The Top 6 Adventure Shoes for 2012 | The North Face Havoc Mid GTX XCR

Apr 9, 2012
Outside Magazine

Best For: Backpacking
It may look like an overdeveloped basketball shoe (and may be just as agile), but the Havoc Mid GTX XCR is as sturdy a hiking boot as the brown suede cinder blocks of the eighties. Building on the tried-and-true low-cut version, the mid adds more ankle support while preserving its best qualities: a wraparound mudguard and waterproof but breathable Gore-Tex membrane. At 2.1 pounds per pair, the Havoc is lighter than a traditional backpacker, but even with a 35-pound load on my back it saved my chronically weak ankle when I lost my footing on a muddy technical trail high above Breckenridge. Runs a bit wide. 1.1

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