North Face Hedgehog Trainers/Hiking Shoe

Adam from Fitness Footwear sent me over some North Face Hedgehog trainers to try out. This was pretty good timing because I’ve been wanting to get a shoe of this kind for a while now…

North Face describe them as a lightweight speed hiking shoe. Nice. The upper is a fully breathable, waterproof Gore-Tex membrane; that sounds good. The bottom is some kind of lightweight, compression moulded compound… blah blah and some weird made-up tech terms… I took one look at them and thought “grips”, just what I need.

You see, over the past few years I’ve been away for a weekend, or longer, walking somewhere in the hills; probably amounting to a handful of times. Each time I’ve been walking around in some skate shoes – not good. Slipping all over the place and normally ending up with a blister. When I return I always tell myself I should get some decent walking shoes…

These puppies are much more suited to the job. I’ve been wearing them for a while now and they’re certainly comfortable – light too! I haven’t put them through a long walk yet, but I’m confident.

They’ll also double up nicely as an in-resort trainer, for similar reasons. Tip-toeing around in some skate sneaks with flat soles can be, tricky. It’s almost always wet feet too. I’ve been wanting a better option for a while now, and I reckon the ‘hogs should be a big improvement. I’ll update on that next time I’m in resort…

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