The TNF Verbera Lightpacker GTX isn’t as light as its name suggests, because at 1714g (pair, size 11) it’s one of the heaviest models we looked at! But it is a very substantial boot with more mountain performance-orientated features than most lighter options. So behind those striking good looks you’ll find a textile upper with a suede leather overlay at the front, with lacing extending further toward the toe than most boots to ensure a more precise fit. The ankle cuff is a notch higher than most lighter boots and it’s also slightly stiffer, creating much more of a mountain-orientated design. There’s a synthetic rand around the forefoot for extra durability too. The very aggressive sole unit has deep, widely spaced lugs that are ideal for battling through more challenging terrain and it boasts lots of stiffness, making this boot ideal for rockier ground and scrambles. On the foot, the The North Face Verbera Lightpacker GTX feels great, with a close fit and a precise feel at the toe – just the ticket for scrambling up all grades of rock. The toe is slightly pointier than others, making it ideal for scrambling; but some may prefer a wider toe box for general walking. Superb for rocky mountain trips.
Upper materials suede leather, synthetic textile
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram Masai, EVA cushioning
Men’s sizes 6-13
Women’s sizes 3-9
Weight 1714g (pair, size 11)
The TNF Verbera Lightpacker GTX is really a pretty serious tool for walking, scrambling and backpacking over rocky mountain routes, and more than you’d want for ‘light packing’ on lesser terrain.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2013