Who should buy the North Face Ultra Fastpack III Mid GTX

Getting a pair of the North Face Ultra Fastpack III Mid GTX surely won’t break the bank. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that is designed for users who want to go light and fast on the trails.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that optimizes energy return for fatigue reduction. 
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that is equipped with a durable outsole and responsive on the trails.

The North Face Ultra Fastpack III Mid GTX logo

Updates to The North Face Ultra Fastpack III Mid GTX

  • From The North Face Ultra Series, the third version of the Ultra Fastpack Mid GTX is designed for those who want to go light and fast on the trails. This iteration has an updated overall look, especially on the upper, while keeping its weight at a minimum. It still comes with a Gore-Tex lining for waterproofing.
  • Previously employed with the brand-owned Ultra Protect Cradle technology, this successor wears the FastFoam midsole system which optimizes energy return for fatigue reduction. On the other hand, it is still equipped with a durable Vibram Megagrip outsole. Its facade is updated to be more responsive on the trails.

The North Face Ultra Fastpack III Mid GTX updates

Size and fit

The North Face Ultra Fastpack III Mid GTX caters to male and female day hikers with a standard-width foot. It is offered in full and half sizes. It relatively runs true to size. A customized fit is achieved through its lace-up closure.

The North Face Ultra Fastpack III Mid GTX laces

Excellent grip on most types of terrain

The North Face Ultra Fastpack III Mid GTX wears a Vibram Megagrip rubber outsole. It offers grip on most types of terrain, whether wet or dry. 

The North Face Ultra Fastpack III Mid GTX outsole

Abrasion-resistant

The grooves in between its abrasion-resistant lugs prevent muck build-up to maintain the sole’s traction.

The North Face Ultra Fastpack III Mid GTX outsole 1

Excellent ground sensitivity and energy return

This mid-top backpacking and speed hiking shoe comes with the brand-owned FastFoam midsole system which includes a dual-density EVA foam. This feature amplifies ground sensitivity and energy return. Comfort is multiplied through the incorporation of an Ortholite footbed.

The North Face Ultra Fastpack III Mid GTX midsole

Flexible underfoot cushioning

Support comes from the ESS midfoot shank. This element keeps the foot steady while giving a decent amount of underfoot flexibility. A heel cup is added to stabilize the foot.

The North Face Ultra Fastpack III Mid GTX insole

Waterproof

Featuring a TPU-coated woven mesh upper, the Ultra Fastpack III Mid GTX offers protection while keeping its flexibility. Inside is a Gore-Tex lining that prevents water intrusion and expels moisture out. A TPU toe cap is added to shield the foot against accidental bumps.

The North Face Ultra Fastpack III Mid GTX upper

Lightweight

Featuring a TPU-coated woven mesh upper, the Ultra Fastpack III Mid GTX offers protection while keeping its flexibility. Inside is a Gore-Tex lining that prevents water intrusion and expels moisture out. A TPU toe cap is added to shield the foot against accidental bumps.

The North Face Ultra Fastpack III Mid GTX upper 1

Easy to wear

Its closure system employs combination eyelets, primarily webbing loops. A pull tab is added at the top of its padded tongue and at the heel area to assist on and off.

The North Face Ultra Fastpack III Mid GTX upper 2

Additional Info

  • This Ultra Fastpack III silhouette also comes in a low-cut GTX variant and woven versions.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 15.4oz / Women 12.6oz
Use: Speed Hiking, Backpacking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.