The North Face Dhaulagiri GTX
Use: Wilderness backcountry hiking
Break-in Period: 35 hours and not broken in yet.
Price Paid: $170
WOMEN'S DHAULAGIRI GTX®
1. Worst product name ever. This is how my phone conversation goes at the Store: 'Do you have this hiking boot...the...well it starts with DHA..."
The store clerk: "yeah, I know that one, no one knows how to say it either".
Why would you call something that NO ONE will know how to say? This boot is known as the "other" OMEGA-3 vitamin.
2. Worst blisters in womankind ever. Blisters originated from the achillles heel of my foot. Upon further inspection found an exposed zigzag stitch on the inside of this hiking boot where my achilles heel was hitting. Of course this being a hot pressure point when climbing up granite boulders and mtn ridges, how come this is exposed? All other shoes/hiking boots seem to have their internal stitches covered. Especially in the friction zone areas.
3. Metal pins for the ankle support actually dug into my ankle bone and caused much bruising and pain. Understood these pins were meant for stability and rigidity but in real life, they were more painful and useless than being helpful. Worse was when I had to climb vertical/downhill - the pins just dug right into my legs, no way to even flex them out.
4. After 35 hrs of true hiking time, you would think that these boots would finally break in to their comfort zone, absolutely not. They got worse the more I wore them... Bigger Blisters, more unnecessary friction on my achilles heel and metal pins not conforming to my foot/leg.
I wished I spent my money on a true hiking boot company and not someone so junior in their experience and product. This boot would have been perfect for...nothing.
Backpacking in the wilderness at Sequoia National Park is not where you would want these hiking boots. This was the difference in a 12 hr hike vs. a 7 hr hike back to camp. Due to so many problems and actual injuries to my feet/leg, it took me longer than normal to reach my destination.
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A lightweight, waterproof, breathable backpacking boot with X-Frame ankle support plus Heal Cradle technology for load-hauling exploration. The North Face Women's Dhaulagiri GTX provides both flexibility and stability at a light weight.1.6 / 1.8mm velvet oiled suede upper.Bomber abrasion-resistant and breathable textile mesh.Waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex membrane.Medial and lateral X-Frame roll-control stabilizer / form embracing, TPU crib placed on the medial or lateral side of the boot. Governs pronation while bolstering support for side-to-side movements.Gusseted tongue provides protection from unwanted debris. Cast aluminum rustproof meal eyelets mounted on TPU weld.Protective toe cap and heel mudguards.Northotic ergonomically designed footbed with Poron forefoot and heel inserts and AgION antimicrobial lining helps inhibit the growth of odor and disease causing bacteria.Heal Cradle technology encompassing a dual-density PU midsole with an injection-molded X-2 EVA in the heel.Full-length TPU shank combined with perforated forefoot plate for optimal support and stability as well as push-through protection.Exclusive Vibram outsole provides excellent traction over varied terrain.Weight: 3 lbs.
Proportioned specifically for female explorers, the Dhaulagiri GTX? is a lightweight, waterproof, breathable backpacking boot with ample support and Heal Cradle technology to absorb heavy load-barring hauls. This sturdy boot is ideal for week-long excursions in the backcountry, throughout the year.
- The North Face
Your partner's feet are sore and sweaty three days into your backpacking trip. Your feet are feelin' fine, thanks to The North Face Women's Dhaulagiri GTX Backpacking Boots. Breathable mesh helps hot air escape, and this lightweight boot's waterproof breathable Gore-Tex membrane blocks spring run-off. The X-Frame's TPU crib boosts medial and lateral support for your ankle and the cup-shaped, shock-absorbing Heal Cradle reduces overall foot fatigue. An antimicrobial footbed means you won't pass out when you take this boot off at base camp.
The Dhaulagiri GTX is a lightweight, waterproof, breathable backpacking boot with X-frame ankle support plus Heal Cradle technology for load-hauling exploration.
- Altrec Outdoors