The Hedgehog Hike GTX is No Longer Available as of 2017The new North Face Hedgehog Hike GTX delivers good rough terrain performance and carries light and medium loads well. Quite light among the shoes we tested, we like it for both dayhiking and short backpacking trips. The full leather toe is a nod to durability for rocky terrain, but the mostly mesh upper keeps the weight low and breathes well.
Compared to our Editors' Choice winner The North Face Ultra 110 GTX, the Hedgehog Hike takes longer to break in, has a little more foot support, and has a higher volume fit. While we love the Ultra 109 for its do-everything versatility, the Hedgehog Hike may be a better choice for backpacking over rough terrain.
Our Best Buy winner the Keen Targhee 2 is a more comfortable shoe for most hikers. Meanwhile the La Sportiva FC Eco 2.0, our Top Pick for Backpacking, is a good bit heavier, but also delivers more foot support. For folks with wide feet, the ECO might be a bit narrow.