In the last few years, one topic has been shaking up the running shoe market: Carbon. It was only a matter of time before this technology also found its way into trail running. The North Face has now presented the Flight Series Vective, the first trail shoe with a carbon fibre plate. Keller Sports Pro Jan was able to take a closer look at trail shoe in recent weeks.

THE NORTH FACE Flight Vectiv Men trail running shoe (White / Black) 199,90 €
THE NORTH FACE Flight Vectiv Men trail running shoe (White / Black)
199,90 € *
THE NORTH FACE Flight Vectiv Women trail running shoe (White / Black) 199,90 €
THE NORTH FACE Flight Vectiv Women trail running shoe (White / Black)
199,90 € *
THE NORTH FACE Vectiv Infinite Men trail running shoe (Black / White) 159,90 €
THE NORTH FACE Vectiv Infinite Men trail running shoe (Black / White)
159,90 € *

About the The North Face Vectiv Flight Series

The North Face takes a slightly different approach with its trail shoe than the manufacturers of established models with carbon for the road. The 3D VECTIV plate made of carbon is designed to provide propulsion and stability while running. It is located directly under the foot, above the midsole.

The North Face also uses a rocker construction for the midsole. In combination with carbon, this gives the Vectiv high forward momentum. In addition, it is supposed to reduce the impact on downhills by 10%. The upper is made of a durable knit material.

Through the use of classic protective elements, this provides safety when running over rough terrain. In addition, the wearing comfort is very high. The outsole runs the entire length of the trail shoe and the tread is not too aggressive. The rubber compound used should nevertheless guarantee grip on all surfaces.

The North Face Vectiv Flight Series trail running shoes impress in the 2021 test with plenty of comfort and dynamics

How does the The North Face Vectiv perform?

Due to the use of the carbon fibre plate, the Vectiv is relatively stiff compared to other trail running models. For runners who have already run with carbon running shoes on the road, this is a familiar feeling. In combination with the rocker construction, you quickly get a flowing running feeling.

The North Face has found a good mix of cushioning levels. It is neither too hard nor too soft - in short: just right for dynamic running on the trails. I also found the knit upper of the The North Face Vectiv very comfortable. I classify the fit here as medium wide. Despite the many protective elements, the trail shoe offers a lot of freedom when running.

The Vectiv is also convincing in terms of grip: the rubber compound grips well in all weather conditions. Passages over asphalt are also no problem with the running shoes. For me, the TNF Vectiv is an optimal companion for many distances and certainly an interesting option for the ultra trails.

The North Face Vectiv Flight Series trail running shoes offer plenty of grip and comfort on all surfaces for your trail run 2021

The North Face Vectiv at a glance

Weight 7    
Damping 8    
Reactivity 8    
Grip 10  
Stability 8    
Gender Women & Men
Weight 490g (Women US7) & 570g (Men US9)
Off-set 6mm
Sole material 3D VECTIV Carbonplate & VECTIVE Rocker
Upper material Kevlar, Polyamid and Matryx
Fit normal
Application Trail runs over all distances up to ultra trails
Shoe type neutral trail running shoes
Price 199,90 € *

Conclusion

With the The North Face Vectiv, the brand has presented a very fast trail shoe. Despite the focus on dynamics, comfort is not neglected, so it is well suited for many distances. I find the implementation of the carbon fibre plate and rocker construction very balanced, especially for a trail shoe.

Start your 2021 trail running season with the new The North Face Vectiv Flight Series Trail Shoe

Credits: Jan Lau

* The actual price may differ from the one indicated here. It depends on current offers and the model.