The North Face Safien Mid GTX notable features

-This hiker features a durable mesh upper coated with TPU to increase its resistance to wear and tear. Inside is a Gore-Tex waterproof membrane for protection against rain, snow, or water.

-For superior cushioning, it integrates the XtraFoam - an advanced midsole that absorbs shock really well, along with an Ortholite footbed.

-It's equipped with the EXTS outsole that ensures traction on varying terrain, a molded toe cap for added protection, and the CRADLE heel system for stability.

Size and fit

This Gore-Tex hiker from The North Face is a mid-top model with a foot-hugging upper. While the mesh fabric creates a glove-like fit with plenty of cushioning, the firm synthetic overlays ensure a solid structure for sure-footed steps each time. This boot also features traditional lace-up closure with additional hooks on top for a customized fit.

Outsole

The Safien Mid GTX comes with the Exploration Trax System (EXTS) outsole which is made of proprietary rubber compounds. It features multidirectional lugs that are strategically placed for enhanced grip and traction. According to The North Face, 40% of the rubber sole compounds are derived from renewable, plant-based sources. This sticky outsole is designed for both wet and dry terrain and does a pretty good job on slick and slippery surfaces.

Midsole

This boot features another brand-exclusive technology for its cushioning - The North Face’s XtraFoam. It is made of dual-density EVA foam that delivers high shock absorption and impact reduction to make long walks much bearable. Aside from being durable and flexible, EVA is also very lightweight which is a great factor for reducing pain or fatigue associated with long hikes.

For a much more comfortable stride, this shoe comes with an Ortholite footbed - the world's leading removable insole in the market today. Aside from enhanced cushioning, it also offers arch support.

Upper

For the upper, this boot uses mesh fabric that promotes breathability while being highly protective. Since it's designed for wet and dry conditions, the Safien mid-top hikers are also equipped with the Gore-Tex waterproof membrane. 

This shoe also features a gusseted tongue to keep debris out, a molded toe cap, mudguard and heel guard that are integrated into the upper. Lastly, the CRADLE heel-stability technology efficiently absorbs impact for a smooth transition and ensures proper alignment of the feet, knees, and hips.

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Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.