North Face Ultra Cardiac Review
The North Face Ultra Cardiac is a running shoe designed for outdoor activity use such as trail running and hiking. Estimated at $100 a pair, the shoe enables out door trail runner to have the designed comfort and protection especially for use in rough surfaces and rugged terrains.
Designed to be outdoor trail running shoes and is also recommended for runner who frequently transition from smooth pavements to rough terrains, the North Face Ultra Cardiac provides users with commendable grip especially for wet and rough surfaces across various types of terrains. Changes in outdoor weather provide a great opportunity for this shoe to be utilized by avid outdoor runners.
The shoe is also impressive as North Face incorporates its FlasDry technology which aids in dryness increasing user comfort especially on wet running conditions. In terms of breathability, the shoe also presents quick drying fabrics that help manage humidity and temperature control allowing better feel and comfort across different types of weather conditions. This is important since outdoor running entails having to manage dirt, dust, rain, and other weather conditions that might affect your running activities.
Key areas for improvement on this shoe are its weight, lack of flexibility or stiffness, and does not have enough cushioning which affects the level of user comfort. The shoe is moderately heavy compared to some contemporary outdoor running shoes.
Although the shoe itself can be used for trailing purposes, having to run on these shoes can become less comfortable at times because it does not have enough cushioning. In addition, because the shoe focuses in protecting your feet especially on rough terrains, there is a bit of stiffness. This is because of the hardened body of the shoe in order to maximize protection for your feet. This also results to the lack of flexibility because of the hardened parts of the shoe.
The lack of cushioning, stiffness, lack of flexibility, and the heaviness of the shoe might cause some users especially those who will use it for high intensity running activities a bit uncomfortable. Running shoes normally should be lightweight and flexible in order to maximize comfort in movement. However, given the dual purpose of the North Face Ultra Cardiac shoes, the counterbalance to flexibility and comfort can sometimes be protection and grip. These factors greatly influence the applicability of the shoes and which type of environment or activities it can be effectively used.