Perhaps the lightest pair of trail running shoes you’ll ever put on comes to us from The North Face. Teaming up with ultrarunner Rob Krar, The North Face created the Flight RKT series of featherweight running gear designed for moving light and fast through mountainous terrain. I had a chance to test out The North Face RKT Shoe here in the Tetons this spring and wanted to share my thoughts below.
The North Face Flight RKT Shoe Review
Starting with the weight, at 8 oz (227 g) per shoe The North Face RKT is one of the lightest race ready trail running shoes out there. The Flight RKT Shoes are noticeably light in the hand and even more so when being worn.
The following is a quote I sent to the PR firm that provided the shoes for me to test; “Perhaps the fastest I have ever run, day one on these shoes was impressive to say the least.”
Each and every run with the RKT Shoes feels more like floating than running. Can you run faster with these shoes? You bet, same can be said for running longer distances. I have been pushing into unfamiliar running distances, with these shoes being solely to blame. It’s a great problem to have when you’re feet and legs just want to keep running, not the other way around.
Starting from the bottom up The North Face RKT Shoe comes with 11 Podular rubber pads built into the sole. The pads offer great grip where it’s needed most regardless if your a heel striker or mid foot striker. And when combined with the FastFoam Dual-density midsole you have a shoe that’s able to dampen a ton of energy.
The only downside to being so light comes in the way of durability. If you’re planning on routinely running 20 mile plus days you may find the durability in these shoes to be an issue with the soft EVA sole. I’ve started to notice little rocks trying to poke through to the inside of the sole after about 50 miles of total use.
What Can Be Improved?
These shoes use a mesh and suede tongue that can be a pain in the but to put on. If the tongue moves over a fraction of a inch you won’t have a comfortable fit, instead you can guarantee a pinch point. However if you take your time to put these shoes on properly and then an extra few seconds to dial in the laces the Flight RKT will stay in place for your entire run.
For the price of $150, The North Face Flight RKT Shoes are one heck of a deal especially when compared to other top named brand trail running shoes. Who are these shoes best for? Ideally for someone running locally, on roads, trails and for light runs or even for walking around town on hot days.