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I live in the suburbs, sad but true, no towering mountains, no forests, no rushing rivers. We do, however, have access to pockets of beautiful nature, with trails for running, hiking, cycling, and canoeing. So while there are some that can step out their door and onto dirt, we traverse asphalt streets or cement sidewalks for our dose of the great outdoors.
Hence, our gear sometimes has to do double or triple duty. A shoe that can take us from house to street to trail and back is more useful than footwear created for technical terrain. If a shoe is comfortable for walking, hiking, running, and cycling, so much the better. Sometimes low-tech is more useful than activity specific gear.
- Closed Mesh upper with welded seam for strong support
- Techlite collar and tongue for comfort and support
- 3-Part Techlite midsole
- Forefoot lateral and medial Techlite outriggers for maximum side to side support
- Midfoot Techlite platform for consistent cushioning
- Rearfoot Techlite heel cup for support and cushioning
- Internal TPU shank for torsion control
- Omni-Grip® high traction rubber compound for versatile outdoor conditions
- Weight: size 9 ½ pair = 11.28oz/320g
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of Columbia Sportswear, via OutdoorHub. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give it a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.Columbia Sportswear Men’s Master of Faster Low Shoe,
Unlike the Drainmaker, Columbia gave the Master of Faster a more subtle design, almost European to my eyes. Subtle, but not boring. The shoes appear ready for action, and up for anything. Rugged-looking, but lightweight, I was excited to try these out both for hiking and running.
These shoes were comfortable right out of the box, with good breathability, a must in our hot Midwestern summers. Roomy throughout, feet still stay supported and there is little slippage, so less worries about blisters.
I have worn these shoes for well over a month now, and am impressed with how little damage I’ve done to them. Running, cruising on a bike, hiking with the family, even a day at the office – these shoes took it all in stride. They functioned so well that they were the only shoes I took on our 11 day trip to Lithuania, confident that they’d work for the flights, mushroom hunting, traipsing through countryside and the Old Town, and, if lucky, running (that didn’t happen).
Though I’ve put them through all kinds of trials, the shoes still have an as-new appearance, and seem constructed for the long haul. The soles, even though very lightweight, show no wear as of yet. I feel confident that, once they are too worn for hiking or running, they will stay in my closet for dog-walking and yard maintenance uses.
At $110.00, these shoes are neither more or less expensive than comparable shoes from other brands. I think the design, construction, and seeming durability make them a good value. Most consumers would be pleased with this purchase, especially for the comfort and multiple uses afforded.
This is a great multipurpose shoe, suitable for light hiking, trail running on a variety of surfaces, as well as for everyday use. Since my wife reviewed the women’s version and was happy with them, I’m confident that most people would find this shoe useful and comfortable. I’d recommend not just this shoe, but pretty much any Columbia product to anyone who was looking for comfortable, well-made outdoor gear.