User Review: The North Face Men's Hedgehog GTX XCR
Use: extended hiking
Break-in Period: 3-4 days
Price Paid: £79
Man I can't express how much I love my low cut Hedgehogs. I move around a lot as a plant collector into some rather remote places in search of the kind of plants that don't wanna be found. I have been using other trail shoes and boots, but they never work out after a few days, and my feet start looking like crap.
I bought a pair of Hedgehogs for an extended trip to Japan hiking all over the place. I never got one blister (maybe luck) The gore-tex lining never split on me even on some very tough terrain. My feet were always dry and when any water got inside they were able to dry out quite fast.
One of the things that surprised me the most was for such a light shoe they took such a beating. The grip was second to none for me. I also like the hard plastic strip that runs down the bottom of the shoe that takes a lot of the stress off the soles of your feet when hiking up steep scree or rocks.