Triathlete’s Summer 2012 Running Shoe Review

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Jul 5, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:38 PM UTC

The North Face Single-Track Hayasa | 8.9 oz | $110

Fit | The Single-Track Hayasa is a versatile shoe suited to a wide variety of surfaces, from pavement to gravel roads, dirt trails and rocky mountain routes. Part of what allows it to succeed is the fit. Our testers found it to be snug in the heel, moderately tight in the arch and roomy in the forefoot.

Feel | The upper allows the foot to move dynamically, which felt sloppy. Our testers found it to be light enough, but not featherweight like some of the more minimalist trail outliers available. “I really liked the weight of the shoe. I often find trail shoes to be a bit heavy and cumbersome,” commented one tester. “However, the one thing I would like more of is a little more cushioning under the forefoot.”

Ride | The foam cushioning is just enough to shield the blow on hard surfaces, but it doesn’t numb the foot to the trail. Its above-average stability comes more from the wide, flat outsole. “This shoe helps create a stable platform,” said one tester. Our testers considered the ride to be smooth and suggested that it could run at moderately fast speeds without too much effort.

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