Who should buy the Columbia Fairbanks 503 Mid

The Columbia Fairbanks 503 Mid shoes have amazingly surpassed the expectations of many in terms of comfort, quality, and protection. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking boot that is created for all types of outdoor adventure
  • Prefer a hiking boot that offers superior protection against rain or water.

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Size and fit

The Columbia Fairbanks 503 is a mid-cut boot with a soft synthetic upper that comfortably wraps the foot inside. It has a round toebox and the shaft height extends above the ankle, providing ample coverage. Like a traditional hiker, this boot features a lace-up closure system with additional eyelets on top. This lacing system allows the wearer to adjust the fit of the forefoot separately from the midfoot.

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Excellent surface traction

This shoe features a non-marking outsole made of durable rubber. The Omni Grip is an advanced outsole solution that involves propriety compounds formulated to deliver a strong grip and traction.

Columbia Fairbanks 503 Mid outsole

Excellent grip on wet and slippery surfaces

The Fairbanks 503, in particular, features rectangular lugs all throughout the sole for enhanced grip on wet and slippery surfaces. Additionally, since it is non-marking, the Fairbanks 503 boots can be used indoors, such as in the office or at the gym.

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Lightweight and durable cushioning

Part of the reason why this hiking boot is relatively lightweight is the Techlight midsole. It's a patent-pending technology by Columbia that involves the use of an EVA foam. Aside from being lightweight, this material also has other desirable qualities, such as high energy return, durability, and long-lasting cushioning.

Columbia Fairbanks 503 Mid midsole

Excellent stability and comfortable cushioning

Boots with lightweight midsoles are great for hiking and trail running as they deliver adaptive stability and impact absorption. As a result, the wearer's feet are less likely to experience fatigue. For underfoot comfort, this shoe also comes with a cushioned textile footbed.

Columbia Fairbanks 503 Mid midsole 1

Waterproof and breathable

The Columbia Fairbanks 503 has an upper made of synthetic materials that are highly resistant to abrasion and scuffing. It features the Omni-Tech waterproof breathable seam-sealed bootie construction. The Omni-Tech is made up of three layers. The outer layer is coated to ward off stains and grime, not just water. The second layer is the membrane which gives the waterproofing quality. The third (inner layer) serves as the moisture management system. It wicks moisture by utilizing body heat.

Columbia Fairbanks 503 Mid upper

Secure fit

Completing the upper is a traditional lace-up style closure with sturdy metal hardware for a secure fit. The padded tongue and collar offer support and protection and help keep debris from entering the shoe.

Columbia Fairbanks 503 Mid laces

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 14.5oz
Use: Urban hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Collection: Columbia Fairbanks
Features: Lightweight / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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