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Posted on August 31, 2011
Set to debut in Spring 2012, The North Face‘s Havoc Mid GTX (pictured below) takes its cues from running shoes.
“It’s a hiking boot that really takes its inspiration from trail running,” said J.P. Borod, footwear product director for The North Face, to Hiking Boots News during the summer OR show. He elaborated, stating that minimalist traits and cutting-edge technologies are beginning to be adopted by the outdoor industry.
While welded and injection technologies may have begun in performance, The North Face has integrated these into its hiking line. A fast-packing shoe, the Havoc offers wearers the support of hiking boots with the comfort and flexibility of trail runners.
J.P. also outlined a few of its key features. Standing up to high impact, the X-Dome Cradle has heel cushioning and rebound. In combination with the midfoot shank and ESS Snake Plate forefoot protection, the shoe has lots of flexibility and rock protection. Providing both medial and lateral support, the 3-piece upper is welded together. It’s very open and airy. This airflow helps keep feet cool and dry.
In the background, you can just make out the Verto S4K GTX (pictured above), which will also be new for the hiking line in 2012. North Face’s venture into lightweight, performance mountain boots seems to be on the right path.
Do you know what to look for in a hiking shoe? Watch the video until the end to get some pointers from J.P.