The search for the perfect shoe is a long running and probably impossible mission that drives us nuts most days at Ultra168. To be honest, a shoe that can be fast, low profile, lightweight, with great grip on any surface with awesome durability that suits all styles of runner will probably never be made in our lifetime. In the meantime we continue to try the best and latest editions from the main manufacturers along with some new brands entering the market and those still establishing themselves.
Here’s wishing, so in the meantime…….
The latest shoe we have been extensively testing is more an evolution than revolution. The story of The North Face’s Single Track Hayasa was the result of some rather over energetic Stanley Knife action from none other than Tsuyoshi Kaburaki of Japan. An accomplished ultra runner who seems to get better with age. All he wanted was a lighter weight version of his current shoe the Single Track and in order to prove a point to his sponsors he hack over 30% of the support from his shoe and requested they make it !
We consider this a good all round shoe for those looking for a neutral no-complicated trail show that will suit those who like to race hard as well as those looking to spend longer on the trail in comfort.
Marcus recently stuck himself in front of the camera to give us his considered opinion on why this shoe could prove popular amongst those at the pointy end of this years North Face 100 such as elite competitor Jez Bragg as well as those just looking to finish the gruelling event.
Some key figures:
- 9 0z or 280 grams for 11 US
- Neutral last
- Cradle Technology in the heal and Snake Plate in the forefoot to help provide support, stability and cushioning
- 9 mm Heal to toe drop
- Light weight
- Fast Draining
- Mesh upper
- Minimal stitching with welded seams
- Stretch lacing system
- Large tongue prevents debris entry
- Solid grip on most surfaces
- Cool colours including Red and Blue and Magenta for Women
- Durable construction
- More agressive grip for the steeper trails
- Lower heel to toe drop
- Less clunky heel design
Ultra168 score 3.5/5
Disclosure:- The North Face Australia provided 3 x test pairs to Ultra168 for Marcus, Dan and Darrell to review.