The North Face Buildering
Break-in Period: fast
Weight: I dunno
Price Paid: $50
This is a great shoe for scrambling and approach hikes! It's not that great for typical hiking on trails because it doesn't have much tread on the sole, and has no ankle support. But I didn't buy it for trail hiking.
I have found this shoe more durable than the Montrail D7 which I destoyed in only a few months of use (wore the tread through to the sole in the heel and toe). The North Face shoe has more tread on the bottom of the shoe than the Montrail. It also has more durable upper fabrics. After one week of wearing the Montrail D7, I had ripped out the linning in the heel! I have had the North Face shoe for 4 months and it is still intact, the tread is getting thin, but it should hold awhile longer. As far as fit is concerned, the North Face shoe fits my narrow foot well when I have it laced down.
My main problem with the North Face shoe, as well as the Montrail D7, is neither shoe had a full rubber toe. What I mean is a rubber toe that wraps around the top of the shoe and connects all the way to the tread, like a climbing shoe. Instead, the rubber toe rand only goes to the midsole cushining and stops. If they would have brought the rubber down to the sole on the toe of these shoes it would have opened more technical climbing possibilities.
Materials: Leather upper. Vibram sole.
Use: Approach and bouldering.
Break-in Period: Good out of the box.
Price Paid: $60
Great approach shoe! Worked really well in the Black Hills and held up to the sharp granite really well. The Vibram sole is super sticky and rand on the toe and heel allow for better grip and a few more technical moves. Extra low cut allows for a better range of motion.
Doesn't make a good trail shoe because of the shallow tread and little support. Then again they're not really made for hiking so if you're wanting a hiking shoe, look elsewhere. They're ok for light hikes unless you have problem feet, they seem to put a lot of pressure on my heels. They're showing a little bit of wear but I've had them for well over a year and they've seen some hard use so it's understandable. Overall a very good and well crafted approach shoe.
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If you've ever hiked for miles to a scrambling destination only to find that your sticky rubber shoes were locked away back in your car at the trailhead, The North Face Buildering shoe is a practical solution that lightens your packload and your packing worries. This innovative shoe features a sophisticated dual-compound sole consisting of Vibram hiking lugs with a sticky rubber compound around the toe, forefoot and edges. Extra compound around the heel extends the life of the shoe by slowing trail wear on the sticky rubber sections. The laces extend further down the shoe so you can tighten up in technical spots and loosen the laces on the flat stretches. The North Face Buildering shoe gives you the best of both worlds without the hassles of packing an extra pair of shoes or hiking boots.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version
The North Face Mens Buildering Shoes incorporate the essential performance features of an approach shoe with the stability and comfort of a hiking shoe.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version
The Buildering by The North Face (Spring 2005) Features: Upper: 1.6 - 1.8 MM pig suede upper Ballistic textile Wrap-around rubber rand The Buildering by The North Face has an agion anti-microbial lining and X-2 footbed The Buildering by The North Face also has a gussetted tongue Bottom: Bi-layer cut and bugg eva midsole 2/3 length steel shank Exclusive vibram dual-compound outsole Sticky rubber toe, forefoot field and medial edging bar Midfield hiking lugs made of durable trekking rubber The Buildering by The North Face features these specs: Last: Hiking Approx weight* of the Buildering by The North Face is: [1/2 Pair] 15 oz (420 g) [pair] 1 LB 14 oz (840 g) *Based on M'S 9
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version
A hiking/approach-shoe hybrid that morphs scrambling ability with comfort. Vibram dual-compound outsole features sticky-rubber toe and forefoot, medial edging bar, and hiking lugs in the midfield area. Pigskin leather/ballistic textile uppers. Wraparound rubber rand. Gusseted tongue. Removable AgION antimicrobial lining and X-2 footbed. Bilayer dual-density EVA midsole. 2/3-length steel shank.
- EMS refers to the men's version