The North Face Ultra 109 WP: Beefed up trail shoe
What if you can slide your feet into a pair of good-looking kicks that you can use for walking around the town and hitting the trails?
Well, with The North Face Ultra 109 WP, you got it all! An all-around hiking shoe with a rugged outsole, this hiker makes a great shoe for hiking on easy to moderate terrain.
But the question is - is it the right shoe for you? It's time to dig deeper and know what sets the Ultra 109 WP apart from the rest!
Notable features of The North Face Ultra 109 WP
Suitable for both wet and dry conditions, this hiker is lined with a waterproof liner. While warmth is expected from waterproof hiking shoes, the Ultra 109 WP has a mesh upper which helps boost the airflow within the shoe, preventing overheating.
Light and flexible
While definitely not the lightest, this hiker from The North Face is pretty lightweight for its type. For its performance and features (durable sole, waterproofing, and cushioning), it's actually worth the weight. It's flexible but not too much and that's because this shoe has a shank - a small piece of tough material that helps absorb weight and provide additional foot support.
This hiking shoe is inspired from a running shoe. Thus, you can expect plenty of cushioning, flexibility, and protection. Additionally, The North Face Ultra has a lower cut than most hiking shoes, which make them feel more like casual kicks. It's a great option for people who enjoy more freedom of movement around the ankle.
However, such a low profile would mean less support so you want to use it for quick day hikes with a light to moderate load. Also, it may not offer sufficient protection for unmanaged trails and off-the-beaten paths.