Friday, August 23, 2013

Columbia Ravenous (Review)

In a time of shoe selection crisis earlier this summer I picked up a pair of Columbia Ravenous trail shoes on the advice of friend. The Ravenous has proven to be a low cost generic brand shoe of surprising usefulness


When I choose a trail shoe my first four demands are that it be light, low, flat and flexible. The Columbia Ravenous fits the bill in those four departments. The next thing I look for is a rock-plate. The Ravenous has one. After that I look at the outsole. Does it have adequate lugs for hilly Pennsylvania single track? While the shoe is indeed lugged the depth of the rubber is inadequate for the toughest trails. But that’s not a deal breaker, as the Ravenous performs well on dry terrain and is ‘enough shoe” for shorter runs and easier workouts on more “buffed out” paths.

To better dial the shoe in I suggest removing the insole. Next replac the standard laces with the spiral New Balance® Sure Lace. If you run sockless you may need to apply Vaseline to the interior fabric overlay at the bottom lace a couple times to soften it up.

Currently discounted to around $40 the Ravenous is a worthwhile addition to your trail shoe rotation.


SPECIFICATIONS

Construction:
-Omni-Grip rubber with traction on the forefoot, midfoot and heel for whatever conditions you encounter
-Techlite 5/10 forefoot to heel off-set, super close to ground ride
-Simple and lightweight mesh upper combined with minimal internal frame creates form fitting feel
-Waterproof materials and construction method
-Weight: size 9, ½ pair = 6.5 oz/192.2 g Imported

Fabric:
-Lightweight mesh upper
-Techlite, forefoot nylon rock guard midsole
-High traction rubber omni-grip outsole

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