Evaluation This is a good shoe from a non-running brand. The North Face has been building up a small collection of trail-running models, and the Ultra 100 is the most serious in the range. As its name suggests, its made for distance rather than short, sharp work.
We only had two pairs to wear-test, but they made a positive impression. What did we like about them? The broad, stable base, for a start. The rearfoot in particular is very wide, it incorporates a medial post, and it extends upwards to cup the heel for added support. The shoe then rides smoothly through to a flexible, supportive forefoot for toe-off, and the ride feels lighter than the shoes weight would suggest.
We also liked the upper, which can be laced either conventionally or across widely spaced straps, to give excellent fit and support. The grip is fine: not made for deep, slippery mud, but confident on a range of loose and uneven surfaces. The Ultra 100 also has a removable gaiter.
In short If you want an off-road shoe for all-day comfort, you really should try the Ultra 100. Its smooth, stable and inspires confidence.
Try it on if you liked Montrail Leona Divide (£60); Salomons Raid series