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The North Face Ultra 109 GTX® Reviews

51 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

100%Rated 5 stars

0%Rated 4 stars

0%Rated 3 stars

0%Rated 2 stars

0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

84% "Felt true to size"

88% "Felt true to width"

58% "Moderate arch support"

Additional 31 Ultra 109 GTX® The North Face Reviews

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February 14, 2016

Dave S

from Ohio

I bought these as an alternative to the Hedgehog Hike, which I love, but tend to get hit on my feet. So far I have only taken these on daily walks, but I am amazed by the coolness and comfort. I bought them before a trip to the Caribbean, and they stayed very cool, even when taking six mile walks. I look forward to putting them in the trail soon.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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January 4, 2016

Phillip

from California

These are fantastic. Walked 45 miles in 3 days. No blisters, comfortable as can be.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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December 26, 2015

Anonymous

 

Very cool style, excellent fit. These are truly waterproof and weatherproof in the cold, wet, snowy Chicago winters.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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December 26, 2015

Anonymous

from Madison, WI

My primary reason for purchasing these shoes is the gore-tex. Around town on a rainy day, my shoes will get soaked and my feet stay dry. This is my second pair of the same shoes -- the first pair have worn very well but it's just time for a new pair. Like the old ones, these are snug width-wise, but I'm confident that they'll loosen up just like the last pair.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 29, 2015

Jules H

from Germany

LOVE these shoes! Been wearing TNF for over a decade now. I do like the older 016 models better but these are still awesome!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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October 20, 2015

Anonymous

 

This is my 3rd pair...love these shoes! Great traction on the trails, but they are definitely heavier than my running shoes. Great hiking & mountain biking shoe.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 6, 2015

Anonymous

from Ft. Worth, TX

These shoes were a great choice for me. Perfect fit and delivered with customary Zappos order accuracy and delivery promise. Very comfortable on moderate trails hiking in Sedona, AZ.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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August 18, 2015

Anonymous

 

What a great shoe! Putting the shoes on was like putting on a very comfortable pair of gloves. The shoes fit perfectly. I have owned two previous versions of this shoe and they were definitely worth the money. Each of the previous pairs lasted for a couple of years of heavy use and were comfortable throughout. I would HIGHLY recommend these shoes.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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June 11, 2015

Anonymous

from Central Illinois

Prior to taking a trip along the east coast of Minnesota, I wanted to purchase a pair of hiking shoes for the many nice trails in that area. I did some research on the internet and found that the North Face Ultra 109 GTX was highly rated and ran narrower than most medium width shoes. This was what I needed as I have a narrow, size 14 feet. To my fortune, the 109's came in a size 14 when other top-rated brands did not. I purchased the 109's and took them to Minnesota with me. I am very pleased with the narrow width but I did add some gel inserts to provide some more arch support for my flat feet. Overall I am pleased with the shoe and satisfied with the fit.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

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Felt narrower than marked

 

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June 9, 2015

Hugh O

from Topeka, KS

I walk and hike a lot so comfort and endurance are of utmost importance. This is my third pair from North Face and each successive style gets better: the Ultra 109 GTX is the best yet.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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May 8, 2015

Sarah C

from Mississippi

Great shoes. My husband loves these. He is really hard on shoes and so far they seem to be rugged enough for wear but flexible enough for comfort. The non-slip traction is excellent. He gets pain in his heel wearing Merrell shoes but none with these. He ordered an 11 which is his typical shoe size but had to exchange for 11.5.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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May 4, 2015

Scott T

from San Francisco, California

There are some pressure points coming from the tongue when lacing up the shoes. That is the reason for the 4-star Comfort rating. Hopefully, they will fade over time as the shoes are broken in. Otherwise, I'm pleased with this purchase.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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February 25, 2015

Anonymous

from Philadelphia

I loved the Hedgehogs. But they discontinued the model. This is their replacement. Very comfortable and enjoy them. Highly recommend. Fit true to size!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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February 16, 2015

Joseph J

from Kansas City, MO

These are the best hiking shoes made! Great arch support and water-wicking. This was my second pair and they lived up to their name. My old pair is still around and used for lawn mowing, roofing, etc.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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February 15, 2015

