Facts

  • Terrain
    Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use
    Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    Price
    $150
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 8oz
    Women: 6.5oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 8mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Jan 2018
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Summary

We spent 9.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Most users positively welcomed the ultra-lightweight design of The North Face Flight RKT.
  • The shoe is extremely breathable, said some delighted customers.
  • A few runners admired the design of the Flight RKT; they said they are stylish and good-looking.
  • A couple of reviewers mentioned that the shoe feels fast and responsive.
  • Some users said that the shoe fits like a glove.
  • The shoe runs true to size, based on some user reviews.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt disappointed when the sticky rubber pads in the outsole started to rip off after a few miles of trail running.
  • One user was annoyed because the tongue did not stay in place; he needs to stop frequently to fix it.
  • The shoe is slightly expensive.

Bottom line

The North Face Flight RKT has made several runners happy because of its breathability, lightweight construction, and responsiveness. Many were satisfied with the performance, and some found the stylish design a great plus. Though it is slightly expensive, the Flight RKT is still a must-try shoe for trail running.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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88 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

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Updates to The North Face Flight RKT

  • The Flight RKT is a lightweight performance trail running shoe from The North Face Co-designed with Rob Krar. The shoe is equipped with the necessary race-day technologies to survive the toughest terrain.
  • Part of the shoe’s progressive design is the use of the Dual-density FastFoam™ midsole. This midsole foam is formulated for comfort, stability, and speed.
  • The North Face Flight RKT has a "Podular" outsole which is designed for superior traction on light to technical terrains. These sticky rubbers are also placed strategically for durability.

The North Face Flight RKT size and fit

The Flight RKT has a standard running shoe length. It feels true to size and width. It has a medium fit from the heel to the forefoot, and the engineered mesh in the upper offers a snug fit. It is available in standard D – medium and B – medium for men’s and women’s versions respectively.

Outsole

The Podular outsole of The North Face Flight RKT is composed of 11 sticky rubber pads strategically placed in the outer sole for unmatched grip on various running surfaces. The rubber pads also have multi-directional lugs for reliable traction on uphill and downhill runs. The Podular design also provides enhanced flexibility without adding too much weight.

Midsole

The shoe features the Dual-density FastFoam™ midsole designed for speed and responsiveness. The foam is lightweight, and it offers long-lasting comfort on the trail.

In the bottom of the midsole is the lightweight EVA foam that also offers comfortable underfoot cushioning.

The shoe also has an OrthoLite® footbed for added comfort. It has anti-microbial and moisture wicking capacity to provide the foot a healthier and odor-free environment.

Upper

The upper of The North Face Flight RKT uses an engineered mesh which is lightweight and breathable. It provides the foot a very comfortable coverage by keeping it fresh and dry. The TPU-welded overlays deliver midfoot security and additional upper stability.

The suede tongue which reduces sweat and moisture-retention, lace-up closure and moderately padded collar offers additional comfort while enhancing the overall fit and foot security.