to equip the sole with high traction for any terrain. The North Face made the Verto's upper out of breathable mesh with a suede mudvamp, TPU reinforcements, and a rubber toe cap for rock protection.
- Mesh upper with suede mudvamp
- TPU and rubber reinforcements
- Cradle heel-stability technology
- Compression-molded EVA midsole
- Vibram Megagrip rubber sole
- Q & A
Great all-around shoe
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 14
I bought this shoe right before our trip to Arches National Park. We hiked all over the park over a 4 day period. The shoe is very comfortable with a very grippy sole in wet and dry conditions. I had zero hot spots on my feet. The shoe has plenty of support and sole stability. It helped reduce foot fatigue over very rocky ground. It's only been the one trip so far but I'm very happy with the shoe and would highly recomment it to others.
Verto Approach 1st edition
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 11
OK - to preface I am reviewing the original TNF Verto Approach shoe (I believe a few years old now) - The Verto Approach III shoe is the new iteration from TNF and I am sure they have improved it. I used this shoe primarily for training to climb the Grand Teton standard route. Training included many scrambles in the central Wasatch (south superior, Pfiferhorn, Olympus). The rubber soles wore out particularly fast in the heel area. They did however accomplish all I set out to do in them. I thought I may get another 2 seasons out of them but alas they have found there way to a second hand gear store locally. TNF claims you can trail run in these which I did a little of but do not buy them for trail running specifically.
Sizing is true to size. I have owned a lot of The North Face footwear and I am an 11 in everything.
If anyone has experience with the current approach shoe please share! Feel free to hit me up if you have any questions.