The North Face Fortress Peak GTX
After a short break-in period (one week) these boots…
Materials: leather and gore-tex
Use: NYC stompin'
Break-in Period: one week
Price Paid: $150
After a short break-in period (one week) these boots are fantastic. I don't use them for hiking, backpacking, etc. These boots experience the concrete of the urban jungle, mean New York streets and subways. Bar far much more nastier than some mountain trails.
I was once a loyal Merrell boot wearer until my pair of Wintera boots fell apart after one year of use!! A message to Merrell YOU SUCK!! The quality of their product is truly failing. So back to NORTH FACE. If you're looking for a grade A boot this is the one for you. I bought a pair in black. Damn good looking boot.
Here's what other sites are saying:
The North Face Men's Fortress Peak GTX combines old-school style and simplicity with new materials and construction. The one-piece waterproof full-grain leather upper is seam sealed and lined with a Gore-Tex membrane to make sure you feet stay dry on the wettest October hikes. The Fortress Peak GTX also has a rubber toecap to protect against abrasion and AgION anti-microbial lining to cut down on odor. The Exclusive Vibram outsole TPU shank plate provide all the support you need for a weeklong backpacking trip and has articulated forefoot flex notches so you can walk more naturally.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version
Rated a 'Best Buy' by Backpacker Magazine, The North Face Men's Fortress Peak GTX Hiking Boot refines the classic one-piece, full leather hiking boot design with plenty of comfort features. The structural integrity of one-piece leather hiking boots has never been disputed, but some designs take seasons to break in properly. The North Face Men's Fortress Peak GTX Hiking Boot gives you a head start with ergonomic Heel X-2 cushioning, multi-density footbeds and an articulated TPU shank plate. That means that you'll probably spend more time admiring the natural scenery and less time hassling with the fit. Most one-piece leather hiking boots are waterproof, but the Men's Fortress Peak GTX Hiking Boot is backed with a waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX membrane for extra weather protection. Keep in mind that this boot is all leather--no mesh panels--so you probably won't notice much vapor transfer through the membrane compared to lighter hiking boots, but you'll appreciate the extra durability if you plan on navigating serrated talus fields. Like other quality hiking boots from The North Face, the Fortress Peak GTX Hiking Boot has a supportive Vibram outsole with trail tread for optimal traction. It's a great balance of a classic idea infused with plenty of technical innovations.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version
The Fortress Peak GTX backpacking boot is a one-piece, full-leather Gore-Tex boot that's ideal for weeklong hikes while carrying moderate to heavy loads (up to 50 pounds). Waterproof/breathable nubuck leather upper with seam-sealed construction. Gore-Tex waterproof, breathable membrane manages moisture transport to keep feet dry and comfortable. AgION antimicrobial lining. Dual-density PU (polyurethane) midsole; Northotic ergonomically designed, multidensity footbed with AgION antimicrobial top sheet. Exclusive Vibram outsole provides excellent durability and grip on rough terrain. TPU shank plate with articulated forefoot flex notches for stability; lateral medial support system. Heel X-2cushioning; molded-rubber toe cap. Speed-lacing metal hardware with instep lace hook; gusseted tongue.
- EMS refers to the men's version