Columbia Talus Ridge Mid (2012)

These feel more like a high-ankled running shoe than a walking boot. They are incredibly light, with great cushioning underfoot, but they lack much protection in and around the upper section. For a walker, the design makes them a great option for warmer days on easier ground – the lack of solid toe protection in particular can be a bit off-putting on rocky ground. The mesh construction does make them very breathable and the OutDry membrane keeps out the wet. The relatively low ankle height means water can leak in over the top, however. The sole is surprisingly stiff, with an aggressive tread pattern. Grip is good in most situations and traction isn’t too bad in the mud, either. Once on, there is a good snug fit, with decent padding up the short ankle, although it can be a real pain to get into them. The top lace loops really need to be unthreaded before you put the shoe on, which isn’t ideal.

Sizes: 6½-14½

Upper: Leather, textile and welded TPU

Lining: OutDry

Sole: Omni-Grip

Weight: 986g

Women’s version: Yes

Contact: 0808 234 0229, www.columbia.com

*Published in Country Walking magazine, April 2012