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The North Face M Dhaulagiri II GTX, W Dhaulagiri II GTX

A waterproof boot that's comfortable for dayhikes and weekend outings.

Brand: The North Face Gear Reviews

Model: M Dhaulagiri II GTX, W Dhaulagiri II GTX


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.”
Lightweight, waterproof, breathable backpacking boot with X-Frame® ankle support plus Heal Cradle™ technology for load-hauling
exploration. UPPER/ 1.6-1.8 mm velvet oiled suede upper / Bomber abrasion-resistant and breathable textile mesh / Medial and lateral
X-Frame® Roll Control® stabilizer / Waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex® membrane / Gusseted tongue provides protection from unwanted
debris / Cast aluminum, rustproof metal eyelets / Scratched rubber protective toecap / Northotic™ ergonomically designed footbed with
Poron® forefoot and heel inserts / 3.0 mm injected polypropylene insole board for long lasting underfoot support BOTTOM/ Heal Cradle™
technology encompassing a dual-density PU midsole with an injection-molded EVA X-2™ heel insert / Full-length, nylon-perforated shank for
optimal support and stabilty as well as push-through protection / Exclusive Vibram® durateck rubber outsole specifically designed for varying
terrain with self-cleaning lugs that provide superior traction and stability underfoot for a long haul

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