Summary

We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Almost everyone who owns the Columbia Redmond V2 Waterproof agrees that it is a satisfyingly comfy hiking shoe.
  • Its non-existent break-in period impresses a couple of verified purchasers.
  • Numerous outdoor lovers are in awe of how grippy this footgear is.
  • A couple of users testify to the waterproofness of this Columbia offering.
  • More than a handful of shoppers mention that the Redmond V2 Waterproof is a delightfully lightweight shoe for hiking adventures.
  • Based on a few consumer reviews, it is sturdy against most types of harsh trail conditions.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A minority of buyers say that the Columbia Redmond V2 Waterproof’s footbed lacks cushioning.
  • Some owners experience sweaty feet when wearing this hiking shoe.
  • According to a few customers, its lace slips and unties easily during a hike.

Bottom line

Trail lovers who are about to embark on an adventure may come to appreciate the comfort and traction of this Columbia product. It also adds value to those who used it by granting lightness and ample protection from the elements.

On the other hand, it is not able to satisfy everyone because of its footbed’s insufficient cushioning. All in all, the Columbia Redmond V2 Waterproof may still be a worthy trail performer, especially with the use of a new footbed to resolve its primary issue.

Facts

  • The Columbia Redmond V2 Waterproof, the successor to the Redmond Low Waterproof, is a shoe for on-and-off-trail lovers who need a combination of comfort and underfoot security in their step. It improves upon its predecessor with a handful of updates, some of which will be discussed in the following points.
  • Redesigned upper. Compared with the upper of the Redmond Low Waterproof, the one in the current version sports a more streamlined look. The upper of the Redmond V2 Waterproof also has a more uniform overlay around its lower perimeter.
  • Outsole technology. The second-generation Redmond Waterproof is equipped the same hard-wearing Omni-Grip outsole. However, its lug geometry is more aggressive around the sides than the old version’s.
  • Overall profile. Columbia engineers gave the Redmond V2 Waterproof a sleeker silhouette than the profile of the previous iteration.

The Columbia Redmond V2 Waterproof is a low-top trail shoe for male and female hikers. According to the brand, the men’s variant runs large, while the women’s pair provides a true-to-size fit. A customized lockdown in it may be achieved with the shoe’s ghillie lacing.

The Redmond V2 Waterproof’s provision of surface traction comes from its proprietary outsole, called Omni-Grip. It is a rubberized layer that offers sufficient grip on a variety of terrain, thanks to the sticky construction of its treads and multi-directional lugs. Its rear end cups the heel of the upper for extra support.

This hiking shoe from Columbia is furnished with the Techlite midsole—a component made of EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate)—for ground stability and cushioning underfoot. Its designers made its heel part extra thick to bolster its capability to absorb shock on impact. A removable footbed is placed right on top of it for additional comfort.

Housing the hiker’s foot in the Columbia Redmond V2 Waterproof is a seam-sealed upper made with a combination of mesh and suede leather. It promises full protection from moisture with its Omni-Tech waterproof liner. It comes with a heavy-duty rand around the forefoot to shield the toes from bumps and knocks.

Its closure system has a set of fabric tunnels and a pair of metallic loops for eyelets. Their utility comes full circle with a sturdy synthetic lace.

Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.

paul@runrepeat.com