The Ultra Swift from The North Face is a running shoe that is designed for the neutral pronator and those who like to take to the trails. This product has a modern, almost sneaker-like look to accommodate those who appreciate stylishness going along with functionality. The breathable upper works with an energy-giving midsole unit and a trail-optimized outsole to bring confidence throughout the running session.

Size and fit

Runners can get this The North Face running shoe with their usual sizing expectations in mind because the company has utilized the standard measurements when it was made. Still, it is highly recommended to test the product personally and/or observe reviews that tackle the size aspect to enjoy an in-shoe feel that is accommodating.

The quality of the sideways fit is affected by the various elements that work together to welcome the natural shape of the foot. The Ultra Swift features a non-bulky upper and a semi-curved platform shape to welcome the foot and prevent any feelings of discomfort or imbalance.


The external pad of The North Face Ultra Swift is made EXTS™, a grip capable layer that runs the whole length of the platform. The job of this feature is to provide traction over the surfaces. It also protects the base of the midsole foam from abrasion and general wear.

Not-too-aggressive gripping lugs pockmark the outsole unit. These elements are tasked with heightening the ability of this trail running shoe to clamp onto the ground and deliver foot-to-surface equilibrium and control.


A full-length foam piece serves as the primary element of the cushioning system. The job of this layer is to carry the foot throughout the running session and ensure impact attenuation at all times.

XtraFoam™ is used in the rear section. This accoutrement is like a sidewall that cups the heel in place, preventing it from wobbling or destabilizing during the run.

The forefoot section of The North Face Ultra Swift uses FastFoam™, a piece that is touted to energize the forefoot lifts. Added comfort is also a part of its existence.

An OrthoLite® Hybrid footbed is placed right on top of the primary midsole system. This add-on is made of 20% recycled materials, so environment-friendliness is highlighted. A soft and flexible performance can be appreciated from the Hybrid. It even has an open-cell construction to prevent moisture from pooling in the material.


The outer part of the upper unit features mono mesh. This lightweight material offers ventilated and not-too-snug coverage. Breathable uppers grace many running shoe series, including the well-known Saucony Kinvara roster.

Printed overlays cover the toe box, the sides, and the rear. These synthetic prints bolster the structural integrity of the silhouette while also helping to lock the foot in place.

Semi-round shoelaces grace the bridge of this product. It snakes through strips of fabric that are on the sides, showing off a fit-adjustment system that delivers extra-custom modification that suits personal preference.

The gusseted tongue unit helps in sealing the opening of this shoe, thus averting the infiltration of debris from the trails.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 10.6oz / Women 8.8oz
Drop: 6mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 17mm
Heel height: 23mm
Collection: The North Face Ultra

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