The North Face W Sable

Hike far, fast.

Brand: The North Face Gear Reviews

Model: W Sable

Fast and light meets cushioned and stable in this category-bending hybrid. After Alps days that included long trail miles, snow-covered passes, and pavement pounding getting in and out of villages, one tester said, “They never felt out of place.” Three things elevate this shoe above a beefed-up sneaker.

1) Fit: A medium-volume heel pocket combined with a low-volume midfoot enhances stability on rough surfaces, and an asymmetrical, high-volume forefoot allows for foot swell.

2) Stiff synthetic bands buttress the high ankle shaft and anchor at the lace points, bolstering stability.

3) Excellent arch support let us put in 15-hour days with 50-pound packs—with no excessive foot fatigue. Other features are equally dialed. EVA cushion makes for a pillow-soft heel strike, a Gore-Tex liner ensures waterproofing, and the low-profile tread grips well on all surfaces.

Caveat: The priority here is flex. A half-length thermoplastic “chassis” provides rear-foot support, but some hikers may want more rigid protection under the forefoot. $200; 2 lbs. 4 oz. (9); men’s 7-13, 14; salomon.comProportioned for a women’s foot, this lightweight, low-profile, abrasion-resistant light hiking shoe featuring an aggressive, grippy
Vibram® rubber outsole. UPPER/ Combination BLC compliant nubuck and suede leather upper / Abrasion-resistant and breathable textile
mesh / Gusseted tongue provides protection from unwanted debris / Tec Tuff high abrasion protective toe and heel cap / Northotic™
ergonomically designed footbed BOTTOM/ Heal Cradle™ technology encompassing a dual-density EVA midsole with a compression-molded
EVA X-2™ heel insert / ESS shank for midfoot stability encompassing Snake Plate™ forefoot push-through protection technology / Secondary
midfoot nylon shank for additional support / Exclusive, lightweight women-specific Vibram® rubber outsole

When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small commission. We do not accept money for editorial gear reviews. Read more about our policy.