The North Face Conness GTX - Day Hiking Shoes: Reviews

Nov 1, 2010
Outside Magazine
The North Face Conness GTX  -  Day Hiking Shoes: Reveiws

   Photo: Clay Ellis

Why They're CoolI've never experienced a more comfortable hike in boots capable of carrying 40-pound backpacking loads. The trick? A softer insert embedded in the heel of a dual-density polyurethane midsole keeps things pillowy, while a polyurethane heel cup and full-length thermoplastic shank do their share, adding the rigidity needed for serious hauling. » Multidirectional lugs on the Vibram outsoles kept up the traction no matter which way the trail tilted. » Unseasonable Arizona rains allowed me to test the Gore-Tex booties in a muddy wash. My dogs remained bone-dry.

Hmmm . . .As an inevitable corollary of the soft ride, support collapses quickly in the rough, despite the high all-nubuck uppers. I felt unstable bushwhacking with a heavy load.

Filed To: Men's, Hiking Shoes

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