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  • Terrain
    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
    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
    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
    Price
    $120
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 11oz
    Women: 9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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
    Heel height
    Men: 17mm
    Women: 17mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 9mm
    Women: 9mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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Summary

We spent 5.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Many runners appreciated the excellent traction provided by the outsole.
  • One user stated that the shoe had the perfect balance of performance, lateral stability, and protection.
  • Some buyers were satisfied with the thick insole because it held the foot well inside the shoe and prevented any in-shoe slipping, thus enabling a relaxed run.
  • A lot of users agreed with the comfort and the form-fitting coverage that the shoe gave.
  • It is the most comfortable-fitting shoe of The North Face brand, as stated by one reviewer.
  • One tester said that toe box felt roomier in comparison to other shoes from The North Face.
  • Another mentioned that the midsole provided agreeable cushioning and protection for the foot.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Several runners noted that the lugs worked well on slightly muddy trails, but not completely effective on a totally muddy environment as they carried the mud and weighed the shoe down.
  • Some users mentioned that the Ultra Endurance had a poor drainage system as it took almost a mile to completely shed water.
  • A number of users were disappointed with the shoe’s traction as it performed poorly on downhill trails.
  • One buyer did not like the weight of the shoe and felt that it dragged the foot down.
  • The upper was a bit too snug and narrow for some testers.

Bottom line

The Ultra Endurance is a great trail-and-mountain shoe that transitions well between a multitude of surfaces. With the cushioning it provides, this shoe is not highly recommended for runners looking for a low-drop or a minimalist shoe. It may not be the lightest shoe on the market, but the cushioning, protection, and longevity on offer are enough to make it an overall attractive shoe.

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Expert Reviews

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Updates to The North Face Ultra Endurance

  • 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 North Face Ultra Endurance size and fit

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.

Outsole

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.

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.

Midsole

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.

Upper

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.