The colour and style of the The North Face Verto S4K GTX 's upper give an impression of a more serious climbing boot than an all-rounder. At 1766g (size 11) it’s relatively light for its class, yet has a feature set and performance that makes it ideal for year-round mountain scrambles and easier mountaineering. The upper is synthetic mesh with synthetic leather overlays, and the PU rand encircling the boot protects it from abrasion. It's hard to judge whether it would be as durable as a leather upper and rubber-randed boot long-term. The ankle cuff has good support and allows easy walking action, so it's comfortable to wear below the snowline. The sole is a Vibram unit with relatively shallow, widely-spaced lugs and a smooth climbing zone under the toe – great for climbing and scrambling, but not so good on soft ground, especially once the shallow lugs wear down a little. On the foot the profile is neat and precise at the toe, enhancing its climbing performance. There’s more flex in the sole at the toe than other boots at this price, making it better for walking, but removing some of that climbing performance.
Upper materials synthetic leather, Panatex ballistic textile
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram Mulaz
Men’s sizes 7-14
Women’s sizes none
Weight 1766g (pair, size 11)
I’d prefer a stiffer boot for rocky terrain and deeper lugs for snow or soft ground, but the The North Face Verto S4K GTX is a good lightweight all-rounder.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine December 2013