Rating: 5 / 5
The North Face Hedgehog GTX XCR is what I have chosen to use for this summer of hiking. Here is my review:
I normally wear a size 9.5 but had to get these in a 10. They fit perfect with just the right amount of room in the toe box. The heal cup is snug and there is no heal slipping at all. The stability is great for this low cut shoe and the shoe seem ridged for such a light weight shoe. Walking on rocky surfaces is wonderful and I hardly feel any rocks or protrusions coming through the bottom of the sole, this is probably due to the excellent Vibram sole and rock plate. I feel that this shoe will need zero break in time as it is comfortable out of the box.
The boot heel tread and platform is about ½” wider then my Asolo Fugitives! That is good news for me as I think such a narrow heel profile on my Asolo’s is the reason why I keep rolling my ankles in those boots. The Hedgehog should eliminate my problem with such a wide tread platform. The Vibram tread on these is quite aggressive with multiple hardness densities for I assume different kind of terrain and conditions like slippery rocks and mud.
The shoe is has a gore-tex liner of which I like and has a nice rubber toe rand that cover a good portion of the front of the shoe! The eyelets are a combination of plastic, nylon webbing and metal grommets which appear very trail worthy.
The shoe in a size 10 weighs in at 15oz; I save 11oz over my Asolo’s.
Overall this is a solid and well built shoe, a lot of neat details and thought went into it. This is going to be a great hiking shoe for me and I look forward to a long term use as I’ll give an update when I can.