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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Comments (1)

  1. Part of the problem is the age of the bike and what it is eqepuid with as far as the shifters. Some of the old road bikes were 27 x 1 1/4 not the current 700c (and the two aren’t interchangeable). The number of gears in the back could be anywhere from 5,6,7,8 or 9 depending on age shifting setup on the bike and are either a thread-on freewheel or a slide-on cassette. What you’re going to need is front rear wheel, the gears for the rear wheel, tires, tubes, and rimstrips.steel front wheel 27 runs about $20-$25rear steel wheel 27 runs about $25-$30alloy front wheel 700c or 27 about $30-$35 and upalloy rear wheel 700c or 27 about $40-$45 and upgears for the back the thread on type about $16 and upthe cassette (slide on type gears) can run about $30 and up depending on the number of rings and quality level of cassettetire for a 27 can run about $12 and up700c tire can run about $20 and uptube about $4 or $5rubber rim strip about $1cloth rim tape (hold up better to higher pressure tires doesn’t dry rot like rubber) about $3 a roll

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