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The North Face Men's Ultra 109 GTX® Waterproof Mesh Lace Up Hiking Shoes

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The North Face Men's Ultra 109 GTX® Waterproof Mesh Lace Up Hiking Shoes
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      The North Face Men's Ultra 109 GTX® Waterproof Mesh Lace Up Hiking Shoes
       
      4.2

      (based on 92 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (62)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (10)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (3)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (6)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (11)

      78%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Comfortable (46)
      • Durable (29)
      • Stylish (18)
      • Cushions impact (11)
      • Good traction (11)

      Cons

      • Wear out quickly (8)
      • Wears quickly (6)
      • Heavy (5)
      • Poor quality (4)
      • Poor support / stability (3)

      Best Uses

      • Casual wear (18)
      • All weather conditions (14)
      • Travel (10)
      • Walking (9)
      • Work (8)
        • Sizing:
        • Feels full size too small

           

          Feels half size too small

           

          Feels true to size

           

          91% 

          (51 reviews)

          Feels half size too big

           

          Feels full size too big

           
        • Width:
        • Feels too narrow

           

          Feels true to width

           

          89% 

          (51 reviews)

          Feels too wide

           
        • Arch Type:
        • Average arch (20), Low arch (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Conservative (20), Casual/ recreational (11), Enthusiast (8), Stylish (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (24)
        • View On Shoes:
        • Shoes are for wearing (15), I'm into shoes (8), I'm really into shoes (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Third pair of the Ultra 109s

      This is my third pair of the 109s - I wear them 200 days a year, and they last about two years. I use them for commuting - to the office, walking, light...Read complete review

      This is my third pair of the 109s - I wear them 200 days a year, and they last about two years. I use them for commuting - to the office, walking, light hiking, light activity. They are 100% waterproof (amazing!) I will replace my current pair with another 109, or with another, better NF shoe with the same last. Also, very surprised at the people who said the shoes were uncomfortable - these shoes felt the same from the first wear - so, if they don't feel comfortable in the store, don't buy them.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Bad Design Flaw

      I like The North Face shoes and I still do, but I do not like how these were designed. I had the Headgehog GTX XCR III Hiking Shoes my entire year in Europe and...Read complete review

      I like The North Face shoes and I still do, but I do not like how these were designed. I had the Headgehog GTX XCR III Hiking Shoes my entire year in Europe and they lasted. I bought the ULTRA 109 while I was home in USA to replace them as they are comfortable and look good. Now I'm in Europe again and discovering what is wrong with the ULTRA 109.

      THE BIG PROBLEM
      That beautiful toe cap is shaped like a blade and while bending the foot during normal walking, it cuts right into the material of the shoe. This leaves nice holes in your shoes. Mine didn't even start to look old before I noticed the holes, and had thought I had done it somehow. But unfortunately these shoes destroy themselves and it is unavoidable. Not too good a feature for water resistance either.

      I would have bought a different shoe for my trip to Europe if I knew these would do this.

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      5.0

      awesome shoe

      By 

      from Tampa, Fl

      About Me Conservative

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Casual Wear
        • Travel

        Comments about The North Face Men's Ultra 109 GTX® Waterproof Mesh Lace Up Hiking Shoes:

        Ok so over the past 20 years in the outdoor industry I have owned all the big shoe companies. I particularly like alow hiker for daily wear 3= days a week and outdoor adventures and travel. for the last 6 month I have been wearing my first pr of these shoes. They are great. I have always had shoe issues due to feet problems and am very particular about design. These have been holding up better then I expected by a bug margine. The body of the shoe has fantastic structure and the sturdy sole and heal give fantastic support and stability. I have traveled all types of terrain in several countries over the past few months. They are quickly become my favorite shoe. I will be adding another pr soon not to replace these but to add a different color to the mix. Just buy them!

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • View On Shoes:
        • I'm Into Shoes

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Comfortable and seemingly indestructable

        By 

        from Cambridge, MA

        About Me Conservative

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Good support for walking on uneven trails

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Casual Wear
          • Travel

          Comments about The North Face Men's Ultra 109 GTX® Waterproof Mesh Lace Up Hiking Shoes:

          I bought these shoes to wear around our city (Cambridge/Boston) and for walking on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. The Camino mixes paved roads, dirt paths, and rocky trails. Nothing too challenging but some long days-- 20 miles plus. We walked about 250 miles the first year and the shoes were great all the way. The following year we walked 275 miles in Spain and Portugal. Again, the shoes were perfect. This past fall we walked about 70 miles on the Great Ocean Walk in Australia and the shoes (don't they ever wear out?) were again just what I needed-- sturdy but not too heavy. And between those long treks I've logged countless miles around the city and in the White Mountains. Fall, winter (unless there's a lot of snow on the ground) and spring these are my go-to shoes. If they ever wear out I'll buy another pair.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • View On Shoes:
          • Shoes are for Wearing
           
