Columbia Razor Ridge II
These shoes have not been babied - I've had them for…
Use: Hiking, backpacking, approach
Break-in Period: Approx. 5 miles (1 or 2 short hikes)
Weight: A bit heavy (1 lb each, perhaps)
Price Paid: 54.99 CAD
These shoes have not been babied - I've had them for a year and a half, and worn them probably 2 out of every 3 days. They've mostly been used for hiking or walking long distances, often in snow, mud, or rain, as approach shoes, and for occasionally splashing through very large puddles. Although they don't have a Gore-Tex lining, and are not advertised as being waterproof, they are very water resistant. You have stand in a deep puddle for several minutes before your feet get more than a bit damp.
Break-in time was minimal, and my feet blister easily! The heavy tread is lasting well, and the only place of serious wear is in the heel cup, where the fabric has worn through to the plastic reinforcement (hence the loss of a star - more durable fabric in this area is definitely needed.)
I have narrow size 7 feet, and bought these shoes because they fit well (still a tiny bit too wide, but not enough to really make a difference). Plenty of room in the toebox (I have used the "Nipigon Nylon" system - liner sock with heavy wool work sock - with room leftover to wiggle my toes. I am not a fan of Columbia's quality, but have been pleasantly surprised by the durability, comfort, and water-resistance of these "entry-level" shoes!
Here's what other sites are saying:
CLOSEOUTS . Columbia Footwear's Razor Ridge Low II hiking shoes keep your load light and your feet cool with their low profile. Non-marking Omni-Grip(R) rubber outsole for maximum traction on rough terrain. Sturdy suede, synthetic and mesh uppers EVA midsole Padded, gusseted tongue Pull-on loop Protective toe rand Nylon shank Weight: 2 lb. 10 oz. pr. CLOSEOUTS . China. Width: M (medium) W (wide)
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version
A great outdoor shoe, this men's Razor Ridge Low II from Columbia provides stability, support and comfort for all your outdoor activities. The internal EVA midsole provides flexible, lightweight cushioning, while the non-marking Omni-Grip rubber cupsole with lug tread pattern delivers exceptional grip on a variety of terrains.
- FogDog Sports refers to the men's version