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The North Face Ultra 109 GTX® Reviews

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86%"Felt true to size"

89%"Felt true to width"

59%"Moderate arch support"

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Beta B from Pasadena, CA
5Rated 5 stars
Reviewed at The North Face US
Overall:5Rated 5 stars
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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.
  • Beta B
  • from Pasadena, CA
  • October 7, 2017
VT T from Vermont
5Rated 5 stars
Reviewed at The North Face US
Overall:5Rated 5 stars
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I got these for traveling to the UK and so glad to have a comfortable, dry shoe. Great purchase.
  • VT T
  • from Vermont
  • September 4, 2017
Dismount L from californa6
5Rated 5 stars
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Overall:5Rated 5 stars
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Could you ask for more in a shoe?
  • Dismount L
  • from californa6
  • June 29, 2017
Artist-Adventurer from Stafford, VA
5Rated 5 stars
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Overall:5Rated 5 stars
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The 109 Ultra is the only trail running shoe that I have found (and, believe me, I've tried a bunch) that provides sufficient lateral stability (pronation control) on long distance runs, especially over steep or uneven trails. I wore 109s during both my MMT 100 finishes -- super comfortable, great support, and secure traction, wet or dry!
  • Artist-Adventurer
  • from Stafford, VA
  • June 16, 2017
RJ M from WPB, FL
5Rated 5 stars
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Just getting started with using this shoe, at first glance built well, great tread, and stiff shank to easily travel over rocks.
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  • RJ M - customer
  • from WPB, FL
  • June 7, 2017
Adopol from Austin,TX
5Rated 5 stars
Reviewed at The North Face US
Overall:5Rated 5 stars
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A consistently great trail running shoe! Will handle rough and light trails equally well! Particularly great platform for persons in the 190-200 plus pounds body weight. It's my 3rd pair, started with the 109s and now have moved to the 110 model. That model feels a bit larger but accepatble as once on the feet, the shoe is securely tight emcompassing my goot as a glove.
  • Adopol
  • from Austin,TX
  • May 26, 2017
Mike from chicago
5Rated 5 stars
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Overall:5Rated 5 stars
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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.
  • Mike
  • from chicago
  • May 18, 2017
5Rated 5 stars
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This is a comfortable hiking shoe, went on vacation to Grand Canyon and other places and wore this from home to airport to trail. Make sure to get a couple sizes close to yours, try it out and get the one that fits snug.
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  • April 30, 2017
Matt S from new york, new york
5Rated 5 stars
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Fit great, Look great, I am wearing these shoes 16 hours a day in a sports arena. They are comfortable for the long haul and seem to be holding up nicely in a harsh envioment.
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  • Matt S - customer
  • from new york, new york
  • April 20, 2017
AG from North Carolina
5Rated 5 stars
Reviewed at The North Face US
Overall:5Rated 5 stars
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I have owned 5 pairs of the Merrell Moab WP shoes and 2 pairs of Soloman WP shoes, but I always had the same problem with both brands; after 5-6 months of continuous wear the soles would fall apart and waterproofing failed. I bought this shoe on a whim and The North Face has quickly won me over. Owned the Ultra 109 GTX shoe for close to 1.5 years, before I started to see the sole come apart and the material tear, BUT they continue to stay waterproof. I wear the shoe on a daily basis and because I farm, they are constantly exposed or submerged in chemicals and nitrogen that cause most materials to break down. Their unique waterproof liner prevents the waterproofing from failing or holding water in the fabric, unlike any other shoe from competitors. Best shoe I have ever bought and won't hesitate to purchase again in the future.
  • AG
  • from North Carolina
  • March 31, 2017
5Rated 5 stars
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Didn't get to try the previous model like other reviewers, but I've been really enjoying the NF Ultra 109 GTX. Comfortable right out of the box, fits true to size (consistent with other NF shoes, I wore 11 before and these fit great at 11 also). Haven't taken these hiking, but looking forward to using these as my hiking shoes in the near future.
I'd also recommend:
Merrell
