Columbia Facet 75 Outdry Review

Our Award: Best Budget

The Columbia Facet 75 OutDry are great-value walking shoes from a well-respected industry player. They boast an attractive combination of features and would be a great choice for many hikers.

Columbia Men's Facet 75 Outdry, Black/Fiery Red, 7

Great news: This shoe is also available in a women’s fit.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Great value
  • Breathable and water resistant

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Not the lightest
  • They might look a little plain for some

See the Columbia Facet 75 Outdry in more detail: 

Editor’s note: This article is part of our guide to the best hiking shoes, be sure to check out the rest of this guide for our top buying tips:

The Columbia Facet 75 OutDry is a product that we think will appeal to a lot of hikers. It offers a great mix of breathability and water-resistance at a reasonable price point – all from a well-established brand that many hikers will know and trust. They may not be the absolute lightest or most visually striking shoes in our round up, but their balanced combination of features none the less hits a lot of the right notes and we think these shoes would make an excellent choice for general hiking and trail walking in varied weather conditions for at least some, and maybe even all of the year depending on where you like to hike.

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Columbia Facet 75 Outdry
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Lowa Renegade GTX LO
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The North Face Men's Vectiv Fastpack Futurelight Track Shoe
Vasque Men's Juxt Hiking Shoe
Salomon X Ultra 4 Gore-TEX Hiking Shoes for Men, Magnet/Black/Monument, 10
Columbia Men's Facet 75 Outdry, Black/Fiery Red, 7
adidas Terrex Free Hiker Gore-TEX 2.0 Hiking Shoes Men's, Purple, Size 7
KEEN Men's Targhee 3 Low Height Waterproof Hiking Shoes, Black Olive/Golden Brown, 10.5
HOKA ONE ONE Arahi 6 Mens Shoes Size 10, Color: Black/White
La Sportiva Mens Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX Wide Hiking Boots, Black/Clay, 10.5 Wide
Nike Pegasus Trail 3 Mens Running Trainers DA8697 Sneakers Shoes (UK 6 US 6.5 EU 39, Black Green Strike asken Slate 004)
Danner 634359.5D Panorama Mid 6' Black Olive 9.5D
BLACK DIAMOND Equipment Men's Mission Leather Low Wp Approach Shoes - Amber-Cafe Brown - 8
Lowa Mens Renegade GTX Lo Nubuck Leather Black Graphite Shoes 10.5 US
Regatta Men's Walking Hiking Shoe, Black Granite, 8
Merrell Moab 3 Waterproof Granite 10.5 W
La Sportiva TX Hike GTX - Men's Charcoal/Moss 41
THE NORTH FACE Men's VECTIV Fastpack FUTURELIGHT Hiking Shoe, Meld Grey/Summit Navy, 7
Vasque Men's Juxt Multisport Shoe,Aluminum/Chili Pepper,7 M US
Buying Options
Our Ratings
Best Overall Men's
Best Budget
Most Versatile
Most Comfortable
Best for Summer
Best for Technical Trails
Best Appearance
Pros
Robust whilst feeling light and aerodynamic, excellent traction
Great value. Breathable and water resistant
Striking Design. Makes use of recycled material
Comfortable. Very durable
Light weight. Extremely comfortable and quick to bed in
Relatively lightweight. Good support
Very lightweight. Very comfortable
Rugged build. Clean, minimal sytling
Very low weight. They look great!
short break in, comofrtable, tread grip is substantial
Bargain price. Well made
Reputaton for comfort. Resaonably priced
Relatively light weight. They Look Good
Very comfortable. Low weight
Durable build. Extremely comfortable
Cons
Fast lacing system won't be for everyone
Not the lightest. They might look a little plain for some
Pricey. Sole material can look tatty with time
Dated design. Pricey
Not as water resistant as some competitors. Divisive Styling
Styling may not be to eveyone's taste. Pricey
Not as durable as some competitors. Not suitable for very cold or wet conditions
Took a little while to break in. We wish there was a little more ankle support
Pricey. Soft rubber sole may wear quickly
Limited range of colors. Long term durability concerns
Limited Color choices. Not the Lightest
No the lightest design and color choices may seem dated to some
Slightly vague sustainability credentials. Sizing guidance is confusing
Limited choice of colors. Potential long-term durability issues
No waterproofing. Limited color choice
Traction
Very good
Good
Continental outsole with medium/deep thread pattern
Full rubber outsole with deep thread pattern
Very Good
Full rubber outsole with medium/deep thread pattern
Very Good
Full rubber sole with medium/deep thread pattern
Rubber outsole with deep thread pattern. Uses 'Black Label' Sticky rubber for better grip.
Vibram outsole with medium/deep thread pattern.
Full rubber outsole with medium/deep thread pattern
Vibram outsole with medium/deep thread pattern.
Very Good
Very Good
Very Good
Breathability
Very good
Good
Fine mesh upper with Gore-Tex membrane
Mesh sections on upper backed with waterproof membrane
Very Good
Breathable mesh upper with Gore-Tex
Very good
Minimal use of mesh, and unvented leather in main body of shoe but there is a Gore-tex membrane the boot is not insulated.
Breathable 'BD.dry' waterproof lining with some mesh sections. However unperforated leather will limit breathability.
Mesh lining backed with Gore Tex membrande
Breathable mesh upper with 'Isotex' waterproof membrane.
Breathable mesh upper with waterproof membrane
Good
Good
Very Good
Ankle Support
Minimal but feels supported
Minimal
