Who should buy the Columbia Wayfinder Mid Outdry

The Wayfinder Mid Outdry from Columbia is a boot that ticks all the basics. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking boot that helps day hikers address the challenges posed by the trail no matter the weather condition.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that allows adventurers to make smoother strides 
  • Prefer a hiking boot that allows for fit personalization and lockdown security.

Columbia Wayfinder Mid Outdry logo

Excellent surface grip

The Wayfinder Mid Outdry is equipped with a Columbia-owned outsole called Omni-Grip to give wearers footing security come rain or shine. It is capable of producing enough surface grip over loose soil thanks to its multi-directional lugs.

Columbia Wayfinder Mid Outdry outsole

Excellent heel support

The aggressive treads engineered at its heel provide additional support during downhill traversals.

Columbia Wayfinder Mid Outdry heel support

High energy return and sufficient shock absorption

What protects, cushions, and stabilizes the foot in the Wayfinder Mid Outdry is the boot’s Techlite midsole. It is built with high energy return and sufficient shock absorption to make transitions efficient and landings safe. It works with the shoe’s stock insole (footbed) in providing trail lovers with as much comfort underfoot as possible.

Columbia Wayfinder Mid Outdry ankle support


The Wayfinder Mid Outdry’s over-the-ankle upper is made mainly of mesh fabric. Its abrasion-resistant overlays, heel counter, and toe cap are all synthetic.

Columbia Wayfinder Mid Outdry toe protection

Breathable and waterproof

Columbia engineers imbued its inner walls with Outdry (a lining also found in Scarpa's Charmoz boot), rendering the hiker both breathable and waterproof. 

Columbia Wayfinder Mid Outdry upper 1

Secure lockdown

A sturdy synthetic lace and combination eyelets make up its lockdown system.

Columbia Wayfinder Mid Outdry laces

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 402g / Women 333g
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Columbia

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