Who should buy The North Face Ultra 109 WP

What if you can slide your feet into a pair of good-looking kicks that you can use for walking around the town and hitting the trails? Well, with The North Face Ultra 109 WP, you got it all! An all-around hiking shoe with a rugged outsole, this hiker makes a great shoe for hiking on easy to moderate terrain.

But the question is - is it the right shoe for you? It's time to dig deeper and know what sets the Ultra 109 WP apart from the rest!

The North Face Ultra 109 WP logo

Waterproof

Suitable for both wet and dry conditions, this hiker is lined with a waterproof liner. 

The North Face Ultra 109 WP upper

Excellent ventilation

While warmth is expected from waterproof hiking shoes, the Ultra 109 WP has a mesh upper which helps boost the airflow within the shoe, preventing overheating.

The North Face Ultra 109 WP upper 2

Lightweight cushioning

While definitely not the lightest, this hiker from The North Face is pretty lightweight for its type. For its performance and features (durable sole, waterproofing, and cushioning), it's actually worth the weight. 

The North Face Ultra 109 WP midsole

Flexible

 It's flexible but not too much and that's because this shoe has a shank - a small piece of tough material that helps absorb weight and provide additional foot support.

The North Face Ultra 109 WP insole

Feels like casual kicks

This hiking shoe is inspired by a running shoe. Thus, you can expect plenty of cushioning, flexibility, and protection. Additionally, The North Face Ultra has a lower cut than most hiking shoes, which makes them feel more like casual kicks. It's a great option for people who enjoy more freedom of movement around the ankle.

The North Face Ultra 109 WP outsole

However, such a low profile would mean less support so you want to use it for quick day hikes with a light to moderate load. Also, it may not offer sufficient protection for unmanaged trails and off-the-beaten paths.

The North Face Ultra 109 WP collar

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 395g
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal, Wide / 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.