Verdict from 3 experts and 26 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Rockered ride: Like the other shoes in the Vectiv series, Enduris will “pitch you forward”, encouraging a smooth and consistent ride on various paces.
  • Responsive: Runners like how the TPU plate creates a nice and responsive experience without “fighting you,” as most carbon-plated shoes do.
  • Max-cushioned: The thicker midsole gives you plenty of underfoot protection and comfort for all-day adventures and ultras.
  • Durable: An expert reviewer who ran over 200 miles in the Enduris praises its ability to hold up well. The reinforced upper has no splits or tears and there is “plenty of lug life” in the outsole.
  • Secure fit: No matter the speed or terrain, you get a precise, lockdown hold. The toe box has just enough space for medium-width feet.
  • Grippy: Although short, the lugs on this North Face shoe are said to perform well on most surfaces: from dirt to snow.
  • Versatile: It is a competent trail shoe that also feels comfortable on paved roads.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Requires break-in: The NF Vectiv Enduris doesn’t feel at home straight from the box. It takes around 20-30 miles to reveal its potential.
  • Non-gusseted tongue: Trail goers are disappointed that the brand overlooked such a needed feature. They griped about the tongue sliding off to the sides.
  • Thin laces: “Exceptionally thin,” it takes up to 3-4 knots to keep them tied. 
  • Lacks drainage: When used in wet conditions, the interiors soak up the moisture leading to a nasty, squeaky experience.

Bottom line

Generously cushioned and protective, Enduris is the daily workhorse from the North Face Vectiv series. There is plenty of tech crammed into this version to make it an efficient cruiser for anything from recovery days to ultra marathons.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

The North Face Vectiv Enduris: max-cushioned "endurer"

Enduris is meant to handle just about any distance, be it a daily training session, a hike, or a 100K.

Looks can be deceiving as the shoe is visually similar to its counterparts in the Vectiv lineup. In fact, some features are even identical. Here is what all three shoes have in common:

  • Rocker midsole design: creates a rolling sensation and smooth, quick transitions
  • Dual-density midsole: gives a balance of responsiveness and protection (firmer on top, softer at the bottom)
  • Surface Control rubber with 3.5 mm lugs: highly grippy on a wide range of surfaces; just not that effective in mud

What makes The NF Enduris different

  • Most flexible/forgiving plate (TPU plastic): accommodates slower paces better but still stiff enough for an efficient ride. For reference, Flight Vectiv uses carbon fiber (the stiffest and fastest) and Vectiv Infinite uses Pebax (middle-ground but better for tempo)
  • More cushioning: higher stack and softer than other Vetciv shoes; better for longer miles
  • Air-Mesh: softer fabric, not as rugged as the Kevlar-infused Matryx upper on the other two shoes
  • Weight: the heaviest
  • Price: the least expensive


How The North Face Vectiv Enduris ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 43% trail running shoes
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Top 20% The North Face running shoes
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Bottom 35% maximalist running shoes
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