Columbia Men’s Conspiracy III OutDry® Multi-Sport Shoe

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They Say - A new replacement for the ever-popular Conspiracy II, this lightweight multi-sport shoe comes in a great range of striking colours and is crammed with the tech which made the Conspiracy a favourite for many. Columbia’s revolutionary OutDry® waterproof technology remains at the core of this shoe to guarantee total dryness on wet adventures.

Features
  • Lightweight and technical multi-sport shoe from Columbia
  • OutDry® membrane technology - the one piece patented construction forms a waterproof and breathable barrier, leaving no seams or gaps which could allow water to get in.
  • Supportive welded textile overlays with breathable mesh - this robust yet flexible layer keeps your foot protected and comfortable when active.
  • Synthetic toecap
  • TechLiteâ„¢ midsole - this patent-pending midsole provides greater cushion, impact absorption and high-energy return to propel you forward with every step.
  • FluidFrameâ„¢ multi-density underfoot support - combines multi-density TechLiteâ„¢ foam to increase foot stability by progressively increasing underfoot support.
  • Omni-Grip® non-marking traction rubber - its composition provides advanced traction and uses multi-directional lugs to increase grip, stability and control.
  • Weight: 334g
  • Recommended activity – hiking / hill walking

We SayOur 3 man team have been using these shoes for the past 2 months. Here’s what we think of them.

Dave S - I’ll admit that when asked to review this product I didn’t know much about Columbia as a brand, however the design looked great and I was interested to trial a pair of trail shoes slightly different from the usual manufacturers I’ve opted for in the past such as Helly Hansen and Asics.  In my hands the shoes felt reasonably light which surprised me as I’m used to trail shoes being heavy and chunky, however weighing in at around 330g they were only slightly heavier than my usual road shoes.  The style and colour were also brilliant (named on the site as ‘Dark Compass/Laser Lemon’ however I preferred to imagine them as ‘Sonic Blue’) as the bright colours made a nice change from the usual blacks, reds and browns which most trail shoes tend to choose for their designs.

One thing I was slightly concerned about was the lug style on these shoes as they featured a number of small lugs in a hexagon pattern rather than the large lugs you’ll usually find on trail shoes, however during  training sessions through local trails they felt sturdy and I was surprised to find they had great grip on any surface I covered.  The trainers’ first real endurance field test came during the Spitfire Scramble, a 24 hour team relay event during which I covered a 5.9 mile loop as part of a relay team a total of 6 times over a 24 hour period.  Although I wasn’t able to test the waterproof claims of the product during this race, the surfaces during each lap included grass, mud, concrete paths, wooden bridges and rutted farm tracks, and throughout the entire race I felt sure-footed whatever surface the course threw at me – even into the early hours when I was feeling tired and I’m sure I spent much more time dragging my feet rather than running the way an endurance athlete should!

Stu - My first impressions were that they looked awesome, I was a big fan of the colour. The soles looked great for trails and I was excited to take them out walking and running.

Like all ‘Fresh out of the Package’ trainers I took these for a few walks before running so I could get used to them and break them in a little. I walked cross country and instantly felt the grip on the ground; even though we’d ordered them online they fitted my feet perfectly. There was plenty of cushioning on the soles too.

For my first run I kept the distance to 4 miles cross country. As I laced these up I noticed that I wasn’t able to lace them up as I would normally for a run as the trainers lack an extra hole to the top. This did make me worry that they would rub on my heels. But I can report that they didn’t rub at all, and haven’t rubbed at all since. I’ve covered distances of up to 10 miles now incorporating trails and roads and I’m pleased to say they have held up well. My feet have stayed dry throughout and I haven’t experienced any rubbing or blisters at all.

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Dave W – I’ve just used these for walking, and I’ve found them to be very comfortable and fit for purpose. We’ve had some heavy rain the past few days which I’ve been out in on walks across the North Downs and not once have they let any water in. I know that the other lads think these are ideal for trail running and I’d add that they give me all I need in a hiking shoe, which is;

1/ They’re completely waterproof. You can hop across streams without worrying that if you slip of a rock or submerge part of your foot your sock isn’t going to get wet (you don’t want wet socks if you’ve a few hours of hiking ahead of you; apart from being uncomfortable you’re also likely to get blisters).

2/ They’re very comfy and supportive; I can walk all day in these without my soles or arches feeling like they’ve taken a beating.

3/ They’re sturdy. I’ve tested them on chalk hills and wet grassy slopes and in forests which they’ve handled great and they give the impression that they’ll cope just as well with exposed rock.

4/ Columbia have a sound ethical policy. Why’s this important? Well, if I love being outdoors then it makes sense that I want to do business with companies that do all they can to protect the environment, and Columbia seem to be doing that.

Columbia is a brand we’ve used for several years now and have come to trust. Whatever we’ve had from them is always high quality, well built and comfortable. These shoes are excellent too; to discover more please visit http://www.blacks.co.uk/footwear/157213-columbia-mens-conspiracy-iii-outdry-multi-sport-shoe-blue.html#read_more

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