Giles

from United Kingdom

Zappos' mens shoe size chart says US 11.5 is 28.3cm. This size 11.5 shoe says it is 29.5cm - that is a big difference! So it runs big.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

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February 11, 2015

Anonymous

from Houston, TX

Great foot support for any type activity, especially for big guys. Very comfortable shoe, great look - no neon colors or cheap plastic shine. I bought a back up pair in case they were no longer available when I wear these out.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size smaller than marked

 

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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January 13, 2015

Anonymous

from New England

This is the best all year all weather shoe. Lacing allows for thin or thick socks based on temperature and time of year - works with gaiters. If you prefer stiff arch support in a boot, use an insert.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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November 18, 2014

Dalton T

from Lincoln, Nebraska

These are great hiking/athletic shoes. They have very good support, yet they required no breaking in whatsoever. I was dismayed when I could no longer find the Hedgehogs, but these are every bit as comfortable.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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November 7, 2014

Danny G

from Winston Salem, NC

Bought this shoe a year ago and absolutely love it! Started doing Appalachian Trail hikes a couple of years ago and had a hard time finding the right shoe. Even tried hiking in running shoes. I was wearing Merrell Moabs but felt my feet were taking a beating. Someone at REI suggested this shoe and its been perfect! I've done about 100 miles on the App Trail plus wear them on a regular basis. The snake plate on these shoes is fantastic, walking on rocks is completely unfelt. They have a great non-slip bottom and great traction for those muddy areas. These were great on the trail because they also kept my feet dry. I will be purchasing again.

Brands I'd also recommend: none

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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November 1, 2014

Peter D

from Ny, Ny

Had these previously but wore them out at work. I work outdoors and I'm on my feet 80% of the day. Needed comfy and lightweight sneakers. These give me both. I bought 2 pairs just in case they discontinue them. These 2 pairs will make 8th pairs of sneakers/boots I own made by North Face.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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October 26, 2014

Nick Y

from Rockland county N.Y.

These are my 3rd pair of 109's. I am very pleased with the fit, feel, performance and longevity. I ordered Salomon XAs, and Merrell Moab Ventilators. The 109's fit best. I have been wearing them for 25 straight days following knee replacement surgery and can say that they are very comfortable. Only been worn around the house and to PT, but judging from my last pairs, I believe these to be just as good. They were true to size - I've been a 10 Med for 45 years and good quality shoes will always stay true to my size. They are also a good looking sneaker/shoe.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

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Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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September 30, 2014

Anonymous

from Pennsylvania

I found these shoes quite comfortable. The sole felt a little stiff at first. I use them as a light hiking shoe. I think the substantial sole might be a little much to run in, but then I like a lighter running shoe. Good support for walking or day hiking.They are also waterproof.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

Runs Narrow

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September 13, 2014

Anonymous

from ann arbor, mi

I bought these just before a hiking trip. They were a little stiff at first but they broke in nicely and were lightweight. They are not high-end hiking shoes but they were good for the price. I need either 12 or 13 depending on the shoes and these were 12 and were a good fit. I will probably replace the inserts with better ones, which I do on most of my shoes but they were OK.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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September 7, 2014

Anonymous

 

I bought these to replace a four year old pair of 109s. This model has a more rugged look than the old one which looks more like a trail runner. This was my only concern. When I got them they fit like a glove - better than the old model. Shortly after I received these, I took them on a two month trip to Europe wearing them almost everyday. I walked on cobblestones, streets and off streets, up hills and down. These felt like air pillows. They are fantastic shoes.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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September 4, 2014

Anonymous

 

Very solid and sturdy walking shoe. I pretty much only urban "hike" in these, so I won't speak to being on the trails or rocks, but in the past I get a good 9-11 months before the outer heel sole begins to erode too much to affect my step. But usually the rest of the shoe still looks great, and it feels odd to toss them but I do like the feel of the intact sole. These new ones look a bit more sturdy but are monochrome -- all black with a bit of grey. I miss the elements of blue in the last similar design. Also, I find I need a half size bigger in these. There's a little room then, but it's easy to tie the shoe tight so as not to move, and I find I need that room for comfort with these.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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