The North Face Verbera Lightpacker GTX

The North Face Verbera Lightpacker GTX

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Reviewed: 5 July 2012 by Jon
The North Face has always made impressive trail running style shoes and mids, but for 2012 the North American giant has introduced a range of full-on mountaineering and mountain-walking boots developed in Europe and including the Verbera Lightpacker GTX. It's a suede and fabric-uppered boot - there's also a full leather version ...  Continue reading

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Great boot! Tried them out on a very wet day on the Ring of Steall, They did a great job....And are still doing just that! Continue reading...
Decided to give these a punt in my ongoing quest for a good fitting lightweight boot - had previously tried Scarpa Charmoz which was wonderfully light and roomy around the toes, but I couldn't eliminate problem Continue reading...

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nice looking boots. what about those fabric lace hoops near the toes. do they feel / look like they will go the many years i would expect to have them?

Posted: 02/01/2013 at 22:01

Fabric lace loops are often better than metal ones near the toes as they are less likely to get caught, cracked, chipped etc. You see them more on more scrambling orientated boots.

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 16:30

I really like these boots.  The lace loops at the bottom of the boot give a really clean design and it means that there's nothing to snag and rip off when you're scrambling.  The boots aren't designed as a scrambling boot but I would suggest that that's where they will excell.

The 2 eyelets on the ankle flex point give better flexibility as the laces can move more freely.  Lace lockers next so you can change the tension in the laces from top to bottom.  Then 4 standard lace hooks to finish off with.

The boots are nice and stiff to give good support on softer ground and means you get better control on small rock holds when scrambling.

Fit wise they are quite a narrow fit with a low volume and a narrow heel which aims to keep the heel in place.  The footbeds that come with the boots are better than most with a half decent heal cup/cradle which is designed to keep the heel in a neutral position when it hits the ground so that the rest of the foot follows in a neutral position.  This in turn is supposed to be good for the ankles, knees, hips and back.  There's also a foam panel under the ball of the feet to ease the pressure when walking.

They've not been on the market long enough to be able to talk about long-term durability but I fit them to a fair number of people in the shop and we've not had any back yet (touch wood).

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 21:54

thanks beaconsandy. might go for these now as they've dropped in price a good bit

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 18:24

I have boots with the fabric lace ups like the Lightpackers. They are 100% and far nicer to use than metal eyelets etc. They also seem to 'tension' in better too and are durable enough...in fact depending on how you look at it they are more durable due to fact that a metal hook or eye somewhere will bend, come off etc.

I tried them on...they are a nice boot.

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 20:37

cheers wanderingdave. i've now got my eye on the normal backpacker version of them now lol i'm thinking long term leather would be better hmmm they are a few grams heaviers though double hmm

will need to try on ultimately

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 13:21

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Brilliant fit, solid construction but with light weight, decent footbed supplied as standard, nice balance between stability and walking comfort. Great underfoot grip from Vibram sole unit.
 
Expensive and snazzy Euro-style looks won't find favour with fans of more traditional styling.
  • Price: £160.00
  • Year: from 2012
  • Weight: 1560g
  • Website: www.thenorthface.com
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