Comments: These are my ideal running trail running shoes. My trails are hardpacked and mildly rocky. They have lots of steep climbs, and conversely steep descents. I have a neutral, midfoot strike, narrower feet, and subscribe slightly more to the minimalist mindset. The tread is tight and on the shallower end of trail tread, which makes it like velcro on hardpacked dirt but just at home on asphalt and cement. There's moderate padding but not too much to make them spongy. They're very responsive and light. The heel to toe drop is on the higher end of my liking but good for when I run trails. Lastly, I think they look super fly. I had a pair of the frog green and just recently replaced them with the blue, and man, they've both just totally satisfied my need for a bit of flair on the feet.
From: Anonymous. April 18th 2015
Comments: One of TNF's better shoes to date but limited in capability for my feet. It's nimble, feels light, ++ connection with ground. I'd like them a touch wider mid and toe box. Has the feel of a trail capable road shoe. Not the best for romping technical trails, steep descents are a little sloppy from flexy material used in upper as well as lateral play when stepping on anything uneven underfoot. Again for me, this is a good choice for non technical, fast/light running. I still hit some moderately technical trails with these just knowing it won't be an all day outing and I need to be more deliberate and selective of what my steps land on.
From: Anonymous. July 11th 2014
Comments: Full disclosure: I got a pair of these shoes as a LRS retailer for pretty much free. Therefore, naturally, I took them out and wear-tested the heck out of them. After a few runs on diverse routes that includes lots of single-track, dry and wet conditions, and a fair amount of hilly asphalt, I would say this is a good all-around shoe. It's not too much shoe for minimalists who want a mileage-trainer, and it's totally conventional enough for a traditionalist who wants something potentially lithe and nimble on the trails. I find it fits generally true to size, with maybe a hair more room in the toe box.
From: Chas, Cornelius, NC, USA. June 16th 2014
Comments: I am loving these shoes. They are light with a go fast feel. The lasting feels much more like a road flat than most trail shoes. I have found other North Face shoes to be a bit clunky and stiff, but the Ultra Trail has a much different feel to it. I found the Ultra Guide Trail to be a near miss because of the midsole design that limited (on purpose) some natural foot movement. The Ultra Trail has addressed that issue with a truly neutral midsole that provides adequate cushioning without getting in the way. The outsole provides excellent grip on a variety of surfaces including mud, ice and snow.
From: John, VT. 3/18/14