Just In: The North Face Ultra Guide Trail Shoe

January 29, 2013 — 1 Comment

My (continually annoyed at me) UPS guy just dropped off North Face’s Ultra Guide trail shoe and I thought I’d throw up a quick image and some specs. Haven’t had a run in them yet but very comfy just trying them on. I’ll try to get some early impressions up if I can get to a trail this weekend (doubtful), as I’m Trying to narrow down my choices for 2 weeks of trail running in Hawaii in February (but in my mind I’m already there).


The North Face site has them at 16mm/8mm heel/forefoot, but that’s definitely not the case. Running Warehouse has them at 22m/17mm and this feels closer to the right measurement. They feature a snake plate—a rock plate that provides partial forefoot coverage—that saves some weight but doesn’t provide as much protection as a conventional rock plate; widely spaced, alternating lugs made of sticky rubber; welded overlays, a breathable but debris resistant upper; as well as a bevy of other jargony, technical features claiming to do everything but make you levitate.

One response to Just In: The North Face Ultra Guide Trail Shoe

  1. We’re looking forward to hearing how you like the Ultra Guide once you get it out on the trail! To clarify, our heel drop measurements are based on the height of EVA from the center line of the last. So if you cut the shoe in half and measured only the EVA you’d have 16mm under the heel and 8mm under the forefoot.

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