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.
WeightMen: 14.2ozWomen: 11.7oz
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
Updates to Columbia Wayfinder Mid Outdry
- The Columbia Wayfinder Mid Outdry is an ankle-supportive, waterproof piece whose features and qualities help day hikers address the challenges posed by the trail no matter the weather condition.
- This protective yet comfy hiking boot allows adventurers to make smoother strides thanks to its rockered sole unit. Comprising this unified sole are two Columbia-exclusive technologies: the non-marking Omni-Grip outsole and the tough but cushy Techlite midsole.
Columbia Wayfinder Mid Outdry size and fit
A mid-cut day hiker for men and women is the Columbia Wayfinder Mid Outdry. Its lengthwise fit, which the company considers true to size, caters to folks with regular-width feet. The shoe’s sizing selection consists of a number of full and half sizes. Its ghillie lacing allows for fit personalization and lockdown security.
The Wayfinder Mid Outdry is equipped with a Columbia-owned outsole called Omni-Grip to give wearers footing security come rain or shine. It is capable of producing enough surface grip over loose soil thanks to its multi-directional lugs. The aggressive treads engineered at its heel provide additional support during downhill traversals.
What protects, cushions and stabilizes the foot in the Wayfinder Mid Outdry is the boot’s Techlite midsole. It is built with high energy return and sufficient shock absorption to make transitions efficient and landings safe. It works with the shoe’s stock insole (footbed) in providing trail lovers with as much comfort underfoot as possible.
The Wayfinder Mid Outdry’s over-the-ankle upper is made mainly of mesh fabric. Its abrasion-resistant overlays, heel counter, and toe cap are all synthetic. Columbia engineers imbued its inner walls with Outdry (a lining also found in Scarpa's Charmoz boot), rendering the hiker both breathable and waterproof. A sturdy synthetic lace and combination eyelets make up its lockdown system.