Columbia Talus Ridge Mid OutDry Leather
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $155
- Extremely lightweight
- Very stiff with strong support
- Spacious fit
- No insulation
- Not waterproof
These are my first new hiking boots in a while. I always go for something that is waterproof and really warm, but this time I was convinced to experiment with a lightweight design. So far I am glad that I made choice; though, I have yet to put them through a rigorous 60 mile trek.
The fit is pretty good. Personally, I have very narrow feet and this boot is great for them. My only complaint is the insole. For me it needs to be a little higher and the laces don't want to accommodate as much as I would like them to. Still it is a comfortable boot.
The toes and heel have plenty of room for layering socks in cold weather. Currently I am living in the mountains of Oregon I find these boots with multiple socks to be much more comfortable and just as warm as my Sorel winter boots. The traction is just as good to. Figure that if they can get trip on the ice and snow then should be fine in the wilderness.
These boots aren't waterproof so you are going to get wet feet. Having said that my feet staid dry even when getting the boot immersed in mud. The good thing about no waterproofing is that they dry quickly. Also, if your feet get hot they are a well ventilated boot do to the lack of water resistance.
The best thing about the boots are their weight. When I am wearing them I barely realize that they are on. My sneakers and dress loafers are even heavier than these boots. The leather construction makes them durable to boot! I have heard some people complain that they are too stiff, but its a hiking boot. If you are going to be in rough or hilly terrain the stiffness is great.
Assuming that you are looking for a boot that is adaptable to various conditions, this is perfect. Lightweight and cool but roomy enough for layers in cold weather. Your feet will likely get wet if you have stream crossing, but they dry quickly as hiking boots go. Don't push to extremes, but a perfect all around backpacking boot.
Easily the best boot I have ever bought, especially when you consider the price.
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Get deep into the backcountry with the Columbia Talus Ridge Mid Leather OutDry Boot. This waterproof breathable boot protects your foot with a tough leather upper, a Techlite dual-density midsole, and an Omni-Grip outsole for traction in any conditions.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
Versatility is the name of the game with the Talus Ridge. Designed to strike a perfect balance between a burly boot and lightweight trail shoe, it integrates mid-cut support with the waterproof-breathable superpowers of an Outdry membrane so you can hike, jog, scramble, or climb in all kinds of conditions. Robust enough for light backpacking with the look of a beefed-up trail running shoe, the abrasion-resistant leather upper locks feet down securely and features a mid-cut ankle for serious stability. Tons of adjustability in the lacing system lets you get a perfect, customized fit on top while the Techlite underfoot cushioning creates a comfortable, supportive bed to prevent fatigue for your hard-working feet. The substantial Omni-Grip outsole lets you tackle wet rocks and other slippery terrain with confidence. When you need a shoe thatâs light enough for trail-running but rugged enough for your occasional light backpacking endeavors, the Talus Ridge has your back. FEATURES: Combination of leathers in the upper for great lockdown stability, with waterproof OutDry protection, Full-length Techlite under foot cushioning and support midsole, Omni-Grip outsole for versatility, Weight: size 9, 1/2 pair = 18.8 oz/353 g, Imported,
- Columbia refers to the men's version
Get to the top of the ridge in the lightweight, protective comfort of the Columbia Talus Ridge Mid Leather OutDry Hiking Shoes for men. Whether you're in the mood for a day hike, backpacking jaunt or snowshoe outing, these versatile mid-height hiking shoes have you covered. The soft leather, textile and welded TPU uppers provide low-profile support, while the Outdry membrane makes them waterproof and breathable for mucky weather and sweaty feet. With Techlite underfoot, these Columbia hiking boots will keep your feet comfortable and well supported while the Omni-Grip rubber outsoles provides ample traction over wet rocks and slippery slopes. The lacing systm is fully adjustable to give you a custom, broken-in fit right out of the box. Don't get caught out on the ridge in anything but the best shoes to get you back down, the Columbia Men's Talus Ridge Mid Leather OutDry Boots are lightweight to keep your legs going strong and durable to help them last through many seasons.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version
CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO With the Columbia Men's Talus Ridge Mid Outdry Hiking Boot versatility is the name of the game. It has the waterproof-breathable superpowers of an Outdry membrane so you can hike, jog, scramble, or climb in all kinds of conditions. The Talus Ridge is robust enough for light backpacking, it has the look of a beefed-up trail running shoe, the abrasion-resistant leather upper locks feet down securely and features a mid-cut ankle for serious stability. Tons of adjustability in the lacing system lets you get a perfect, customized fit on top while the Techlite underfoot cushioning creates a comfortable, supportive bed to prevent fatigue for your hard-working feet. The substantial Omni-Grip outsole lets you tackle wet rocks and other slippery terrain with confidence. When you need a shoe that's light enough for trail-running but rugged enough for your occasional light backpacking endeavors, the Talus Ridge has your back.Combination of leathers in the upper for great lockdown stabilityWaterproof OutDry protectionFull-length Techlite under foot cushioning and support midsoleOmni-Grip outsole for versatilityWeight: size 9, 1/2 pair = 18.8 oz/353 gImportedBM3766
- Campmor refers to the men's version