The North Face Hedgehog III GTX XCR Hiking Shoes - Men's


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Jump hedges, dodge trees and cross creeks all while staying ahead of the pack in The North Face Men's Hedgehog III GTX XCR Hiking Shoes. These lightweight hiking shoes are made for multisport athletes and fast-and-light adventures with a waterproof breathable Gore-Tex® membrane for comfort and an exclusive Vibram® rubber outsole for traction. These Gore-Tex shoes protect your feet from rough terrain and trail debris with a TPU shank plate that gives them torsional stability. The removable Northotic™ Pro insole cushions your foot with extra Poron® ReSource padding under high impact areas like your heel and forefoot. Tough, lightweight and supportive, The North Face Hedgehog III GTX XCR Hiking Shoes for men will keep your feet happy for long miles on and off trail.


  • Upper: synthetic leather/nylon mesh
  • Upper: Gore-Tex® Extended Comfort Range (XCR) waterproof, breathable membrane
  • Lining: nylon
  • Insole: Northotic™ Pro upgraded EVA footbed with Poron® ReSource heel and forefoot cushioning pads and ESS Heal Cradle™ Pro support
  • Midsole: X-2™ dual-density, compression-molded EVA midsole with Heal Cradle™ Pro rearfoot support system
  • Midsole: injection-molded TPU (Thermoplastic urethane) shank plate
  • Outsole: exclusive lightweight Vibram® rubber outsole
  • Last: TNF-001
  • Weight per pair: 1 lb 13 oz, 826 g (size 9)

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Review Summary

4.7 out of 5

26 Reviews

  • stylish: 2
  • waterproof: 2
  • comfortable: 1
  • easy process: 1

  • eyelets wear out laces: 1
  • narrow at toes: 1
  • none: 1
  • not as durable as i would have liked: 1

26 Ratings & Reviews


35-44 yrs

Great Shoe!!
December 19, 2011

I bought these shoes for my husband for work. He read the reviews on them and thought they would be great for comfort being on his feet all day. He loves them!! they are so comfortable and they fit him true to size.


from Virginia
45-54 yrs

Great Hiking Shoe
September 02, 2011

I've owned these shoes a little over a week and went on a short 2 mile hike last weekend. These shoes fit and were comfortable right out of the box, no break in necessary. I would highly recommend these shoes to anyone looking for a lightweight hiking shoe.

Pros: lightweight comfortable, Cons: none
35-44 yrs

The GTX XCR is a great shoe
November 10, 2011

The GTX XCR is a great shoe. lightweight, good arch support, durable, comfortable, good cushioning, breathable The shoes provide a really stable platform. They are comfortable and not bad looking either. I would recommend these shoes.


Great shoe
March 19, 2012

I wore these shoes on three 5 mile hikes so far and they are very comfortable. They were a little stiff at first but they broke in fast. Great traction and my feet stayed cool.

Pros: traction, keep feet cool, waterproof, light weight
from Florida

Good everyday shoe or off road hiker
February 02, 2012

Before buying these through this site, I tried on several pairs of shoes in local store, including a pair of these. These were by far the most comfortable and responsive I tried, but I wasn't wanting to spend the full cost, and I didn't need them instantly, so when I saw them on sale on here, I decided to buy them. Since then, I have only worn them a few days, but there are some things I can tell about them: Overall styling is good - they look like a normal pair of sneakers, but seem as well suited for most hiking and outdoors activities as they are for walking through a mall. I ordered the New Taupe Green/ Moon Mist Grey, which is the color I had tried on, and they are a nice neutral gray color. In my searching before buying these, I also saw the Coffee Brown/ Algae Yellow, which I also liked - in fact, I may have preferred it, but I thought the taupe color was more neutral, and would hide dirt better and look fine with a wider array of colors of pants - not that that's a big deal to me, but it was a small consideration on which shoe I would buy. Fitment is like a normal pair of shoes. I wear 10.5 in Addidas, Nike, Reebok, etc., and these fit just as well. I have worn them with mid weight hiking socks and regular gold toes, and they are comfortable either way. The support of the insole is very good. Initial inspection of the insole that they call Northodic, shows it is well supported around the heel, with a little extra padding under the ball of the foot. This helps cradle your foot in the shoe very comfortably. They do have a bit of arch support, so if you are flat footed, you may want to look elsewhere or change the insole (though that is a part of what I like about them). The lacing is a little tight to adjust, but I think that will loosen up a little as they get more wear. The Vibram sole is a nice aggressive pattern that gives good grip, even on wet, slippery tile, and after laying pavers on wet soil, I didn't have any issues with tracking any of it indoors. The sole also has a little bit of a rocking motion built in, which helps with natural striding. I haven't tested their waterproofing, but I expect they should do a decent job. The tongue is gussetted to just under the top lacing eye. The best boots I've ever inspected that had a Gore-Tex lining had it all the way around the inside of the shoe, seamlessly covering the entire lining - even under the insole. These don't - it is more the typical layout, extending about 1/4 to 1/2 inch under the insole. I don't think that will compromise the waterproofness, though. I haven't had a chance to wear them in hot temperatures, but in 88* weather, the lining didn't cause any breathability issues. Initial build quality seems very good. They are the first North Face products I have owned, and they seem to live up to the reputation. Hope that's helpful.

