First Look: Columbia Facet Hiking Shoes

Here is your first look at the Columbia Facet hiking shoes. See product details, pricing, and more from this iconic brand.

Columbia has introduced new hiking shoes that are ultra -modern and sporty. Sounds like my kind of shoe, but continue reading to see if you’re just as excited about these Columbia Facet Hiking shoes.

Columbia Facet Hiking Shoes

Too modern? It may be one of the best shoes to come out this year.

Facet is the name of the newest Columbia Hiking shoes and I’ve gotta say that when I first opened the email I was immediately thrown off track.

The hard angles and bright colors weren’t something I was expecting to see from Columbia. While brands like La Sportiva are known for bright and bold, Columbia comes off as a little more timid.

Well-known for its fishing gear, Columbia does make a handful of trail runners. They all are super squishy and typically have good tread on the bottom. And mindfulness about the water is a recurring theme.

The Facets are available in three different trims: Facet 15, 30, and 45. Each model offers different ankle heights with the 45 model featuring an ankle sock for extra support. They are also all available in a men’s and women’s option.

Each model also offers a foot-cradling cushion, stabilizing heel and a grippy outsole.

Trail running hiking shoes are definitely the preferred hiking shoes for this website, but when it comes to waterproof they’re not always necessary. Each of the Facet models has a waterproof exterior which is great for keeping water out, but can also keep the water trapped inside. So it’s good to know that the Facet hiking shoes feature that OutDry technology from Columbia to allow the shoes to breathe and dry inside as well.

I’m intrigued to try out the various quick-lacing systems. You have the speed-lacing on the 30 and the very interesting Kinetic lacing on the 45. The Kinetic system doesn’t seem to support any laces at all, just two straps that are meant to mold to your feet more effectively.

The cushion and grip seem on-par with other trail runners at this price point, but the FluidFrame technology seems closer to the Solomon ContiGrip. That midflex really keeps your feet from getting tired after a long day on the trail.

Columbia:

Facet Hiking Shoes

Durability

Ballistic textiles, welded overlays add durability to shoes that are known for soft sides.

Outer Layer

Omni-Shield helps with water and stain repellancy, The 30,45 models feature OutDry tech to create more breathability.

Get A Grip

HGS heel stabalizer for keeping your feet comfy, while the aggressive lug design will help you dig in to softer surfaces.

Midsole

Techlite provides superior cushioning, and helps prevent foot fatigue. The FluidFram helps offer midfoot support.

Facet 15. Photo Courtesy Columbia.com

Facet 15 $110

Available in 4 colors, and runs true to size

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Features:

  • Ballistic textile upper with welded overlays
  • Omni-Shield™ advanced repellency
  • HGS™ heel stabilizing system for optimal performance on the trail
  • Techlite™ lightweight midsole for long lasting comfort, superior cushioning, and high energy return
  • FluidFrame technology is co-molded with Techlite™ foam to deliver mid foot support
  • Aggressive outsole lug design for optimal traction, debris release, and grip
  • Omni-Grip™ non-marking traction rubber

Facet 30 $130

Features OutDry tech and a Quick-lacing system

Photo courtesy Columbia.com

Features:

  • Ballistic textile upper with welded overlays
  • OutDry™ breathable waterproof construction
  • HGS™ heel stabilizing system for optimal performance on the trail
  • Speed Lacing System provides a secure fit with a single pull
  • Techlite™ lightweight midsole for long lasting comfort, superior cushioning, and high energy return
  • FluidFrame technology is co-molded with Techlite™ foam to deliver mid foot support
  • Aggressive outsole lug design for optimal traction, debris release, and grip
  • Omni-Grip™ non-marking traction rubber

Facet 45 $150

Ankle collar and Kinetic lacing system for ultimate comfort and driness

Image courtesy Columbia.com

Features:

  • Ballistic textile upper with welded overlays and knit collar for sock like fit
  • OutDry™ breathable waterproof construction
  • HGS™ heel stabilizing system for optimal performance on the trail
  • Kinetic Lacing System ™ integrated lacing system intended to adapt with your foot while providing a secure fit
  • Techlite™ lightweight midsole for long lasting comfort, superior cushioning, and high energy return
  • FluidFrame technology is co-molded with Techlite™ foam to deliver mid foot support
  • Aggressive outsole lug design for optimal traction, debris release, and grip
  • Omni-Grip™ non-marking traction rubber

What do you think about the Columbia Facet hiking shoes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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