User Review: The North Face Men's Ultra 105 GTX XCR
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: php 4494.00 (after 40 % discount)
Great hiking and running shoe!
- can be laced for narrow and wide feet
- well-gripping outsole
- Gore-tex outer
- versatile; good for both hiking and running
- flex points on outer show tears pretty easily
- low-cut, hence poor ankle support
admittedly, bought this half a size smaller than my usual size. hence initially, fit was a bit tight. but after break-in, it fits my feet very well. hugs the sides and leaves enough room in the toebox.
there was no chafing before and after break-in.
being a low-cut shoe, ankle support during hiking may be missed. but for running, it's great. also allows for more foot ventilation for hiking in the tropics.
the gore-tex works well for light to moderate rains. there's a good amount of leather to lend durability to the shoe. scuff marks don't show much, nor do they cause significant damage.
the ultra-tac outsole, with its lug pattern, gives excellent traction on dry outdoor surfaces. i sometimes slip using it on wet surfaces, but overall this shoe had the best outsole i've had.
shoelace eyes for wide and narrow feet are available. the shoelace length is ideal for the wide configuration.
gusseted tongue helps very much in preventing stuff from entering the shoe.
there's a reflector on the heel. this can be obscured on muddy trips, but otherwise it's a nice touch.
bought it a year ago. have used it on 2 hiking trips and everyday commuting.