Why We Chose The North Face Activist Futurelight: Game-changing tech enters the world of footwear
When The North Face’s FutureLight technology first rocked up on the outdoors scene, it caused one hell of a commotion. Thanks to a process of nanospinning, the jackets that the tech was implemented in managed to be both waterproof and incredibly breathable. This meant, in theory, wearers could take part in strenuous activities in varying conditions without ever having to worry about constantly layering and delayering.
Needless to say, we’ve been extremely interested to see how the technology would translate into the world of hiking footwear and so, without further ado, here it is – The North Face Activist FutureLight Mid.
Who Is The North Face Activist Futurelight For?
With this kind of styling, it should go without saying that The North Face Activist FutureLight Mid is a boot for people who like to split their time between hitting country trails and pounding city pavements. If you’re one of these people who love getting active in both urban and classically outdoor environments, and you love doing this even when it’s absolutely pouring it down, you’ll like what this product brings to the table. It’s got the potential to be your wardrobe’s definitive all-rounder boot and that is just one of the many reasons it’s been included in the Outdoor 100.
No prizes for guessing, especially after the noise we’ve already made about it here, that The North Face Activist FutureLight Mid utilises FutureLight. Getting more specific than that, the boot features a FutureLight membrane designed to keep your feet perfectly dry without overheating them (something which can happen with most out-and-out waterproof shoes).
The Activist FutureLight has a Performance Mesh Upper with TPU Overlays, and a Single-Density EVA Midsole. As hiking boots go, these are lightweight while still being tough enough to handle the rough stuff. .
They might be light and fairly modest in thickness, but you’ll be thankful for the protective toe caps when hiking on rocky paths in low light, and when you’re charging down the hill to quench your thirst with a pint of freshly poured ale.
In terms of all-day comfort, the boot’s gusseted tongue and OrthoLite insole has got you covered. This comfort is, of course, enhanced further by the breathability of the FutureLight membrane which’ll stop your feet from feeling stuffy even on the hot ones. There’s also a nice amount of cushioning in the midsole thanks to its thick EVA foam.
Finally, while this boot’s aesthetic might give the impression that it’s more about urban usage than getting out amongst it in nature; features like the 4mm lugged outsole mean you’re sure to have a decent grip on both slippery wet and gravelly dry terrain.