The North Face Rucky chucky

This trail-running shoe was named after running landmark, the Rucky Chucky river in the USA, which stands at mile 78 of the Western States 100-mile endurance run. As the name implies, these shoes are made for long-distance mountain running. They have a little more support to take the strain out of many hours off-road, and the upper is mesh for maximum breathability. The heel cup is very supportive, there’s good arch support and the sole unit is torsionally very stiff, yet you still get flex at the toe to allow a natural running gait. A good level of cushioning along the whole foot makes these trail-running shoes ideal for long days on harder surfaces. The outsole has a mix of studs and wider lugs to give grip on a variety of terrain.

This shoe is not the best we’ve tested for tackling mud and grass as others have better grip and dexterity. It’s not the lightest of running shoes here either, so if you want maximum speed, others may suit you better.


Upper: synthetic nubuck & mesh
Sole: Tenacious Grip rubber outsole, EVA midsole cushioning
Sizes: 8-15 (men’s) 3 1/2-8 1/2 (women’s)
Weight: 872g (pair, size 11)
Made in: China
Stores in the UK: 88

Verdict: The high price tag detracts from a good shoe for general off-road running along good tracks and paths, rather than runs over mud, grass and more uneven terrain.


First published in Trail magazine, April 2008