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- 100% Suede Leather/Textile
- Rubber sole
- Breathable and waterproof hiker featuring contrast overlays and striped webbing ghillie lacing
- Techlite midsole
- 600 g Omni-Heat insulation
- Non-marking outsole
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Feet stay comfortable and dry in this breathable hiking shoe from Columbia.
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- Product Dimensions: 12 x 4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
- ASIN: B00H8J1U4Q
- Item model number: North Plains WP-M
- Date first listed on Amazon: July 24, 2014
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And they are worn out already ! The rubber has completely wore off the heel already .CHEAP CRAP FROM CHINA
They fail in three areas: slip resistance, comfort, and waterproofing.
With slip resistance, it does okay as along as the surface isn't wet. With any moisture, even pavement turns into a slippery surface. Don't even think about walking on hard floors or especially metal if it's wet. I live in Seattle. Everything is wet. This was a huge diappointment. I've nearly fallen a few times by stepping on a wet, metal grate or plate on the sidewalk. This was particularly nasty when I was helping someone move and was walking up and down the metal ramp of the moving truck with heavy stuff in my arms.
Comfort is, of course, a very subjective issue. At first I thought it was just an issue of breaking in so I kept them hoping they would get better but they never did. I did a two day campout recently and the toes on my right foot were killing me by the end and I didn't even do much in the way of hiking. This was after wearing them for a year.
Waterproofing worked great for about 8 months when I sprung a leak on the right shoe. After a year, they got so bad that walking in wet grass soaked my socks. Again, I live in Seattle. Very unfortunate.
My recommendation would be to avoid these.
I use these to take my dogs walking on dirt trails and in grassy parks. Walking in wet grass is no problem as the shoes keep my
feet perfectly dry. That's a big necessity for me.
The traction on the bottom of the shoe is very good and I replaced the factory insole with an athletic, cushioned insole. Walking
is far more comfortable now than with the factory insole.
I think the back of the heal could be a little better at supporting the foot, but it's not terrible. These are good for walking or running trails and light
hiking. For intermediate to heavy hiking, I prefer a hiking shoe. I learned the hard way that hiking trails rated intermediate to difficult can easily cut a trail running shoe to shreds.
These were my go-to shoe until a new pair hurt my feet after a couple of months of wear (my order history shows my last purchase was 2013.) I decided to give them a try again in a half-size larger earlier this year after reading reviews about a shortened toe and people needing to go up a half-size.
The larger size fits great, do not crowd my toes, are just right in the width, provide plenty of traction on wet and dry surfaces, and are still comfortable after several months of wear. I bought another pair to have as a backup in case this shoe is discontinued.
They do let in water if I have to cross deep puddles or rainy season flooded streets but I knew they were not waterproof.
I do, however, have one warning about these shoes. There is a mesh material that overlies a neoprene-like inner covering as seen in the picture. For general use they do very well, but I used the old pair in the fall to do some upland bird hunting and they collected burrs and stickers like a magnet. I spent more than an hour (with a pair of tweezers) plucking the burrs out of the mesh / neoprene lining. These are great for daily wear if it lacks a need for bushwhacking, but might not be the best choice if you're going to be field stomping.