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79 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 60 / 100 | OutdoorGearLab | | Level 3 expert

    While not the most durable or supportive of the boots we tested, the Redmond is a good option for a lightweight, well-priced introductory hiking boot.

  • 90 / 100 | Backpackerverse | Level 2 expert

    The Columbia Men's Redmond Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot is a light (but waterproof!) durable hiker that is perfectly suited for beach picnics, tramping through the woods in the height of summer, or scampering up a mountain peak in the morning mist.

  • 100 / 100 | Anthony Awaken | Level 1 expert

    I give the Columbia Redmond Mid's a 10 out of 10!

  • 90 / 100 | Gearist | | Level 1 expert

    At the right size, this Columbia shoe is an addition I would definitely recommend to a hiker’s collection of footwear.

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  • Thanks to its upper that is made up of layers of genuine leather and synthetic textiles, Columbia’s Redmond Mid Waterproof is protective and, at the same time, lightweight. Its waterproofing is handled by the Columbia-exclusive Omni-Tech.
  • Protecting and cushioning the wearer’s feet in every step is the Techlite midsole. It promises high energy return besides stability and lasting comfort.
  • For surface traction, the Redmond Mid Waterproof comes with the Omni-Grip outsole. It is designed to provide traction over different types of terrain, thanks to the multi-shaped protrusions (or lugs) covering its surface.

The Columbia Redmond Mid Waterproof is a day hiking cleat for both men and women. It has a fairly true-to-size fit. The men’s version comes in widths D – standard and 2E – wide, while the women’s version is only offered in B – standard. Both versions may be had in a decent range of whole and half sizes. Getting a personalized lockdown is a rather simple affair with the cleat’s classic lacing system. The interior of both the ankle collar and tongue are padded to deliver a snug fit. A pull tab on the back of the heel ensures wearers get to put on or remove the cleat with relative ease.

Omni-Grip, Columbia’s very own outsole technology, is made of special rubber compounds. It provides and maintains traction over various surfaces whether wet or dry with its spiky, low-profile lugs and grooved patterns. There are protrusions lining the outsole’s sides to assist hikers during lateral maneuvers. The heel’s outer section is also engineered with ridges. Their inclusion grants users a level of slip resistance, especially when negotiating downward slopes and inclines.

Other than traction, this grippy layer also provides additional forefoot protection. The designers made this possible by slightly extending the outsole’s front end toward the upper, and thereby giving the cleat a decent rubber bumper. A similar protective extension is also found at the cleat’s heel. The amount of area it covers is considerably wide which lends users extra heel support. 

The Columbia Redmond Mid Waterproof’s midsole is engineered with an in-house technology called Techlite. This stabilizing platform has an extra beefy heel zone to make landings safe and comfortable by actively absorbing shock. Its construction allows it to retain its form during transitions, and thus providing ample cushioning with each ground contact. From the heel section, the midsole tapers toward the front end giving the cleat a noticeably slender profile. For added comfort, the cleat also comes default with a removable footbed. 

With its mid-cut upper consisting of mesh, webbing, and suede leather, the Columbia Redmond Mid Waterproof is made supportive, comfortable, and lightweight. The combination of mesh and perforated leather overlays makes it breathable. Over at the front end of the cleat is a strip of sturdy material. It functions as a rubber rand which, along with the outsole’s front extension, further reinforces and protects the toe box. The main cleatie is imbued with a Columbia-trademarked waterproof liner known as Omni-Tech. This technology doesn’t just wall off wet elements, it also wicks away sweat and moisture. The collar is contoured and ridge-like to improve mobility in virtually every direction.

The cleat’s round laces and lace tunnels are both synthetic. The lace loops at the ankle line, on the other hand, are made of a solid material closely comparable to hard plastic. 

  • Columbia also offers this cleat in a low-cut, non-waterproof version called Redmond Low.
  • Soiled Columbia footwear must be rinsed immediately under clean tap water with the use of a soft bristled brush. It must be dried naturally, away from direct sunlight, and preferably with the insole removed.