The North Face Ultra Swift Futurelight is a trail running shoe that features a waterproof technology. The design is similar to the original Ultra Swift model, save for an upper unit that has a seemingly close-weave construction. But the cover system is touted to remain breathable while having the capacity to completely stave off wetness with the FUTURELIGHT™ membrane.

Size and fit

The standard sizing schemes have become the basis of the creation of The North Face Ultra Swift Futurelight. Runners are welcome to use the sizes with which they are most comfortable to enjoy an in-shoe feel that is accommodating. The sideways wrap is an aspect that is affected by the semi-curved shape of the platform and the form-welcoming hug of the elements of the upper.


EXTS™ or Exploration Trax System is the technology that is used for the outsole unit of The North Face Ultra Swift Futurelight. This layer of durable rubber is meant to shield the bottom part of the midsole from the abrasive nature of the ground. It also offers a high-tier grip, whether on rocky or wet surfaces.


The primary cushioning unit of this running shoe from The North Face is made of a full-length foam that is meant to carry the foot responsibly throughout the activities. Impact attenuation and smooth heel-to-toe transitions are the bread-and-butter of this technology. Comfortable midsole units are featured in most trail shoes, including the Salomon Sense Ride line.

The rear part of the midsole features XtraFoam™, a dense piece that acts as a stabilizing wall for the heel of the foot. Positional discomfort can be averted by this visible element.

FastFoam™ is a layer in the forefoot that offers a bit more oomph to the perception of comfort. It also helps in energizing the toe-off phase, giving speed and urgency to the liftoff.

An OrthoLite® Hybrid footbed is placed right on top of the main midsole technologies. The job of this add-on is to provide a soft surface on which the foot can rest. It is made of 20% recycled materials, an eco-friendly approach that can woo many runners.


The upper unit of The North Face Ultra Swift Futurelight features the FUTURELIGHT™, a material that is meant to completely stave off water infiltration. Though acting as a barrier against wetness, it has been constructed to have small pores that permit environmental air into the foot-chamber, thus maintaining a breathable coverage.

Printed overlays grace the toe box, the sides, and the heel part of this running shoe. These add-ons help to bolster the durability of the upper unit’s materials. They also assist the lacing system when it comes to locking the foot in place.

Fabric strips serve as the lace-loops of the lacing system. These strands jut out from the lateral and medial sides, linking the fabrics to the semi-round shoelaces that rest on the bridge of the silhouette. Adjusting the tightness or looseness of the fit can deliver a truly custom wrap that adheres to personal preferences.


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