          2.0

          Uncomfortable on descend

          By 

          from San Antonio Tx

          About Me Conservative

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Stylish

          Cons

          • Uncomfortable

          Best Uses

          • Walking

          Comments about The North Face Men's Ultra 109 GTX® Waterproof Mesh Lace Up Hiking Shoes:

          Purchased the Ultra 109 shoes for a future trek in the Himalayas. We went on a 3 hour hike to Lost Maples Texas to test the shoes and to begin the break-in process. Initually the shoes felt great on straight and ascending paths but after descending the hills the balls on both my feet were throbbing. I sincerely expected more out of these shoes and should have stuck with the brand I am used to, which I have two pair of. My girlfriend purchased the Storm III mid hiking shoes with the Vibram soles which she loved. Next purchase might have to include the Vibram soles in order to meet my expectations. The Vibram soles on the 109's would've been the perfect combination. I would recommend these shoes for normal hiking and everyday use but not for steep descending treks.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • View On Shoes:
          • Shoes are for Wearing

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          North Face Ultra Long Time Fan NO MORE

          By 

          from Chicago

          Pros

          • Comfortable

          Cons

          • Poor Quality
          • Wear Out Quickly

          Best Uses

            Comments about The North Face Men's Ultra 109 GTX® Waterproof Mesh Lace Up Hiking Shoes:

            Long time user of North Face Ultra 104's, 106's and 2 pair of 109's. My toe cap cut the fabric long before the soles were close to worn out. Unfortunately, I own two pair's of the 109's. First pair probably lasted 4 months before fabric cut rendering them useless to wear to work or anywhere someone would see me. The previous models had a leather piece running from the toe cap around shoe. My 104's and 106's lasted until sole was worn smooth. VERY DISAPPOINTING! This was my go to everyday gore-tex shoe. Please fix the design in the future. Going to try some Salomons for now.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
             
            3.0

            Excellent hiking shoe but not durable

            By 

            from San Francisco

            About Me Conservative

            Pros

            • Comfortable

            Cons

            • Wear Out Quickly

            Best Uses

            • Hiking and backpacking

            Comments about The North Face Men's Ultra 109 GTX® Waterproof Mesh Lace Up Hiking Shoes:

            I bought this shoe for a recent backpacking trip in the Sierra, based on the review on Outdoor Gearlab. After decades of hiking in boots, the Ultra 109 is a game changer for me and I'll never return to boots. I like everything about this shoe, except its durability. The lugs and outsole show significant degradation after only 5 days & 45 miles with a light pack in the backcountry - all on trail. At this rate, they will be toast after 100 miles. Unfortunately, I can't see replacing them and will have to look for a higher-quality alternative that offers greater long-term value.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • View On Shoes:
            • Shoes are for Wearing
             
            5.0

            The Best Trail Shoe

            By 

            from Pasadena, CA

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Hiking

              Comments about The North Face Men's Ultra 109 GTX® Waterproof Mesh Lace Up Hiking Shoes:

              I live just below the San Gabriel mountains and the Angeles National Forest. I'm lucky to have quick access to numerous trail heads that lead to fantastic trails throughout the front range of the San Gabriels. I'm also close enough to have access to the higher peak area of Mt. Baldy (10,000 ft).

              Despite being just 18 or so miles from downtown Los Angeles, these mountains and trails are steep and rugged. They are excellent, popular, well-traveled trails, but the terrain is rocky and as you go higher the trails can be extremely rocky in nature. At the height of my obsession with hiking these mountains, I was often doing 6 - 14 mile hikes with 2,000 - 4,000 ft gain in elevation three times a week. The weather is typically hot for 7-9 months of the year and during the winter it rarely goes below 65 degrees during the day.

              So I was going through boot after boot after shoe after shoe ... looking for something that was very lightweight, yet was also sturdy, stiff and durable. I'm not backpacking, so going up, I want as light a shoe as possible. But coming down, on the rocky trails, I needed something very sturdy and stiff. The lightweight trail runners just didn't cut it for me on the descents of these rough trails.

              I finally found the North Face 100 series and fell in love. I've been buying the 100 series since it was first introduced and continue to do so. It's fairly lightweight, but it's very sturdy and stiff. And comfortable! These shoes really protect my feet from the wear and tear of these rocky, rough trails.

