The North Face Men's Ultra Guide
These should be your top pick for a trail shoe
Exactly that, I cannot understand why The North Face are not your first choice, in fact they are not even second, third, fourth or fifth choice for trail trainers. Why I just don't know as they do some great trail trainers.
I've been running in North Face Single Tracks for 3 years after having problems with Salomon and then I was asked to look at the TNF Ultra Guides back in April of this year.
Yep I know it's a long time to wait to do a review but I wanted to make sure I had a great trail shoe.
Back in April I was provided a pair of the Ultra Guides by S&R and so took
them down to Devon in April to test them out on the North Devon Coastal Path while I was assisting the TRAIL FERRET Endurance & Trail Running Camp.
They came out of the box and straight into 4 days of trail running covering some 90K of multi terrain tracks - rocks / sand / sea water / shingle - you name it they took it in their strides.
This is a hard-working, hard-wearing shoe and is built to give robust protection on tough trails. They incorporate abrasion-resistant mesh uppers and Snake Plateâ¢ technology to protect the forefoot.
The rubber outsoles deliver a sticky grip on slick or uneven terrain and this was evident from the bashing they have received by me. The Ultra Guides' support comes from the advanced Cradle Guideâ¢ system that cushions the forefoot on impact and promotes natural movement from stride to stride, plus Northotic footbed and metatarsal fit systems, which produces a lightweight, streamlined trainer that belies its sturdy construction.
Since April the Ultra Guides have been tried and tested to the extreme and I can safely state that they are my preferred training & racing shoe and have carried me over a vast amount of difficult & technical terrains, not to mention 4 hard ultra races.
At this point I would say that I'm on my third pair of these beauties and I am now looking for my fourth - I do a lot of miles!!!! - So don't worry about them wearing out quickly, they LAST!!!
In summary The North Face Trainers should be right up there when it comes to you deciding on which manufacturer to opt for.
Points to consider;
â¢They are real comfortable #feels as though they mould to your feet# and have a good absorption rating
â¢Great traction in all weathers
â¢Aggressive and responsive on technical terrains
â¢Perfect combination of cushioning, stability and protection for any foot on any terrain
Tongue scree collar â¢Abrasion-resistant, tight-weave mesh
TPU-welded midfoot support
â¢C-Delta metatarsal fit system
Perforated EVA Northoticâ¢ footbed BOTTOM
Dual-injection, EVA CRADLE GUIDEâ¢ midsole platform
â¢8 mm heel
â¢TPU Snake Plateâ¢ forefoot protection.
â¢Tenaciousâ¢ Grip sticky rubber outsole.
â¢The patent-pending Snake Plateâ¢ consists of a forefoot plate that winds back and forth between the medial and lateral sides of the foot. Because it is not one solid element, it is not as uncompromisingly rigid from side to side and front to back. The result is a forefoot plate that allows the foot to do what it is physiologically designed to do: flex, bend, and contort to changing terrain. At the same time, the Snake Plateâ¢ delivers rigidity where and when it is still needed. The thickness, composition and size of the Snake Plateâ¢ vary from style to style as appropriate. For example, a thicker, more rigid Snake Plateâ¢ addresses the technical, ever-changing demands of a mountain run. A thinner, more flexible Snake Plateâ¢ reconciles flexibility with a decreased demand for protection while on smoother dirt paths.
â¢Tenacious â¢ Grip: a high-abrasion sticky rubber designed for maximum off-trail traction, that will also withstand the rigors of rough off-trail surfaces.
The North Face Cradle Guideâ¢ technology offers full Phase Impact Control, a system that guides the foot through all 3 stances of the gait cycle, impact, mid foot and Toe-off. This system is engineered to provide the perfect combination of cushioning, stability and protection for any foot on any terrain, letting the hiker or runner move swiftly and lightly over backcountry trails.
07 January 2014