Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.
The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.
Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.
Good to know
For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.
For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 15ozWomen: 9.7oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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89 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews
Is the Hedgehog best for fastpacking? We’d say no. But the shoe is very nicely made and actually has a wider appeal to the general hiking crowd with a light feel, good underfoot support, and Gore-Tex waterproofing.
A great shoe for fast and light hiking.
My personal conclusion is that for a walk on a day that is not too wet, over ground that is not very demanding, with nothing more than a day pack I will definitely wear these shoes in the future.
I am not great at climbing up semi-steep hills or rocks, but these shoes give me the power of a (clumsy) baby mountain goat, and the ability to be able to climb things I wouldn’t have been able to in sneakers.
Updates to The North Face Hedgehog Fastpack GTX
- This low-cut day hiking shoe from The North Face features the Vibram rubber outsole. The synergic effect of this rubber and the strategically patterned lugs results in an optimal mix of traction, long-term durability and wear-resistance.
- The dual-density compression-molded EVA midsole provides cushioning. The TPU Cradle heel-stability and Cradle Guide technologies work together to promote an anatomically correct stride. Carefully placed inside the shoe is a TPU shank that adds stiffness and support.
- The upper of this footgear is PU-coated leather with TPU welt. This assembly adds structure and durability to the pair. The mesh panels along with the waterproof Gore-Tex Extended Comfort maintain a breathable environment. Its lace-up closure is armed with rustproof hardware and a pull loop at the heel.
The North Face Hedgehog Fastpack GTX size and fit
The North Face Hedgehog Fastpack GTX tailors to men and women and is available in whole and half sizes. It is offered in medium width. These day hiking shoes generally run true to size. With the help of a traditional lace-up closure, the laces maintain a snug fit. Likewise, it prevents unwanted slipping inside the shoes.
The North Face Hedgehog Fastpack GTX uses a durable Vibram rubber outsole. It features a strategic lug pattern to give hikers a stable footing. The proprietary rubber compound is designed with an intricate network of protrusions that bites into different types of surfaces including wet and dry ones. It renders grip upon contact and prevents slippage.
The brand-patented Cradle Guide and TPU Cradle heel-stability technologies power the midsole of the Hedgehog Fastpack GTX. It uses a full-length dual-density, compression-molded EVA foam. This technology assists the foot through the whole gait cycle—from impact to toe-off. With the initial impact, the TPU Cradle heel stabilizer guides and supports the heel. It also buffers against unwanted banging into wobbly trails. The TPU shank, together with a firmer-density EVA midfoot, assists in the fluid transition which promotes pronation. This mechanism renders the last phase—the final toe-off—a smooth and a more natural stride.
The upper of the Hedgehog Fastpack GTX uses a mix of mesh panels and PU-coated leather which balances durability and breathability. Its TPU quarter weld creates a crisscross pattern that maintains the structural integrity of this day hiking shoe. The rustproof hardware—metal hooks and eyelets—ensure that this pair surpasses corrosions every time it gets wet.
Facilitating the thorough removal of moist and heat inside The North Face Hedgehog Fastpack GTX is the Gore-Tex Extended Comfort. It is a non-insulated lining that upholds a good exchange of ventilation in and out of the shoes. Likewise, it takes care of the waterproofing.
Further to the construction of the upper, this hiking shoe has a solid toe and heel box that protects against rocky roads. The pull loop at the heel area assists for an easier on and off while the padded tongue and collar deliver comfort.
- The North Face recommends cleaning shoes after use to avoid dirt and mud getting stuck in the fabric. Do not machine wash. Instead, clean the footgear with hot water, rag and cleansing agent. Air dry and stuff the shoes with paper to facilitate drying.
- When not in use, place it in a cool, dry storage.