7 Best Columbia Hiking Boots in 2022

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7 Best Columbia Hiking Boots in 2022

You can’t hear the brand name Columbia and not get a lightbulb moment that gives you the desire to hike. And that desire—whether you need something versatile, or you fancy a pair that looks dapper both on and off the trail—will be satiated with our top picks.

For us to come up with the best hiking boots from this brand, we’ve put over 20 Columbia trail boots to the test. Featured below are kicks that we highly recommend.

How we test hiking boots

Producing unbiased and object-based reviews is core to RunRepeat’s existence. To hit that mark every single time, we live by the following tenets:

  • We purchase Columbia hiking boots using our own funds. This way, we can be our own voice, not being influenced by external factors.
  • We spend weeks testing every Columbia pair, putting each one through a rigorous process that involves a variety of terrain and weather conditions.
  • To make our reviews as inclusive as can be, we reflect in our scores hundreds of reviews from critics and users alike.

These result in what we call the CoreScore — a RunRepeat-exclusive grading system that determines our Columbia-centric crème de la crème.

Best Columbia hiking boots overall

Columbia Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof
Columbia Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof

CoreScore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 269,445 users
88 / 100 from 8 experts

Pros

  • Comfortable all-day wear
  • Short break-in time
  • Lightweight
  • Grips well
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Not durable
  • Ineffective waterproofing
  • Insufficient ankle support

Verdict

Unbeatably wondrous is the Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof. In almost every way, this dapper trail mower floored us, and we kept coming back for more!

The Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof welcomed us with overflowing comfort. Yes, there’s no break-in phase, and we got 360-degree pampering from the off.

It didn’t weigh us down in the entirety of our half-a-day-long testing. That should come as no surprise, as the Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof weighs no more than 450 grams per boot!

Traction-wise, the Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof is by no means a pushover. It didn’t relent on mossy wood (fell trees) and mud, nor did it falter on dusty tracks and rock. In short, this Columbia hiker kept our footing wherever.

Speaking of not relenting, the Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof lives up to its name in that it is super-watertight. Its striking leather upper served as a wetness barrier in moderate showers and through creeks.

And let’s not forget how our jaws dropped when we finally came to realize that the Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof is only $80. EIGHTY DOLLARS! This alone is a mic-drop moment for Columbia!

Columbia Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof full review

Best winter Columbia hiking boots

Columbia Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot
Columbia Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot

CoreScore

88
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 26,209 users
90 / 100 from 1 expert

Pros

  • Extremely lightweight
  • Amazingly comfortable
  • Offers plenty of protection
  • Zero break-in period
  • Stylish design
  • Quality construction
  • Reasonably priced

Cons

  • The strong chemical smell didn’t go away
  • Too narrow
  • Lack of waterproofing

Verdict

Staying in for the rest of winter? Don’t! Gear up with the Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot and beat the cold in style!

Non-stop warmth is what you’ll get in this Columbia boot. Lined with insulated padding, the Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot kept our feet as toasty as can be during our winter escapade.

The Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot is super-comfortable by default. Fresh from the box, we crushed a few kilometers on the trail and came out with pampered feet. We experienced no rubbing anywhere, and blisters were completely non-existent.

On the lightness front, the Columbia Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot is remarkable at 440 grams per shoe. Despite being fully insulated, the hiker in question didn’t weigh us down. If you want to be a stylish ninja this winter, this is your guy!

We also want to give the protectiveness of the Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot a proper spotlight here. It might not look very intimidating, but its upper is mighty tough. We hardly felt anything at all when we crossed dried and leafless bushes. Kicking stones (on purpose) in it was also satisfying.

We highly recommend the Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot for winter adventures. Give it a shot, and you’ll see how great it is!

Columbia Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot full review

Best Columbia hiking boots for urban hiking

Columbia Fairbanks Rover
Columbia Fairbanks Rover

CoreScore

84
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 2,094 users
N/A

Pros

  • Day-one comfort
  • Superb insulation
  • Great for cold conditions
  • Waterproof
  • Keeps moisture out
  • Solid construction
  • Barely-there lightness
  • Value for money
  • Appealing design

Cons

  • Narrow fit
  • Low tongue gusset

Verdict

And here it is; the fairest of them all, and it’s none other than the Fairbanks Rover by Columbia!

As handsomely captivating as it is, the Fairbanks Rover is more than just a looker. Indeed, this hiker performs remarkably both on city pavements and semi-rugged trails.

Its versatility is matched with day-one comfort. It’s just so pampering everywhere! Its lining is soft but not flimsy, giving you a snug hug around the midfoot minus the hotspots! Extra credit goes to its tongue, too, as it felt oh so supple on our insteps right from the start!

