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Gear Review: The North Face Ultra Guide

Product tested:

The North Face Ultra Guide Trail Running Shoe

Best uses for the product:

Running on trails and hiking

What you used the product for:

Hiking and running in Vermont and New Hampshire

Casual everyday use and running in Connecticut

Favorite aspect of the product:

My favorite aspect of the Ultra Guide would have to be the outsole. The North Face uses their Tenacious Grip sticky rubber outsole for this shoe. That combined with multi-directional lugs give these shoes great grip on both wet and steep trails. I also noticed that the outsole did a good job of shedding mud as I went along very muddy Vermont trails.  The Ultra Guide is built with an EVA Cradle Guide midsole. This feature was especially nice when running with bricks in my backpack. While training for GORUCK Challenges I often will hike and run with bricks in my bag. The Cradle Guide helps to enhance impact control during foot strike. This allows me to maintain stability with uneven surfaces and heavy loads. Between running on trails and having the extra weight of bricks the TPU Snake Plate also protects my forefoot from the impact of rocks or roots. An added bonus on the Ultra Guide is what The North Face refers to as a Tongue scree collar. This is a flexible, wicking piece of fabric that covers over the tongue to help minimize dirt and rocks from getting in your shoe.

How it fits:

Pretty true to size. I prefer to wear lightweight socks with them if I am going to be running or hiking.

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