The North Face Verbera Lightpacker GTX
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 100 pounds
Excellent fit comfort, with interesting design.
- 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 break-in time. 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 in, 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)
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.