Columbia Peakfreak X2 Mid Outdry vs. Wayfinder Mid Outdry

In this Columbia comparison, the rivalry is between the Peakfreak X2 Mid Outdry and the Wayfinder Mid Outdry. Get to know their differences below:

Outsole design. While both Columbia hikers come with the same traction technology, the Peakfreak X2 Mid Outdry’s outsole has a more aggressive tread pattern, particularly around the forefoot. This translates to more anchoring power on soft or loose soil and increased movement control during ascents.

Upper protection. The Peakfreak X2 Mid Outdry’s rival wins this round for having more overlay coverage on its textile shell.

Heel design. With its rounded (a.k.a. rockered) heel, the featured boot can give heel strikers smoother landings and transitions. The one on the Wayfinder Mid Outdry, on the other hand, provides more stability over rocky terrain.

Takeaway: For more demanding trails, the Peakfreak X2 Mid Outdry might give you the upper hand. Its rival, on the other hand, is a competent companion where abrasive hazards are involved.

Additional info

  • This tough pair has a low-top sibling in the Peakfreak X2 Outdry, which trades ankle support for extra mobility.


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