Who should buy the Columbia Plateau

Carefree, barely-there strides are what the Plateau brings to the trail-goer's table. Purchase it if:

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Who should NOT buy it

With its excellence in the lockdown category, the Danner Trail 2650 is a great alternative to the Columbia Plateau. Also, skip the featured shoe for the wide Columbia Crestwood if you need a roomier pair.

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Columbia Plateau: Grippy wherever

In terms of grip, the Columbia Plateau is quite impressive. Its "outsole is just fantastic," according to a vlogger, saying that it "handles great on everything." This everything includes rocky roads, dusty paths, and even asphalt surfaces.

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Top-level comfort in every pair

Adventurers find the Columbia Plateau overwhelmingly comfy. "SOOOOOO comfortable" and "felt amazing" are two of the most compelling remarks about it. A gear pundit, on the other hand, says that this kick, on the comfort level, is a "fantastic shoe."

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Your feet won't overheat

The Plateau has high breathability, according to a professional reviewer. He calls the shoe "temperature-wise, very nice, very breathable."

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The Plateau's unamusing laces

An expert finds its stock shoestrings too thick, making lacing up a bit too tricky. He says that, compared to flatter laces, it "doesn't tighten as easily."

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Runs true to size

Length-wise, the Columbia Plateau is quite spot-on, based on reviews. It's "great out of the box," says an experienced adventurer.

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Cradling and non-slip

Whether over rocky terrain or down the mountain trail, the Columbia Plateau is a doozy. It has "great footbed support," says a seasoned hiker. In addition to its supportiveness, the footbed in question has a clingy texture, making in-shoe slippage unlikely, even on steeper descents.

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Broad-footed hikers beware

Among the Plateau's few misfires is its narrowness. It's "too tight for my needs," says a disgruntled purchaser.

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Columbia Plateau vs. Your wallet

"Surprisingly very affordable" is what a footwear maven calls the Columbia Plateau. The featured shoe is indeed quite budget-friendly, considering that its list price is just $90 a pop. Note that the average price of speed hiking shoes is $142, making the Plateau such a steal in comparison.

Gives a burst of speed

The Plateau's propelling nature is thanks in large part to its minimal weight of 347 g apiece (the average weight of hiking shoes is 380 g). There's also its aggressively rockered sole unit (forefoot side) that promotes momentum, particularly on flat and hardpacked terrain.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 347g / Women 311g
Use: Speed Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal, Wide
BRAND Brand: Columbia
Material: Mesh upper, Rubber sole / Fabric

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

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