Medium - Mid height boot. Support can be adjusted via lacing
Minimal - Low top shoe with minimal ankle support
Minimal
Good - Mid height design with adjustable tensioning via laces
Minimal
Medium - Mid height boot. Support can be adjusted via lacing
Minimal - Low top shoe with minimal ankle support
Minimal - Low top shoe with minimal ankle support
Good - Mid-height design with ankle collar adjustment via laces.
Minimal - Low top shoe with minimal ankle support
Minimal
Minimal
Minimal
Arch support
Regular
Regular
Gently moulded arch support in insoles
Subtle arch support
Very good
Subtle arch support
Regular
Subtly shaped inner section offers gentle arch support
Subtle arch support
Subtle arch support
Moulded nylon arch shank
Regular
Regular, but rocker-style sole may help comfort for some wearers
Regular
Fit
Fits true to size - regular
Regular - can run slightly large
Available in sizes from US 6/UK 5.5/ EU 38.6 up to US 15/UK 14.5/EU 50.6. Suitable for normal to wide feet. Runs small, so recommended to buy a slightly larger than normal size.
Meant to be very comfortable for a slighhtly wider foot - with lots of toe room. Available in sizes from US 7/uk 6/EU 39.5 up to US 16/UK 16/EU 49
Regular
Availalble in standard and wide versions. Available in sizes from US 5.5/UK 5 /EU 38 up to US 14/UK 13.5/ EU 49.5
Regular
Available in standard and wide fit. Standard is good for narrow/normal width feet. Available in sizes from US 7/ UK 6.5/EU 40 up to US 15/UK 14.5/ EU 50.6
Typically suitable for normal width feet. Some reports indicate it's wise to size up a little. Availalble in sizes from US 6/UK 5/EU 38 to US 14/ UK 13/ EU 48.5
Santadard - nothing to note, can be good for wide feet and standard feet may be a bit wide for narrow feet. Available in sizes from US7.5/UK 6.5/EU40 to US 16/UK 15/ EU 51
Suitable for normal to wide feet. Available in sizes from US6.5/UK 6/EU 39.3 to US 12.5/UK 12/EU 48
Suitable for normal width feet - have a reputation for out-of-the-box comfort. Also available in a wide version. Available in sizes from US 7/UK 6.5/ EU 40 up to US 16/ UK 15/EU 51
Regular - can run a little small
Regular to narrow fit
Regular and Wide versions available
Materials
Synthetic
Fully synthetic
Fully synthetic with Gore-Tex membrane. Minimum of 50% recycled material used in upper. High density foam sole can degrade with time.
Nubuck Leather and synthetic upper with Waterproof Membrane
Synthetic and nubuck leather
Fully synthetic with Gore-Tex membrane
Fully synthetic
Suede and synthetic with Gore-Tex membrane
Nubuck leather and synthetic
Nubuck Leather and synthetic upper with Gore-Tex Membrane
Fully synthetic with waterproof Isotex membrane
Pig suede and synthetic. Mesh lining, laces and webbing are made from 100% recycled materials.
Fully synthetic
Fully Synthetic
Suede leather and synthetic
Appearance
Modern, grippy hiking shoe
Modern hiking shoe
Ultra-contemporary style with a wide range of colour ways - many are quite vivid
Slightly dated styling compared some newer designs
Modern hiking shoe with oversized sole
Contemporary styling. Available in a number of colour ways ranging from neutral to very striking.
Modern running shoe
The sytling is reminiscent of a hi-top basketball boot, but with with a clear modern interpretation.
Contemporary styling referencing classic sports shoe. Available in two colour ways
Design inspired by traditional hiking shoes. Limited color choices
Unintrusive styling. Available in a range of colours - some with vivid colour accents.
Unintrusive styling. Available in a range of colour options - mostly muted, 'earthy' colours.
Modern hiking shoe
Modern hiking shoe with oversized sole
Modern hiking shoe in earthy colors
Durability
Very good
Good
Medium to high
High
Good
Medium to high
Good
High
High
Medium to high
Medium to high
Medium to high
Very good
Good
Excellent
Weight (pair)
800g/1lb 11.2oz (pair)
833g/1lb 14oz (pair)
910g/2lb
861g/1lb.14.8oz
706g/1lb 9oz (pair)
940g/2lb 1oz
642.8g/1lb 7oz (pair)
1048g/2lb 5oz
666g/1lb 7oz
950g/2lb 1.5oz
1080g/2lb 6oz
900g/2lb
790g/1lb 12oz (pair)
646g/1lb 7oz
822g/1lb 13oz (pair)
Insoles
Padded removable insole
Padded removable insole
Removable insoles
Removable, dual-density EVA footbeds cushion your stride
Padded removable insole
Removable insoles
Padded removable insole
Removable three-layer cushioned insoles
Removable insoles
Removable insoles
Removable foam insoles
Removable insoles
Padded removable insole
Padded removable insole
Padded removable insole
Break-in Period
Minimal
Minimal
Minimal
Straight away
Minimal
Minimal
Minimal
Medium
Minimal
Meant to be able to wear straight out the box
Minimal to medium
Minimal
Minimal
Minimal
Minimal
Lacing system
Quick lacing system
Regular laces
Standard laces
Standard laces
Regular laces
Multizone lacing system allows control over fit
Regular laces
Standard laces
Standard laces
Standard laces
Multizone lacing system allows for precise fit control
Standard Laces
Regular laces
Regular laces
Regular laces
Toe Protection
Reinforced rubber rand on toe
Reinforced rubber cap on toe
Hardened rubber toe cap and thin but full boot rand.
Hardened rubber toe cap
Reinforced rubber cap on toe
Hardened rubber toe cap
Reinforced rubber cap on toe
Hardened rubber toe cap and full boot rand.
Hardened rubber toe cap
Hardened rubber toe cap
Hardened rubber toe cap and rand on front section
Hardened rubber toe cap and rand on front section
Reinforced rubber rand at front
Reinforced rubber cap on toe
Reinforced rubber rand and toe cap

