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Columbia Minx Slip-On Review

   

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Overall avg rating 2.7 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: April 1, 2014
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Pros:  Easy to take on and off, Very Lightweight, Inexpensive
Cons:  Not very attractive, Not very warm
Best Uses:  Around town errands, Quick trips out on cold days (short dog walks, etc.)
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Manufacturer:   Columbia
Review by: Amanda Fenn ⋅ Senior Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ December 9, 2013  
Overview
We reviewed both the Columbia Minx Slip-On Omni-Heat and the Columbia Minx Mid, and we quickly came to the conclusion that we liked the lace-up version much better. When we first tried on the Minx Slip-On, we kind of got the feeling that it was a glorified house slipper: it looks like a house slipper, its lightweight, and it doesn't provide much support in the sole or ankle. Although this piece turned out to be much warmer than a house slipper and was surprisingly waterproof, it just didn't compare in performance or style to many of the other women's winter boots in our review.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

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Rocking the Columbia Minx Slip-Ons on a cold, cold day in Boulder. In comparison to the other boots in this review, these boots left our feet pretty chilly. Columbia says these boots will keep your feet warm to -25F, but we beg to differ.
Credit: Skiy Detray

Not the most attractive boot, the Columbia Minx Slip-Ons were the lightest of all the winter boots in our review. They were also the easiest to take on and off. Although these slip-ons weren't very warm, they were quite waterproof and they were some of the least expensive boots in our review. For a more stylish piece that has many of the Minx Slip-On's qualities, including its affordable price tag, check out the Columbia Minx Mid Omni-Heat, which laces up the front and has a faux fur-lined cuff.

Performance Comparison

Warmth
The Columbia Minx Slip-Ons were some of the shorter boots in our review and they were the only model that didn't have some sort of lace system to cinch down the upper and seal in heat. Despite the 200 grams of OMNI-HEAT insulation and Columbia's OMNI-HEAT reflective lining, these boots just didn't stay warm. When we wore our pants tucked into these boots, snow could also fall into the boot through the spacious top opening. Brrrrr. For a lightweight boot that is significantly warmer and still features a side zipper, consider the Ahnu Northridge.

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The Minx Slip-On doesn't have any sort of cinch system at the top to seal in heat. We found that much of the boot's warmth slipped out the top, plus it didn't offer much extra heat on the calves.
Credit: Skiy Detray

Comfort & Coziness
There wasn't really anything comfy or cozy going on in this piece. The sole provides little support and the lining isn't soft or plush. Because it's so lightweight, the boot does move easily with you when you walk, and the thin sole provides as close a feeling to being barefoot as a boot probably can. We thought that the taller Columbia Minx Mid Omni-Heat was much cozier, since its upper shaft cinches down against the calf.

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The Columbia Minx Slip-On Omni-Heat is lined with Columbia's OMNI-HEAT thermal reflective technology as well as 200 grams of its OMNI-HEAT insulation. This makes the boot quite light, but comparatively doesn't provide much warmth.
Credit: Amanda Fenn

Water Resistance
We were pleasantly surprised that the Columbia Minx Slip-On was waterproof up to about 5 inches of water. Oddly, though, the boot started taking on water below the point where the tongue dips to meet the sides. We're not sure where this mystery leak was coming from, but unless you're standing in really deep puddles or trying to wade a creek in this boot, it's not a huge problem.

Style & Fit
When we asked friends and family to weigh in on the style of all the footwear in this review, these slip-ons came in last. Unlike the similar, but more attractive Minx Mid, the slip-on version just doesn't have any interest- or style-adding features. And, as we mentioned before, the quilted design just kind of makes this boot look like a house slipper. This piece runs just a tiny bit small and is on the narrow side.

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The Columbia Minx Slip-On has a quilted design that just continually reminded us of a house slipper. Unlike the Minx Mid (which laces up) the slip-on model doesn't have any interest adding features.
Credit: Amanda Fenn

Traction
Columbia outfitted this shoe with its OMNI-GRIP outsole. We weren't super impressed with the traction that the Minx Slip-On offered, but it was grippier than the Tecnica Moon Boot and the The North Face Janey II. The thin sole allowed us to feel the the ground a little bit better, so overall that improved the traction a bit.

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The small lugs on the bottom of the Columbia Minx Slip-On didn't provide nearly as much traction as the deep treads on the Vasque Pow Pow Ultradry.
Credit: Amanda Fenn

Ease to Take On & Off
This boot did excel in how easy it was to take on and off. The Columbia Minx Slip-On doesn't have any laces, just a simple side zipper. Also thanks to its shorter shaft, it's easy to kick off and pull back on.

