This great looking shoe is ideal for the person who likes to mix things up a bit and do some trail running as well as using the shoe for light hikes - a great alternative to taking heavier boots on the trip. They're definitely flexible and tough enough for both types of activities. A waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex membrane keeps feet nice and dry when in wet conditions or crossing deep puddles and embedded cables inside the mesh upper provide lightweight mid-foot support. The North Face Cradle Technology provides a stable platform for more aligned stride patterns and the Vibram XS Trek outsole gives durable multi-terrain traction. For flexing, bending and connection to changing terrain, there is also a forefoot Snake Plate which enables the foot to do what it's physiologically designed to do whilst providing rigidity when and where it's required. There is a lot going on with this shoe to make sure you run fast and stay comfortable when out and about exploring.