As for its defenses against moisture, the Fairbanks Rover delivered. It came out with flying colors after our waterproof tests, meaning we didn’t get wet feet in it.

And did you know that the Fairbanks Rover is insulated? Yes, and we got all the warmth we could get out of it when we tried it in the snow (it was probably less than 5°F at the time).

There’s no holding you back either from getting this boot price-wise, as the Fairbanks Rover is no more than $140 a pop. Give in now!

Columbia Fairbanks Rover full review

Best lightweight Columbia hiking boots

Columbia Trailstorm Mid Waterproof
Columbia Trailstorm Mid Waterproof

CoreScore

81
Good!
4.3 / 5 from 4,479 users
80 / 100 from 2 experts

Pros

  • Plush right away
  • No break-in period
  • Impermeable
  • Keeps the feet dry
  • Impressively light
  • Grippy boot
  • Attractive design
  • Reliable collar
  • Ankle support

Cons

  • Lacks heel support
  • Not enough breathability

Verdict

Are you in search of a boot in which you get the swiftness of a ninja all while looking future-proof? Enter the Trailstorm Mid Waterproof by Columbia!

Hold on to your seats because the Trailstorm Mid Waterproof is super-light. Seriously, this Columbia hiker, which weighs no more than 350 grams per boot, rivals lightweight offerings from other categories (think sneakers and low-top hiking shoes).

This yet-another dapper Columbia boot also demands no break-in time. Fresh from the box, the Trailstorm Mid Waterproof immediately pampered our feet, especially around the heel and midfoot. We felt no unsettling pressure from it anywhere. It also saved us from the hotspots and blisters hikers usually get from kicks that need a honeymoon phase.

Now, don’t think that the Trailstorm Mid Waterproof is a pushover support-wise just because of its readily available comfort and lightness. There’s a level of flexibility to its collar, which gave us extra torsional (twisting) mobility. That said, the same collar kept our ankles mighty secure during tricky transitions and lateral negotiations.

As for the Trailstorm Mid Waterproof’s outsole, it has been a godsend for us! All we’re saying is that, we encountered no slippage at all with it, even on ascents.

Columbia Trailstorm Mid Waterproof full review

Best Columbia waterproof hiking boots

Columbia Peakfreak X2 Mid Outdry
Columbia Peakfreak X2 Mid Outdry

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CoreScore

80
Good!
4.4 / 5 from 1,484 users
N/A

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Comfy straight from the box
  • Featherweight
  • Impressively watertight
  • Grippy outsole
  • Supportive
  • Head-turning design
  • Keeps the tootsies cozy

Cons

  • Slick laces
  • Challenging access

Verdict

Columbia shoemakers have yet again hit it out of the park with the Trailstorm Mid Waterproof. Indeed, from its trail-to-town versatility down to its rain-or-shine readiness, this shoe is bound to cause a big blip on your radar. A couple of workable flaws aside such as its unflattering footbed and breathability, the Trailstorm Mid Waterproof will boost your hiking potential wherever the path may take you.
Columbia Peakfreak X2 Mid Outdry full review

Best Columbia day hiking boots

Columbia Gunnison II Omni-Heat
Columbia Gunnison II Omni-Heat

CoreScore

79
Good!
4.4 / 5 from 2,002 users
N/A

Pros

  • Excellent insulation
  • Great boot for winter
  • Waterproof
  • Keeps moisture out
  • Incredible level of comfort
  • Spot-on fit
  • High-quality kicks
  • Grippy outsole
  • Sticks on snowy paths

Cons

  • Frail toe guard.
  • Short gusset

Verdict

If one of your main objectives is to conquer the outdoors like a veteran, all while looking dapper, the Peakfreak X2 Mid Outdry has you covered. A fantastic addition to our urban boots catalog, this ankle-secure shoe will empower your steps as you slice through rugged terrain, whether wet or dry. Yes, once you get into it nice and tight, you can take on almost anything the trail throws at you!
Columbia Gunnison II Omni-Heat full review

Best value Columbia hiking boots

Columbia Firecamp Boot
Columbia Firecamp Boot

CoreScore

82
Good!
4.5 / 5 from 4,737 users
N/A

Pros

  • Light
  • Mighty warm
  • Waterproof
  • Stylish
  • Comfy
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Narrow forefoot

Verdict

The outdoor community may find the comfort level and waterproofness of Columbia Newton Ridge Plus hiking boots superb - the same goes for this hiker. Also, its grip on varied terrain and zero break-in period may leave users happy with this pair. However, there are some who are not glad about the insufficient arch support this boot offers.
Columbia Firecamp Boot full review

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Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run 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 analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.