The Newton Ridge is Columbia's contribution to the leather-synthetic hybrid market. This boot is very inexpensive, which is apparent in a few metrics, but overall it is well built and appropriately suited to the casual user. If one were looking for a high-performance, backpacking/winter climbing/alpine hybrid ultraboot, this is not it. But the Newton Ridge's no-frills approach has some distinct advantages.
The Columbia Newton Ridge Plus II is the newest version that Columbia is offering.