Analysis and Test Results

Columbia are a very well-respected brand in the outdoor industry and many hikers will know and trust their products. These shoes offer a well-balanced package of features at a very attractive price point and, as such, we imagine that a lot of hikers and walkers would be happy to add a pair to their equipment collection.  These shoes won’t be suitable for hiking in really cold or wet conditions, but for many they will make a fine pair of two or three season walking shoes that will provide dependable service for a long time to come.

Performance Comparison

Columbia Facet 75 OutDry

Traction

The Facet 75 OutDry shoes feature Columbia’s own rubber sole with a medium-deep thread pattern. Whilst the thread isn’t as deep as on some of the other shoes we’ve assessed, it’s still more than adequate to give good grip an all but the most slippery of surfaces.

Columbia Facet 75 OutDry Traction

Breathability

The Columbia Facet 75 OutDry features large panels of ventilated material in their upper section. These shoes are not as well ventilated as some others in this round up – such as the Hoka Anacapa Breeze Low – but they do strike a good balance between breathability and water resistance which will be a very desirable trait for many buyers. 

Ankle Support

The Columbia Facet 75 OutDry is a hiking shoe rather than a boot and, as such it doesn’t offer any direct ankle support. Whilst boots are still the preferred option for technical mountaineering, for general hiking, the choice between hiking boots and shoes really comes down to personal preference and many hikers will be happy to forego the additional ankle support offered by boots for the increased movement and lower weight allowed by shoes.  For those who prefer extra ankle support, the Facet 75 OutDry is also offered as a mid-high boot.

Arch Support

These shoes come with an insole that offers gentle arch support. Most buyers will be perfectly happy with this, and it’s in line with what most manufacturers offer. However, if you find that you benefit from increased arch support, swapping out the provided insole with a third-party replacement is a great way to fine-tune the fit and comfort of your shoes – for some hikers this can make a world of difference. 

