The use of carbon fibre is nothing new in the running shoe world. Remember Eliud Kipchoge breaking the sub 2 hour marathon record? He achieved it with some carbon-plated road runners on his feet and since then the tech has been adopted by most of the leading running brands.
Similar to flyweight uppers and cushioned midsoles, it was only really a matter of time before carbon fibre trickled down from the road running world onto the trails, with The North Face one of the first brands to build the technology into an all-terrain shoe. It’s called the Flight Vectiv and it’s already out there and available to buy.
We first got a glimpse of the Flight Vectiv when Pau Cappell laid down his super fast time of 21:17:18 on a solo run of the UTMB route last August. Since then, a total of 17 trail running records have been smashed by Vectiv-wearing athletes.
So let’s talk about the carbon fibre in the Flight Vectiv. The 3D Vectiv plate is a layer of lightweight carbon that sits above the cushioning in the midsole to provide stability over uneven trails. When combined with a good deal of rocker, the 3D Vectiv provides a great deal of propulsion, saving much needed energy with each stride.