The North Face Smedge
PROS: Light, really light! Surprisingly supportive…
Use: fast hikes, steep terrain w/ 20lb pack
Break-in Period: minimal
Weight: very light
Price Paid: $100-ish
PROS: Light, really light! Surprisingly supportive w/ 20lb pack. Very breathable. Sole holds well on rocks.
CONS: Sole seems wimpy, and I slip a bit on loose trails and surfaces. Feels like you have sport tires on a 4x4 Jeep. The shoes can feel narrow at first at the toes, but ok after you break them in.
SUM: Great pair of shoes for fast pace light hikes, pity about the wimpy sole though.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Craggy, rocky and small boulder-strewn routes are no match for the Smedge from The North Face. Built with high performance protection and superior grip in mind, this shoe begs you to lace it up, slam it into crags and fissures, take it out running, then show it the toughest edges in town.
- Mountain Gear
An athlete's approach shoe, the North Face Smedge balances two needs nicely. While many approach shoes can climb well, they often miss the point that getting to the climb can be sweaty going. This breathable approach shoe excels on craggy, rock-strewn routes that require a low volume fit and a high-friction, sticky rubber grip. With a lightweight design, the Smedge promotes agile, quick movement while scrambling up boulders where mistakes can be crucial. While some approach shoes may stick to rocks, their performance fades quicker than chalk dust. The Smedge is built to stand up to gnarly footing, all-season long. Discontinued color, sale limited to stock on hand. North Face Smedge features:A buff, breathable approach shoe, with dual-density cushioning and high-abrasion Smearacle rubber for unflinching edging and smearing Northotic ergonomically-designed footbed with Poron forefoot and heel inserts Compression-molded EVA midsole provides ultimate cushioning Midfoot TPU shank provides excellent support and stability Grip-enhancing Smearacle sticky rubber outsole with forefoot smear pod
The North Face Men's Smedge Approach Shoe excels on rock-strewn routes and craggy terrain. Toe and heel rands, along with rubber-covered lace eyelets, let climbers jam their feet in fissures and not damage toes or the shoes. Sticky outsole lugs on the Smedges help you to hold your footing in a precarious spot. Breathable uppers let your feet vent heat, and midsole shanks placed underneath cushy EVA midsoles protect your soles from stone bruising. TPU support cages stabilize your feet on uneven terrain, and gusseted tongues stops dirt, twigs, and pebbles from getting in your shoes. The lacing on these approach shoes extends to the toe box to give you a climbing-shoe feel of control.
I often find myself in the situation where slipping is not an option. The Smedge keeps me on the approach and out of trouble. -Cedar Wright, The North Face Athlete, Rock Climber<p>The Smedge rocks. Literally. This breathable approach shoe excels on craggy, rock-strewn routes that require a low volume fit and a high-friction, sticky rubber grip. With a lightweight design, the Smedge promotes agile, quick movement while scrambling up boulders where mistakes can be crucial. While some approach shoes may stick to rocks, their performance fades quicker than chalk dust. The Smedge is built to stand up to gnarly footing, all-season long.
- The North Face
The Smedge is a buff, breathable approach hiking shoe, with dual-density cushioning and high-abrasion Smeracle rubber for unflinching edging and smearing.
- Altrec Outdoors