The North Face Ultra MT GTX Shoe
What I’ve used them for
Hiking and trail running around Connecticut
Favorite aspects of the product
For me, The North Face Ultra MT GTX Shoe is a workhorse. I’m equally comfortable trail running in them as I am taking them for a long hike. Connecticut trails, along with most of the northeast, are rugged. We encounter lots of roots, wet leaves, and rocks. Lots and lots of rocks. And of course those beautiful granite slabs. The Ultra MT is equipped with exclusive Vibram Megagrip outsole. So far the outsole has lived up to its name. I was especially pleased on a recent hike when I went from wet leaves onto an angled granite slab with no issues. This is some of the best traction, if not the best, I have ever had on a trail runner.
Adding to the ruggedness of the Ultra MT is the durable ripstop mesh in the forefoot. When you are constantly running and hiking around granite rocks your shoes tend to take a beating. I inadvertently tested this out when a stick jumped up and stabbed me on the top of my foot. Okay, so I accidentally kicked it hard and there wasn’t even a sign of a scratch on the forefoot.
The Ultra MT GTX is the Gore-Tex version of the shoe. I go out to hike and run no matter the season or weather. Having a good lightweight pair of waterproof shoes is a staple for me. Mud, rain, and even snow will not stop me from getting out. In fact I am looking forward to wearing these in the snow since they are waterproof and have amazing grip. The North Face threw in the added bonus of FlashDry lining on the collar of the shoe. The FlashDry helps to wick away sweat from your feet quicker and keep them comfortable longer.
Just one last note on the fit, the Ultra MT shoes tend to run on the narrow side. They fit me great, but they may not work for someone with a wide foot.