Who should buy the Columbia Crestwood Waterproof

Highly adored for its superior waterproofness and tough rubber outsole, the Columbia Crestwood Waterproof hiking shoe is one of a kind. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that is designed for long hours of movement on the trail.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that keeps the feet warm and dry in wet conditions. 
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that provides excellent grip and stability.

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Excellent traction

Designed to help hikers tackle the trail with ease and comfort, this hiking shoe from Columbia utilizes an advanced high-traction outsole called Omni-Grip™. This multi-terrain traction system is designed using specially formulated compounds and treads. It allows hikers to navigate varying environments, such as slippery trails, snow-packed grounds, muddy hillsides, and rocky mountains.

Columbia Crestwood Waterproof traction

Columbia Crestwood Waterproof outsole 1.0

Comfortable cushioning and impact absorption

Columbia Crestwood incorporates Techlite™ midsole which is a patent-pending solution offering improved cushioning and impact absorption. Another interesting feature of this specific type of midsole is the high-energy return which gives the wearer a comfortable, soft feel while still feeling the bounce associated with a lighter, stiffer shoe.

Columbia Crestwood Waterproof midsole

Similar to other Columbia hiking shoes, the midsole of this shoe is made from EVA that is known for being lightweight, soft, flexible, and resistant to shock.

Columbia Crestwood Waterproof arch


The shoe upper is made from a combination of leather, suede, and mesh fabric, giving it a stylish look. For the lining, it uses the Columbia Omni-Tech which is a multi-layered weather protection system designed to repel water and other elements from getting inside the shoe. At the same time, it allows moisture and perspiration to escape. The Omni-Tech membrane makes Columbia Crestwood suitable for wet conditions.

Columbia Crestwood Waterproof upper

Secure fit

The shoe uses a traditional lace-up closure system for a secure fit around the foot. Completing the upper is a heel loop for pulling the shoes on.

Columbia Crestwood Waterproof secure

Facts / Specs

Base model: Columbia Crestwood
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal, Wide
BRAND Brand: Columbia

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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.