Who should buy the Columbia Crestwood
Those looking for standard-width and wide hiking shoes are likely to find the Columbia Crestwood a great option. It is a solid option if you prefer a hiking shoe that:
- is affordable but can survive the ruggedness of trails (the Crestwood is $50 cheaper than hiking shoes on average which is $130)
- keeps the foot well-ventilated with a breathable upper
- offers lightweight cushioning
Who should NOT buy the shoe
This is a breathable version of the Columbia Crestwood. So, if you need to keep your feet protected from rain and puddles, consider Crestwood Waterproof or even a high-top waterproof Crestwood boot.
Provides enhanced traction
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.
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.
However, one expert was not very impressed with the basic insole that comes with the boot. He finds it rather thin and recommends getting a custom pair of insoles for enhanced comfort.
Columbia Crestwood is a durable one
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.
According to the hikers, you get a wrap-around feeling across the foot which makes sure that there is no in-shoe wobbling. The toes are not hitting the front in this boot either.
The shoe is also reported to feel comfortable from the start. As one tester puts it: "My feet never hurt once! No break-in, and no blisters."