The stylish upper of the The North Face Verto S4K GTX is modern with synthetic materials including a rand, a Gore-Tex waterproof lining and a high ankle cuff. There is a gaiter on the ankle cuff to help keep debris at bay. The outsole is Vibram with a smooth climbing zone under the toe and slightly shallow but well-spaced lugs and a minimal heel breast. 5/5
This boot is available in men’s sizes 6-13 and women’s 3-9, with a close fit that feels slightly more precise and neat at the toe and forefoot than some wider and more spacious options. The ankle cuff is a good height but there is enough flex here to allow a close but not restrictive fit. The outsole feels stiff and flat, rather than being precurved as some are. 4/5
The fit is precise and slightly narrow at the toe, so it naturally feels less comfy than a more spacious boot. The weight of only 1764g (pair, size 11) does add to the overall comfort though. There is good padding throughout and nothing digs in so it is really only the neat, climbing-orientated design that impacts on the overall comfort. 4/5
The widely spaced lugs have a shallower design than some, making this best for climbing or mountaineering rather than pure walking on softer ground or soft snow without crampons. But when climbing on rock it feels great. The flex in the sole is ideal for climbing too, but when walking others with more curvature in their sole are better. 4/5
A reasonable price, but the The North Face Verto S4K GTX is not the best option if you are really tight on cash. 4/5
A mountaineering-orientated design that’s also a good lightweight option.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine December 2014