Facts

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.

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
$110
Weight
Men: 9.8oz
Women: 8.3oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 6mm
Women: 6mm

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.

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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 6.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The shoe provided a locked-down and solid fit, a commenter wrote.
  • The cushioning was ample in the areas that needed it most, according to a reviewer.
  • The Ultra TR III was lighter and softer compared to other trail running shoes, stated a runner.
  • One user said that the FastFoam™ midsole felt “springy and cushiony.” Another mentioned it was plush yet responsive.
  • A wearer was pleased that the upper was lightweight and supple.
  • The outsole offered both grip on trails and ground contact on roads, making the Ultra TR III versatile shoe, a user claimed.
  • The shoe excelled in mountain trail running, including a snow-covered glacier pass, a runner experienced.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One user was dismayed with the shoe’s performance on muddy
  • Some runners described the tongue as paper-thin, with its minimal padding that did not allow enough protection. Others said that it “looked and felt weird.”

Bottom line

The North Face Ultra TR III was a consumer favorite, as proven through the praises it obtained regarding fit, cushioning, and weight. Few criticisms were relayed towards design elements, but these were not significant to the shoe’s overall account. With how users described its performance and efficiency, the Ultra TR III has shown that it was a worthy investment and a pleasant running gear.


Rankings


Ratings

4.1 / 5 based on 7 ratings

5 star
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4 star
29%
3 star
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2 star
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Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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88 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 by RunRepeat • Kory Mueller • Level 3 expert

    The North Face Ultra TR III blew away my expectations and performed great on a variety of terrain and distances. I do have a few concerns but the performance of the midsole and outsole greatly outweigh these concerns.

  • 80 / 100 by RunRepeat • Andrew Dillow • Level 3 expert

    Buy these shoes if you want a trail shoe with good grip, breathes well and has plenty of toe protection.

  • 95 / 100 by RunRepeat • Nicole Pritikin • Level 2 expert

    Aside from a very oddly thin tongue with a bizarre shape, the North Face Ultra TR III is an impressive hiking or trail running shoe with ample cushioning and traction for a variety of terrain.

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Updates to The North Face Ultra TR III

  • In the third edition of the Ultra TR series, The North Face gives the market plenty of updates. Although the shoe still aims for and functions on high-mileage runs, users will receive a whole new running experience, thanks to the shoe’s restructured composition, updated materials, and added features. Moreover, the Ultra TR III is now able to take runners to race days.
  • From the Ultra TR II’s ripstop-and-suede upper, this version ventures back to the air-mesh-and-TPU combination for a tandem of breathability and support.
  • A new midsole is also introduced in this iteration, in the form of the just-released FastFoam™ technology. Conversely, the bottom retains the tried-and-tested Vibram® rubber outsole, this time utilizing the Megagrip™ compound for the ultimate grip on various surfaces.

The North Face Ultra TR III size and fit

The Ultra III employs the running shoe standard in length and sizing measurements. It has an anatomical shape that follows the foot and enables a locked-down fit. Width profiles are in medium for both the men’s and women’s versions. Runners will be able to notice the adequate room for splay in the toe box, as well as the snugness of the midfoot and rearfoot area.

Outsole

The famous Vibram® Megagrip™ outsole makes its way to The North Face Ultra TR III. This rubber compound is known for its exceptional performance on both wet and dry trails, while also delivering impressive traction on rugged and uneven terrains. The Megagrip™ compound, aside from grip, brings stability and flexibility for ground adaptation.

Midsole

As an introduction to a new midsole material, the Ultra TR III presents the FastFoam™ technology. This dual-density cushioning compound has the optimal level of stability and responsiveness, thus ensuring energy return for high mileage and speed. The top layer has a resilient perimeter that prevents packing out, while the bottom layer disperses shock for smooth transitions.

Aside from performance, the FastFoam™ midsole also yields outstanding comfort. It is designed to be soft but not mushy, to guarantee a spring in each step.

An OrthoLite® sock liner aids the shoe by presenting additional underfoot cushioning.

Upper

The Ultra TR III employs air mesh on the vamp and quarter areas of the upper. The material has a more open structure compared to regular mesh, thus enhancing breathability. Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) overlays assist the air mesh for support and structural integrity. They are screen-printed with a stripe pattern for decoration.

The shoe has a gusseted tongue made with suede, which contributes an accurate and comfortable fit as it hugs the top of the foot.

A 3M® reflective printing at the heel side permits visibility while the runner is out in low-light conditions.