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Backpacker Magazine – February/March 2013

Gear Review: The North Face Verbera Backpacker GTX

A burly boot that doesn't beat up your feet.

by: The Backpacker Editors

The North Face Verbera (Courtesy Photo)
The North Face Verbera (Courtesy Photo)

Verdict
It’s rare to find a burly boot that’s ideal for long days, big loads, and rough terrain—but doesn’t beat up my feet. Yet the stiff and well-armored Verbera, with ample cushioning underfoot and padded calf-leather at the cuff, delivered comfort and protection on rough granite terrain in the Trinity Alps. A TPU arch shank proved stable and supportive for off-trail scrambling with a 45-pound load. The full-grain leather upper has a hydrophobic treatment that works better than most, preventing the Gore-Tex-lined boots from absorbing water during repeated stream crossings. Gripe: The insoles dyed my socks red. $260; 3 lbs. 10 oz. (10.5); m’s 7-14, w’s 5-11; thenorthface.com

Best For
Carrying heavy loads for extended trips in rough terrain

Tester Data
» Dan Larson (other tester: Annette McGivney)
» Duration March to Oct.
» Locales/conditions CA, NM, OR; 40°F to 103°F, melting snow, on- and off-trail
» “The fit is roomy but not loose, with a solid-gripping heel cup and wide toebox.”


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Alan
May 25, 2013

I've had these boots for a year now and they've been great. They are very comfortable even with my 40lbs backpack for long treks. I have used these boots in the snow quite a bit as well and they're awesome. My feet never get wet. They don't keep your feet too warm, but the right socks compensate for that. I use these boots for surf fishing too. They're very versatile.

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Alan
May 25, 2013

I've had these boots for a year now and they've been great. They are very comfortable even with my 40lbs backpack for long treks. I have used these boots in the snow quite a bit as well and they're awesome. My feet never get wet. They don't keep your feet too warm, but the right socks compensate for that. I use these boots for surf fishing too. They're very versatile.

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Ricardo
Apr 24, 2013

I have these boots since January and only can say they are the best i haver can buy. All what you need from a boot like that you will get from confort to performance in all terrain and even when wet as can be a like small river crossings etc.

And you can use crampons whith it too!
5* will be my rating!
Our winter here is sometimes to wet and cold,and windy it never snow (except on one mountain here ) but we have a cold that is more agressive than most below 0s winters elsewhere in the World believe me. Portugal is the place.

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Adam
Apr 23, 2013

I've had these boots for 4 months now, used them around 10 times, the rubber / plastic toe has started peeling away from the leather. Not impressed for the number of miles these have done

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