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-Meant to survive the ruggedness of trails, this hiker from Columbia combines mesh, leather, and webbing in its upper to protect the foot against debris.
-It uses the Techlite midsole that offers lightweight and durable cushioning, and the Omni-Grip non-marking traction rubber sole that suits dry and wet surfaces.
The Columbia Crestwood is a low-cut hiker. The tongue and collar are lightly padded for some cushioning and the stretchable mesh upper hugs the foot snugly. The tongue is quite narrow which doesn't favor people with high insteps. Nonetheless, this shoe has a traditional lace-up closure that ensures a secure fit. There's also a pull loop at the back for easy slipping in and off of the foot.
The Omni-Grip rubber outsole used in this shoe is Columbia's propriety technology. It's made of a durable rubber compound that sticks to varying terrain. The multidirectional lugs provide enhanced traction, especially on hills. Thus, the Crestwood shoes are expected to perform well on moderate to challenging trails. It also features a wider contact area which is beneficial in terms of grip.
The Omni-Grip outsole is also non-marking so it can be worn indoors too.
For its cushioning system, this shoe features the Techlite midsole which is made of a dual-density EVA foam. According to Columbia, Techlite features improved cushioning, energy return, and impact absorption. All these translate into a better experience on trails by reducing the likelihood of fatigue, increasing the wearer's speed and efficiency, and reducing the impact on the feet, joints, and muscles when going uphill or downhill.
Three materials are used for constructing the shoe upper of the Columbia Crestwood. These are mesh, suede leather, and webbing fabric. The suede leather and webbing fabric are used as overlays, enhancing the durability of the shoe. This model doesn't have a waterproof membrane which makes it great for the summer season. However, it still makes a comfortable hiking shoe in relatively cool weather conditions because the mesh upper is thick and the overlays help keep the feet warm somehow. Furthermore, a leather toe cap keeps the impact of bumps low.
-The Columbia Crestwood also comes in a waterproof version. A mid-top version of this hiker is also available. It's a great choice for people who require more coverage and support for their ankles.