The superb price and weight set the The North Face Momentum II multi-activity shoe apart from others. But it also benefits from a very functional sole unit that is well-cushioned and also reasonably grippy, which makes it ideal for off-road running. Heel support is great too, which again adds to its performance when running. The upper is mesh and very breathable, and as there is no waterproof lining the result is that you can have very cool feet when running in dry weather. Equally when water does get into the shoe it can be easily pumped out on every step, thanks to the mesh extending to the sole unit to let water escape as easily as it enters. Use this for running or trekking in hot weather and it will be ideal, while that low weight also makes it suitable as a back-up shoe when backpacking or staying in huts, hostels and B&Bs. But the The North Face Momentum II has no waterproof lining, so it’s not ideal for anything where you want to keep your feet dry. The toe box is very soft, so not great on rocky ground. The upper will not be as durable as non-mesh uppers or those with leather and fewer seams. Not as good as others for true multi-activity.
Upper synthetic and mesh
Sole multi-directional UltrATAC rubber; EVA cushioning
Sizes 6-13 (men’s); 3.5-8.5 (women’s)
Weight 764g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided
Verdict: The The North Face Momentum II is ideal for general running and outdoor use if you want a lightweight shoe without a waterproof lining. It won ‘Best Value’ in our test.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2009