Feet On: The North Face Endurus XCR Boa Shoes Dial In Your Fit

These Endurus XCR Boa trail running shoes by The North Face are relatively light at about 16 ounces each, and they're made of waterproof Gore-Tex which is breathable but keeps those feet dry. Their most unusual feature is the lacing system that lets you tie your shoes by turning a special knob, dialing in an even and reproducible tightness that can't come loose.

Here's my road test verdict:


I like the way they look, but I ordered size 11 1/2, which I usually wear, but they fit too small. It felt like something was rubbing against my toe, and after a couple of miles I had already raised a blister. I'll be sending them back, and seriously considering whether to order another pair since I'm not sure whether a half size larger will fit or not.

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I'm thinking of finding a local store that carries them so I can try them on first. If you do order them, remember that they run a little small. Cool technology, but I'm not sure if they're worth $130.

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