|Base model:||The North Face Truxel|
|Features:||Lightweight | Orthotic friendly | Breathable|
|Weight:||Men: 296g | Women: 245g|
|Width:||Normal | Normal|
|Brand:||The North Face|
|Material:||Knit upper, Rubber sole|
-What sets this shoe apart from other hiking footwear is the engineered knit upper which promotes breathability, comfort, and support.
-It is also equipped with mono-density EVA midsole for cushion and shock absorption, Proprietary EXTS™ outsole system that provides better grip on wet and dry grounds, and some heat-pressed molded features that enhance the shoe’s overall performance on the trail.
The North Face Truxel Mid trail hiking shoes are made with an engineered knit upper that is very flexible, wrapping the foot for a snug fit. The lacing system extends from the woven region for a more secure fit that can be adjusted whenever needed.
Much of the power of the Truxel Mid goes into its Proprietary EXTS outsole system. It offers a three-tiered approach to traction through the use of propriety rubber compound, strategically placed lugs, and well-designed lug shape. All these results in improved grip on dry and wet surfaces.
A mixture of propriety compound goes into the rubber that the brand won’t release. However, they claim that 42% of it derives from renewable, plant-based sources. The EXTS (Exploration Trax System) outsole is also used in other hiking and trail running footwear from North Face.
One notable quality of the Truxel Mid outsole is its stickiness. It is too sticky that it enables the wearer to safely and effectively traverse challenging trails, such as sheer ridges or rocky edges. A sticky outsole ensures that your feet will stay put, regardless of your position. This is really important to avoid slips and falls.
Furthermore, the mid-top features performance-maximizing lug shapes that are placed in strategic areas of the sole. This allows the shoe to follow natural gait cycles while providing a good amount of grip. The wrapped lugs at the midfoot also provide additional grip on uneven surfaces.
Lastly, there’s an external TPU heel counter for added stability.
This model uses a single-density EVA midsole which does a great job in providing cushioning. However, compared to a dual-density midsole, it features less stability, making it ideal for hikers with supination.
EVA is durable, flexible, and highly supportive. They make a reliable material for hiking and trekking boots. The Truxel mid-cut footwear from The North Face also comes with a removable OrthoLite footbed for underfoot comfort and support.
The shoe upper is constructed with engineered knit that has several unique qualities. For one, it offers a sock-like feel. It stretches and conforms to the shape of the foot, giving the wearer snug and comfortable fit. Another important quality of a knit upper is breathability, which makes it ideal for moderate to humid climates.
There’s a pull loop in the back of the heel, as well as in the front for easy slip-on and off. Completing the upper is an integrated lacing system consisting of sturdy fabric laces and webbing loops for a secure fit.
The North Face has plenty of high-quality hikers in their offerings. Two of the most popular are the Truxel Mid and the Ultra Fastpack III GTX. While these two have a few similar features, there are key differences to address the specific needs of users.
Midsole. The Ultra Fastpack III GTX uses a dual-density midsole that offers more responsiveness and stability on the trail. This means that this model is more suitable for pronators, unlike Truxel Mid which has more benefits for supinators.
Sole. As mentioned, the Truxel Mid from the North Face is constructed with a propriety sole rubber system called EXTS. The Ultra Fastpack III GTX, on the other hand, is made with Vibram Megagrip outsole. Both of these soles have great traction and stickiness needed for varying terrains.
Waterproofing. The current model lacks waterproof construction. Nevertheless, since it’s made with engineered knit upper, the boot easily dries up when exposed to water or moisture. The Ultra Fastpack III has a Gore-tex lining that acts as an impenetrable moisture barrier to keep the feet dry even in extremely wet conditions.
Upper. The North Face Ultra Fastpack III GTX features a TPU-treated woven mesh upper that protects against all debris. It also integrates a TPU toe cap for added protection, along with welded eyestay and quarter underlay for added support in the midfoot. Due to its engineered knit upper, the Truxel Mid tends to be more flexible and breathable than the Ultra Fastpack III.