Who should buy Columbia Redmond Mid Waterproof

The Columbia Redmond Mid Waterproof is highly recommended for entry-level hikers looking for a cheap option. Purchase if you prefer:

  • A lightweight boot
  • The protection coming from mid-cut footwear
  • A boot you can use for wet trails

Columbia Redmond Mid Waterproof logo

Columbia's very own outsole technology

Omni-Grip, Columbia’s very own outsole technology, is made of special rubber compounds. It provides and maintains traction over various surfaces whether wet or dry with its spiky, low-profile lugs and grooved patterns. There are protrusions lining the outsole’s sides to assist hikers during lateral maneuvers. The heel’s outer section is also engineered with ridges. Their inclusion grants users a level of slip resistance, especially when negotiating downward slopes and inclines.

Columbia Redmond Mid Waterproof outsole

Other than traction, this grippy layer also provides additional forefoot protection. The designers made this possible by slightly extending the outsole’s front end toward the upper, and thereby giving the boot a decent rubber bumper. A similar protective extension is also found at the boot’s heel. The amount of area it covers is considerably wide which lends users extra heel support. 

Columbia Redmond Mid Waterproof outsole extension

Columbia Redmond Mid Waterproof's shock-absorbing and stabilizing platform

The Columbia Redmond Mid Waterproof’s midsole is engineered with an in-house technology called Techlite. This stabilizing platform has an extra beefy heel zone to make landings safe and comfortable by actively absorbing shock. Its construction allows it to retain its form during transitions, and thus providing ample cushioning with each ground contact. From the heel section, the midsole tapers toward the front end giving the boot a noticeably slender profile. For added comfort, the boot also comes default with a removable footbed. 

Columbia Redmond Mid Waterproof techlite

Supportive upper

With its mid-cut upper consisting of mesh, webbing, and suede leather, the Columbia Redmond Mid Waterproof is made supportive, comfortable, and lightweight. The combination of mesh and perforated leather overlays makes it breathable. Over at the front end of the boot is a strip of sturdy material. It functions as a rubber rand which, along with the outsole’s front extension, further reinforces and protects the toe box.

Columbia Redmond Mid Waterproof upper

The main bootie is imbued with a Columbia-trademarked waterproof liner known as Omni-Tech. This technology doesn’t just wall off wet elements, it also wicks away sweat and moisture. The collar is contoured and ridge-like to improve mobility in virtually every direction.

Columbia Redmond Mid Waterproof waterproofing

The boot’s round laces and lace tunnels are both synthetic. The lace loops at the ankle line, on the other hand, are made of a solid material closely comparable to hard plastic. 

Columbia Redmond Mid Waterproof laces

Columbia Redmond Mid Waterproof maintenance

  • Soiled Columbia footwear must be rinsed immediately under clean tap water with the use of a soft-bristled brush.
  • It must be dried naturally, away from direct sunlight, and preferably with the insole removed.

Columbia Redmond Mid Waterproof maintenance

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 398g / Women 342g
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lightweight / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal, Wide
BRAND Brand: Columbia

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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.