Columbia Pagora

This lightweight multi-activity shoe from Columbia weighs 888g (pair, size 11). It’s available in larger sizes up to size 16 for men and size 11 for women. The suede leather and mesh upper comes with an odour-resistant footbed and deep-lugged outsole that provides good grip in the mud and on grass. There’s good cushioning for hard ground. However, the shoe isn’t waterproof and it’s not as stiff as higher-priced options which limits usefulness on rocky ground or for biking. The toe box is quite soft too.

Verdict: Low-priced with very breathable upper and good grip: ideal for travel and walking on good paths.

 

First published in Trail magazine, April 2008