Editor’s Review: The North Face Women’s Storm II Mid Waterproof Boots

Editor’s Review: The North Face Women’s Storm II Mid Waterproof Boots

It’s been a wet spring here in Boulder, Colorado, with almost daily rain falling across the Front Range. But, despite the soggy weather, the longer days have inspired me to go on hikes as often as possible. This has provided me with plenty of opportunities to test out the Women’s Storm II Mid Waterproof boot by The North Face, and they might just be my favorite waterproof hiking boots ever.

The boots, ready to take on the spring elements. Photo: Sarah Sherman

I first wore the Storm II boots on a hike along Boulder’s classic Chautauqua trail, and immediately fell in love with them. The boot’s mid-ankle rise provided protection and support, and my feet remained comfortable throughout the hike. I happily realized that these boots didn’t need to be broken in—they were set to jet right off the bat. I was also impressed with how lightweight they felt for the amount of support they provided. For a mid rise, leather boot, they didn’t feel heavy at all. Stoked with the performance of my new kicks, I was already looking forward to my next hike.

Thankfully I didn’t have to wait too long. This past weekend, after two days of rain and snow, I was greeted in the morning by sunny skies. At the trailhead, however, the ground was soaked and there were patches of snow all over. Thankfully, the Storm II boots are constructed with waterproof leather and mesh, as well as The North Face’s waterproof HydroSeal membrane, which kept my feet dry as I trudged through mud and slushy snow. (For more evidence on the boots’ waterproofing capabilities, check out the photo, below, taken during one particularly rainy day.) I was amazed with how dry my feet remained, even when I walked through deeper puddles.

Another feature I was thankful for on my muddy hike was the boots’ Vibram rubber outsoles. Vibram has been making rubber outsoles for 70 years, creating a material that provides incredible grip and traction. Even as I walked on slick terrain, my feet felt stable and in control as I made my way up and down the trail.

As spring transitions into summer, I know these boots can handle anything I might put them through—be it hikes in rain or snow, or even longer backpacking trips. Thanks to the Storm II Mid Waterproof boots’ comfort, lightweight design, waterproof features and excellent grip, they’re shoes I know I can depend on. —Sarah Sherman, Social Media Coordinator

My feet stayed 100-percent dry during this experiment

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