Who should buy the Columbia Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot

Probably the lightest mid-top hiking boot one could ever own - the Columbia Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot is designed to make some of your toughest winter hikes easier. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking boot that is packed with 200 grams of insulation, along with Omni-Heat reflective lining that works by reflecting and retaining the heat generated by the body.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that protects against external moisture. 
  • Prefer a hiking boot that offers lasting comfort and plenty of grip on varying terrain.

Columbia Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot logo

Size and fit

The Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot is a mid-cut shoe made of Cordura textile upper which is stretchy and has a sock-like feel. The collar is quite stiff to provide better support around the ankle and the tongue is padded for a more comfortable fit. 

Columbia Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot fit

This hiker has a lace-up closure consisting of round laces and metal hooks that extend to the top. Such lacing structure is designed to allow the wearer to achieve his or her desired level of tightness.

Reliable traction on varying surfaces

The Omni-Grip is an advanced sole by Columbia. It’s made of specially formulated rubber compounds that offer reliable traction on varying surfaces. It is also designed to grip rock, gravel, and loose dirt efficiently. 

Columbia Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot outsole

Ensures solid footing on packed ice or soft, slushy snow

This sole features multi-directional lugs that help keep your feet stable on uneven terrain while promoting scrambling and acceleration. Its dual-zone winter tread pattern ensures solid footing on packed ice or soft, slushy snow. Furthermore, it features water traction treatment to prevent slipping.

Columbia Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot outsole 1

Excellent support and cushioning

For the midsole, this boot uses Techlite foam - a patent-pending technology that offers improved cushioning, energy return, and impact absorption. 

Columbia Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot midsole

Also called Techlite Comfort System, this midsole is made of dual-density foam which means that some parts are actually softer than the others. This is designed to give the foot support and cushioning right where needed. 

Super lightweight

Lastly, the Techlite foam is super lightweight, which makes for a light hiking shoe. It is also more flexible than traditional midsole materials.

Columbia Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot midsole 1

Snug fit

The shoe upper is made of Cordura textile which offers enhanced protection against abrasion, scuff, and tear. It is very stretchy as well, giving the foot a snug fit each time.

Columbia Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot laces

Seam-sealed construction

The interior of the Fairbanks Omni-Heat is lined with the Omni-Tech™ waterproof membrane that is attached through seam-sealed construction. This means that the fabric is heat-bonded to the upper material to seal any gaps or holes instead of simply stitching them together. 

Columbia Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot upper 1

Warmer environment for the foot

Created for the winter, this boot is packed with 200 grams of insulation, plus the Omni-Heat reflective lining. This patented technology is composed of tiny silver dots with aluminum that reflect the heat generated by the body. This results in a warmer environment for the foot.

Columbia Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot insole

Columbia Fairbanks Omni-Heat vs. Columbia Fairbanks 1006

Columbia Fairbanks line has plenty of winter boots in its line. Their Fairbanks boots collection has been among the most popular. Characterized by rugged outsoles, heavy-duty upper, and insulated interior, these hiking boots from Columbia address varying cold weather requirements.

Materials. While the Fairbanks Omni Heat Boot is made of Cordura textile, the Men’s Fairbanks 1006 features a combination of full-grain leather and textile. The toe section, overlays, collar, and lacing system are all made of leather. While Cordura is undoubtedly a tough material, leather offers more durability and resistance to abrasion. Thus, if you’re a serious hiker or backpacker who is constantly journeying rugged terrains, a leather boot like the Fairbanks 1006 might be more suitable.

Weight. The Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot is much lighter than the Fairbanks 1006. Many hikers prefer light hiking boots because they are less tiring for the foot and offer more flexibility. Super lightweight hikers also make great casual shoes that can be worn around the town.

Price. As to the price, the Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot is slightly cheaper. And it’s most likely because of the leather material used in the Fairbanks 1006, which is a premium luxury material. If you prefer a leather hiker, the latter model is a good investment.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 444g
Use: Snow, Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Collection: Columbia Fairbanks
Features: Lightweight / Insulated, Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal, Wide / Normal

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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.