Who should buy the Columbia Plateau
Carefree, barely-there strides are what the Plateau brings to the trail-goer's table. Purchase it if:
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.
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.
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."
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."
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."
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.
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.
Among the Plateau's few misfires is its narrowness. It's "too tight for my needs," says a disgruntled purchaser.
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.