Canadian Running

The North Face Endurus TR

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

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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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