Review: The North Face Safien GTX Hiking Shoe


First and foremost, you can never replace a hike in the hills, with a walk around your hustle and bustle. While hiking seems like a booming activity now, it actually has a positive impact on combating the symptoms of stress and anxiety, improving your balance and stability, and strengthening your muscles.

There’s something special about hiking through nature that leaves us feeling energized and refreshed. When it comes to hiking in different conditions, the gear we take with us has to provide matching protection and comfort, and we always expect adequate protection without compromising mobility and ease.

All these technical and practical concerns have led to a perfect solution from The North Face, which redefines hiking in any terrain through enhanced comfort.

Featuring a minimal look, the water-proof upper section with GORE-TEX membrane, shock-absorbing XtraFoam midsole system and The North Face’s proprietary EXTS outsole traction system are built for ultimate protection during our outdoor activities.

When walking, the insole can optimize arch support while the midsole provides a soft landing and absorbs the impact for hiking. Apart from hiking in the woods, the heel and collar of Safian GTX add on-the-fly, custom-fit adjustability on the heel and ankle, even during our daily runs.

This hiking shoe allows us to enjoy hiking beyond the limits of sports intensity and in all conditions so that we can travel light and still rule all trails in complete comfort.

The North Face Safien GTX Hiking Shoe utilizes a new method of upper construction, integrating waterproof GORE-TEX socks and mudguards directly into the breathable mesh upper.

The midsole system adds better stability by first featuring the new XtraFoam for shock absorption. The CRADLE heel-stability technology also minimizes the shock and delivers full superior support to heel bones, heels and ankles, alleviating the fatigue from adventures.

On top of that, this hiking shoe features The North Face’s proprietary Exploration Traction System, or EXTS outsole traction system. The unique outsole compound of the three-tiered approach and two kinds of rubber provides traction on wet and dry terrain for better grip.

In addition to the colored forefoot and heel for traction, the black area of the outsole is also lightweight and durable. The unique hobnail structure not only delivers optimal traction, but also keeps out trail debris and sediment for cleanness. This collection also comes in high-top Safien Mid GTX for an ergonomic fit that gives the ankles protection all day long.

Designed with comfort and durability in mind, this GORE-TEX shoe offers waterproof protection along with ample breathability to keep our feet cool. The molded toe cap, mudguard, and heel are also built into the upper itself for a seamless design that offers the best in trail protection.

As far as comfort, the OrthoLite footbed provides a cushioned feel and combines with the shock-absorbing XtraFoam midsole for a soft feel that’ll keep us comfortable on those long trail days. And because you still want stability from your hiking boots, The North Face Safien also has a proprietary ETS outsole for improved traction and a CRADLE heel design for improved stability and support.


  • Waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX design is built to last
  • XtraFoam sole helps absorb impact while running for a soft and supportive feel
  • ETS outsole traction system ensures a surefooted feel on any terrain