Facts

  • Subcategory

    Hiking Sandals

    Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.

    Hiking Shoes

    The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.

    Hiking Boots

    Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.

    Mountaineering Boots

    Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.

    Good to know

    For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.

  • Cut

    Low

    Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.

    Mid

    Boots with an ankle-height cuff. They provide extra ankle support. See mid-cut hiking boots and mid-cut mountaineering boots.

    High

    Boots with a cuff that goes above the ankle. In the case of insulated ones, they may reach the calf. Also grants extra ankle support. See high-cut hiking boots and high-cut mountaineering boots.

    Good to know

    Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.

  • Price
    $350
  • Feature
  • Weight
    Men: 26oz
    Women: 24oz
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
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Summary

We spent 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Footwear critics found the Verto S4K GTX’s heel support beyond fantastic.
  • Professional bloggers were able to climb technical ascents with great precision in this mountaineering boot.
  • This gear from The North Face impressed several users with its superbly grippy outsole.
  • The flexibility of this boot, especially around the ankle, floored reputable shoe pundits.
  • One expert reviewer rated the Verto S4K GTX quite highly in terms of comfort.
  • A shoe tester by profession got an excellently snug fit in this boot, particularly around the heel.
  • This footgear was given a thumbs-up by a mountaineer for being remarkably light—a quality that is not very common for a boot of this class.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The narrowness of the Verto S4K GTX’s toe box shocked some owners.
  • Less than a handful of wearers somehow got blisters wearing this boot.
  • Its lengthy break-in period didn’t amuse a respected gear reviewer.

Bottom line

A gear that has top-notch climbing precision and exceptional heel support points heavily to the Verto S4K GTX. A boot providing outstanding surface grip is also an accurate description for this great-fitting mountaineering footwear. It is just a bit of a letdown, however, that its toe box may be too narrow for people with bulkier feet. Nevertheless, the Verto S4K GTX has what it takes to empower mountaineers and help them reach heights with heightened confidence.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are hikers, 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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92 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 100 / 100 | The North Face Europe

    I can use it in different conditions, in all areas I'm working.

  • 95 / 100 | The House Outdoor Gear

    If you like mountaineering and climbing, this is gonna be a good choice.

  • 90 / 100 | Live for the Outdoors

    I’d prefer a stiffer boot for rocky terrain and deeper lugs for snow or soft ground, but the The North Face Verto S4K GTX is a good lightweight all-rounder.

  • 92 / 100 | OnTheSharpEnd.com

    All things considered this boot is fantastic.

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Updates to The North Face Verto S4K GTX

  • The Verto S4K GTX from The North Face is a crampon-compatible boot designed for mountaineering over mixed terrain. Its insulated construction lets users undertake icy adventures. Its waterproof upper is planted on a heavy duty lasting board made of polypropylene.
  • Cushioning underfoot is courtesy of the boot’s midsole. The North Face engineers gave it a TPU Cradle insert at the heel for extra stability around the rearfoot region. Slip and skid resistance, on the other hand, is thanks to the Vibram Mulaz outsole.

The North Face Verto S4K GTX size and fit

The North Face’s Verto S4K GTX is a generally true-to-size, high-cut mountaineering boot for men and women. It is offered in standard width in full and half sizes. Its fit may be adjusted with the use of the footwear’s to-toe lacing system with locking instep eyelets.

Outsole

Enabling mountaineers to climb with adequate grip is the footwear’s Vibram Mulaz outsole. It features mostly blocky lugs lined up horizontally along its borders to give users better control during descents and ascents. A climbing zone is engineered at its forefoot to allow for precise footing on narrow ledges.

Midsole

The Verto S4K GTX provides footing balance and ground protection with adequate cushioning thanks to its four-part, co-molded midsole. It has a TPU heel element for added stability and a TPU shank for additional support around the ankle region.

For extra comfort, The North Face designers gave this gear a premium footbed made of EVA, called Northotic Pro+. It is engineered with forefoot pads from Ortholite and a gel heel to improve the level of comfort it provides.

Upper

This mountaineering boot from The North Face has a sturdy over-the-ankle upper imbued with a Gore-Tex membrane for waterproofing and breathability. It comes wrapped with a PU mudguard from Smartlite to strengthen the upper further and give it sufficient resistance against abrasive elements. It is also built with an additional component at the Achilles heel called the X-Frame for extra support without sacrificing flexibility.

A pull loop is engineered at the heel to speed up on and off. Its lacing system uses combination eyelets, the top ones of which, particularly the open hooks, are made of stainless steel. Its laces, on the other hand, are made up of synthetic cords interwoven together.

Additional Info

  • The Verto S4K GTX is compatible with hybrid (semi-automatic) crampons.