Columbia Drainmaker Womens Shoes Review

Hi, I’m going to talk today about the Columbia women’s Drainmaker. This is a fantastic shoe, and it looks like a running shoe but it’s not. It’s actually a water hybrid shoe meant to be on the land and in the water. What makes that possible is this tech-lite midsole which is fully drainable. It’s a single density tech-lite UVA, allows for great cushioning but at the same time they have all these holes in it that’s going to allow whatever water that goes into the shoe, its gonna come out. Moving into the outsole we use our omni-grip technology. We have a wet grip rubber traction that sticks to any surface that is wet. One of the reasons that it sticks so well is, is the lugs we have a razor-siped technology inner lug pattern here that really acts like a tire in wet weather. Nice open mesh in the upper the materials are all hydrophobic so they’re not going to retain any water. It’s going to dry quickly; it’s going to feel great against your foot. Let me show you how drain-able the Drainmaker really is. As you can see, what goes in definitely comes out. This is the Drainmaker, I think you’re gonna love it.

Choosing the Best Travel Shoes

Choosing the Best Travel Shoes

The Right Travel Footwear

The footwear you choose to bring on your travels can truly make or break your trip. Whether travel plans include hiking, extensive touring on foot, water sports, biking, or just casual strolling, wearing the right shoes for your activities of choice is absolutely essential. Having comfortable feet is a luxury we all deserve!

All shoes are constructed out of basic components; an upper, midsole and outsole. Each of these elements can be made out of various materials dependent on the required support and durability. Support typically comes from a core of either polyurethane, ethyl vinyl acetate, or a blend of the two materials. Most lightweight footwear will be constructed almost entirely from these materials, whereas shoes intended for intense terrain, such as hiking boots, will include embedded metal or plastic rods to improve the shoe’s rigidity.

Match the Footwear to the Activity

All shoes are constructed out of three basic components – an upper, midsole and outsole. Each of these elements can be made out of various materials dependent on the required support and durability. Support typically comes from a core of either polyurethane, ethyl vinyl acetate (EVA) or a blend of the two materials. Most lightweight footwear will be constructed almost entirely from these materials, whereas shoes intended for intense terrain, such as hiking boots, will include embedded metal or plastic rods to improve the shoe’s rigidity.

Planning ahead will allow you to make the best decision as to what type of footwear to bring on your trip. It is considered a rule of thumb to bring at least two pairs of shoes – one to suit the majority of activities planned during the trip and one pair of casual shoes to provide comfort during downtime. If you’re going somewhere warm, always toss in a pair of sandals! Besides preparing for a variety of terrain and activities, having a change of shoes will give your feet some welcome relief and stave off fatigue over prolonged periods of movement.

Types of Shoes and Their Intended Use

Shoes can vary in construction from the most basic soles to engineering feats of cushioning, support, and weatherproofing, like hiking shoes or boots. All shoes can fit into three categories – casual, active, and terrain-specific. Choosing the right travel footwear is just a matter of singling out your preferred type.

Casual footwear includes sandals, lightweight sneakers and skate shoes. They are typically constructed out of soft leather, canvas, or synthetics, and provide light support. Such shoes are ideal for urban activities and everyday wear, with emphasis on style and comfort. For most vacations, it is essential to pack at least one pair of casual footwear. And remember, a new pair of clean casual shoes look a whole lot dressier than dirty, worn-in shoes!

Active footwear can be similar to their casual components, but are built with additional support and durability to suit more strenuous activities. This category includes running shoes, walking shoes, and cross-trainers. Brands like Columbia and Nike are known for comfortable and stylish footwear perfect for traveling. While still intended for urban travel or light terrain, these shoes feature improved arch support, shock absorbtion, and repel moisture to provide comfort during rigorous or extended activities.

Terrain-specific footwear is built with very specific activities or terrain in mind. Not intended for casual wear or urban terrain, this category of footwear includes hiking shoes and bootswater and boat shoes, and wake skate shoes. Hiking shoes and boots can vary in appearance from rugged sneakers to heavy duty leather footwear. They typically feature dense padding, protective materials, and heavily textured soles to provide footing on rough terrain. The soles of hiking footwear are often reinforced with metal or plastic rods and are far less flexible than their casual counterparts. Hiking shoes and boots are heavier than casual or active shoes, so only bring these if you plan on hiking for more than three or four hours on rugged terrain.

Water, boat shoes and wake skate shoes are built to withstand a lot of moisture with fast drying materials and soles that provide footing in wet environments. They often feature vents to allow trapped water to drain from inside the shoe.

Fine Tuning your Travel Footwear

After choosing the appropriate footwear and ensuring an ideal fit, it can be wise to add products which boost their comfort and durability. Before making any of these decisions, however, be sure to break you shoes in several weeks before your trip! Insoles can provide additional support while addressing concerns such as longevity, moisture-wicking ability and targeted comfort. Weatherproofing your leather footwear with a spray-on formula can also improve the shoes’ ability to withstand the elements allowing for longer wear in inclement weather. With a little planning, choosing the best travel shoes is an easy first step towards experiencing the trip of your dreams.

 

 

 

 

 

Merrell Encore Ice Shoe Review

Welcome to Merrell. Inside out and outside in. A technical guide to Merrell footwear. Today we’ll be talking about the Encore Ice. Hi, I’m Megan, the Merrell North-East tech rep. This is one of my favorite shoes to wear just kicking around, doing some errands, a nice winter shoe to put on in the house. It’s comfortable, it’s warm and it’s supportive. If we look at the inside of the shoe, look at all of this wonderful shearling. The shearling does a great job with keeping your feet warm and moving the air throughout the shoe. We also have out Merrell patented Air Cushion, that helps with that initial strike and disipating some of the shock. We also have an arch shank which helps keep proper flex of the shoe. And then we have our Merrell proprietary Qform mid-sole in it. Over all this is a wonderful shoe for support, warmth and ultimate comfort. So I hope you learned something today about the Encore Ice from Merrell and as we say at Merrell: Let’s get outside.

Columbia Shastalavista Womens Hiking Boots Review

Hi, today I’m going to talk about the women’s Columbia Shastalaviata hiking shoes. This is a fantastic multi-sport shoe for women, and it’s really meant to do a lot of different things in the outdoors. One of the things that makes the shoe so great is this independent suspension in the outsole. No other brand is doing something like this, this is truly a Columbia innovation. What this is, is DPU, which stands for Durable Polyurethane. It’s a very flexible, pliable material that allows these zones here to move independently from each other. High traction rubber throughout, you can have great contact on all surfaces, no worries here as far as confidence. Moving into the midsole, we’re using a single density Techlite UVA, this is a great, well-cushioned foam that works fantastic in all conditions. Your feet are really going to appreciate the Techlite foam at the end of the day, it really works great. Moving into the upper: great thing about the women’s version, the forefoot is over lasting, so it’s a little bit more of a feminine look, it’s a little bit sleeker look, it just looks nicer on women.  Got nice toe protection at the toe, good abrasion resistance materials in the heel. This is the Shastalaviasta, a fantastic shoe for your all-around outdoor purposes.