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  • 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.

  • Use

    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: 11oz
    Women: 9oz
  • 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: 17mm
    Women: 17mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 9mm
    Women: 9mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
  • Special editions
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Expert Reviews

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82 / 100 based on 15 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Devi Shetty

    The North Face Ultra Endurance: Perfect shoes to run distances

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    It was time for me to buy Ultra shoes, so I was going through many numbers of articles and reviews on new release. This was the one which caught my eye.

     

    Design & color

    These two aspects are the first things that attracted me the most. The manufacturer did a great job in it. Its perfect design and various colors automatically attract you to place it in the online kart.

    Comfort

    I have a wide forefoot and this shoe gives a very good hug to my feet. Wearing comfort is very good for a normal/wide foot (not for extra wide feet). The shape of the shoe gives better comfort than expected.

     

    Outsole

    This is really well designed for technical/difficult trail runs. It is very neatly designed sole for uphill and downhill climbs and runs.

    The anti-skid lugs really help you to not to skid and fall in any gradient. The lugs are perfectly designed and long enough for all terrains and kind of trails. I found it is good on the wet surface but little slippery on the wetter muddy or grass trails. 

     

    Durability

    I have been using these shoes for two years and have run many ultras. The sole and the material used for the shoe is enough to use for many miles/kilometers without any damage.

    Breathability

    The material used on the upper surface of the shoes is porous enough to keep your feet cool while running.

    Performance

    For me, this shoe is a performer. I have completed four ultras in the same shoes. Can run 100 miles/161 km without changing the shoes and without any damage to your feet.

    This is a very good shoe for technical trails and wet surfaces. It has good cushioning while running on rocky trails. The heel to toe drop doesn’t matter much while running.

     

     

    You will feel little poor traction or shock while running in steep downhill trails. It supports slow, and fast-paced trail runs without any difference. The midsole cushioning is much better to push you to run comfortably.  

    Safety & protection

    This shoe is designed in such a way that your feet is completely protected while running. The toe box is just in place to protect your fingers from tripping on stones/sharp edges.

    The feet are always protected from sharp stones or objects. No Skidding due to small stones or wet surfaced trails.

    Positives

    • Good design and color to choose
    • Perfect feet hugging shoes to go distances
    • Safe shoe to run on trails
    • The sole design is perfect for wet/slippery surfaces
    • Breathability improves the performance
    • Wide toe box gives a good room for the feet while running

    Negatives

    • Not preferred for more wet, muddy/grass surface
    • Not suitable on roads as the lugs might wear off faster
    • Not suitable for narrow/extra wide feet
    • More shock/poor traction while steep downhill run

    Verdict

    TNF Ultra Endurance is a total worth buy shoe. Affordable and value for the money. I Can say it’s an allrounder for an intermediate ultra trail runner.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 85 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 5 expert

    This is a really well-designed shoe that performs.

  • 70 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 5 expert

    I have flat, wide feet with a tendency for posterior tibial tendonitis (PTT). My ankle flared up in these shoes after a few miles.

  • 91 / 100 | Ian Corless | Level 4 expert

    This shoe is a great all-rounder and may well be a perfect ‘one shoe’ purchase for anyone who is looking for something that can do many things well. It excels on dry trails and loose surfaces such as scree, stones, sand etc.

  • 80 / 100 | Trail and Ultra Running | | Level 4 expert

    I had my doubts based on my first impression of the shoe, but after a 28 mile run, they performed quite well on a variety of terrain.

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  • The Ultra Endurance is a trail running shoe with a stack height that starts high around the midfoot and lowers around the forefoot, allowing for a good ride. This design is aimed toward neutral pronators, and its purpose is to ensure a stable platform for landing and pushing off while running on uneven terrain. It is a simple and straightforward trainer with a rugged upper and sole that is built to deal with tough terrain and extreme running.
  • The Vibram Megagrip outsole is designed to be reliable on any terrain and under any weather condition, but it performs especially well on wet surfaces. It has a lightweight finish, but not at the expense of foot protection.

The shoe is a neutral, varied-terrain shoe that runs true to size. When worn, it is intended to feel light yet tough on the foot. It also possesses a toe room that satisfies both length and width, thus catering to all foot volumes. Width profiles available are D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women.

The Ultra Endurance uses a single-piece Vibram Megagrip outsole for a durable and sticky traction that can withstand any condition. Neither too soft or too rigid, it allows the shoe to provide comfort and a decent ride on long-distance trails without the loss of ground feel. This outsole material is also used in the Ultra Endurance 2 and other running shoes from The North Face.

Featuring 5-mm multidirectional arrow-shaped lugs made of sticky rubber, the outsole delivers a grip suitable for upward and downward slopes. The outsole guarantees sure-footedness as the lugs allow a good grip on different surfaces such as mud, dirt, snow, and wet and dry rocks, and transitions well from wet to dry trail and back again.

With a stack height that runs high at the midfoot and low at the forefoot, there is an excellent underfoot protection resulting from a combination of good traction and stability.

Forefoot protection is promoted using the ESS Snake Plate™, a rock plate made from EVA that protects the foot against sharp rocks and impact. It provides a balance between foot protection and great underfoot feel.

The midsole of the Ultra Endurance is made of single-density, compression-molded EVA that brings adequate cushioning and a responsive ride.

At the back of the midsole is the Ultra Protect™ CRADLE™ that is a heel-stability technology aiming to support and cushion the foot. It is specially-engineered to absorb impact and promote an anatomically correct stride by supporting the perimeter of the heel. Resulting in a smoother heel-to-toe transition, this feature is especially appealing to heel strikers yet it’s beneficial to all types of runners.

The shoe also provides an Ortholite footbed that is breathable and shock-absorbing while providing comfort. With its neutral fit, runners can insert customized orthotic insoles if preferred.

The upper is a breathable mesh made of welded TPU that is reliable, durable, and protective. It holds the foot in place well during sidehill and downhill runs. With its lightweight and seamless finish, there is a reduced chance of rubbing, hot spots, or blisters.

The TPU suede overlays are structured so that rugged terrains are less challenging, while also being flexible to provide support as they wrap the foot snugly. The overlays strengthen the upper. They help protect the sides of the foot while ensuring that the mesh does not rip.

The toe cap is also made of TPU to provide substantial protection to the toes. It is reinforced so that the shoe can handle collisions with rocks, stones, and other debris without significant damage to the toes.

The inside of the collar in the upper consists of the FlashDry™ lining, which is a piece of fabric made to accelerate the removal of moisture from the skin and speed up drying. It does not add weight to the shoe and is designed to never wear out. The comfort level provided by FlashDry™ allows the runner to wear the shoe even without a sock.

There is a padded heel collar to hold the foot securely in place and a gusseted tongue to support the ankle while keeping debris from entering the shoe.

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