Facts

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

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.

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
$120
Weight
Men: 15.4oz
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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 7.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • According to the majority, the North Face Ultra 109 GTX is a pair of highly comfortable shoes.
  • Several runners mentioned that the shoe provided the needed level of protection underfoot to run over rocks and similar risky terrains.
  • Many users lauded the enhanced breathability of the shoe which kept both the user’s feet and the shoe dry throughout the running sessions.
  • Some users were of the opinion that the footwear had a rugged build.
  • A few customers appreciated the traction of the footwear over tricky slopes and rocky trails.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Many customers had issues with the durability of the shoe’s upper; apparently, it started to tear at different places after only a few miles of running.
  • For a runner, the outsole started to wear off after only a few days of use.
  • One of the users commented that the right shoe behaved very poorly as compared to the left one in terms of waterproofing; the fabric allowed water to seep through.

Bottom line

The North Face Ultra 109 GTX offers a great blend of toughness and flexibility. This stability trail running shoe performs very well on wet or tricky surfaces and keeps the user’s interest engaged in running owing to its excellent all-around features. For its future models, however, it is recommended that the shoe does a bit more work on its design in terms of the long-term durability.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 843 ratings

5 star
71%
4 star
16%
3 star
5%
2 star
4%
1 star
4%

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Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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94 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 100 / 100 by OutdoorGearLab • Ross Robinson • Level 1 expert

    We love this shoe for its hiking ability, which at times feels almost as burly and tough as some mid-cut boots. It's a perfect choice for day hiking rough trails, wandering around mountain trails with a daypack, or even short backpacking trips.

  • 88 / 100 by Hiking Gear Guru • Mark Paulsen • Level 1 expert

    Good value as the shoes offer good ankle support and durability

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Updates to The North Face Ultra 109 GTX

  • The North Face Ultra 109 with GORE-TEX® technology features several interesting technologies in its design for delivering an optimal combination of performance and comfort. The UltrATACTM rubber outsole is very resistant to abrasion and also being highly durable, exhibits excellent performance throughout the lifecycle of the shoe.
  • Although conventional, the compression-molded EVA (Ethyl Vinyl Acetate) midsole results in the most durable, springy and comfortable form of cushioning for the user. This works in association with the ESS midfoot shank for an optimal combination of stability and flexibility under the arch region.
  • The PU-coated leather upper, along with the TPU toe cap, delivers high protection, enhanced flexibility and maximum comfortability to the user. The performance of the North Face Ultra 109 GTX is enhanced even further with the help of GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Range technology in the midsole, which provides a remarkable service in terms of waterproofing.

The North Face Ultra 109 GTX size and fit

The North Face Ultra 109 GTX, a stability trail running shoe, comes in the standard running length and is available in standard medium width of D for men.

Outsole

The shoe utilizes the UltrATACTM rubber on its outsole for maximum traction and resistance to abrasion. The material is durable, so it enables the shoe to withstand harsh trail conditions and perform well for a long period of time.

Midsole

In its midsole, the North Face Ultra 109 GTX utilizes the compression-molded EVA (Ethyl Vinyl Acetate) midsole. The material provides the ‘bouncy’ feel to the user while running and enhances comfort underfoot.

The ESS midfoot shank provides stiffness in the middle portion of the shoe under the arch to make the shoe more resistant to torsion.

The TPU Snake PlateTM provides additional protection underfoot and reduces the risk of injury for the runner from aberrations.

Upper

The North Face Ultra 109 GTX features the PU-coated (polyurethane-coated) leather on its upper for maximum protection and longer lifespan of the shoe.

The protective TPU toe cap results in the additional protection against the impact forces. It also adds to the durability of the shoe.

The shoe houses the GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Range, a highly breathable waterproof membrane, for enhanced protection against moisture and keeping the user’s feet comfortably dry and cool while out on the trails.

The lace-up closure helps in maintaining a snug fit for the user throughout the running session.