Who should buy The North Face Hedgehog Hike II GTX

The North Face Hedgehog Hike II GTX still sparkles with amazing qualities, and those who wind up getting one would be rewarded greatly on the trail. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a lightweight hiker that features the Snake Plate technology which supports the user’s foot without compromising flexibility.
  • Prefer a shoe that optimizes durability and performance on various terrain types.
  • Prefer a shoe that allows users to customize and achieve their desired fit.

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Excellent traction and durability

The Hedgehog Hike II GTX from The North Face wears the Vibram XS Trek outsole. Its compound balances traction and durability. The lugs, which are of varying shapes and sizes, are designed for rugged terrain. 

The North Face Hedgehog Hike II GTX outsole

Prevent accumulation of mud and trail debris

The mini pyramid-like boots at the midfoot region prevent the accumulation of mud and trail debris to maintain their bite on ground surfaces.

The North Face Hedgehog Hike II GTX outsole 1.0

Provides underfoot protection without limiting flexibility

The cushioned midsole of this watertight hiking shoe is paired with an ESS Snake Plate. This element provides underfoot protection without limiting flexibility. Cradling the user’s foot is an Ortholite footbed. It has an open-cell PU foam construction which optimizes breathability and drives moisture away. On the other hand, a TPU heel clip enhances stability.

The North Face Hedgehog Hike II GTX midsole 1.0


Giving the Hedgehog Hike II GTX its velvety look is an upper made of durable high-oil-content leather. The crisscross pattern in the midfoot area helps maintain the shoe’s structure while the perforations promote breathability. 

The North Face Hedgehog Hike II GTX upper


Inside is a Gore-Tex bootie that protects the foot from a range of weather conditions. For extra protection on the trails, it is designed with a rubber toe cap and gusseted tongue. The former safeguards the foot against accidental bumps while the latter helps keep debris out. Also, its tongue and collar are padded for comfort.

The North Face Hedgehog Hike II GTX upper 2.0

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 455g / Women 336g
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Antimicrobial, Heel brake
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.