Columbia Redmond Mid Waterproof - Women's Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Quick break-in period, wide toe box, good value
Cons: Lacking support, not very durable
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Columbia Redmond Mid is an inexpensive option for a light, mid-height hiking boot that does not compromise comfort in its lightweight design.
Out of all the hiking boots we tested, the Columbia Redmonds were some of the easiest to break in. Due to the Techlight Lightweight mid-sole, these boots had plenty of cushion and felt comfortable from their first day on the trail. In terms of construction, the Redmond's combination of suede leather, mesh, and webbing in the upper makes them breathable and allows the boot to easily mold to any foot shape.
Because they are so lightweight and comfortable, the Redmonds do sacrifice some quality in support. These boots have a soft, flexible toe box that is great on shorter hikes, but can be problematic on longer hikes where a more supportive boot may shine. In terms of ankle support, the shaft height is only 90 mm, which provides minimal vertical stability.
The Columbia Redmond weighs only 1.5 lbs per pair, making them by far the lightest of all the boots we tested. We were amazed by how light they felt on the foot even after hours of hiking. For shorter day hikes or adventures where we carried less weight, the Redmond's were a great fit because of their light feel. Thanks to their Techlight Midsole, these boots provide some cushion without compromising weight.
We wore these shoes while hiking on all types of surfaces and they worked best on loose dirt and gravel, where the Omni-Grip sole shines. On the scree and open granite slabs in the Yosemite high country, the Redmonds did not provide a level of traction that made us feel comfortable moving quickly. Our feet seemed to slip out from under us frequently in these boots.
Because of their mesh construction, these boots were incredibly breathable, but not as water-resistant as other boots we tested that were made up of more waterproof material. The Omni-Tech Membrane does protect against light rain or minor splashes but does not protect as well as a fully waterproof boot. An all-leather boot will do a much better job of keeping our feet dry when fully submerged in moving water.
After one or two days out, the Redmonds began to show wear in the mesh upper. For people with wider feet, we noticed that wear began to show in the toe box almost immediately. The combination of leather and mesh panels on the sides allow for more wear to than a boot with less stitching.
For new hikers that are not willing to pay the big bucks quite yet, these are a great introductory hiking boot. The Redmond Mid are a price point boot. They offer a bit of extra support than hiking shoes while costing in the same range.
The synthetic and mesh uppers and the Omni-Grip sole combine to make the Columbia Redmond Mid a decent hiking boot that is comfortable and breathable. While not the most durable or supportive of the boots we tested, the Redmond is a good option for a lightweight, well-priced introductory hiking boot.
— Jane Jackson