Columbia Redmond III Waterproof Hiking Shoe

Light, versatile, and inexpensive, the Columbia Redmond III is a fantastic hiking shoe suited to everyday use or general hiking.

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Our Conclusion
As one of the lowest-priced shoes in our review inventory, the Columbia Redmond III waterproof hiking shoes are pretty surprising. It's a lightweight hiking shoe; impressive since its inner is made of a waterproof lining that keeps water out and allows your feet to stay dry due to its breathability.

Yes, other hiking shoes provide more support, traction, and comfort, but they will come at a much higher price. If you're after a budget shoe for everyday use, gardening, walking the dog or short walks on neat trails, then this is the shoe for you.

With an upper combined of webbing, mesh, suede leather and Omni-Tech waterproof breathable membrane, the Redmond III provides plenty of comfort and performance for everyday use.
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Pros & Cons
Pros
Affordable
Breathable
Waterproof
Lightweight
Comfortable
Wide fitting with wider fitting options
Cons
Durability concerns
Poor stability for technical hikes
Traction not suited for all-terrain
Key Features
Key Features
Design

The Columbia Redmond III waterproof hiking shoe provides excellent traction for many activities at a budget price. Perfect for day hiking, the Redmond III keeps you firmly on your feet with its Omni-Grip™ non-marking traction rubber, even on smooth or uneven terrain.

These Columbia hiking shoes do well on long hikes and various terrains due to a cushioned and responsive midsole set on this rubber outsole with a non-stop grip. What's more, extra support and a great fit come from the natural lockdown via a traditional lace closure along the instep.

Heading out into the rain is also relatively easy with the waterproof yet breathable Omni-Tech seam-sealed inner lining.

Unfortunately, the one missing thing is a shank between the Omni-Grip non-marking traction rubber outsole and Techlite lightweight midsole. Lacking a shank means lacking the stability for technical hikes.

Comfort

For everyday use, the Redmond II allows for all-day comfortable wear. Starting with a molded toe-cap for protection means the toe-stubs won't cause any issue in day hikes.

Also, keeping debris out of your feet so you don't have to stop and fish stones out of your shoes is pretty easy with the gusseted tongue.

Although these aren't incredibly lightweight shoes, the Techlite™ lightweight midsole provides long-life comfort, top-notch cushioning, and even high energy return. Each step is supported through this cushioning.

Creating one hell of a comfortable fit is easy with a good fit. First, try your standard size, but I will recommend only sizing down slightly if they feel a little big; most people don't need to size up.

There are also comprehensive fit options available, but they also come wide fitting as standard, comfortably fitting most people.

Materials

There's no doubt that Columbia keeps their costs down and price low for you by utilizing proprietary products, such as a waterproof lining, midsole, and outsole.

Ensuring that the upper shoe is made of synthetic leather is a clever tactic as it ensures your feet get plenty of protection for comfortable, all-day use. The breathable upper mesh also let air pass through your feet, keeping you dry and cool.

What's more, a non-marking rubber outsole allows for extra protection and traction on multiple terrains.

Durability

For such an affordable shoe, the Columbia Redmond III Waterproof hiking shoe is, on first impressions, pretty darn solid.

I was surprised to find a couple of complaints online about durability for such a reasonably priced shoe. Instead, most people are happy with the longevity of this hiking shoe. I'm not surprised with a tough rubber and leather construction for long-lasting wear.

A protective rubber toe cap also not only keeps your feet safe but will also extend the life of this shoe.
Comparison to Similar Hikers
If you still want to consider your options for a budget-friendly and handy alternative to hiking boots, we have a couple of good options for you.

Although not quite a budget shoe, the Salomon X Ultra 3 is among the top 2021 choices.

Its highly lightweight feel combines remarkable on-trail performance, comfort, and security. A reliable tread design also provides impressive grip in pretty much all seasons, with a cushioned interior and stable chassis for extra support and comfort on all-day hikes.

These shoes are pretty hard to beat with easy, fast-to-use single pull laces that secure a tight fit and a nimble, trail runner style design. Although running a little narrow in the toe box, you can buy the Salomon X Ultra 3 in different sizes.

There's also a waterproof version that makes these the best all-rounder hikers on the market right now, but they are considerably more expensive than the Redmond III.

For something nearer the Columbia Redmond III budget price, try the Merrell Moab 2. Like this Columbia range, you won't be tackling any rugged terrain or going on any long-distance hikes, but you will get excellent comfort and at an affordable price.

In general, the Redmond III is an incredibly lightweight and comfortable shoe as it sports plenty of cushioning and a durable upper for long-lasting wear. Like the Columbia, the Moab 2 is perfect for day hikes on groomed trails. Although this version is not waterproof, there is a $25 extra waterproof version.

Like the Columbia Redmond III, the Moab 2 does lose points in terms of traction on rocky and muddy terrain and is slightly on the heavy side, but similarly is a fantastic quality shoe at a budget price.
Verdict
Although this isn't the shoe for everyone, there's plenty of great things to talk about for those after an everyday, reliable hiking shoe.

With a durable, water-resistant upper and traction suitable to most day hikes, the Columbia Redmond III waterproof packs a punch at an affordable price. Although you won't be winning any style prizes, there is plenty of comforts to be had here.

As long as you do not need a hardcore hiking shoe for long hikes or technical terrain, you won't be disappointed with this hiker.
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Best offer on: Jul. 06. 2022