The North Face Men's Ultra Guide
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The North Face Men's Ultra Guide

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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 Plate™ 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 Guide™ 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; •They are real comfortable #feels as though they mould to your feet# and have a good absorption rating •Look good •Great traction in all weathers •Aggressive and responsive on technical terrains •Perfect combination of cushioning, stability and protection for any foot on any terrain FEATURES - Tongue scree collar •Abrasion-resistant, tight-weave mesh TPU-welded midfoot support •C-Delta metatarsal fit system Perforated EVA Northotic™ footbed BOTTOM Dual-injection, EVA CRADLE GUIDE™ midsole platform •16 mm •8 mm heel •Forefoot heights •TPU Snake Plate™ forefoot protection. •Tenacious™ Grip sticky rubber outsole. •The patent-pending Snake Plate™ 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 Plate™ delivers rigidity where and when it is still needed. The thickness, composition and size of the Snake Plate™ vary from style to style as appropriate. For example, a thicker, more rigid Snake Plate™ addresses the technical, ever-changing demands of a mountain run. A thinner, more flexible Snake Plate™ reconciles flexibility with a decreased demand for protection while on smoother dirt paths. •Tenacious™ Grip •Tenacious ™ Grip: a high-abrasion sticky rubber designed for maximum off-trail traction, that will also withstand the rigors of rough off-trail surfaces. •Unleashed Performance™ The North Face Cradle Guide™ 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
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The North Face Ultra Guide is a rugged running shoe that is built to withstand the toughest trails. A lightweight, abrasion resistant mesh upper allows your feet to breathe whilst a Nothotic™ footbed provides comfort and stability. The CRADLE GUIDE™ midsole helps to enhance your natural foot strike by providing full-phase impact control and enhanced midfoot support. A TPU Snake Plate™ protects the forefoot from sharp stones, preventing bruising and discomfort, whilst the Tenacious™ Grip sticky rubber outsole gives you grip that you can rely on, whatever challenges are thrown your way.
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The North Face Ultra Guide is a rugged running shoe that is built to withstand the toughest trails. A lightweight, abrasion resistant mesh upper allows your feet to breathe whilst a Nothotic™ footbed provides comfort and stability. The CRADLE GUIDE™ midsole helps to enhance your natural foot strike by providing full-phase impact control and enhanced midfoot support. A TPU Snake Plate™ protects the forefoot from sharp stones, preventing bruising and discomfort, whilst the Tenacious™ Grip sticky rubber outsole gives you grip that you can rely on, whatever challenges are thrown your way.


Features

  • Tongue scree collar
  • Abrasion resistant, tight weave mesh
  • TPU-welded midfoot support
  • C-Delta metatarsal fit system
  • Perforated EVA™ footbed
  • Dual injection EVA CRADLE GUIDE™ midsole platform
  • 16mm heel height
  • 8mm forefoot height
  • TPU Snake Plate™ forefoot protection
  • Tenacious™ Grip sticky rubber outsole

Glossary

Snake Plate™The Snake Plate™ is a forefoot plate that winds back and forth between the medial and lateral strides of the foot, providing superior flexible push through protection.
CRADLE GUIDE™Midsole technology designed to provide efficient impact control to enhance a natural stride transition.
Tenacious™ GripA highly abrasion-resistant, sticky rubber designed to perform in wet and dry conditions for excellent traction and durability.

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