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