The North Face’s Wreck Mid GTX has a stylish upper made from leather and fabric, and unlike most boots in its price range it benefits from a rubber rand to provide valuable protection to the upper. On the foot this boot does feel very comfortable straight from the box with a little more width in the forefoot area than some alternatives, so it may suit those with wider feet better than most. While the upper is well-protected by that rand the toe box is not stiffened as well as some, so it is not quite as ideal as others for rockier ground. The heel cup is also a little more flexible than some options, again nudging this boot’s preferred terrain away from the most challenging slopes. There is good cushioning underfoot, though, and the sole does give a broad, stable platform to every step, which is great on level paths. There’s also firm flex in the sole, with a springy toe flex – and this again makes The North Face Wreck Mid GTX great for walking on level ground. The main drawback of this boot is the outsole lug pattern: the lugs are very shallow, which means they won’t give a good grip on soft ground and will wear smooth relatively quickly compared to others. This sole is not great on wet and muddy grass slopes either, which really limits how useful this boot is on anything beyond level, dry paths.
Upper materials synthetic fabric nubuck leather and suede overlays
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram
Men’s sizes 6-13
Women’s sizes 3-9
Weight 1178g (pair, size 11)
The basic comfort and stability of The North Face’s Wreck Mid GTX is good on level ground but the outsole lug pattern is a limiting factor when you step off away from good paths. There are better boots for the hillwalker at this price.
Review by Graham Thompson
Just missed out on being in Trail magazine November 2013