Updates to The North Face Hedgehog Hike II Mid GTX

  • The iteration of the Hedgehog Hike Mid GTX showcases an improved design of the upper. It still comes with leather lined with a Gore-Tex laminate for protection from the elements. Its protective rubber toe rand comes a little less aggressive than the first version. The designers also streamlined its construction. The result of these changes makes this product lighter by about 75 grams.
  • The updated version carries a cushioned midsole paired with an Ortholite footbed for optimal comfort. Underfoot support and flexibility are being handled by an ESS Snake Plate.
  • The Hedgehog Hike II Mid GTX features a Vibram XS Trek outsole. It is made of a rubber compound which balances durability and traction.

Size and fit

The North Face Hedgehog Hike II Mid GTX is a fairly true-to-size day hiking boot for men and women. It is available in a range of whole and half sizes. Both versions come in standard width. The gear’s lace-up closure grants a secure foot lockdown.


Featuring a Vibram XS Trek outsole, this waterproof footgear offers traction on most types of terrain. Its hexagonal lugs at the center render multidirectional grip while the aggressive chunks along the side of the sole help stabilize each stride. This durable material also features mini studs at the midfoot area which prevent muck build-up.


The North Face Hedgehog Hike II Mid GTX pairs a cushioned midsole with an ESS Snake Plate for comfort and underfoot support, respectively. An Ortholite footbed manages moisture inside the boot to maintain a fresh feel. Also, with its open-cell PU foam construction, it can yield long-lasting cushioning. A TPU heel clip keeps the foot steady on rugged grounds.


This mid-cut day hiking boot uses a high-oil-content leather upper. It is Gore-Tex lined to protect the user from the changing conditions of the trail and weather. At the midfoot region are intersecting lines which help maintain its structural integrity. Strategically placed across the upper are vent holes to optimize breathability.

Its rubber toe cap and gusseted tongue amplify the boot’s protection on the trails. Also, the brand’s designers added cushioning on its tongue and mesh collar to promote comfort. For fit management, it uses combination eyelets complemented by a round lace. A heel strap aids in smooth on and off.

Additional Info

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 520g / Women 433g
Use: Day Hiking, Backpacking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: The North Face

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Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran 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 analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.