The North Face Ultra Fastpack Mid GTX is the lightest product we tested in our hiking boot review. It most closely resembles a high top trail running shoe in appearance as well as performance. It is an excellent day hiking boot for folks that like the close fit of a running shoe. True to the name, the Ultra Fastpack is a product you should consider for ultralight backpacking trips if you need some ankle support but also want the lightest boot possible.
The Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid and Keen Targhee II are the closest competitors in weight. The Moab Ventilator is a better choice for dry conditions, and the Targhee II offers much more foot support than other lightweight boots. Visit our complete review of Men's Hiking Boots to see how the Ultra Fastpack Mid compares.
The North Face has released an updated version of this product this season. Keep reading for a side-by-side comparison.