The North Face Purgatory
Materials: soft shell, Hedgehog sole
Use: Life in the summer when sandals dont work
Break-in Period: soak em and wear them dry. 1/2 day.
Weight: dunno mens. womans was 1 oz lighter than Hedgehog...1lb 8 oz 7s
Price Paid: 69$CDN
I found the last year 09 shoes on sale 50% after buying some Nike Alvord 7 trail shoes that were also on sale. I couldn't resist. I have been using both over the last month for comparison, work and hike.
These Purgatories have the same chassis as the Hedgehogs, But they are of a shoft shell 3 layer material...
I like them. They keep my feet significantly cooler than any of my goretex lined shoes, and they are lighter.
I like my shoes/ boots for gardening (shovel work, wearing with REI desert gaiters) as well as hiking, Well, these TNF Purgatories certainly have a tough sole where the spade is struck. I killed a pair of 5 10 Ascents with a shovel coupla years ago (lol).
So, though I worry about the durability of the upper on the Purgatory, I have full confidence in the Vibram soles. They are comfortable, and mildly waterproof. Superb for the summer. Watch you don't catch a sole spine and trip.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Scramble up a ravine, fastpack the Crest Trail, or crush the Ultimate league favorites in a rainy, mud-covered upset. Fact is, you can do it all and do it well in The North Face Purgatory Multisport Shoe, thanks to a gusseted softshell upper, welded support framework and omnidirectional Vibram outsole. Whether the terrain is wet or dry, flat or funky, snow-covered or slickrock, the weather-resistant Purgatory performs admirably in a wide variety of situations, and it's even light enough to be a decent trail runner.
Escape Purgatory in the Trail Running Shoe for men that features an incredibly comfortable mid-sole and supportive upper.
- Altrec Outdoors
You no longer have to wait for the foul weather to pass—The North Face Purgatory high-performance, lightweight soft-shell shoes will keep your feet protected. The 3-layer nylon soft-shell uppers feature a Durable Water Repellent to deliver lasting water resistance while maintaining excellent breathability. Supportive thermoplastic urethane (TPU) welds deliver lightweight support; synthetic nubuck mudguards provide additional protection. Nylon linings wick moisture off feet and dry quickly to keep your feet comfortable on long outings. Removable Northotic™ multidensity footbeds offer cushioning and stability. Lightweight, compression-molded EVA midsoles deliver all-day cushioning and shock absorption. X-2 O2™ air pods in heels provide an added measure of cushioning and protection, soaking up shock with every stride. Injection-molded TPU shank plates add torsional rigidity and protection from uneven surfaces. Vibram® rubber outsoles supply dependable traction on rugged terrain.