Fit

Columbia offers the Facet 75 OutDry in a wider range of sizes, with the men’s version going from US 7/UK 6/EU 40 all the way up to US15/UK 14/EU 48. If a smaller size is needed, the Women’s version of the shoes goes down to a size US 5/UK 3/EU 36. Columbia recommend that their sizing can run on the large size, so if you are between sizes, they advise ordering the smaller size. The shoes are suitable for those with regular to slightly wider width feet.

Materials

These shoes – in common with many other modern lightweight hiking shoes and boots – make 100% use of synthetic materials in their construction. Whilst leather was long the favored material in hiking and walking shoes, synthetics are now well-proven and have distinct advantages in terms of weight, breathability and even durability too.

Columbia Facet 75 OutDry Materials

Appearance

The Columbia Facet 75 OutDry has a minimal, clean, modern look. The shoes are offered in a rage of different color ways and whilst there are some outwardly bold color combinations offered, they’re all slightly muted so as not to be too garish. The design also makes nice use of contrasting textures in the different materials used.

Durability

As mentioned above, the Columbia Facet 75 Outdry is a fully synthetic shoe, and the materials used have a good reputation for durability. There’s no reason to doubt that they won’t deliver many years of wear in typical use.

Sustainability

Outwardly, it’s difficult the pinpoint the sustainability credentials of these shoes. Columbia do not make as big a deal about the recycled content of the materials they use when compared to other manufacturers. However, look a little deeper and you’ll discover that Columbia has committed to greatly reducing the amount of water they use in manufacturing, integrating fabrics made from recycled plastic into their products and they also state that their OutDry water resistant membrane is their first such product that does not integrate ‘forever chemical’ PFCs.

Water Resistance

Columbia describes these shoes as ‘waterproof’ and the ‘OutDry’ part of this product’s name relates to Columbia’s own in-house waterproof, breathable membrane – effectively, it’s their house-brand alternative to Gore-Tex! Whilst the shoes can’t be said to be fully waterproof – they’d certainly let if water if crossing a shallow stream and submerged for more than a few moments – the OutDry membrane does a good job of keep your feet dry even in heavy rain. This can also be improved by adding a gaiter to increase waterproofing further up the leg. Do remember that in heavy rain, water can soak through your socks even if your shoes are doing a great job of keeping the rain out.

Columbia Facet 75 OutDry Water Resistance

Weight

Weighing in at 833g/1lb 14oz for a pair, the Columbia facet 75 OutDry are not the lightest shoes we’ve assessed in this roundup; however they are also far from heavy and we do not think their weight will be an issue to all but the most ultra-lightweight focused hikers and trail runners.

Insoles

The Columbia Facet 75 OutDry come with a fairly generic, removable padded insole. We think that most buyers will be perfectly happy with this. However, if you need extra arch support or improved cushioning, swapping out the insole is a great and inexpensive way to fine-tune the fit of your shoes. Replacement insoles are available from drug stores, outdoors shops and even larger grocery stores. 

Break-in Period

No shoes can be said to be without a breaking in period – and that’s certainly still the case. However, the days of rigid old walking boots taking days or weeks to bed in are long-gone, and these Columbia Facet 75 shoes will be ready for a long trek after a short period of bedding in: one or two shorter local walks, or wearing them around the house for the day should do the job for most people.  Remember too that your choice of socks can have a large impact on shoe comfort, so wearing these with thicker or more heavily padded socks in the first instance isn’t a bad idea to help with bedding them in.

Lacing System

The Columbia Facet 75 Out Dry uses regular laces. That might not seem very exciting, but laces allow an enormous amount of flexibility in terms of adjustment and therefore fine-tuning of fit. Tightening or loosening up the laces at different eyelets is a great way to ease rubbing and pressure points respectively.  Also, the pattern you use to lace your shoes can make a big difference too – we have a guide to this that’s well-worth checking out. 

Columbia Facet 75 OutDry Lacing

Toe Protection

The sole of these shoes extends up on the front to form a reinforced rubber toe cap. It’s not fully rigid and does not offer the same level of toe protection you’d find on, say, heavy-weight mountaineering boots, but it is par for the course when compared to Columbia’s rivals and will certainly save a few stubbed toes and broken nails should you accidentally kick into a rock or trip on the trail.

Columbia Facet 75 OutDry Toe Protection

Conclusion

Columbia are a long-established and well-respected brand in the outdoor industry. They’re known for making dependable, no-nonsense products and these walking shoes fit that bill nicely. They offer a well-balanced package of breathability, water-resistance and comfort in a reasonably priced product – that will surely make them a very attractive proposition to a lot of potential buyers.

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