Updates to Columbia Redmond V2 Waterproof

  • The Columbia Redmond V2 Waterproof, the successor to the Redmond Low Waterproof, is a shoe for on-and-off-trail lovers who need a combination of comfort and underfoot security in their step. It improves upon its predecessor with a handful of updates, some of which will be discussed in the following points.
  • Redesigned upper. Compared with the upper of the Redmond Low Waterproof, the one in the current version sports a more streamlined look. The upper of the Redmond V2 Waterproof also has a more uniform overlay around its lower perimeter.
  • Outsole technology. The second-generation Redmond Waterproof is equipped the same hard-wearing Omni-Grip outsole. However, its lug geometry is more aggressive around the sides than the old version’s.
  • Overall profile. Columbia engineers gave the Redmond V2 Waterproof a sleeker silhouette than the profile of the previous iteration.

Size and fit

The Columbia Redmond V2 Waterproof is a low-top trail shoe for male and female hikers. According to the brand, the men’s variant runs large, while the women’s pair provides a true-to-size fit. A customized lockdown in it may be achieved with the shoe’s ghillie lacing.


The Redmond V2 Waterproof’s provision of surface traction comes from its proprietary outsole, called Omni-Grip. It is a rubberized layer that offers sufficient grip on a variety of terrain, thanks to the sticky construction of its treads and multi-directional lugs. Its rear end cups the heel of the upper for extra support.


This hiking shoe from Columbia is furnished with the Techlite midsole—a component made of EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate)—for ground stability and cushioning underfoot. Its designers made its heel part extra thick to bolster its capability to absorb shock on impact. A removable footbed is placed right on top of it for additional comfort.


Housing the hiker’s foot in the Columbia Redmond V2 Waterproof is a seam-sealed upper made with a combination of mesh and suede leather. It promises full protection from moisture with its Omni-Tech waterproof liner. It comes with a heavy-duty rand around the forefoot to shield the toes from bumps and knocks.

Its closure system has a set of fabric tunnels and a pair of metallic loops for eyelets. Their utility comes full circle with a sturdy synthetic lace.


The current trend of Columbia Redmond V2 Waterproof.
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