The North Face Pipe Dragon Lace
Probably the first thing I noticed was how light they…
Materials: Gore-tex, Suede, Prima Loft
Use: Cold Weather Hiking
Break-in Period: 2 Full day Hikes (14 hrs of continuous wear)
Weight: 1lb 15oz(pair), 15.5oz(each)
Price Paid: $59.99
Probably the first thing I noticed was how light they were. This made me a little skeptical about TNF claims that it was rated to -25. The good news is, I got to test it out soon after getting the boots. A cold spell has been here for about 3 weeks, hovering in the 10f to -10f as the daily high and low, on top of that we have gotten snow on a regular basis.
My feet have stayed dry, and warm, and long hikes (6hrs) do not cause me any trouble..these things a really great. I hardly notice them on my feet because of the weight.
Traction has been better than expected, especially on cold damp rocks. The also appear to be pretty durable, and have held up nicely.
The boots also work well with gaiters.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Optimized for winter hiking and snowshoe outings, The North Face Pipe Dragon Lace boot combines the lightweight elements of a day hiking shoe with warm and lightweight PrimaLoft insulation rated to -25F (-32C). The waterproof and breathable HyVent membrane beneath the fine knap oiled suede upper keep The North Face Pipe Dragon Lace boot far drier than other streamlined shoe designs, making it a prime choice for wet spring conditions and routes that dip below the snowline. The heel counter offers a binding-friendly profile that slips easily into recreational and mountaineering snowshoes with minimal hassles and no compromises. The soft, tacky TNF Winter Grip rubber compound outsole enhances the overall contact area on The North Face Pipe Dragon Lace boot, giving you grip and stability where other boots and winter shoes tend to slip.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version
Great-fitting winter hiking boots rated down to -25F. Weigh less than 2 pounds per pair (size 9). Upper made from water-resistant oiled suede and abrasion-resistant nylon. PrimaLoft insulation takes up minimal space while keeping your feet toasty; insulates even if wet. Compression-molded EVA midsole offers superb cushioning. Heel counter adds stability. 2/3-length nylon shank for support underfoot. Winter Grip outsole for traction on slippery terrain. Snowshoe capable.
- EMS refers to the men's version
The North Pipe Dragon Lace boot is a mid-height shoe made of waterproof suede and insulated with 200g of PrimaLoft, making it a comfy, warm winter shoe for tackling the slush and snow of city streets.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
Comfy enough for aftersport wear and technical enough for a tough hike. These North Face lace-up boots will keep up on the trail. Waterproof breathable design and 200g Primaloft
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the women's version