Summary

We spent 8.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The majority of Columbia Vitesse reviews highlight its unbelievable comfort level.
  • This lightweight hiker ticks the box for breathability, according to most users.
  • Several female hikers find the bright and "popping" colorways of this shoe really fascinating.
  • This versatile footwear can be used for activities on the trail and in the streets, say a few customers.
  • A handful of reviewers are impressed by the quality construction of the Vitesse hiking shoe.
  • A few people also give it high ratings for being cushiony and supportive.

1 reasons not to buy

  • While the Slate Grey, Pool colorway is really stunning, it does get dirty quite easily, according to one reviewer.

Bottom line

A sleek, good-looking Columbia shoe that's created for the trail, the Vitesse gets high marks for its sturdy construction. It fits the bill for anyone looking for a lightweight hiking shoe that is highly breathable, versatile, and durable.

Despite its sleek construction, this shoe delivers a good level of support and cushioning so you can walk for hours without feeling tired. It's highly breathable and works well in dry conditions.

Facts

-This sporty hiking shoe from Columbia has an upper made of durable mesh. It protects the feet against the elements while delivering a generous amount of airflow. It also features a lightweight midsole with high energy return for all-day comfort. 

-The Vitesse uses a non-marking rubber outsole that works well on well-maintained trails.

The Columbia Vitesse men and women's hiking shoe features seamless construction for a sock-like feel. It's a low-cut model so there is less coverage for the ankle. Nonetheless, it has a soft and flexible upper that promotes freedom of movement. This hiker uses a traditional lacing system with a sturdy lace lock for a secure fit.

The Vitesse shoes have outsoles that use Columbia's advanced traction technology called Omni-Grip. They feature strategically designed lug zones and tread patterns for enhanced grip on any terrain, multi-directional digging zone for the days when your hike would include some scrambling or climbing, and siping for traction on wet surfaces.

Additionally, these outsoles are non-marking which means you can wear them indoors without worrying about the leaving "marks" on wood and tiled floors.

Designed to promote all-day comfort, this hiker has the Ultralight Midsole Technology - Columbia's most advanced cushioning system. It features high energy return which means less impact when you walk or run. This super lightweight midsole also provides a soft and comfortable platform for the foot, promotes stability on the trail, and helps you move faster.

A stylish, sneaker-like shoe that looks good on the trail and on the streets, the Columbia Vitesse is available in different colorways. It features a seamless upper construction which means there are no sewn overlays where damage in stitching usually starts. At the same time, seamless uppers deliver a more comfortable fit. It also makes the shoe really flexible. However, since there are no overlays, this shoe is a little short in lateral support. Thus, it is more ideal for well-maintained trails. 

The Vitesse doesn't have a waterproof lining so it is highly breathable, perfect for the summer season. Completing its upper is a traditional lacing system for a secure fit.

-The Columbia Vitesse hiking shoes come in a waterproof version that features the OutDry technology - a waterproof membrane that is heat-bonded to the upper.

-It also comes in a slip-on version which is rated as a multi-sport shoe. This style makes wearing or taking off the shoe really easy and convenient while delivering a comfortable, glove-like fit. 

Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.

paul@runrepeat.com