Who should buy the Columbia Crestwood

Those looking for standard-width and wide hiking shoes are likely to find the Columbia Crestwood a great option. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that can survive the ruggedness of trails.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that protects the foot against debris. 
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that offers lightweight and durable cushioning.

Columbia Crestwood logo

Provides enhanced traction

The Omni-Grip rubber outsole used in this shoe is Columbia's propriety technology. It's made of a durable rubber compound that sticks to varying terrain. The multidirectional lugs provide enhanced traction, especially on hills. 

Columbia Crestwood outsole

Excellent grip

The Crestwood shoes are expected to perform well on moderate to challenging trails. It also features a wider contact area which is beneficial in terms of grip. The Omni-Grip outsole is also non-marking so it can be worn indoors too.

Columbia Crestwood outsole 2.0

Comfortable cushioning

For its cushioning system, this shoe features the Techlite midsole which is made of a dual-density EVA foam. According to Columbia, Techlite features improved cushioning, energy return, and impact absorption. 

Columbia Crestwood midsole

All these translate into a better experience on trails by reducing the likelihood of fatigue, increasing the wearer's speed and efficiency, and reducing the impact on the feet, joints, and muscles when going uphill or downhill.


Three materials are used for constructing the shoe upper of the Columbia Crestwood. These are mesh, suede leather, and webbing fabric. The suede leather and webbing fabric are used as overlays, enhancing the durability of the shoe. 

Columbia Crestwood upper

Excellent ventilation

This model doesn't have a waterproof membrane which makes it great for the summer season. However, it still makes a comfortable hiking shoe in relatively cool weather conditions because the mesh upper is thick and the overlays help keep the feet warm somehow. Furthermore, a leather toe cap keeps the impact of bumps low.

Columbia Crestwood upper 2.0

Facts / Specs

Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Width: Normal, Wide
BRAND Brand: Columbia
Material: Leather, Suede, Rubber sole, Mesh upper / Fabric
Pronation: Neutral
Closure: Lace Up

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