The North Face Spring ’13 Sneak Peek

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As we mentioned in our sneak-sneak peek last month, The North Face is launching three new models in February 2013: the Hyper-Track Guide, Ultra Guide and Double-Track Guide. We’re impressed with the thoughtful engineering of these models and expect them to slot in nicely with other stripped-down trail and road/trail models that are increasingly popular. Below is more info and full pics of each model.

Ultra Guide

The North Face Ultra Guide Men's Running Shoe

Weighing in at 9.6 oz, this off-road shoe is designed to handle tough trails. The 8mm offset makes it easier to run with a mid-to-forefoot strike, and the shoe sports a range of features you’d expect to see on a serious trail tackler, including a scree collar on the tongue, abrasion-resistant, close-weave mesh, TPU rock protection in the forefoot and a sticky rubber outsole.


Men’s Color
Green/Grey Ultra Guide

Women’s Color
Dark Blue/Black Ultra Guide

The North Face Ultra Guide Women's Running Shoe

Hyper-Track Guide

The North Face Hyper-Track Guide Men's Running Shoe

This road-focused trainer is set to do double duty on the trails, and at 9.4 oz, it’s certainly light enough to offer strong performance in a variety of settings. The no-sew upper features bonded overlays for just enough structure and open mesh to keep you cool. High-abrasion rubber outsole areas provide the durability you expect on roads and craggy trails. The 8mm offset and dual-injection midsole construction give a comfortable platform for a range of footstrikes.


Men’s Color
Orange/Blue Hyper-Track Guide

Women’s Color
Blue/Green Hyper-Track Guide

The North Face Hyper-Track Guide Women's Running Shoe

Double-Track Guide

The North Face Double-Track Guide Men's Running Shoe

The North Face describes this new model as a “cushioned, stability trail shoe that doesn’t feel like a brick.” The goal was to develop a lighter weight shoe offering a decent amount of pronation support and stability but also including a full list of trail-tough features. Coming in at 11.4 oz, the Double-Track Guide is not necessarily “light,” but is pretty slim considering all the features it packs in, including a dual-density midsole, forefoot rock plate, abrasion-resistant mesh and durable, trail-ready overlays from the heel to toe of the upper.


Men’s Color
Red/Black Double-Track Guide

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