User Review: The North Face Men's Ultra 105 GTX XCR
Use: trail running
Break-in Period: two weeks
Weight: 170 lbs
Price Paid: $50
I got into trail running years ago or cross-country as I knew it for the joy of it because running marathons got a little too crowded and the gear-heads took over. Anyway I got myself a pair of Montrail Highlanders. After two months of wearing I hated them; frequent heel and toe pain.
I began shopping around and went into an EMS nearby and they were having their Spring used sale and I found the North Face Ultra GTX XCR size 11, which was used but in really good shape.
Now keep in mind that I wear a size 12 and have hardwear in each feet from my time in the service (FMF Corpsman) but the NF trail-runners fit me like a gloves and give lots of toe-box room which I needed, added that I am flat footed and 6"1" and 170.
I did a 5 mile run two weeks later after purchase, no pain or swelling or fiction spots. And I just came back from the Bahamas where I did a three mile trail and beach run — lots of rocky/sharp limestone and water hole; my feet were dry and comfortable and I wore them all day without sox.
I would highly recommend this shoe to anyone. They do run big, but the Gore-tex, roomy toe-box and comfort are outstanding.