Best Application
Since these slip-ons are so easy to take on and off, we liked them for quick errands and outdoor chores like taking out the compost or garbage. They were also better on warmer days when we didn't have to worry about our toes getting cold.

Value
At $110, the Columbia Minx Slip-On was one of the most affordable boots in our review; however, if you're like us, you'd probably rather spend a bit more to get something stylish that you'll actually get a lot more use out of. If you like the idea of the Minx Slip-On, but aren't sold on its fashion sense, be sure to check out the Minx Mid, which is warmer and more stylish, for just $10 more.

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These were some of the least expensive boots in our review, but if you're looking for a winter hiker, consider the Vasque Pow Pow. Just looking for an all-around winter boot at a great price? Check out the Sorel Joan of Arctic - our Best Buy award winner!
Credit: Skiy Detray

Conclusion
The Columbia Minx Slip-On isn't the best for women who live in cold climates or those who care about stylish footwear. This piece scored well in our waterproof and ease of taking on and off metrics, but fell short in style, comfort, and warmth.

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Here, Amanda wears the Columbia Minx Slip-Ons under her jeans on a short walk in Arches National Park. This piece is not suitable for even light hiking.
Credit: Liz Scordato

Other Versions
Columbia Minx Mid, Women's Minx Moccasin Omni-Heat, Youth Minx Mid Omni-Heat

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   Apr 1, 2014 - 02:15pm
Laurie Seidenkranz Behr · Runner · Forest Lake, MN
It's April Fool's Day, and it's snowing here in MN…no fooling. It's been one of "those" winters, and I've lived through 52 of them so far. Unfortunately, I put my white Columbia Minx boots away yesterday, a day too early, obviously. I bought this pair of boots at the end of the 2012/13 winter season, paying just $65 for them. They've been my best friend since November 3rd 2013 (our first snowfall).

Here's what we've endured together (according to the local newspaper):
• 50 total days below zero
• 17 consecutive days of subzero lows
• 23 days with windchill warnings (-25F is the temperature at which windchill warnings are issued)
• 6 weather related school closings in Minneapolis
• 700 homes with frozen water pipes
• 159,463 heating failure service calls
• 225 frostbite cases at HCMC in January and February
• 95.7% of Lake Superior iced over
• 61 total inches of snowfall (as of March 19th 2014)
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Here's a sampling of what I've personally put this pair of boots through:
• Worn every day from November 3rd 2013 through March 31st 2014
• Worn to work
• Worn to church
• Worn while shoveling
• Worn while walking the dog (2 mile trek every few days)
• Worn while ice fishing
• Worn while snowshoeing
• Worn to/from cross-country skiing outings
• Worn while standing in line waiting for buses
• Worn during hockey games
• Worn while hiking to/from the Apostle Island ice caves
• Worn while on a ski trip in the UP of Michigan

Yes, we are in agreement that they are like wearing a pair of slippers, lightweight and easy to slip on. That's probably the main reason I love them so.

After that, your review became negative and I have to disagree with many of your points. These boots are very warm; and other than my snowshoeing excursions and Apostle Islands trip, I didn't even have to wear wool socks. My feet would have been miserable this winter in anything other than the Minx (see above cold/snow stats).

They are extremely comfortable. I really don't understand how you can state that they are anything but. I am a skier, hiker, biker, and runner. I find the sole and arch support equal to many of my ski boots and running shoes. My feet never tired as a result of wearing these boots, and as you can see, I wore them for almost 5 months straight.

Yes, they are water resistant. Never did I have any leakage (neither through the boot, nor over the top), and I have encountered numerous slush piles and puddles in my comings and goings.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Obviously your friends and family do not have the same taste as my friends and family. Everyone who saw me in my boots commented how cute they were and where did I get them? I actually "sold" several people on the idea of buying them for themselves. I do agree that the boots run a little small. I ordered a half size bigger than I normally would. The only other fault I can find in the look of these boots is that the white quilting did eventually get dirty, and I'm not sure how I can clean them.

Traction. These boots have plenty of it. Again, see the stats I listed above. Do you know how many miles of snow covered, ice covered, and wet terrain I encountered this winter? A lot, and I never fell.

I have owned (and still own) several brands of boots over my 52 years, but none compare to these. I love them so much that I wanted another pair to have ready for next winter. I started shopping on-line, looking for another good deal. While surfing, I came across your review. I was hurt. I felt as though I had to defend my beloved boots from your bullying. So I did. And, I also ordered another pair of Minx. The last 9.5 in stock, and this time they are gray. Even though I love them, I hope I don't have to wear them for 5 months again next winter.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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