The North Face M Hedgehog GTX XCR Boa

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

Brand: The North Face Gear Reviews

Model: M Hedgehog GTX XCR Boa


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

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.”
[upper] Boa® multi-adjust lacing system + Gore-Tex® XCR® waterproof, breathable membrane + Abrasionresistant,
bomber synthetic nubuck and breathable sandwich-mesh upper + Gusseted tongue + Northotic™
ergonomically designed footbed [bottom] Compression-molded, lightweight EVA midsole + Injection-molded TPU
shank plate + Exclusive, lightweight Vibram® rubber outsole

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