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It’s been almost two years now since one of the best-known manufacturer of hiking shoes and boots – Columbia, brought us a pair that instantly became one of the industry classics – The Woodburn Mid.

What Columbia Is Saying:

Columbia advertises the boot as durable, yet lightweight enough for long hikes. It features a synthetic top at the toes for increased durability and a gusseted tongue. The cushioning of the inside of the boot is rich and should provide stable comfort in extreme conditions; at least that’s what Columbia says.

A full-length Techlite midsole is designed to help absorb some of the shocks of wild terrains and rocky climbs by providing extra cushioning.

Today, the Woodburn is one the best-rated Columbia hiking boots in user reviews. I’ll be testing the boot to see if I agree with what other users shared in their reviews. This page is where I’ll share my findings, what I liked and what I didn’t like about it.

John’s Review: First Impressions

Shoe is comfortable and ready to wear with no break in time required. Sizing is accurate. The foot bed is wide and the feel is slipper-like, the laces need much tightening to give adequate support. The outer sole has good deep traction but it appears to be too soft for the rugged rocky terrain of Arizona for long term use.

The hiking boots are a courtesy of James Menta and; a website that reviews the best hiking shoes, boots and sandals available today.