Who should buy the Columbia Redmond III
A fantastic offering price-wise, the third-gen Redmond is among Columbia’s most straightforward trail kicks. It is for you if:
- Breathable hiking shoes are your jam.
- You are the kind of trail-goer who needs extra heel security.
- You need a pair of kicks that provide sufficient frontal protection (against knocks and bumps).
- You prefer shoes that can keep out intrusive twigs, mulch, and the like.
- Low-angled slopes are part of the trails you tackle.
Columbia Redmond III: A must-buy for newcomers
The sheer suppleness of the Redmond III’s suede leather shell and its ultra-low MSRP can convert even the most recluse individuals into outdoorsy Joes and Janes.
With the Columbia Redmond III’s Omni-Grip outsole, navigating soft-soiled terrain and mildly slick surfaces is safe. And since its lugs are low-profile, the shoe delivers sufficient traction on roads and pavements, as well.
This Columbia trail kick weighs no more than 700 g per pair. Yes, the Redmond III is lighter than the average weight of hiking shoes, which is 800 g.
Arch support may not be the Redmond III’s strongest suit as its stock insole is quite flat. That said, because it is removable, you might be better off replacing it with a far better footbed.