Columbia Fairbanks Rover: What the box might not tell you

Hiking boots built for winter escapades (in most cases) are an easy read—they can protect your tootsies from the biting cold as you mind the trail. While the Fairbanks Rover is far from a complicated boot, it has nuances you might find of some value knowing.

  • Its grippy lugs are also present on the sides of its outsole (forefoot section), giving extra grip during sideways maneuvers and on soft soil.
  • If you remove its cushy footbed, you will see that its flooring is also engineered with a reflective liner. This means that you can stay on icy terrain for longer without getting the chills.
  • The Fairbanks Rover has a highly flexible sole unit, which translates to more creative foot placements and freer mobility.

Additional info

  • If you are not really a fan of leather boots, but you still wish to stay warm this winter, try the Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot instead. This insulated offering is made of durable textile courtesy of Cordura.


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