The The North Face Verbera Lightpacker GTX weighs 1734g (pair, size 11) so it’s not quite as light as its name suggests. But it has some good features for tackling tough terrain, which gives it advantages over some lighter options. The upper is very stiff around the heel, toe box and sides, which is great for rougher ground; and there’s a wide synthetic rand to protect the boot on rock too. The rest of the upper uses synthetic materials but there’s not too much stitching so again it should prove to be durable. The lacing extends further towards the toe than most boots for a more precise fit, which is useful when scrambling; and the profile of the toe is also good for a more precise placement on small holds when scrambling. The ankle cuff is a notch higher than many lighter boots, and stiffer, and this again makes the boot better for rocky mountain use. The outsole is very aggressive with deep, widely spaced lugs that are ideal for getting a grip on loose ground. The sole has very good lateral stiffness and the toe area is quite stiff, which again makes the The North Face Verbera Lightpacker GTX great on rockier ground. But if you’re not heading for the roughest terrain other boots that are lighter have advantages.
The The North Face Verbera Lightpacker GTX great choice for scrambles and rockier mountain walks, but if on moors and paths you may prefer a lighter and more flexible boots.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine May 2014