Columbia Conspiracy OutDry Trail Shoe

May 20, 2013
Outside Magazine
Salewa Firetail GTX Merrell Proterra Sport Columbia Conspiracy OutDry best trail shoes of 2013

Salewa Firetail GTX, Merrell Proterra Sport, and Columbia Conspiracy OutDry    Photo: Inga Hendrickson

BEST FOR: Light trail running; fast-packing trips.

THE TEST: Only comfy shoes made our cut, but if we had an award for extraordinary out-of-the-box comfort, the waterproof-breathable Conspiracy OutDry would win it. Much of the cush can be credited to the shoe’s multidensity midsole foam: it’s stiffer near the outsole for support but softer near the footbed for comfort. Watch out on wet terrain, though. During an overnight 14-mile hike on Kauai’s Na Pali Coast trail, one tester reported that the shoe became slick on creek crossings: “Stay the hell off of wet granite.”

THE VERDICT: The best-in-test shoe for riding the line between hiking and trail running. 10 oz.


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