Columbia Vitesse notable features

-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.

Size and fit

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.

Nice to know

-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. 


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