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Columbia Redmond Mid Waterproof - Women's Review

This is an introductory hiking boot; its soft, flexible forefoot and lightweight design make it an OK boot for day hikes.
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Price:  $100 List | $74.97 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Quick break-in period, wide toe box, good value
Cons:  Lacking support, not very durable
Manufacturer:   Columbia
By Jane Jackson ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 31, 2019
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  • Comfort - 25% 7
  • Support - 20% 5
  • Weight - 15% 9
  • Traction - 15% 6
  • Water Resistance - 15% 5
  • Durability - 10% 3

Our Verdict

This company has been around for 70 years and still makes products that we found to be the best bang for your buck. The Columbia Redmond Mid hiking boots are lightweight, comfortable, and affordable. These are some of the lightest hiking boots that we tested, weighing only 1 lb 8 oz per pair. These boots are a great option if you are looking for a comfortable and easy to break in boot for day hiking. Also, since they are not incredibly waterproof, these boots are a better fit for hikes in dry environments where lots of rain is not anticipated.

Color Change
Columbia dropped the colorway we tested, replacing it with the grey model displayed above. Other than the color swap, this model remains the same.


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Pros Quick break-in period, wide toe box, good valueGood traction, very comfortable, ankle padding, waterproofVery water resistant, durable, incredibly lightweight, sleek designLightweight, comfortable, break in easily, supportiveComfortable, stable, incredibly well-padded, low weight
Cons Lacking support, not very durableRuns big, excess padding in tongueProblematic fitMinimalist design could result in durability issues, fairly costlyLack breathability, large sole, short collar
Bottom Line This is an introductory hiking boot; its soft, flexible forefoot and lightweight design make it an OK boot for day hikes.It's difficult to find any short-comings in this fantastic product, which even comes at a fair price.This boot is designed for mountainous, technical terrain where lightweight and durable footwear is key.A lightweight, high-performance boot that excels on everything from long, technical trails to short jaunts.These boots are some of the most comfortable and supportive models we have tested, making them our Top Pick for Comfort.
Rating Categories Redmond Mid Waterproof X Ultra Mid 3 GTX Alpenrose Ultra Mid GTX Breeze LT GTX Sky Toa
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Specs Redmond Mid... X Ultra Mid 3 GTX Alpenrose Ultra... Breeze LT GTX Sky Toa
Boot Type Lightweight hiker Midweight hiker Lightweight/Midweight hiker Lightweight hiker Lightweight hiker
Weight Per Pair (Size 7.5, in lbs) 1.50 lbs 1.83 lbs 1.47 lbs 1.38 lbs 1.64 lbs
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Upper Suede leather, mesh, and webbing Suede leather, nylon Breathable mesh/ coated fabric Microfiber mesh Synthetic
Heel height (mm) 22 mm 32 mm 32 mm 29 mm 45 mm
Shaft height (mm) 90 mm - measured from the middle of the midsole without insole to the tip of the back collar tab 121 mm 127 mm 114 mm 102 mm
Midsole Techlite cushioning Dual-density EVA EVA Dual-density EVA Rangi
Sole Omni-Grip rubber Contagrip rubber Michelin rubber Vibram MegaGrip Vibram MegaGrip

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.

Performance Comparison


Comfort


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.

Support


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 morning after a rain storm  we wore the Columbia Redmond Mid boulder hopping. The tread pattern is limited and traction was difficult to find on slick granite.
The morning after a rain storm, we wore the Columbia Redmond Mid boulder hopping. The tread pattern is limited and traction was difficult to find on slick granite.

Weight


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.

Traction


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.

The boots are flexible and comfortable  but did not hold up in terms of water resistance.
The boots are flexible and comfortable, but did not hold up in terms of water resistance.

Water Resistance


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.

Durability


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.

Value


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.

We wore this contender while hopping around boulders and were disappointed to learn that while they moved with us and were comfortable  they were not very water-resistant.
We wore this contender while hopping around boulders and were disappointed to learn that while they moved with us and were comfortable, they were not very water-resistant.

Conclusion


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