Who should buy the Columbia Wahkeena

The Columbia Wahkeena ticks all the boxes when it comes to the basic needs of hikers on the trail. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that is made durable yet lightweight to give its users a versatile kind of performance in their hiking adventures.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that provides energy return on top of cushioning and stability.

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Excellent terrain traction

The Wahkeena grants wearers enough terrain traction with its non-marking rubber outsole, known as Omni-Grip. It is built with aggressive lugs and shallow grooves, giving enhanced foothold over slippery and soft-soiled surfaces. 

Columbia Wahkeena outsole

Flexible lug formation

The lug formation at its heel and forefoot provides improved maneuverability while tackling slopes and inclines.

Columbia Wahkeena outsole 1

Provides cushioning against trail hazards

What cushions the foot against trail hazards, the likes of which include pointy rocks and gnarly roots, is the hiker’s Techlite midsole. 

Columbia Wahkeena midsole

Provides adequate stability

This hardy layer, which is made of ethylene-vinyl acetate (or EVA), is engineered robust enough to withstand the unevenness of the terrain, thus providing adequate stability. It comes topped with a cushioned insert for extra cushioning underfoot.

Columbia Wahkeena midsole 1


Columbia designers used three kinds of materials in the Wahkeena’s low-top upper: suede leather, textile, and webbing. Its leather parts are attached to the main bootie with double the stitching to bolster the gear’s overall durability. 

Columbia Wahkeena upper

Nice in-shoe feel

It has an amply padded interior to give the foot a nice in-shoe feel, especially around the ankle and along the instep.

Columbia Wahkeena insole

Lightweight closure system

The combination eyelets of the lightweight shoe’s front closure are comprised of ghillie-styled loops made of fabric and regular lace holes. Its equation is made complete with synthetic lace.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Women 284g
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Columbia
Material: Leather, Suede, Rubber sole

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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.