Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
In the middle of Abucay's woodlands wearing my pair of Columbia Ventralia
Columbia Ventrailia hiking shoes



I recently came from a day hike of Mt. Ulap in Benguet wearing a pair of sneakers. The foolish thing didn't dawn on me until I reached the middle of the trail. I might not have slipped more than once during the adventure, but I certainly had a very difficult time tackling the steep descent because my knees and legs bore the brunt of the reliability that my shoes lacked. The result was an expected body pain that lasted for almost a week.

To make sure that I really enjoyed my next hike, I opted to wear the relatively new Ventrailia hiking shoes from Columbia. Its color (blue) made a great first impression on me, but its quality was what I looked forward to for my 12 hour-long day hike of Pasukulan Falls in Bataan.

Testing the Columbia Ventrailia in Palaui Island, Cagayan
One of Columbia Ventrailia's best features is its OutDry technology
Testing the Columbia Ventrailia in the forested valley of Mt. Natib
At the rocky terrain of the Pinagbutasan Trail in Bataan

Lightweight and Breathable

Wearing the nifty pair on my way to the peninsula from Manila, I found it to be quite lightweight and breathable. For starters, it fit snugly. It was comfortable to walk around in even in hot weather. Thanks to its cushioning technology which uses perforated sockliner that contours to the foot, while keeping it cool. Living up to its name, the shoes' vent-ability is superior from any other brand that I've worn in the past. And, this is coming from a guy who sweats an awful lot of time.

Anti-Waterlog In Streams

On the way to Pasukulan Falls, I found it less challenging to cross streams regardless of the depth of the water and the presence of rock paths. What I adored about the shoes' super ventilated upper was not getting waterlogged every time I had to face the caveat of having no rock to step on.

On my way to Pasukulan Falls wearing a pair of Columbia Ventrailia
The steep 10-minute descent to Pasukulan Falls wearing my Columbia Ventrailia

Reliable Outsole Grip On Various Surfaces

Slipping was less of a thing for my clumsy gait as well on wet or dry surfaces because its outsole is made of a traction rubber called Omni-Grip that kept my steps quite steady. I was also able to observe this brilliant feature when tackling the steep 10-minute descent to the waterfalls.

Responsive Midsole

It also tested well on the long hike for having a cushioning midsole that uses Techlite which is durable and impact-absorbing, making it quite responsive.

The steady ascent of the trail that has uneven surfaces and the grueling way back were no match to the excellent support. I honestly didn't feel every rock and twig along the way giving my feet the stability that it needed for the rest of the day.

Hopping steadily on a descent was easy on a pair of Columbia Ventrailia

Tested Elsewhere

As of this writing, I've also tested the shoes in other destinations like the extremely wet environment of Duba Cave and the sloping terrain of the Lagunzad Trail in Palaui Island where I enjoyed its rocky descent on a trail run.

Overall Verdict

All in all, my experience wearing the Columbia Ventrailia hiking shoes was excellent each time. It made me hike with ease without compromising the aesthetics that's why I'm recommending it to fellow intrepid travelers who want the best out of life.

What's your own Columbia story? Feel free to share on the comments section of this post.

Shoe Care Tip: When drying out a pair of these, refrain from having it exposed to direct sunlight.

Photography by Josua Chan and Karl Ace

Tested this pair at Palaui Island, Sta. Ana, Cagayan

Columbia Sportswear

Official website of Columbia

Branch: SM Megamall A, Mandaluyong City, Philippines

Check out my review of the Atunas Aqua Shoes.


  1. The natural beauty of the Currituck Outer Banks draws visitors and residents alike to lace up their good walking shoes and head for the nearest trail. I find a website for the Trail Walking Shoes. If you want you can visit this site.

  2. If water was to enter the shoe, do they dry fast?


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