Columbia Descender Multi-Sport Shoe - Men's


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What goes up must come down; a task the multi-sport Men's Descender Multi-Sport Shoe from Columbia Sportswear is well suited for. Inspired by rock climbing but meant for all multi-sport activities, it's designed as the ultimate walk-off shoe, perfect after the snug confines of a rock climbing shoe or hiking boot. A minimal closed-mesh upper features micro-suede overlays for stability, while a Techlite™ heel and tongue lend serious comfort. The midsole features lightweight cushioning foam and a stabilizing TPU shank, while a mix of Omni-Grip® sticky rubber and high-traction rubber on the outsole provides maximum grip on rocky routes and rough trails.


  • Upper: Closed mesh upper micro-suede overlays and webbing
  • Lightweight, packable design
  • Back carabineer loop
  • Midsole: Single-density Techlite foam
  • Midsole: Internal TPU shank for torsion control
  • Outsole: Omni-Grip sticky rubber compound forefoot for maximum traction on rock and other hard surfaces
  • Outsole: Omni-Grip high-traction rubber compound for sure footing on varied terrain
  • Weight per shoe: 9.5 oz, 271 g (size 9)

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Review Summary

4.5 out of 5

4 Reviews

  • comfort: 1
  • great ventilation: 1
  • light weight: 1
  • lightweight: 1

  • lacks much support: 1
  • narrow toe box: 1

4 Ratings & Reviews

from Fort Worth, TX
25-34 yrs

Great shoes!
June 07, 2011

These are very comfortable and light weight not to mention look really cool! I wear a size 12 in most shoes and a 12 in these fit perfect. I took a chance on these and now they are my favorite shoe!

from New York, NY
45-54 yrs

Excellent Sport Shoe for Biking
September 27, 2011

I use the Columbia Descender as a bicycling shoe for mountain biking/trail riding and couldn't be happier. I don't use pedal clips so the shoe is perfect for my purposes. It is light weight, well ventilated, has excellent traction and grip, and best of all, it is super comfortable. When I first tried them on however out of the box, they felt a little on the narrow side. That said, after I walked around in them for only a short time, they felt great amd now it feels like I'm not wearing anything on my feet. I highly recommend the Columbia Descender to anyone looking for a light weight and super comfortable sport shoe. Can't wait to try them for some rock scrambling.

Pros: light weight, comfort, great ventilation
from Irvine CA
Over 65 yrs

Funky Comfort
September 29, 2011

Amusingly designed and colored but comfortable on the trail. The quail don't seem to mind, nor do the turkey vultures sniggling in the distance. A little more vertical room should be built in but walking does tend to stretch the soft structure. All in all a good trail runner, climber.

from Chicago
35-44 yrs

cool shoes but.....
September 12, 2011

Really like the Techlite soles that Columbia uses on their shoes, very light weight and usually comfortable. While these were light weight they just didn't provide enough support and the toe box is very narrow. If you like minimalist footwear and have a narrow foot I'd say to give them a try.

Pros: lightweight, stylish, Cons: narrow toe box, lacks much support

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Black/ Formula One, Dress Blues/ Lime Green, Green Sheen/ Black, White/ Estate Blue and Wild Dove/ Picante.

Available sizes, while supplies last, include size 7, size 7.5, size 8, size 8.5, size 9, size 9.5, size 10, size 10.5, size 11, size 11.5, size 12, size 13, size 14 and size 15: 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 15.

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