Who should buy the Columbia Fairbanks Low

A town-to-trail gem, the Fairbanks Low is among Columbia's plushest and most versatile hikers. It is the ideal kick for you if:

  • You prefer to own a shoe that performs just as well on concrete pavements as it does on semi-rugged terrain.
  • You are a heavy heel-striker. The Fairbanks Low, after all, has an extra cushy and shock-absorbent heel zone.
  • Your hikes require a little bit of sidehill maneuvers. Its lateral lugs make such endeavors safe.
  • Biking clipless is your thing.

Columbia Fairbanks Low Who should buy the Columbia Fairbanks Low

Who should not buy it

Downhill negotiations, particularly on muddy inclines, can be tricky in the Fairbanks Low. In such pursuits, you are better off with the Columbia Redmond V2. Also, If the trails you take on receive rains more often than not, set your sights on the waterproof Facet 30 Outdry instead.

Columbia Fairbanks Low No buy

Supple mesh upper

The default softness and flexibility of its breathable shell translate to high amounts of comfort right from the get-go. Its moderately padded tongue also delivers bunch-free cushioning around the instep.

Columbia Fairbanks Low Supple mesh upper

Sticks like glue

Living up to its name, the Fairbanks Low's Omni-Grip outsole provides more than enough adhesion on a variety of surfaces, including dusty tracks and asphalt sidewalks.

Columbia Fairbanks Low Sticks like glue

Light as a feather

With its straightforward, virtually gimmick-free construction, this offering from Columbia dials the weight way down. Case in point: the Fairbanks Low weighs no more than 650 g per pair (on average, hiking shoes weigh 800 g).

Columbia Fairbanks Low Light as a feather

Protective and tiredness-offsetting midsole

Armed with a springy midsole called Techlite, the featured hiker has what it takes to cut through moderately rocky terrain with ease. Furthermore, the firmness of its midfoot zone provides enhanced arch support.

Columbia Fairbanks Low Midsole

Laces that drag

The Fairbanks Low's shoestrings might drag and cause annoyance while you are out and about. Replace them if you prefer.

Columbia Fairbanks Low Laces

Facts / Specs

Weight: 11oz
Use: Day Hiking, Urban hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Columbia
Construction: Lace-to-toe

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.