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.
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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.
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Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WidthMen: Normal, Wide
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Updates to Columbia Newton Ridge Plus II Suede Waterproof
- This product, the suede sibling of the Columbia Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof, is a responsive hiking boot that grants a combination of support, protection, and comfort on the trail. It is designed to withstand most types of wet elements.
- Two in-house sole technologies are present in this gear: Techlite and Omni-Grip. The former offers terrain balance and cushioning, while the latter is responsible for delivering grip on tricky surfaces.
Columbia Newton Ridge Plus II Suede Waterproof size and fit
The Newton Ridge Plus II Suede Waterproof is a mid-cut day hiker for men. According to Columbia, its lengthwise fit is true to size. It comes in widths D – standard and 2E – wide. It is offered in full and half sizes. A customized and secure lockdown is made possible by the boot’s ghillie lacing.
A company-exclusive outsole called Omni-Grip is what delivers adequate surface traction in the Newton Ridge Plus II Suede Waterproof. It is made entirely of rubber. Columbia designers engineered it with multi-faceted lugs to increase its gripping power on backcountry surfaces, whether they be grassy, rocky, or peppered with gnarly roots.
Providing underfoot comfort, energy return, and ground stability over rugged terrain is the Techlite midsole. This yet-another-brand-owned component is made of a foam-like material, known as EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate). For additional cushioning, Columbia engineers paired this exclusive midsole with a cushy default footbed.
The Columbia Newton Ridge Plus II Suede Waterproof’s over-the-ankle upper is primarily made with a combination of suede leather and mesh fabric. It has a synthetic overlay reinforcing its Achilles region for added support and a pull loop (also synthetic) for ease of access. Its ability to remain watertight in wet conditions is thanks to its waterproof, seam-sealed construction.
Keeping the foot in place within the boot’s confines is the footgear’s lace-up closure. It is comprised of metallic eyelets—open hooks at the top, D-rings at the instep—and a synthetic lace.