User Review: The North Face Men's Hedgehog GTX XCR
Price Paid: $80
I'm filing this addendum. I will not buy North Face shoes again. It's not that these have turned out that badly - the stitching and so forth is fine after a few months' use, the traction is good, they still look fine, and as far as I can tell the waterproofing is pretty good.
But they are starting to feel clunky and have lost a lot of what cushioning there was. The uppers feel too stiff to me and overall I am not that happy with the breathability. If I really hated them, I would take them back to REI. I don't, but there are a lot of good shoe brands out there and I will probably go somewhere else next time.
Original Review (2007-01-31):
I've had these for about two weeks now and so far am very happy. Although I haven't taken them out on any trails etc, we have had some wet and snowy weather and my feet have stayed warm and dry. I've also felt confident about my footing with the vibram soles. Since they are waterproof, these are obviously not going to be as breathable as a pure trail runner, but so far so good.
I wear Sole footbeds, and there is plenty of room in the shoe for whatever insert you might prefer. I also have a wide foot and while REI didn't have (maybe they don't make) widths, the shoe fits fine. (Original rating: 4 Stars)