              If you need a good, well-built sturdy hiking shoe ... but don't want the weight of a full boot ... I can't recommend the 100 series enough.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
               
              4.0

              Fantastic feel and fit. Wore quickly

              By 

              from Chambersburg, PA

              About Me Conservative

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Stylish

              Cons

              • Wear Out Quickly

              Best Uses

              • Casual Wear

              Comments about The North Face Men's Ultra 109 GTX® Waterproof Mesh Lace Up Hiking Shoes:

              They were very comfortable and I want another pair but they did wear out quickly. I have had them for 9 months and the right sole is coming off and the left foot has a couple of tears or cut marks. In TNF defense I may have just worn them out.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • View On Shoes:
              • Shoes are for Wearing

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Performance Fail

              By 

              from Southern California

              About Me Avid Athlete

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Cushions Impact
              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Rugged

              Cons

              • Not Waterproof

              Best Uses

              • All Weather Conditions
              • Mixed Terrain
              • Wet Weather

              Comments about The North Face Men's Ultra 109 GTX® Waterproof Mesh Lace Up Hiking Shoes:

              I really could have loved these shoes. If the right shoe performed as the left shoe this would be a 5-Star rating. However, the right shoe took on water leaving me with a sodden sock and wet, cold foot. My qustion to TNF is how this problem could happen. I purchased the Ultra 109GTX for some upcoming trips. I noticed some wetness while hiking in minor exposure to water but didn't feel it was enough to make an evaluation. Then, hiking through Iceland and England I faced very wet conditions. Using full gaters and rain pants the left shoe performed extremely well. Aside from usual dampness due to sweating, my left foot was dry even after days of rain soaked ground and rain. The right shoe, however, took on water very soon to being exposed to rain or wet grounds mainly from the front one-third of the shoe. Water seemed to be getting through the sides of the toe area and the top of the toe area. When I took off my shoes my left sock was relatively dry. My right sock was heavy with water right at the front third. Since one shoe performed so well I can only guess that either the Gortex was defective or some manufacturing defect allowed water to enter the shoe. As this shoe did not perform as designed I can not rate it anything more than one star. I purchased it from a reputable local outdoor retailer who I know will make things right but I am very dissapointed. I would like to replace them with another pair of Ultra109's but wonder if the same thing would happen.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • Arch Type:
              • Low Arch

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Very poorly made, not for serious outdoor use

              By 

              from Boston MA

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

                Cons

                • Wears Quickly

                Best Uses

                  Comments about The North Face Men's Ultra 109 GTX® Waterproof Mesh Lace Up Hiking Shoes:

                  This is the second pair of north face shoes I have owned, the first pair were terrible quality and fell apart very quickly. I only gave them a second chance because I had vouchers to spend after returning a jacket of their's which also fell apart (that's a whole other story). After roughly 80 miles of use, mostly on trails which they are allegedly designed for, true to form these are falling apart. The zigzag trim on the inside of the foot started to peel off after a few weeks use but as it was cosmetic I ignored it and continued to use them then, whilst half way up a mountain trail, I felt something catch on a rock and on closer inspection all of the red sections of the sole were starting to peel.
                  I'm only glad I was doing a simple 20 mile hike on well maintained trails. If this had happened somewhere really wild I could have been in real trouble.
                  I tried to return them at a north face shop and now I have to wait 4 to 6 weeks for them to look at them and potentially refund my money. The supervisor was being difficult because they "looked well used"the reason they looked well used is they are supposedly for trail running and trails tend to be muddy in my experience. it also might have been because they were falling apart and looked liked they'd had years of use. I'm going back to using my old Brooks trail running shoes which have well over 1000 miles on them and are still going strong.
                  This experience has left me with the opinion that North face are no longer capable of producing anything of any quality and have become a company who merely make outdoorsy styled fashion clothing for people who rarely if ever get more than a few miles out of the city.

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Arch Type:
                  • High Arch
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Third pair of the Ultra 109s

                  By 

                  from chicago

                  Comments about The North Face Men's Ultra 109 GTX® Waterproof Mesh Lace Up Hiking Shoes:

                  This is my third pair of the 109s - I wear them 200 days a year, and they last about two years. I use them for commuting - to the office, walking, light hiking, light activity. They are 100% waterproof (amazing!) I will replace my current pair with another 109, or with another, better NF shoe with the same last. Also, very surprised at the people who said the shoes were uncomfortable - these shoes felt the same from the first wear - so, if they don't feel comfortable in the store, don't buy them.

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Arch Type:
                  • Average Arch
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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