THE NORTH FACE VECTIV: THREE TRAIL SHOES WITH CARBON PLATE. FLIGHT, INFINITY AND ENDURIS VECTIV.
THE NORTH FACE VECTIV: The carbon plates reache mountain races. Our TRAIL RUNNING SHOES section presents the usa brand’s latest bet to be relevant again in trail running. The North Face has launched this project, betting on the media hook to adapt the carbon plate to the trail.
The Vectiv range started with three models: Flight Vectiv focused on speed, the Infinite Vectiv, that first stability, and the Enduris Vectiv ultrera that prevails cushioning. Let’s go with the panoramic analysis of the range, by Mayayo..
THE NORTH FACE VECTIV:
THE CARBON PLATE REACHES MOUNTAIN RACES.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
It is a range of shoes launched in 2021, which claims its own personality based on three pillars, whose integrated game you can see in the image below,
- Each has a Vectiv 3D plate made of carbon fiber that, according to the brand, is designed to improve propulsion and stability.
- This plate sits on a rocker-shaped midsole
- It is completed with a SurfaceCTRL grip sole that looks to improve grip on difficult surfaces, to get closer to the level of your great rivals.
So far, nothing new under the sun really. In fact, the American brand only faithfully follows the already veteran principles that we have brought you from asphalt in recent years, applied with models such as the NB Fuellcell TC; Hoka One One Carbon X, Adidas Adizero Adios Pro or Nike Zoom Alpha Fly among others.
In fact, it may be Salomon the latest great brand of sneakers that has not yet taken out its carbon plate version and continues to bet on more classic cutting models, with the Salomon Phantasm of asphalt and the Salomon Slab Pulsar as respective range stops.
But anyway, let’s look at the details of how The North Face interpreted the arrival of the carbon plate at mountain racing: The challenge, solve how or not the enormous heights to the ground needed for the rigid carbon rebound lever, which has led cushioning up to 40mm to the ground in some consecrated models, are maintained.
THE NORTH FACE FLIGHT VECTIV. THE FLYING SHOE (200€)
The Flight Series Vectiv Shoes are the most reactive in the trio. They are focused on the elite trail running range. Lightweight and reactive, the brand argues that they have been tested and evaluated by their sponsored athletes, such as Dylan Bowan or Katlyin Gerbrin.
It arrives with a 200€ PVP, 285gr weight and a 6mm drop. In addition to the three-pillar mechanical system of Vectiv, common to the entire range, the brand argues that they will be very durable thanks to the reinforcements in Kevlar, polyamide, Matryx fabric that we already know of the Salomon Cross range for example. The upper therefore not only seeks to be breathable but also to be an active support.
THE NORTH FACE INFINITE VECTIV. THE BALANCED ONE. (160€)
The Infinite arrives looking for the perfect balance between reactivity and protection over long distances.
It arrives with a 160€ price, 307gr weight and a 6mm drop. In addition to the three-pillar mechanical system of Vectiv, common to the entire range, the brand argues, as with its flying sister that they will also be very durable thanks to the reinforcements in Kevlar, polyamide, Matryx fabric. The cover also seeks to be both breathable and active support.
THE NORTH FACE ENDURIS VECTIV: THE ULTRA CUSHION. 140€
The Enduris are the most comfortable of the three sisters who have opened this trail running range. According to the brand, they maintain the lightness and padding of their sisters. But they also seek to offer lasting comfort and support even on the toughest terrain.
It arrives with a 140€ PVP, 316gr weight and a 6mm drop. In addition to the three-pillar mechanical system of Vectiv, common to the entire range, the brand argues, as with its flying sister that they will also be very durable thanks to the reinforcements in Kevlar, polyamide, Matryx fabric. The cover also seeks to be both breathable and active support.
The difference, on the heel: The Enduris have internal heel support. It seeks to offer a snug fit at the back. It is combined with a breathable and flexible mesh upper for a comfortable fit.
TNF VECTIV: A DOZEN SHOES ALREADY LAUNCHED…
After the first three shoes that open the launch, they go further to add almost a dozen. As you can see, there are all kinds and color….
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