Who should buy the Columbia Vitesse

The Vitesse is a sleek, good-looking Columbia shoe that's created for the trail. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that protects the feet against the elements while delivering a generous amount of airflow. 
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that works well on well-maintained trails.

Columbia Vitesse logo

Size and fit

The Columbia Vitesse men and women's hiking shoe features seamless construction for a sock-like feel. It's a low-cut model so there is less coverage for the ankle. Nonetheless, it has a soft and flexible upper that promotes freedom of movement. This hiker uses a traditional lacing system with a sturdy lace lock for a secure fit.

Columbia Vitesse laces 3

The Omni-Grip, Columbia's advanced traction technology

The Vitesse shoes have outsoles that use Columbia's advanced traction technology called Omni-Grip. They feature strategically designed lug zones and tread patterns for enhanced grip on any terrain, a multi-directional digging zone for the days when your hike would include some scrambling or climbing, and siping for traction on wet surfaces.

Columbia Vitesse outsole

Can be used indoors without leaving a mark

Additionally, these outsoles are non-marking which means you can wear them indoors without worrying about leaving "marks" on wood and tiled floors.

Columbia Vitesse outsole 1

Provides high energy return 

Designed to promote all-day comfort, this hiker has the Ultralight Midsole Technology - Columbia's most advanced cushioning system. It features a high energy return which means less impact when you walk or run. 

Columbia Vitesse midsole

Super lightweight

This super lightweight midsole also provides a soft and comfortable platform for the foot, promotes stability on the trail, and helps you move faster.

Columbia Vitesse midsole 1

Sneaker-like shoe

A stylish, sneaker-like shoe that looks good on the trail and on the streets, the Columbia Vitesse is available in different colorways. It features a seamless upper construction which means there are no sewn overlays where damage in stitching usually starts. 

Columbia Vitesse upper

Comfortable and flexible fit

Seamless uppers deliver a more comfortable fit. It also makes the shoe really flexible. However, since there are no overlays, this shoe is a little short in lateral support. Thus, it is more ideal for well-maintained trails. 

Columbia Vitesse upper 1

Waterproof and secure fit

The Vitesse doesn't have a waterproof lining so it is highly breathable, perfect for the summer season. Completing its upper is a traditional lacing system for a secure fit.

Columbia Vitesse laces

Nice to know

  • The Columbia Vitesse hiking shoes come in a waterproof version that features the OutDry technology - a waterproof membrane that is heat-bonded to the upper.
  • It also comes in a slip-on version which is rated as a multi-sport shoe. This style makes wearing or taking off the shoe really easy and convenient while delivering a comfortable, glove-like fit. 

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 12.5oz / Women 10.3oz
Use: Urban hiking, Speed Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Columbia
Material: Rubber sole, Mesh upper / Fabric

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.