Great shoe!
March 05, 2012

I have not had a chance to test this hiking a 14er yet, but so far I like the shoe. My only concern is there is not enough padding on the tongue of the shoe. So the metal eye holes presses pretty hard on my feet. Other than that, the shoes are great!


Decent Shoes
October 08, 2012

I purchased these shoes a few months ago for my job at a golf course. I work outdoors every single day and I wore these shoes 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. Needless to say I was pretty rough on the sneakers. They kept my feet dry until recently, and the sole started separating from the shoe. Most of my shoes last around three months, so these were around the average life that I get. I would recommend them for someone who won't put as much wear on them as I do.

Pros: stylish, comfortable, Cons: not as durable as i would have liked

Men's Hedgehog III GTX XCR Hiking Shoes
February 20, 2013

shoes arrived before anticipate and were as advertised. Will shop here again.

Pros: easy process, Cons: not cheapest

good fit, good look
February 02, 2013

Wore these on a 2mile hike today over uneven terrain - felt great. I always buy North Face and trust the brand. The color is nicer than in the pic, too.


Great shoe for student
December 26, 2011

These are great for wearing around campus in all kinds of weather...keep my feet warm and dry and they are very comfortable. I need a shoe that I can wear daily and this fits the bill.

45-54 yrs

April 04, 2012

Great fit, true to size. Nice wearing shoe! It had no break in time, it's like I have had it for years. I want a comfortable ,waterproof shoe, and this was a great choice.

Over 65 yrs

Hedgehog III Hiking Shoe
October 02, 2012

This is my third pair of these shoes and they are just great, comfortable, sturdy and perfect for walking in all sorts of environments. I have worn them in Oregon where I live to Greece, walking on all kinds of surfaces. The only complaint I have is why did they make the inner sole on my new shoes red. All that does is dye the white running socks I wear and even after several washes, the bottom of the socks look like you have been walking in mud.

45-54 yrs

Great outdoor shoe
April 26, 2012

My family has plans to travel to Seattle/Mt Rainier in June so I’ve been looking for a sturdy (GTX) multi-purpose shoe. I've had my eye on the Hedgehog for quite awhile. While at a local outdoor retailer I tried on a pair and fell in love and almost purchased them on the spot. Fortunately my wife convinced me to check online (they weren’t cheap). I found the Hedgehog III GTX XCR on sale at and placed the order immediately. Three days later the package arrived as promised. A rare mix of comfort and durability, this shoe quickly became my favorite.

from Texas
55-64 yrs

Comfortable, Light and a Terrific Buy!
July 23, 2013

First of all I'm a Vegetarian so it took me awhile to find non-leather hiking shoes that would fit both my feet and my budget. I wear an 11 in Women's shoes so I usually go straight to the men's dept. for any type of athletic shoe to allow for plenty of toe room and swelling. I got a men's 11 in these and put in my own high arch insoles. Very comfy and roomy even with thick socks. So lightweight you'd never know it was a hiking shoe. The best thing about this purchase is I bought them during Altrec's big Northface sale so they were half the price of the hiking shoes my hubby bought last year for himself. So 2 thumbs up for the bargain!

