Verdict from 100+ user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Nearly everyone who has purchased the Columbia Peakfreak X2 Outdry is impressed with its amazingly comfy confines.
  • Its overall build is nothing short of magnificent, based on several reviews.
  • According to a small number of wearers, this hiking shoe from Columbia is highly supportive.
  • Less than a handful of customers find their Columbia Peakfreak X2 Outdry hiking shoes super attractive.
  • This piece is a pretty versatile trail shoe, say a couple of those who have tested it.

2 reasons not to buy

  • This is a somewhat expensive Columbia product, according to a couple of those who have bought it.
  • An owner claims that the Peakfreak X2 Outdry has a tight ankle zone.

Bottom line

In the area of comfort, Columbia’s Peakfreak X2 Outdry is quite a keeper. That said, this good-looking hiking gear is more than just insanely comfortable. Indeed, it is also remarkably well-made and fantastically supportive. The shoe, however, comes with a couple of criticisms, the more unappealing of which has to be its purportedly expensive price tag. Nevertheless, the Peakfreak X2 Outdry from Columbia is intent on wowing outdoorsy folks with every trail-worthy pro it has up its sleeve.

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Good to know

-The Columbia Peakfreak X2 Outdry is engineered for hiking enthusiasts who require enhanced agility on rugged trail adventures. It promises to make strides more efficient with its high-energy-return midsole technology.

-Its ability to stay moisture-free in the inclement weather is thanks to Outdry. What grants enough surface grip in this shoe, on the other hand, is a Columbia-exclusive outsole, called Omni-Grip.

-This shoe has a rockered toe zone. This particular design choice, which involves the footgear’s sole unit (midsole + outsole), translates to more convenient toe offs on flatter surfaces.

Columbia’s Peakfreak X2 Outdry is a low-cut outdoor shoe for male and female trail seekers. Its overall fit can be customized further using the hiker’s ghillie lacing.

The Peakfreak X2 Outdry comes with the Omni-Grip outsole for sufficient traction on different types of outdoor surfaces. It has aggressively shaped protrusions (commonly known as lugs) and toothy ridges, making it a highly sticky component, especially over loose-soiled terrain. The lugs around its outer perimeter jut out slightly off the edge, delivering extra grip on tricky slopes and during lateral (sideward) maneuvers. It is made entirely of non-marking, heavy-duty rubber.

This hike-centric offering provides adventurers with adequate comfort and shock protection with its Techlite midsole—a Columbia exclusive. This one-piece layer, which is made of ethylene-vinyl acetate, can stabilize the foot over rough terrain, thanks to its partly rigid, partly supple construction. Columbia shoemakers gave it a level of bounciness that helps wearers expend less energy during transitions. They also paired it with a removable insole to add to its provision of underfoot comfort.

What houses the foot in the Columbia Peakfreak X2 Outdry is a below-the-ankle upper made of textile. It is laden on both sides with welded synthetic overlays for abrasion protection. Its inner walls are lined with Outdry, making the shoe sufficiently breathable and waterproof at the same time. Both its heel and toe box are randed, giving the footgear a more solid structure, thereby providing owners with additional support on the trail. The upper’s collar and tongue are generously padded to provide the user a plush in-shoe feel, especially around the ankle.

The closure mechanism of this waterproof hiking shoe is made up of combination eyelets and a flat synthetic lace. Its uppermost pair of eyelets are reinforced with synthetic overlays to prevent the lace from cutting through the fabric.


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