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The North Face Havoc Mid GTX XCR

rated 3.00 of 5 stars
photo: The North Face Havoc Mid GTX XCR hiking boot


Price Historic Range: $49.99-$160.00
Reviewers Paid: $90.00-$160.00
Price Historic Range: $87.94-$160.00


2 reviews
5-star:   0
4-star:   0
3-star:   1
2-star:   1
1-star:   0

Very lightweight hiking boot, almost sneaker-like boots. Was enjoying until it leaked.


  • Weight
  • Looks
  • Comfortable


  • Leaks water although it is Gore-tex
  • Not durable
  • Keeps my feet a little hot at times

I am a newbie to hiking and it has been only 2,5 months since I started outdoor sports. The activities I do are mostly hiking, canyoning, caving. Although I am new, I have been out doing something every Sunday.

I was looking for a lightweight, hiking boot which was also a waterproof, comfortable boot. I wanted something that I will be able to wear also in summer. As I was a newbie, I did not really know what I needed much. The price I paid for this boot was around 90 usd, which is acceptable in my country (I thought) since it is a known brand and it is Gore-tex. It was an online retailler so I had no chance to try.

I started using it with a one day break-in at work. Although review said, it was not very warm to wear in summer, I found it kinda hot to wear it at work. I normally wear 8,5 US and I bought 9,5 US cause most people advised buying bigger shoes and it was the only one left at this size at the online retailer any way. After some usage, I thought size 9 boot would fit me better as I wear them while hiking. My feet moved a little in the boot.

I used it like four times during summer where three times there were no rain. The temperatures were around 70-80° fahrenheit, so it was not very warm. It kept my feet comfortable, suprisingly not very hot. I used it for hiking with around 5 miles to 10 miles range. It was easy to clean, just some brushing and water around it, it was clean. 

The last time I used it, there were heavy rain for around 1 hour and I had no gaiters. Therefore, my feet got wet. I also had to pass through a river so I was not sure if it leaked anyway. But although my feet were wet, I did not feel very uncomfortable. However, when I get home, I was suspicious whether the boots were leaking and to my surprise, the right boot got wet in a minute after a test that I kept them under water so that the water does not flow over the shoe.

So I sent it for testing and got a refund. 

If it did not leak, I was really happy about this boot, although it was my first hiking boot.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $90


Too bad your first boots didn't work out, but thankfully you got a refund. I hope you find something that works even better.

7 years ago

Light, size slightly small for my foot size 12, just in the length. Feels like the sole is thin also very much like an athletic shoe.


  • Light

Trim snug fit, reasonable support not a lot of padding underfoot. Outer sole doesn"t grip real well on slick surfaces. but probably will last quite well. Flexes real well. Light, light shoe.

I don't think I will use as a multi-day backpack boot.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $160

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