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