The North Face Ultra Extreme II Gore-Tex ReviewMarch 7, 2016
- Good traction on snow and ice
- Totally waterproof
- Extremely lightweight
- Little-to-no arch support
- Tongue bunches at top of lacing
- Very narrow
The North Face Ultra Extreme II boots with a waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex membrane kept feet warm, stable, and secure on all varieties of hikes—long, short, rocky, and flat. Compared to other boots, the Ultra Extremes came out on top when it came to traction on icy surfaces, and stayed warm and dry in wet conditions. This boot is narrow and is not recommended for hikers with wide feet.
The North Face Ultra Extreme II fit well with snowshoes and microspikes, and worked well for all lengths of hikes with unsteady, icy terrain.
Out of the box, the boots were slightly stiff but still comfortable with little break-in period. Arch support is minimal. The boot and toe box are narrower than other boots tested, but didn’t feel restricting.
On ice and slick snow, the Ultra Extremes faired extremely well, providing excellent traction and little slippage due to large lugs on a Vibram Icetrek outsole.
During hikes thorough deep snow in below freezing temperatures, the boots kept feet warm while moving, but became slightly chilled when standing still. When dunked up to the mid-shaft in an alpine lake, The North Face boots stayed dry and warm.
The Pebax Snake plate is sturdy and stiff, keeping rocks and roots from jutting into the soles of your feet. The snug midsole and upper coupled with tight lacing provided all-around support for the foot and ankle.