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The Ultra Endurance XF from The North Face is a trail running shoe that aims to deliver all-day comfort through a generous midsole construction. The traction capacity of the outsole unit is still present, but the highlight is the max cushioning provided by the XtraFoam™ compound. The silhouette has a non-bulky design to accentuate a breathable yet welcoming wrap.

Standard sizing measurements were used when the Ultra Endurance XF was constructed. Consumers are free to choose their usual pick of the aspect of size when it comes to this running shoe. The sideways fit aims to be welcoming yet secure as the upper unit and underfoot platform strive to permit the natural shape of the human foot. Still, it is recommended to try this shoe first and/or study user feedback that covers the sizing scheme to fully enjoy the in-shoe experience.

The external pad of The North Face Ultra Endurance XF features the Exploration Trax System or EXTS™. The job of this technology is to protect the bottom portion of the midsole foam from the abrasive nature of the trails. It also provides surface grip, a trait that is highly essential for off-road footwear.

Trail-optimized gripping lugs are patterned across the outsole. These nodes are meant to heighten the grip of the shoe, with angled ends helping to adhere to the ground with ease. They aren't too aggressive in thickness or height, so transitioning to any flat ground can become effortless.

Flex grooves and incognito sipes in the forefoot section are elements that make the platform as flexible as possible. The forefoot lift is the part of the step that benefits the most from these design constituents as it involves the bending of the toe joints and tendons.

The XtraFoam™ system is used for the midsole unit of this running shoe from The North Face. A full-length max cushioned piece carries the foot throughout the running session, receiving most of the impact shock generated by the landing phase. Joining it is a forefoot layer that serves as a responsive springboard that energizes the forefoot lifts.

An OrthoLite® Hybrid footpad is placed right on top of the primary cushioning system. This add-on is tasked with adding a bit of volume to the underfoot experience. It has a moisture-managing feature that maintains a cool and dry in-shoe environment. It is also advertised to be made of 20% recycled materials.

The upper unit of The North Face Ultra Endurance XF uses a dynamic air mesh for form-welcoming comfort and a ventilated ride. It has a lightweight construction to prevent the feeling of being restricted.

Printed overlays cover the front and sides of this product. The job of these thin elements is to bolster the structural integrity of the upper unit while also helping to lock the foot in place. Their presence doesn't result in a bulky-looking silhouette. Synthetic prints grace many modern trail footwear options, including the highly revered Salomon Speedcross line.


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Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.