This is a picture of a male runner in mi-stride up a rocky trail wearing The North Face Vectiv running shoes. The bottom sole of the shoe is also visible as the image is from a low angle.

The North Face Vectiv Running Shoe Review  

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The North Face Vectiv Running Shoe reviews find superior new running technology like carbon fiber and high-tech foam a plus. While a very specific shoe for running trails over long distances, The North Face Vectiv proves to be suitable for shorter durations and distance as well. Decreased impact and midsole rocker help propel the runner forward. Minor absent features like a heel loop and upper cushioning keeps The North Face Vectiv Running Shoe minimal and honest for its intended use.

The Highest Gear Forager Score which is a lit match

89% Gear Forager Score

The North Face Vectiv Running Shoe reviews find superior new running technology like carbon fiber and high-tech foam a plus. While a very specific shoe for running trails over long distances, The North Face Vectiv proves to be suitable for shorter durations and distance as well. Decreased impact and midsole rocker help propel the runner forward. Minor absent features like a heel loop and upper cushioning keeps The North Face Vectiv Running Shoe minimal and honest for its intended use.

The North Face Vectiv Running Shoe Expert Reviews

Gear Patrol says:

“The foam is less bouncy, the plate less springy. It allows for the controlled speed necessary for trails, and it begs the question, why hasn’t this tech come to trail running before?

One feature I miss is a heel loop to help get the shoe on, but not having one is far from a deal-breaker, and it certainly wouldn’t be during a race, which, let’s remember, is what this shoe is for. The upper also doesn’t have any cushioning, except for a molded heel counter.

All this is to say that the Flight Vectiv is a lot more shoe than it appears to be. It might be too much shoe — or rather, too little — for sub-elite trail runners, but minimalists might find it fits their needs just right. And the rest of the Vectiv line is there to suit the needs of those who want a bit more.”

Gear Junkie says:

The shoes are sleek, feel pretty light, and have an accurate fit. I wore the Flight VECTIVs on several 20- to 40-degree (Fahrenheit) winter runs, then again in 70-degree weather. The shoes were breathable and comfortable.

In terms of the VECTIV technology, I paid extra attention to my stride while running. Do they really promote forward momentum? Whether it’s the carbon fiber plate, the design, or their interesting rocker shape, I found myself aiming for more generous strides. Or maybe that was inspiration from the giant hill I was approaching.

Whatever the case, the shoes feel nice and stable, and they’re grippy on uneven and snowy terrain.

This is a simple picture of The North Face Vectiv running shoe. Just a single shoe is shown from the profile and with a monotone gray background.

Wired says:

“By utilizing a footbed made of a stabilizing carbon-fiber plate surrounded by exceptionally light foam, these shoes can reduce deviations in a runner’s form over long runs to reduce energy waste. The stiffness of the plate has another advantage too, as many runners say it feels like it provides a kind of propulsive spring.

If you’re accustomed to minimalist trail running shoes, padding around a forest in soft slippers while listening to podcasts and mumbling to yourself, the Flight Vectivs will take a while to get used to. I found the carbon plate to be noticeably stiff, but my worst fears about how it would affect by stride weren’t realized—between the 3D-molded heel cup, the heel grip, the big treads, and the narrow shoe shape, I didn’t slip, slide, or feel unsteady on uneven, muddy single-track.

During long runs, it definitely felt like my foot rolled forward with greater ease. When I checked my split times from my outings over the previous week, I see that I logged a 20- to 60-second improvement per trail mile on runs with the Flight Vectiv. “

Ultrarunning Magazine says:

“In our testing, these features work as advertised; bombing down hills or holding tempo pace on flatter surfaces just seems a little easier in the Flight VECTIV than in many other shoes we’ve tested.

It’s hard to tell if the 10% fatigue savings is legit, as our longest runs have only been in the 20-mile range. However, The North Face’s ambition to create a race-ready mountain shoe appears to have been fulfilled, and the Flight VECTIV has the makings of a shoe that will hopefully become a standard in the company’s lineup.

Fleet Feet says:

The North Face Vectiv collection incorporates the robust grip of the traditional trail shoe with road-shoe responsive plating technology to deliver high speed performance over technical terrain.

According to The North Face Product Director Michael Thompson, third party testing has revealed that the 3D plate construction, dual-density foam and midsole rocker in the Flight Vectiv (and its sibling models) results in a 10 percent decrease in lower-leg impact.

That means runners feel the energy return from these shoes, which propels them forward and protects their legs from shock-related injuries common to trail running.

This is a picture of The North Face Vectiv running shoes showing a pair and seen from above.

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