The outsole offers traction across a wide range of conditions. The North Face designed their SURFACECTRL outsole with 3.5mm lugs to offer the most grip possible without slowing you down.
As one reviewer says, the Flight Vectiv “has the best traction of any trail shoe I’ve worn recently.”
The midsole is constructed from a dual-density foam that creates a rocker within the shoe to further propel you forward. Unlike other midsole foams, The North Face uses a foam that is firmer in the rearfoot and softer at the forefoot.
This construction supports your foot through uphill and downhill runs and provides the protection you need to get over rocky trails.
“Out of all of the carbon plated shoes I've had the pleasure to run in and wear, this one is unique in terms of it feeling like it gives you a rocker benefit,” one reviewer says. “Having the exposed carbon material is a nice touch while giving you inherent stability since it feels as if you are sitting in a bucket seat.”
This unique midsole design works with the 3D carbon-fiber plate to wrap your foot in what reviewers call, “A nice balance of cushion and response.”