Notable Features

The North Face Ultra Traction Futurelight is a trail running shoe that is intentionally made for runners who have neutral foot mechanisms. It utilizes the waterproof membrane with air permeability added on this running shoe. This is essential in allowing the nano structures of the Futurelight layer to provide better ventilation. For added breathability, the North Face made sure that the durability and waterproofness of the shoe are not compromised. 

This new nano-fiber structure is described as a nimble and ultra-thin garment that delivers a high level of comfort. It is also focused on protecting the foot against hazardous elements that can be found on the trails. As a result, one of the most breathable and lightweight membranes to date by the North Face is created.

Size and fit

Users are guaranteed that the materials of the Ultra Traction Futurelight provide a snug and comfortable fit. This neutral running shoe utilizes the traditional lacing system that encourages a more individualized fit. The user can quickly tighten or loosen the laces depending on his specific needs and preferences.


The dual-density outsole is integrated into the North Face Ultra Traction Futurelight. Together with the Proprietary EXTS™ traction system and pronounced lugs, durability is offered. With the utilization of these features, superior stability is provided as well.

Used in making the shoe is the alternating lug heights ranging from 3.5 mm to 4 mm. This outsole feature is essential in providing the perfect balance of traction and durability. As a result, the runner has an outstanding amount of grip when tackling challenging and tough trails. When compared to the Nike Air Zoom Structure 22, this shoe's outsole is made of Duralon, a blown rubber that also offers the right amount of grip in different walking and running activities.


Featured in the running shoe is the Ortholite® Hybrid ™ footbed. The primary focus of this material is to deliver long-lasting underfoot cushioning and support.

Ultimate adaptive underfoot cushioning is encouraged by the dual-density midsole with FastFoam™ technology. This is significant ion providing added comfort during the running session. Its benefit can also be compared to the EVERUN technology. This is used in the midsole unit of the Saucony Ride 10.


Used in crafting the North Face Ultra Traction Futurelight is the supportive mesh upper. The primary purpose of this is to provide breathability.

Along with the mesh upper is the breathable FUTURELIGHT® waterproof membrane. This feature of the North Face Ultra Traction Futurelight includes air permeability. This is vital in allowing air to pass through for enhanced breathability and ventilation. With proper ventilation being offered, making sure to keep water and other wet elements out of the shoe is encouraged as well.

The no-sew and vacuum-formed TPU heel and toe cap are employed in the running shoe. This component of the Ultra Traction  Futurelight aims to provide additional protection. As a result, the foot is prevented from having an injury. These materials add durability to the platform, as well.

Used in crafting the running footwear is the traditional lace-up system. This style comes with sturdy webbing eyelets and fabric laces that offers an adjustable and snug fit.

The internal arch sleeve is integrated into the North Face Ultra Traction Futurelight. The primary goal of this material is to deliver customized support during the running activity.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 12oz / Women 10.6oz
Drop: 6mm
Arch support: Neutral
Base model: The North Face Ultra Traction
Forefoot height: 18mm
Heel height: 24mm

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