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  • Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    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.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


    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
  • Weight
    Men: 9.7oz
    Women: 7.7oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 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 height
    Men: 20mm
    Women: 20mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
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We spent 7.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Some runners commented that the shoe was very comfortable.
  • A lot of testers mentioned that the shoe was great-looking and durable.
  • According to some reviewers, the lightweight structure was agreeable.
  • A few buyers agreed that the North Face Ultra Cardiac was able to offer excellent cushioning.
  • A lot of consumers loved the shoe's removable insole; they were able to customize the underfoot feel with a replacement insert or by removing the insole itself.
  • Some runners noted that the shoe's upper area was breathable and protective.
  • The shoe was best for walking, hiking and running, according to some testers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners commented that they ordered a one-half size larger than their usual shoe length.
  • A good number of consumers agreed that the shoe had a narrow toe box. As a result, they were not able to spread out their toes comfortably.
  • According to some buyers, they were disappointed with the thin midsole construction.

Bottom line

Many users mentioned that the North Face Ultra Cardiac was able to deliver a smoother ride on any type of surface. They were impressed with the good amount cushioning of the shoe. They were also pleased with the shoe’s durability and appealing look. Although some testers were disappointed with the shoe’s narrow toe box and thin midsole construction, a lot of runners still recommended the North Face Ultra Cardiac because of its breathable upper and lightweight structure.


Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 70 / 100 | The Ginger Runner

    Definitely think there's room for improvement on the shoe.

  • 100 / 100 | SydneyTrailRunner

    This shoe is really good value for money.

  • 90 / 100 | Ian Corless

    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.

  • 90 / 100 | Trail Run Mag

    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.

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Updates to The North Face Ultra Cardiac

  • 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 size and fit

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. 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.