The North Face Double Track
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Double Track? More like double agent. This shoe blurs the lines between trail and road runner with few sacrifices. On 5K road races and easy trails, it felt smooth and quick, with the kind of fast-flexing fore- and midfoot, lively cushioning, and subtle medial post we expect in the best road shoes. But on rugged Colorado mountain routes and rooty East Coast trails, the Double Track held up against burlier off-road specialists. How? The contoured last—think of a perfectly shaped, cuplike cradle for your heels—felt rock-solid on off-camber surfaces and tricky downhills, and the lightweight flexible rock plate didn’t cringe at debris-strewn terrain. Yet it’s still a lean shoe full of gram-shaving tricks like a hollowed-out sticky rubber outsole. Even testers who’ve transitioned to minimalist footwear found themselves siding with the Double Track. 11.7 oz.