Fighting off a field of worthy contenders, the Ultra series continued its reign over other hiking shoes by performing above-average to excellent across the board. We love The North Face Ultra 110 GTX for its hiking ability, which at times feels almost as burly and tough as some mid-cut boots. It's a perfect choice for day hiking rough trails, wandering around mountain trails with a daypack, or even short backpacking trips. It's also lightweight, provides great traction, and capable of taking off on a run at the drop of a sun hat. Whatever you're doing in these shoes, bet on your feet remaining comfortable. It's one of the best shoes out there when you want one shoe for hiking, light backpacking, and trail running.
A few shoes fought fiercely for the top spot in this review. The Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX is an aggressive beast that eats up trails like hikers inhale trail mix, but costs more and falls behind in durability. The uber-comfy HOKA ONE ONE Tor Summit WP came close in points overall, but couldn't match the Ultra 110 GTX in weight, traction, or versatility. To further ice the cake, the $120 price tag is cheaper than many shoes featured in this review.