What wearing the Ultra 111 WP means

Snagging a pair of Ultra 111 WPs means a lot of things. For one, it means that you have shelled out more than $100. But kidding aside, the following are the key highlights of wearing one.

  • The construction of its sole unit around the heel is both chunky and fanned out, providing extra cushioning and stability on rough terrain.
  • Its sole unit comes with an ESS shank, which grants not only enhanced support underfoot but also more rebound with every push off.
  • There are lugs sticking around the sides of its outsole. Translation: You will get additional footing security during lateral (sideway) maneuvers.

The North Face Ultra 111 WP vs. Ultra 109 WP

When it comes to competition, the Ultra 111 WP from The North Face has a few noteworthy challengers. In this instance, the featured pair finds a competitor in the Ultra 109 WP. Find out their differences below:

Weight. There is a 100-gram difference between the two competing hiking shoes, and the lighter one is the Ultra 111 WP.

Lacing system. Both kicks have a ghillie-style closure. That said, the one in the Ultra 109 WP has an extra pair of eyelets at the top, which allow for a more dialed-in configuration around the ankle if used.

Outsole. The middle section of the Ultra 111 WP’s outsole has mini studs, which provide extra surface traction where arch maneuvers are involved. These studs are absent from the Ultra 109 WP.

Takeaway: The Ultra 111 WP is an easy pick, especially for folks who wish to be as surefooted and agile as possible on different types of terrain. Its rival, on the other hand, will benefit those who value a snug fit above everything else.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 214g / Women 179g
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Eco-friendly / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

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.