Northside Cypress Review
Northside has been a family business from the very inception of the company. The Northside Company has been founded in June of 1985 by the married couple Jim and Helen Tayer. Later their sons joined the business, and the rest is history. In the past 3 decades (and more), the Tayers have managed to connect the company with more than 500 retailers around the globe.
Northside's main exports are hiking shoes designed for outdoor fun and recreation. Shoes made for trail and hiking adventures. But in the past 34 years of existence, they’ve managed to accumulate very diverse merchandise as well. Ranging from flip-flops, sandals, winter boots, water shoes and everything that you can think of in between. Northside probably has it and made with great quality too. The company’s tagline says: „Northside creates footwear that inspires families to go out in the great outdoors and have fun“.
The same can be said about the Northise Cypress. The shoe that's the subject of this review. If you wish to know more about the details surrounding the shoe, please scroll down in this post.
Hope you’ll like it.
Toe guard made from rubber
No leather version
Usually, an indentation or ridging of a shoe has one specific direction that the ridges fluctuate. Left or right are the most common directions in most cases. But these ridges go in every direction possible, and they’re good for ensuring the traction properties, the fantastic shock absorption properties, the resistance to several types of abrasions and the ability to withstand walking in dry or wet weather conditions. No weather condition and no terrain type is too harsh for the Cypress model, and that’s all thanks to the fantastic, highly durable rubber outsole.
And it’s a great option for you really. Not only you can opt to leave it in the shoe or to replace it with an insole of your choosing, but you can also wash it on a regular basis.
The washing option ensures that the inside of the shoe is up to the highest standards of hygiene. By washing the insole, the shoes will become odor free and much more pleasant for wearing. It makes sense really. The Cypress shoe is a hiking style of shoe, and by wearing it outside, on deferent types of terrain and several weather conditions the risk of the insole getting dirty and full of germs is quite high. So the occasional washing of the insole will do you and your health a lot of good.
And they’re quite needed here. Why? No hiking shoe could call itself a hiking shoe if it doesn’t contain moisture wicking materials in some part of the shoe. Synthetic materials are best at regulating the moisture and the temperature in the shoe, and in case the shoes get in touch with water, the synthetic materials will ensure that the sneakers dry out easily. You won’t be walking in wet sneakers that could be potentially damaging to your health.
But what kind of synthetic material is present in the upper? Well its made out of the good old-fashioned nylon, that’s also knitted. And the upper also contains nylon inserts that are also lightweight and highly breathable. So, two features made from the same materials, are working tersely to bring you the best possible comfort. The knitted nylon in the upper is rugged, rough and highly durable, but probably the most durable thing in the front of the upper is the fantastic molded toe guard. It’s made out of rubber; it makes the shoes resistant to abrasion and other external influences.
It’s a nice addition considering the fact that you’ll encounter plenty of obstacles on your hike. Rocks, dirt and other unpleasant stuff. Having a toe guard made out of rubber really improves the sense of security. No, we’re not done yet. Among that last thing that could be pointed out about these shoes, is the gusseted tongue that sits on the top of the upper. It’s not only gusseted; it’s also padded for extra security. And you know what else is padded?
The collar of the shoe and the tongue provided comfort that lasts all day, and the gusseted tongue alone keeps all the debris away from the Cypress model. You know the debris that usually accumulates on the shoe’s surface, while you’re hiking. Grass, bugs, dirt, and rock. They present a little problem with these shoes. Yes, little thing like a padded gusseted tongue has the power to keep the debris at bay and to eliminate it without you even noticing.
Luckily, the Cypress model offers comfort that lasts for quite some time. The double featured EVA technology in the midsole plays a huge part in the comfort delivery, and the mix of synthetic and textile materials in the upper plays a huge role as well. Oh and let’s not forget the small stuff, like the padding that’s added to the collar and the tongue. Although it may seem insignificant, the padding does a wonderful job in helping the comfort portion of the shoe.
Again, it’s a good quality to be had, especially in a shoe that has to be worn through different kinds of terrains. Rocks, high altitude trails, mountain roads, dirty terrains, and mud filled rivers. Anything can come your way while hiking, so it’s best to be prepared for everything. The laces allow you to adjust the upper to your liking, and therefore the flexibility of the entire shoe.
And let’s not forget about the outstanding moisture wicking properties of that synthetic upper, the traction and abrasion properties of the rubber outsole. And who can ignore the toe guard also made from rubber? No, not us. And nor should you. That and the gusseted tongue will keep all the unwanted grass, dirt, and pebbles away from your feet and ensure that your hiking goes smoothly. They’re that good.