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.