Wednesday, July 20, 2011

In Search of the Perfect Summer Sandal: The North Face® Base Camp

As our search for the perfect summer sandal continues we took a look at the North Face® Base Camp Flip-Flop.

On Performance Factor…
Inspired by the North Face® hyper-durable expedition equipment, the straps on these sandals offer tremendous support that feels better the longer you wear them.  After a long day on the trails or hiking through the urban jungle, your feet will appreciate the contoured footbed and ultra-cushy egg crate-inspired footbed. 

The footbed not only massages those weary feet but allows air to flow around the bottom of the foot making for extra breathability. In short the footbed will relax and refresh your feet every time you slip on the Base Camp Flips.

A durable and comfortable nylon toe post will make friends with your toes immediately.  Soft PU binding and jersey-lined uppers assure against the skin softness.  EVA midsoles provide maximum comfort with the natural freedom of flip flops as you flip off those grungy hiking boots and slip on the light weight (approx 6 oz) goodness of these sandals.

Extra points to the North Face® design team for the grippy rubber outsole that provided extra traction on wet surfaces or when our daily routines turned a little more adventurous.  The rubber outsole only adds to the incredible durability of these flips.

On Style Factor…
We’ve already confessed our love for the egg crate-inspired footbed which makes these flips stand out in a crowd. Where the Base Camp flip really sets itself apart on style with the massive array of colors and styles on the PVC-free Hypalon® strap.  You can find everything from basic black to “Newtaupegen/Algaeylw” shown below.

Room For Improvement?
While ideal for traipsing around the campsite, for our crew, these flips lack the overall support and shock absorbtion that they would like to see for long days pounding around on the pavement.  The maximum comfort of the egg crate-inspired footbed provides excellent comfort but our testers were left craving a little more anatomical arch support.

Closing Thoughts...
The Base Camp flip-flops follow in the great tradition of quality and durable North Face products sure to outlast even your most vigorous outdoor activities.  Indoor or outdoor, these rugged yet comfy flips will keep your feet comfy and stylish everywhere you venture and come at a price that won’t dent your wallet.  

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