The North Face En­durus TR

Women’s 273 g (9.6 oz.) Men’s 317 g (11.2 oz.) Drop ra­tio: 6 mm $160

Canadian Running - - TRAIL SHOE GUIDE -

The En­durus is a whole new type of shoe for The North Face. The out­door gi­ant pre­vi­ously tended to make more min­i­mal, firmer shoes for the trail. By con­trast, the En­durus fea­tures a big, chunky mid­sole, de­signed for long hauls and hours of pound­ing on a va­ri­ety of ter­rain.

This shoe is all about fa­cil­i­tat­ing a soft land­ing, and feel­ing just as plush af­ter 50 (or more) gru­elling kilo­me­tres. The key to the En­durus is that it’s much more flex­i­ble than pre­vi­ous shoes by The North Face, even though its got a rather tall stack height. The up­per isn’t over en­gi­neered, re­liant on brazed-on ma­te­rial in­stead of lots of stitch­ing and lay­er­ing. This also makes it quite breath­able, and ideal for sum­mer ul­tras. The Vi­bram out­sole fea­tures mid-tier 3 mm lugs, which aren’t su­per ag­gres­sive, but do pro­vide enough trac­tion for most sur­faces. The En­durus is eas­ily The North Face’s most com­fort­able and mileage­friendly trail shoe.

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