The North Face Hedgehog Mid GTX XCR, W Hedgehog Mid GTX XCR

A waterproof boot that's comfortable for dayhikes and weekend outings.
Hedgehog Mid GTX XCR, W Hedgehog Mid GTX XCR

Specs

Sole Construction proprietary construction
Membrane Gore-Tex
Men's Sizes Start 7

 

Men's Sizes End 14
Women's Sizes Start 5
Women's Sizes End 11
Men's Weight 2 lbs, 1 oz
Women's Weight 1 lbs, 11 oz

Verdict

Talk about mixed conditions: Over the course of 14 hours and 6,500 feet of vertical gain on Hvannadalshnúkur, Iceland’s highest peak, I dealt with crumbling volcanic rock that shifted underfoot, loose gravel, slushy snow, glaciated hardpack, and mist so thick it settled like rain. This high-cut, Gore-tex-lined boot barreled through it all without giving me so much as a hot spot or a drip of internal condensation. The nylon mesh upper with nubuck reinforcements is light but tough, and offered ample ankle support for up to 30-pound loads on the uneven terrain. The Vibram tread gripped securely on slush, mud, and hardpack. Ideal for medium- to narrow-width feet.thenorthface.com

Best For

Hikers looking for a waterproof boot with comfort for dayhikes and support for weekends

Tester Data

> Anthony Cerretani

> Duration May to July

> Locales/conditions CO, Iceland; rain, snow, ice; rocky, muddy trail

> “The high, gusseted tongue kept water, stones, pebbles, and debris from sneaking in, even when I was scrambling down steep scree slopes.”
[UPPE R] Waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex® XCR® membrane + Abrasion-resistant, bomber synthetic nubuck
and breathable sandwich-mesh upper + Gusseted tongue + Northotic™ ergonomic footbed [BOTTO M] Lightweight,
compression-molded EVA midsole + Heel X-2 O2
™ air pod + Injection-molded TPU shank plate + Exclusive,
lightweight Vibram® rubber outsole