Verdict from 1 expert and 100+ user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Plush right away: Respected bloggers and purchasers alike find the Columbia Trailstorm Mid Waterproof mighty comfortable minus the break-in period.
  • Impermeable: Through moderate rain and 3-inch high puddles, this hiker keeps everything on the inside dry, critics say.
  • Freeing: Numerous trail-goers are impressed with its lightness. A highly professional tester among them even said that it “won’t weigh you down.”
  • Grippy: This attractive boot from Columbia, according to a gear pundit, clings on different types of surfaces without much effort.
  • Reliable collar: Ankle support is among the Trailstorm Mid Waterproof’s many aces.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Unflattering footbed: The shoe’s default insert lacks heel support, making it quite a dispensable component to one unamused expert.
  • Sweat-inducing: Based on a few reports, the Trailstorm Mid Waterproof could be more breathable.

Bottom line

Columbia shoemakers have yet again hit it out of the park with the Trailstorm Mid Waterproof. Indeed, from its trail-to-town versatility down to its rain-or-shine readiness, this shoe is bound to cause a big blip on your radar. A couple of workable flaws aside, the Trailstorm Mid Waterproof will boost your hiking potential wherever the path may take you.

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Things the Trailstorm Mid Waterproof brings to the adventurer’s table

This Columbia offering, arguably, has all the trappings of a highly competent pair of hiking boots. That said, if you are not quite sold on it just yet, perhaps the following will help reel you in:

Lighter than most. With an average pair weight of around 750 grams, the Trailstorm Mid Waterproof is simply featherweight. To put things into perspective, more traditional trail boots weigh anywhere between 850 and 1100 grams. Yes, restriction is hardly a thing in this piece.

Flexibly reassuring. The design of its rear overlay gives the boot a supportive lower section and a maneuver-friendly upper shaft. Translation: Heel landings are safer, and sudden turns become less restrictive in the Trailstorm Mid Waterproof.

Dashing in both form and function. Sporting this bad boy equates to high trail mileage and finally escaping the ridicule of your friends for wearing something city-life appropriate for once. You may even be able to lure some of your not-so-outdoorsy pals to take a more natural route going home with it!

Additional info

  • Trade collar security for enhanced ankle mobility with the Trailstorm Waterproof—the featured boot’s low-top counterpart.


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