The North Face Verbera Lightpacker GTX
Excellent fit and comfort, with interesting design.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 100 pounds
Excellent fit and comfort, with interesting design. The traction is great, and the support around the ankle and heel are very good without being too stiff.
- Very comfortable
- Excellent grip
- Construction appears solid
- Looks are a little "out there"
Fit: Quoted to be narrow, but I found the fit excellent, and I have a wider than normal foot. Lacing system works well, never any uncomfortable pressure points.
Comfort: Did not require more than a few hours to adjust to them, and no real break-in time as you would expect from full leather walking boots. Fit was good so no chaffing, friction or pressure points, and boots are high enough to keep out debris. I have been dealing with a heel spur, and these are the only boots I have managed to do a full days hike in, and actually be able to walk relatively pain free after taking them off.
Support: The sole is quite stiff and the boot hugs the ankle and heel nicely.
Water resistance: As expected, it does keep outside water out, but the Gore-tex liner also keeps quite a bit of inside water from getting out.
Traction: So far traction appears to be excellent.
Construction and Durability: Initial impressions are very good. However, the previous poster mentioned durability issues after a while. I have not put on as many trail miles so I can't say what the longer term durability is. I do not expect them to be as good as a traditional leather boot, but it may well be that the user has gotten a lemon. I believe the TNF warranty will cover any material construction failure outside of normal wear and tear.
I will update my review after more miles
Conditions: hiking peak district (UK) and Brecon Beacons (Wales)
Wow, not even 100 trail miles and they are wearing…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $110
Wow, not even 100 trail miles and they are wearing out. I really had high hopes, but disappointed.
- Fit was great for my foot
- Rubber separating from cloth
- Soles are already wearing at less than 100 trail miles (less than a year)
When I saw these in a North Face store I fell in love with them. I tried them on, fit great, felt good. I did a couple Long backpacks with these boots and never felt any foot pain.
BUT here is what is so sad... they are wearing out much too quickly. Not that I have abused them either — maybe 80 miles have been trail and off trail (but nothing big) use and the soles are wearing out, and the rubber is pulling away from the tops.
I really liked these boots, kept my feet dry when it rained for 4 days straight on the trail, never a blister or hot spot. Too bad the quality is not what North Face should be known for.
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Traverse a new route in these waterproof trekking boots, featuring a breathable GORE-TEX membrane. Tested and trusted by the world's best alpinists, these boots are handcrafted in Italy, offering ample support for carrying moderate loads, excellent grip thanks to a Vibram Masai outsole, and durable stainless steel hardware.
- The North Face refers to the men's version
Italians know technical, jagged mountain terrain better than anyone (heard of the Alps'), so that's where The North Face decided to have the Men's Verbera Lightpacker GTX Boot crafted. Mid-high support protects your ankles, tough suede and ballistic textile fend off trail hazards and, when the sky opens up, a waterproof breathable membrane keeps your toes dry. Button this light-and-fast boot up with the claw-like traction of a Vibram sole and you'll find it all too easy to drag a multi-day pack through the mountains.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
Technical synthetic and leather trekking boot with Italian craftsmanship and European build delivers waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX(R) performance and ample support for carrying moderate loads over demanding terrain. / UPPER/ GORE-TEX(R) waterproof, breathable membrane / Suede leather upper with Panatex(TM) ballistic textile / Stainless steel upper eyelets and locking instep eyelet / Northotic(TM) Pro+ premium EVA footbed with gel heel and OrthoLite(R) forefoot cushioning pads and TPU Cradle(TM) support / BOTTOM/ TPU Cradle(TM) heel stability technology / Three-part, co-molded midsole / BASF Agile PU body and EVA heel cushioning / Vibram(R) Masai outsole / Polypropylene lasting board
- Rocky Mountain Trail refers to the men's version
Free Shipping. The North Face Men's Verbera Lightpacker GTX Boot DECENT FEATURES of The North Face Men's Verbera Lightpacker GTX Boot Upper: Gore-Tex waterproof, breathable membrane Suede leather upper with Panatex ballistic textile Stainless steel upper eyelets and locking instep eyelet Northotic Pro+ premium EVA footbed with gel heel and OrthoLite forefoot-cushioning pads and TPU Cradle support Bottom: TPU Cradle heel-stability technology Three-part, co-molded midsole Agile PU body and EVA heel cushioning Vibram Masai outsole Polypropylene lasting board The SPECS of The North Face Men's Verbera Lightpacker GTX Boot Last: TNF-S12-06 Approx Weight: 1/2 pair: 1 lb 11 oz / 761 g, pair: 3 lbs 6 oz / 1522 g This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version