The North Face Single-Track Awarded “Gear of the Year” by Outside

Outside magazine names The North Face Single-Track one of the best products of the year

The North Face, the world's premier supplier of authentic, innovative and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear, today announced The North Face Single-Track running shoe was awarded “Gear of the Year” by Outside magazine. The Single-Track, new for 2010, is a lightweight, everyday neutral training and racing shoe designed for runners.

Outside magazine's Buyer's Guide features the latest and greatest of outdoor product and gear, as the ultimate guide for outdoor enthusiasts. Outside's running shoe testing team, made up of 25 experienced runners, put 24 of the best new trail runners through the paces on a wide variety of trail types and conditions.

“Everyone from our speedy 10K trail racers to our casual runners fell in love with the Single-Track almost from the beginning, citing its comfort, low-weight, and versatility,” said Justin Nyberg, Outside Buyer's Guide Executive Editor. “Whether they were running around the local park, or deep in the mountains, the shoe always seemed to be the right pick.”

The Single-Track upper is crafted of an abrasion-resistant synthetic leather upper with a tight weave mesh and external tongue screen-collar to protect from unwanted debris. The C-Delta metatarsal fit system provides medial and lateral stability, while the Ortholite Northotic footbed creates supreme comfort underfoot. Built on The North Face's Unleashed Performance platform, this neutral-lasted silhouette features a new X-Dome Cradle technology providing high-impact cushioning, stabilization, and rebound upon heel strike. X-2 dual-density cushioned EVA midsole, ESS Snake Plate to protect against stone bruising, and Tenacious Grip high-abrasion, off-road sticky rubber combine for the ultimate minimal, efficient running shoe. It is available for both men and women runners.

"The Single-Track was born out of intensive collaboration with our running athletes. When catering to the needs of these high performance athletes, it can be easy to over-build product, so we took a 'less is more' approach when engineering this style. By working so closely with our experienced team, we were able to develop this minimalist, high-performance running shoe all while keeping protection and durability at the forefront,” said J.P. Borod, Footwear Product Director for The North Face. “We are thrilled the Single-Track stood out during Outside's intensive testing process. Having the Single-Track recognized by such a core group of users is truly an honor.”

The Single-Track was recently awarded “Best Debut” by Runner's World magazine's Spring Trail Shoe Guide (April 2010).

For more than 40 years The North Face athlete team has defined the limits of what is humanly possible, and continually works with Research, Design & Development, creating innovative designs that push new technologies and inspire cutting-edge products. The North Face Running Team includes Dean Karnazes, Diane Van Deren, Lizzy Hawker, Kami Semick, Nikki Kimball, Sam Thompson, Seabastien Chaigneau, Michael Wardian, Tim Twietmeyer and Tsuyoshi Kaburaki.

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About The North Face®
The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1968. Headquartered in San Leandro, California, the company offers the most technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snowsport athletes, endurance athletes, and explorers. The company's products are sold in specialty mountaineering, backpacking, running, and snowsport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers and major outdoor specialty retail chains.