The North Face Ultra 104
Use: trail running, and extended backpacking on rough trail
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $110
I use this shoe for both trail running in lowland woods and lightweight backpacking on alpine trails. It's an otherwise superior shoe with one very serious flaw: its bad traction on smooth or wet rock.
The fit, support, absorptive but responsive cushioning, and variable lacing options all make for a shoe with absolutely excellent control. I like the version without Gore-tex for its breathability and drainage -- very quick to dry after stream crossings.
The sole has good density and pattern for traction on many terrains, but is far more slippery on smooth rock than other trail runners; and dangerously slippery on wet rock. I took many bad skids in these shoes (sprained a knee because of it). If you're on a dry trail, I rate this shoe a 5. When wet, the lack of traction makes all the other great features useless.
Use: rough trail , rocky ascents and descents
Break-in Period: no break -in period
Price Paid: $89
Great hold on your foot allowing total control. Can feel the sole absorbing the trail. Love these shoes.
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When the weather is good and the trail is rugged, The North Face offers the bombproof Ultra 104 trail runners to push your limits. Built to be supportive, tough, and aggressive, you're not push anything extra up the trail. The Patent-Pending Snake Plate protects you from stone bruising while giving you an uncompromising feel of the trail.
- Mountain Gear refers to the men's version
Rugged and protective, The North Face Ultra 104 is a stable trail running shoe with waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex for all-terrain, all-condition performance.
- EMS refers to the men's version
The North Face Men's Ultra 104 Trail Running Shoe supports your foot on steep, rugged terrain and supplies the aggressive tread needed for loose sections. This durable, highly cushioned shoe takes on anything from a fire road to a boulder field without second thoughts. The North Face made the Ultra 104 Trail Running Shoe with extra material around the toe for increased stability and protection against impacts.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
If you like to run on rugged, technical trails, the Ultra 104 is for you. Both highly supportive and protective, this shoe keeps up with you wherever you may go. Designed with an aggressive outsole and practically bombproof construction, the Ultra 104 is ideal for athletes who like to push their limits and conquer uninhabited terrain.
- The North Face refers to the men's version