Carbon-plated running shoes have been an upcoming trend since Nike brought them to fame in 2017.
Through many independent lab tests and multiple records-breaking marathon victories, it was substantially proven that the carbon technology improves cushioning and running economy, which allows for quicker recovery times, reduces muscle fatigue, increases speed and lowers chronic injuries to the knees, hips and ankles.
Typically used only in road running shoes, The North Face has recently launched the Flight Vectiv, a trail running shoe that incorporates carbon-fibre plate technology. It was designed with the input of elite ultra runners, and it combines lightweight construction with the toughness required of a trail shoe.
Design & Comfort
The North Face Flight Vectiv’s upper features the unique Matryx mesh that includes Kevlar and polyamide which give it abrasion-resistant and waterproofing properties. The stretchy, breathable knit and the tongueless sock-like cuff enhances the snug midfoot fit and overall comfort.
The upper is blended with reflective elements throughout for enhanced visibility on low-light trail runs. The reinforced top cap and 3D-molded heel also give enhanced protection and durability.
The midsole is constructed from a dual-density foam that is firmer in the rearfoot and softer at the forefoot. It works together with the carbon-fibre plate to give a good balance of cushioning and responsiveness. This construction provides the support and protection of the feet through uphill and downhill runs, and well as over rocky trails.
The carbon-fibre plate in the Flight Vectiv is specially shaped to complement the curve of the midsole rocker to offer responsive support. The plate is designed to cradle the heel and each side of the forefoot for added stability that helps keep the momentum moving in a forward direction. The shoe is also relatively wide, keeping lateral motion to a minimum.
The outsole features low-profile, multi-directional 3.5mm lugs that provide excellent traction on a variety of surfaces, including roads, dirt, grass and even rocky trails.
With the lightweight technology that provides responsiveness, propulsion, stability and traction, The North Face Flight Vectiv made uphill runs felt relatively effortless while instilling lots of confidence and fun on the downhill runs.
Like a sporty car ride, the shoes even made the occasional overtaking, and the fast-paced downhill straight-line and cornering stints exhilarating while staying composed.
The North Face Vectiv footwear collection is available in Singapore at The North Face Marina Bay Sands, The North Face Marina Square and The North Face Ion Orchard.
* Disclaimer: This review represents the genuine, unbiased views of the author. The author was provided with a free unit. The North Face’s products have been and might currently be advertised on JustRunLah! via different channels, however, these relationships do not influence the editorial content of reviews.
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