I’ve been a fan of Columbia boots for some time now and I was eager to try the Newton Ridge. Made from a combination of leather and synthetics, Columbia promised an ultra lightweight boot that costs less than a hundred dollars. To get to this price, sacrifices would obviously be necessary. How do they fare on the hill?
Putting these boots on for the first time, you’ll notice three things. First off, they’re a little narrow. If you’re not sure what size, it’s therefore important to go up not down.
The second thing that you’ll notice is how comfortable they are. There’s literally zero break in period. They can be worn right out of the box. And they’re just as comfortable as many boots twice their price.
The last thing that you’ll notice is their weight, or lack thereof. They weigh approximately 2.3 pounds and on a long hike, this is a major plus.
The Newton Ridge come with an omni-grip rubber compound outsole. I wasn’t expecting much from this but I was actually pleasantly surprised by the amount of grip. It’s not quite like a vibram sole but it’s not far off either.
The mid sole on the other hand I was disappointed with. It’s ridiculously thin. And while this obviously helps to keep both the weight and price down, it’s make these boots completely unsuitable for rocky terrain.
Another problem with these boots is that they don’t offer much stability. Again, the problem is a lack of material, the uppers are too thin. This won’t be a problem over relatively even terrain. But they’re completely unsuitable for any kind of elevation.
Despite the aforementioned thin material, the Newton Ridge performed well in wet conditions. I returned home without a drop of water in my boots. It is worth noting however that while they do keep out water, they offer almost no insulation.
Considering the low price, I wasn’t expecting a very durable boot but I’ve been pleasantly surprised. Provided they are worn as intended i.e. for light hiking only, they seem to hold up well. This is a sentiment that I’ve seen echoed in multiple customer reviews. At the time of writing, they’ve been reviewed over 300 times on Amazon for an average rating of 4.4 out of 5.
The Newton Ridge come in a choice of two non descript shades of black and brown or green camouflage. I personally purchased the brown version and was very happy with my choice. They go well with just about everything.
In conclusion, the Columbia Newton Ridge is a sub 100 dollar boot but that doesn’t stop it being one of the most comfortable on the market.
If you’re serious about hiking over rough terrain, the lack of stability make it a poor choice. If all you want is something lightweight and comfortable however, it’s a definite contender. Just remember to go one size up if your feet are even remotely wide.