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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Updates to Columbia Peakfreak XCRSN II XCEL Low
- American footwear brand Columbia crafted the Peakfreak XCRSN II XCEL Low to provide lightweight and rugged on-trail protection to adventure seekers. It comes with a textile upper with welded synthetic overlays that support its form.
- The sole unit tapers at the forefoot to deliver a smooth toe-off. It is composed of a midsole for cushioning and an outsole for grip performance on various terrain.
Columbia Peakfreak XCRSN II XCEL Low size and fit
A relatively true-to-size hiking shoe, Columbia Peakfreak XCRSN II XCEL Low is offered only to men. It is available in standard width and regular lengths. The traditional lace-up closure allows for a customized fit.
Columbia used its proprietary Omni-Grip non-marking traction rubber outsole on the Peakfreak XCRSN II XCEL Low. This is made of different compounds and treads that encourage stability and grip on a variety of environments. Aside from traction and grip on rock, loose dirt, and gravel, it is also designed to perform on wet grounds. It extends a little to the front of the shoe to act as a toe bumper for added protection.
Columbia also used its trademarked Techlite midsole on the Peakfreak XCRSN II XCEL Low. This full-length, lightweight midsole provides long-lasting, high-impact cushioning and promises high energy return. It is complemented by a removable insole to enhance underfoot comfort.
What protects the top of the foot is the textile and synthetic upper. Its ghillie lace-up includes a round lace networked on combination eyelets (webbing and plated ones). A heel counter is added for extra support while a toe cap grants protection from stubbing. Finally, there’s a pull tab at the heel for easy on and off.
- A waterproof version of this low-cut hiking shoe called Peakfreak XCRSN II XCEL Low Outdry is available for both men and women.
- It also comes in mid.