OWNER REVIEW - Columbia Trail Meister
- Owner Review Columbia Trail Meister
Date: Sunday, 30 September 2007
Name: Mark McLauchlin
Height: 1.76 m (5 _ 9 _ )
Weight: 87 kg (191 lb)
Email: mark at swanvalleyit.com.au
City: Perth, Western Australia
* Backpacking Background
I have been hiking for approximately 12 months with most of my hiking
consisting of day walks (average of 16kms) and short overnight trips
Most of my hiking is on trail with the occasional trek through the
thick bush. Some walks involve quite steep rises in the terrain which
can prove to be quite a workout.
So far I have camped out in temperatures as low as 5 C (41 F) and
walked in temperatures up to 38 C (100 F).
* Test Conditions
My usual hiking area is in the Perth Hills, mainly Kalamunda area,
along the <a href="http://www.bibbulmuntrack.org">Bibbulmun track
(Perth to Albany nearly 1000 Kms OR 620 Miles long).
* Product Information
Manufacturer's URL: www.columbia.com
Year of manufacturer: 2006
Year of Purchase: 2007
Model: Trail Meister
MSRP: AU $129.95
The Trail Meister are the first pair of hiking shoes I have purchased
and so far I am very satisfied with them. Initially the low cost was
a concern when so many others on the shelf were almost double the
"You get what you pay for" went through my mind.
The Omni-Grip sole technology provides some great traction. One of
the first large group walks I participated in was on old track
comprised of gravel which proved to be very unsteady for many people,
I can honestly say I had no trouble staying on my feet.
There is no noticeable cosmetic wear on the shoes at this stage, they
are holding up very well and internal sole padding has not suffered
either. I wear thin ankle socks with these shoes as I find any thick
socks to be restrictive
and seem to cause me more problems with blisters for example.
I would also like to add that after the 3rd trip out while on an 80%
off track walk I noticed that my laces had started to fray, no fault
of the laces simply due to the rough terrain (before I discovered
Hunted high a low for new ones and was unable to find something
similar so I contact Columbia via email and had an immediate
response. Still to my surprise Columbia sent me out two sets of
laces within one week totally free. Best customer service I have had
I really found the Columbia Trail Meister shoes to be good value. I
have walked approximately 11 days in them in various locations around
Western Australia, in both high temperatures and heavy rain.
To date no blisters have formed which is surprising as this often
happens in other shoes that I wear.
Definitely a shoe to recommend, great all rounder.
Light, very comfortable and affordable
Water resistance is not very good, light wet under growth can cause
wet feet. Next step is to try a water sealer