North Face Coyote Ridge II £59.99


Posted: 17 June 2000

Weight 390g
Evaluation You probably know about adventure racing by now. It’s the off-road run-bike-kayak competition that can take anywhere from six hours to six days non-stop. Some racers wear fast, grippy trail shoes from running brands. Others want more protection, and are happy to sacrifice a bit of weight and responsiveness for a chunkier midsole and a slightly more overlaid upper. That’s where a shoe like the Coyote Ridge comes in. Even though it’s from an outdoor brand, it has more in common with running shoes than with ‘outdoor’ shoes. It’s flexible enough to run naturally in, and no heavier than, say, a heavy New Balance trail shoe.
If you want real running speed and excellent grip (and speed often requires grip), a shoe like the Coyote Ridge would be too moderate for you. For comfort and protection, though, it scores well.
In short The Coyote Ridge II is a comfortable, midweight, adventure shoe. It’s a good all-rounder unless you’re looking to blast round to a win in a multi-day race or sprint a shorter one.
Try it on if you liked North Face Coyote Ridge (£55); New Balance 804 (£60); Salomon Raid Sport (£50)

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