Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.
The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.
Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.
Good to know
For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.
For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
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For the warmth, I had these guys out in multiple minus 16 degrees Celsius for 45 to 60 minutes, and I feel that my feet have not been cold once.
Updates to Columbia Fairbanks Omni-Heat
- The Fairbanks Omni-Heat is Columbia’s response to the demands of the trail in cold, snowy conditions. It is capable of sustaining warmth down to negative 25 degrees Fahrenheit, thanks to its Omni-Heat reflective lining and 200-gram thermal insulation.
- It comes with two Columbia-owned sole technologies: Techlite and Omni-Grip. The former is responsible for stability and cushioning, while the latter offers ample surface grip.
Columbia Fairbanks Omni-Heat size and fit
Columbia’s Fairbanks Omni-Heat is a fairly true-to-size, mid-cut winter hiker for men. Its confines favor wearers with regular-width feet. It is offered in full and half sizes. A customized lockdown is possible with the boot’s lace-up closure.
Providing a sense of security on the trail with adequate slip and skid resistance is the boot’s Omni-Grip outsole. This non-marking rubber component is engineered with blocky protrusions (also known as lugs) that are capable of producing multi-directional grip on different types of outdoor surfaces, be they wet or dry. Aside from traction, it also offers protection against bumps with its front tip covering a marginal portion of the upper’s forefoot zone.
A Columbia-exclusive midsole called Techlite delivers cushioning and footing stability on uneven terrain. It is designed to mitigate shock on impact and give hikers energy return during push offs. On top of it rests a removable footbed for extra underfoot comfort and arch support.
The Fairbanks Omni-Heat’s over-the-ankle upper is made primarily of Cordura textile. It shields the foot from the harshness of winter thanks to its thermal insulation (at 200 g) and Omni-Heat reflective lining. Its bootie comes engineered with Omni-Tech—an in-house technology that grants the boot ample breathability and waterproofing. A leather-like overlay strengthens its heel, while a sturdy coating reinforces its toe box.
This Columbia boot uses synthetic laces and metallic loops for its lacing system. It is crafted with a heel pull tab to help hikers wear or remove the boot with relative ease.