Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Most owners commended the lightness of the Cascade Pass Waterproof from Columbia.
  • It provided a sneaker-like comfort, based on a lot of user reviews.
  • Several hikers attested to the excellent grip of its outsole.
  • The Columbia Cascade Pass Waterproof fits perfectly, as stated by a considerable number of impressed wearers.
  • A majority of online buyers noted that it runs true to size.
  • It’s an affordable hiking boot, according to a handful of users.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The absence of arch support in the stock insole left a small number of consumers displeased.
  • The squeaking sound produced by the Cascade Pass Waterproof annoyed a few hikers.

Bottom line

In general, the reasonably priced and lightweight Cascade Pass Waterproof boot was able to impress a variety of users. It's praised for its excellent grip and level of comfort. By and large, the Columbia Cascade Pass Waterproof delivers a satisfying performance on the trails. However, replacing the default insole with aftermarket one might be necessary.

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Good to know

  • The Columbia Cascade Pass Waterproof is ready for the challenges of the ever-changing condition of the outdoors. Its protective and flexible upper is lined with the brand’s very own Omni-Tech, a membrane that makes the boot waterproof and breathable.
  • Underfoot, this boot for day hiking carries brand-owned technologies. It is equipped with the Techlite midsole for lightweight and durable cushioning. Its Omni-Grip outsole renders grip on most types of terrain.

The Columbia Cascade Pass Waterproof is a day hiking boot which caters to men and women. It is offered in standard and wide widths for men and comes in medium width only for women. It reasonably runs true to size. The boot has a traditional lace-up closure which permits users to customize the fit.

This mid-cut day hiking boot has a non-marking rubber outsole made of the Omni-Grip compound. Its lug pattern is designed to bite on a variety of ground surfaces. It also helps secure foothold when carrying a load during hikes. The unit slightly extends upward in the toe area to provide a decent amount of protection against bumps.

To deliver a comfortable ride, it features the brand-owned Techlite, a lightweight midsole unit. It renders durable cushioning and absorbs negative ground impacts. Upon push offs, its foam expands back to its unloaded shape, increasing energy return.

The upper of the Cascade Pass Waterproof combines nubuck, suede, mesh, and webbing which grants protection and flexibility. Inside is a seam-sealed membrane, the Omni-Tech, which keeps the foot dry and fresh by preventing water intrusions and allowing it to breathe.

Its toe and heel area are reinforced with a rubber rand for added durability and protection. The tongue and collar are cushioned for comfort. A pull tab at the rear facilitates easy on and off. Lastly, its closure system uses a round lace with four sets of metal loops and two pairs of open hooks at the top.


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