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  • MC - customer
  • March 16, 2017
D-Nice from Providence, RI
5Rated 5 stars
Reviewed at The North Face US
Overall:5Rated 5 stars
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Great product and will buy more from the store.
  • D-Nice
  • from Providence, RI
  • February 24, 2017
Matt from Brooklyn, NY
5Rated 5 stars
Reviewed at The North Face US
Overall:5Rated 5 stars
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Although these might be considered hiking or outdoor shoes, they are also great for city-walking, standing at work or casual, everyday shoes. They look great, are comfortable and I'm very happy.
  • Matt
  • from Brooklyn, NY
  • February 22, 2017
Rocco V from USA
5Rated 5 stars
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Overall:5Rated 5 starsComfort:5Rated 5 starsStyle:4Rated 4 stars
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The most comfortable shoes out of the box ever. Love them!!
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  • Rocco V - customer
  • from USA
  • February 6, 2017
Matt from New York,new York
5Rated 5 stars
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fit great, and waterproof, look great too!
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  • Matt - customer
  • from New York,new York
  • January 24, 2017
Arthur T from Houston, TX
5Rated 5 stars
Reviewed at The North Face US
Overall:5Rated 5 stars
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This shoe fits very well and is very comfortable and looks well made and should last a long time.
  • Arthur T
  • from Houston, TX
  • January 3, 2017
Wayne N from California
5Rated 5 stars
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Rugged shoe. Feels like an athletic boot. Clumsy on clutch pedals, but sure footed out on the trail.
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  • Wayne N - customer
  • from California
  • January 1, 2017
5Rated 5 stars
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Very comfortable,multifunctional,and waterproof. The 109's are great everyday shoe that are sturdy enough for hiking, yet are flexible enough for a run.. my new favorite trail shoe.
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  • December 27, 2016
Bill from Clearwater
5Rated 5 stars
Reviewed at The North Face US
Overall:5Rated 5 stars
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I owned two pair of TNF Prophecy shoes that lasted forever and felt like they were made for my feet. When I couldn't find them anymore I despaired because I couldn't imagine finding another pair that fit me so good. I bought the ultra 109's and love them just as much. I can't describe how much I love TNF stuff I have. My favorite jacket of all time is the Denali and the shoes are superb. I wish they made work boots.
  • Bill
  • from Clearwater
  • December 27, 2016
BLJnNC from Smithfield, NC
5Rated 5 stars
Reviewed at The North Face US
Overall:5Rated 5 stars
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I love the way the shoes look and feel!!
  • BLJnNC
  • from Smithfield, NC
  • December 27, 2016
Bryce from Spokane, Washington
5Rated 5 stars
Reviewed at The North Face US
Overall:5Rated 5 stars
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Great fir hikes and all outdoir activities with my wife
  • Bryce
  • from Spokane, Washington
  • December 27, 2016
Kevin K from Pontiac,Michigan
5Rated 5 stars
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Awesome, will buy these shoes Over and over. I normally wear a size 9 but those fit a little snug, I exchanged them and received my correct size the next day! I have not one complaint about the shoes or Zappos!
  • Kevin K - customer
  • from Pontiac,Michigan
  • December 14, 2016
MRB from Ft. Worth, Texas
5Rated 5 stars
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I purchased these for an upcoming visit to Yellowstone Natl. Park. To break them in, worn them to an event where the temperature was only 9 degrees. Keep my feet warm with average cotton socks. Very nice.
  • MRB
  • from Ft. Worth, Texas
  • December 12, 2016
Scott V from North Carolina
5Rated 5 stars
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Shoe fit true to size and was very comfortable right out of the box. Keeps feet dry under any wet condition… Great shoe!
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  • Scott V - customer
  • from North Carolina
  • December 10, 2016
northern Wisconsin
5Rated 5 stars
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Best trail running shoe ( even on snow) that I ever had! Waterproof feature is great for snow and slush. I like the lacing system, easy and fast. Very happy with this shoe and of course Zappos has the best ordering and fastest delivery in the industry! Thank you Zappos!
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  • Zappos Reviewer
  • from northern Wisconsin
  • December 4, 2016
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