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Long before outdoor workouts became the norm, trail running was growing in unimaginable popularity. Dedicated trekkers are the target audience in The North Face’s latest innovation, a trainer that took two years to develop and more than a dozen athletes testing to perfect.
Developed for the demands of running and hiking on mountainous terrain, the Vectiv collection is the Denver-based company’s introduction into the world of technology and fitness. With three models to choose from, there’s no shortage of possibilities for serious hikers and joggers to reach new heights in ultimate comfort.
Engineered for those looking to optimize energy return while also reducing impact on a quest to a new personal record, additional features in the Flight Vectiv ($199) include a 3-D carbon-fiber plate underfoot for multi-directional stability and forward propulsion, dual-density midsole with lightweight and high-rebound foams and an ingenious rubber outsole optimized for stability regardless of what trail you tackle.
For those with a fondness for technical terrain (loose surfaces, steep climbs, muddy waters), the propulsive rocker midsole found in the Vector Infinite 160 ($169) promises 360-degree stability with every step you take. Not to mention, a perforated microfiber tongue for additional breathability.
The lightest of all three prototypes are the Vectiv Enduris ($139), which are marketed toward “the most demanding trail runners.” Unlike the carbon fiber found in the Flight’s 3-D plate, the 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.
The North Face had already monopolized the outdoor gear market in a significant way. With the introduction of Vectiv, they’ve proven that incorporating technology into fitness does not compromise design, functionality and most importantly, results.
Available in both men’s and women’s sizes, the Vectiv line is officially available for purchase online at The North Face and in select run shops nationwide. Be on the lookout for additional styles and other colorways set to drop in February.