The North Face Havoc Mid GTX XCR Hiking Boots - Men's Specs
Full-grain leather/nylon mesh/rubber
Gore-Tex XCR waterproof breathable membrane/nylon
Thermoplastic urethane shank
2 lbs. 2 oz.
Average footwear weight (pair)
The North Face Havoc Mid GTX XCR Hiking Boots - Men's
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Rated 4.75/5 based on 4 reviews
Rated 4out of5
by climberbikerfromNice for trails, less so for off-trail.I bought these after reading the Backpacker review and seeing them in the store. They are nice and light, water-resistant, fit nicely for wide feet, and are easily adjustable. These are nice boots for on-trail hiking, which is probably their intended use. Off-trail and scrambling, they are not very good. The soles are a bit slippery on rock of any kind, and the boots are not torsionally stiff (meaning they flex a lot from side to side). So if you're hiking on a side slope, expect your foot to flex and bend and slide downhill. If you're stepping on talus or rock-hopping, you will feel the edges and points. I wouldn't consider these for much more than easy day hiking with a light pack. Not to say I don't like them, but they have limited uses.
Date published: 2012-07-04
Rated 5out of5
by TorofromImpressedGreat boot. First saw these in Backpacker magazine and loved the skeletonized, lightweight approach along with Gore-Tex XCR. They had a good review in that magazine, so I splurged on a pair. On Day 1, I hit The Crags trail near Divide, CO with no previous break-in time. There was zero discomfort, the boots felt great, and there's good support built-in. I let my feet soak in a running creek up to my ankles for a couple of minutes without any leakage issues. I'm glad I bought these. I would consider them suitable for anything from day use to light backpacking trips.
Date published: 2012-06-01
Rated 5out of5
by BigSkyBluefromNorth Face Havoc Mid doesn't disapoint.These boots are great. Despite their lightweight design they deliver tremendous support. I carried a 45 pound for 4 days and at the end of each day my feet and ankles felt great.
Very versatile: they are light and nimble enough to make serious time in as a fast hiking shoe, yet they also give good support on rough, rugged terrain while carrying loads.
I can't comment on the GTX liner as all the streams I crossed were deeper than ankle deep.
Cons: they don't drain water well, and some of the seams appear to be separating after just a couple weeks use.
For the price I couldn't be happier.
Date published: 2012-07-19
Rated 5out of5
by Sailor SvenfromBlisterfree and LightweightI was searching for a new boot and was about to buy a pair of Merrell's, but stopped dead in my tracks when my eyes feasted upon the sale sign on these boots and then came to realize these were also North Face boots. I have purchased just about everything under the Sun with a North Face logo on it due to the companies quality they place in crafting their gear/clothing, but I was hesitant about buying these boots at first due to lack of knowledge when it comes to North Face footwear. I regret any hesitation I had in hindsight and put these boots on gave them "the walk around" and they were sold immediately. This boot is the epitome of a great hiking boot. First time wearing the boots I went on a 3 day backpacking trip on the North Shore of Lake Superior in MN and came home with blister-free feet not to mention boots that look like new. Whether you are shopping last minute for a new pair of boots for your day hike or researching for the latest and greatest boot for your future adventures, look no further. I mean it, this boot is AWESOME!
Date published: 2012-08-05
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The North Face Havoc Mid GTX XCR Hiking Boots - Men's Customer Reviews