User Review: The North Face Men's Hedgehog GTX XCR
Price Paid: $100 plus tax
Ahh... remember the days when North Face was synonymous with quality; you never ever had to question the quality of this specialty outfitter. You just paid the extra price and you knew that you had purchased the best.
Thus, I have been buying North face products ever since I could afford them. They are supposed to be the products for serious outdoor people....a step above Columbia. You pay for quality...right? Not anymore.
My last NF purchase was a disappointment but I thought I would give them another try. At first I thought these were the best pair of shoes I ever put on in years. They are light, snug..but not too snug...you know the "right shoe". I planned to use them for some long portages in the BWCA.
So...my confidence in NF was immediately restored but after only after a few weeks of walking around (50) miles around my local park, I couldn't believe what I was seeing and feeling.The soles were at least 30% gone. Yes, I am larger than the average (200 lbs) and walking on pavement but come on!
Oh and by the way, these things leak like a sieve. They claim to be waterproof and are made of Gore Tex®; I'm sorry to say that they are not even water repellent. (Very misleading advertising) You learn real quickly to avoid even the smallest puddle.
This isn't good for the Boundary Waters...so I moved back to my old Columbia shoes. You will note that this is a common complaint among other reviewers/customers. I learned this AFTER I PURCHASED THEM FOR $100 bucks.
I never thought NF would succumb to this type of business practice like so many others. They went from a trusted specialty outfitter to generic junk merchant in only a few short years, very sad. Look around for other products...until NF decides to reverse back.