DiscontinuedUpdate: The North Face Ultra Cardiac II
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.
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WeightMen: 9.7ozWomen: 7.7oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 8mmWomen: 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 heightMen: 20mmWomen: 20mm
Forefoot heightMen: 12mmWomen: 12mm
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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83 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews
Definitely think there's room for improvement on the shoe.
This shoe is really good value for money.
The cushioning is plush and I would say that if you need some added comfort on longer runs or races, this shoe would be well worth considering.
It’s not flashy; rather, it is a workhorse that applies to pretty much most trail scenarios. And what it works hardest at is keeping your foot comfortable.
The shoe has a firm sole. For me, it would be too firm for longer distances (anything over 20 miles), but this is probably more of a personal preference.
It is an average performer when compared to other shoes in its class—it doesn’t necessarily have any stand-out features, good or bad.
- The North Face Ultra Cardiac is a neutral trail running shoe that can handle short and long-distance activities. It features a full-length Vibram outsole that holds the ground well, even when tackling uphill and downhill movements.
- It has a built-up medial sidewall to accommodate a variety of foot-types, and a Pebax Heel Cradle to keep the rear part of the foot in place.
- It features the FlashDry and the Ultra AirMesh in the upper unit. These technologies are important in moving moisture away from the runner's foot.
- It has an EVA midsole that offers standard cushioning on the trails.
The North Face Ultra Cardiac has a standard shoe length when it comes to sizing. This is best for runners who are neutral pronators. The available widths are D – Medium for the men’s version and B – Medium for the women’s version. It has a semi-curved shape, which follows the natural curvature of the human foot.
The North Face Ultra Cardiac is made up of a Vibram rubber. It is designed to provide enough traction on a wide range of surfaces. It has protective elements that help runners to conquer the trails with confidence and speed. The Vibram rubber technology is the gold standard in the outdoor industry and it has been used in some best-selling running shoes from The North Face including the Ultra Cardiac 2. It offers unparalleled support and responsiveness. It is specifically engineered to accommodate different running activities.
The outsole of the North Face Ultra Cardiac is coupled with the Zonal Protection, a design that essentially extends the rubber compound to the toe and heel area. This is significant in protecting the runner's foot from getting injured on rough terrains.
The midsole of the North Face Ultra Cardiac has a Pebax Heel Cradle. It provides proper support and heel positioning. It helps in keeping the runner's heel in place, especially on uneven terrains. The Cradle technology is strategically engineered to absorb impact naturally and to promote an anatomically correct stride.
It has a single-density and plush Compression-Molded EVA. This feature is important to help runners achieve a nicer, smoother and more consistent ride.
It has a built-up medial sidewall and wide platform that accommodates a wide variety of foot types. This is significant in enhancing the comfort and snug fit of the shoe.
The shoe has a removable insole for added support and shock absorption. It helps in distributing the stress of the runner's weight along the foot.
The North Face Ultra Cardiac utilizes an Ultra Airmesh and FlashDry upper. It enables the runner's foot to stay comfortable and dry in different types of weather conditions. It is developed to improve temperature regulation and moisture management.
It has a good amount of cushioning in the tongue unit and collar lining. This aids for a more comfortable upper fit.