The Flight Vectiv by The North Face has just been launched: It can’t be argued, for better or worse, that carbon plates have changed the road racing landscape. With sub-2-hour marathons when Nike unleashed the technology with the Nike Vaporfly 4%. Since then, other running shoe brands having been catch up. It was not uncommon to see elite athletes who had contracts with rival manufacturers to wear Nike shoe and disguise it. In late 2020 several brands launched a carbon plate racing shoe within their range.
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It was no surprise that the tech would come to trail-running shoes in some form. My only surprise was that Nike didn’t use their first to market position to release one before anyone else; after all, they have been releasing more trail shoes over the past year. So, The North Face’s Flight Vectiv is the first attempt at a carbon plate trail shoe. I’ve been reading about these form a while, and now that the shoe is available, we now have more information on what in the shoe and what the shoe will look like.
The North Face Flight Vectiv Trail Running Shoe
The Flight Vectiv built for speed, with VECTIV™ technology designed to turn energy into momentum to help propel you forward on the run. This shoe is the most responsive in the VECTIV™ elite trail running range. Light and energy-giving they were tried, tested by The North Face stable of elite athletes. In total, there will be three shoes in the Vectiv range,
What In The Vectiv Shoe
The North Face says the shoe was made for ultra-distances, which interests me a great dealt. I have owned North Face Approach shoes that I used for hiking in the past, and I thought they were great. The Flight Vectiv will be especially durable thanks to Kevlar®, polyamide and Matryx® fabrics used, and the reinforced toe caps. That’s a big plus point for me, I have smashed my toe so often on rocks and roots.
However, the standout feature on this trail running shoe is the carbon-fibre plate – the first trail shoe to have one. The plate has been positioned directly underfoot and provides propulsion and stability, and the rocker shape optimizes foot strike, and forwards momentum on trail runs. The 3D VECTIV™ plate and VECTIV™ Rocker Midsole work together, and North Face said this would decrease impact by 10%. The high-traction SURFACECTRL GRIP outsole can deliver sure-footed confidence on various terrain, allowing the runner to push on through the trail segments in total confidence.
Vectiv Infinite And Vectiv Enduris
As mentioned earlier, there will be two other shoes in the range; the Vectiv Infinite 160 and the Vectiv Enduris, The Infinte is said to be more breathable than other shoes and offer you support the trail. The Vectiv Enduris boasts a TPU plate underfoot for multi-directional stability and forward propulsion. The shoe is also significantly lighter, which could be a benefit for those unexpected transitions between surfaces.
I’m very tempted by this trail show and undoubtedly popular, not just among trail runners. Hikers and walker that like to hike light will also be interested. It’s a big trend in North America for the younger hiker to use trail shoes rather than hiking boots/shoes.
Where To Buy
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