Pros: price non-leather lightweight comfortable, Cons: they were out of the black color in my size

Durability and Comfort
June 03, 2011

These shoes are great. I've used them in a wet weather and always maintain their solid grip. On dry days they stay cool. Solid...only thing is slight stiffness when new which should be expected from any shoe right out of the box. Thanks NorthFace

55-64 yrs

NorthFace GoreTex shoes - a good buy
June 25, 2011

I purchased these on the basis of a recommendation from a good friend and co-worker. He praised them for being comfortable, light, cool in a hot climate and how they kept his feel dry despite having to walk in 1-2 inches of water in deployed locations. I'm a 5'7" male, 190 lbs and do a moderate amount of walking in these shoes since I received them. My shoe size is 9.5 and the pair fit me well. Having worn them for a couple of weeks, so far all of my friend's claims are true. ( I haven't had to walk in water yet.) I find them to be well constructed and comfortable.

Nice lookig shoes
April 20, 2012

They are very solid and comfortable. Certainly, they look very good. People quickly notice that shoes are made by North Face and have good regards to the brand. Buying them at Altrec is pleasant experience. Delivery was fast.

Pros: nice fit, north face quality, sporty style, Cons: shoe laces get loose easily
from st.louis,Mo
35-44 yrs

comfortable right out of the box
January 21, 2012

My first pair of TNF shoes.Super comfortable right out of the box.Gortex lets feet stay warm and dry even on a chilly winters day.Look forward to getting another pair.Big thumbs up!

from Manchester, CT
55-64 yrs

Men's Hedgehog III GTX XCR Hiking Shoes
June 19, 2012

Excellent shoe! It is difficult to find a "gortex" shoe at a good price. Very good fit and well made. The main difference I find to this new hedgehog versus one that I bought a couple of years ago, is that Northface has changed the sole from a sneaker type of a sole (a softer sole) to a more firmer sole. It is designed as a light hiker, although I preferred the softer sole to the newer design.


from Boston
35-44 yrs

High Quality & Performance
November 24, 2011

I have owned several pairs of North Face hiking shoes, and they have never disappointed. The Hedgehog III is no exception. Solid construction, great grip, 100% waterproof and durable. For outdoor shoes I always insist on them being 100% waterproof, with Goretex the preferred lining, as these promote breathability.

25-34 yrs

March 17, 2012

great shoes, comfortable high strength adapt to mountainous terrain highly recommend them very flexible, has good support, not sliding your feet do not tire

from langhorne, PA
55-64 yrs

North Face Hiking Shoew
December 13, 2012

I work at an outdoor school where we teach environmental education and group team building activities. I wear these shoe on a daily basis. I have also used them to go hiking in the Pocono Mountains and Shenandoah National Park. I have found these shoes to be very comfortable, but you might want to order a half size up. Also, after wearing them while walking in wet grass all day, I have found the front of my feet sometimes get wet. Since they are so comfortable and I have never had any hot spots or blisters while wearing them, I guess I will live with them leaking a bit.

Pros: very comfortable, Cons: water does seep in after wearing all day
25-34 yrs

Comfortable Shoe
August 16, 2013

Great, comfortable shoe for hiking. Seems very durable and has great cushioning for long hikes.

from Laguna Vista, TX
45-54 yrs

North Face still the BEST SHOE out there!
July 15, 2011

I have worn North Face shoes for over 10 years, still the best shoe for the money. They have made a few changes on this model and the new insoles are great, better yet are the shoe laces, a great improvement. Would recommend North Face to anyone.

Pros: last for years
from Las Vegas, NV
35-44 yrs

Stylish hiking shoe
June 07, 2012

If you're looking for a well made and stylish hiking shoe, this is it. I bought it for a cruise to Alaska and it does a great job of keeping your feet warm and dry. The traction is excellent on uneven surfaces. Be careful about the fit. The shoe is narrow at the toes so I had to order a half size larger than usual.

Pros: stylish, waterproof, Cons: narrow at toes
18-24 yrs

November 24, 2011


Pros: light, Cons: eyelets wear out laces

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Black/ Griffin Grey, Coffee Brown/ Algae Yellow, Dark Shadow Grey/ Athens Blue, Moon Mist Grey/ Yellow Fennel, New Taupe Green/ Moon Mist Grey, Shroom Brown/ Rhubarb Red and White/ TNF Red.

Available sizes, while supplies last, include size 7, size 7.5, size 8, size 8.5, size 9, size 9.5, size 10, size 10.5, size 11, size 11.5, size 12, size 12.5, size 13 and size 14: 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 12.5, 13, 14.

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