The North Face Vindicator

This lightweight multi-activity shoe from The North Face weighs 1088g (pair, size 11). It has a stylish suede leather upper with mesh, Gore-Tex waterproof lining and a supportive heel cup. It offers reasonable stiffness in the sole for a variety of terrain; the Vibram sole has a good pattern of lugs for grip in the mud making this a good all-rounder. However, it’s expensive and a stiffer toe box would be useful.

Verdict: A good general outdoor activity shoe, but it doesn’t stand out as the best way to spend £90.


First published in Trail magazine, April 2008