When I headed out on a three-day hike in Les Contamines-Montjoie nature reserve near the French Alps with renowned sportswear company Columbia, I was slightly worried about breaking in the Columbia Facet 75 Alpha hiking shoes. I mean, it's pretty risky turning up to a three-day hike in a new pair of shoes. But I had nothing to worry about, as these are some of the comfiest hiking shoes I've ever worn, and they're a new firm favorite on my feet.
And guess what? Right now you can steal a cool 35% off the Columbia Facet 75 Alpha's at Amazon, which is over $50 off the retail price and the lowest price in 30 days. But move fast, we've been keeping an eye on this deal and it could go fast.
Columbia Facet 75 Alpha hiking shoe: was $148 now $95 @Amazon
Right now the Columbia Facet 75 Alpha hiking shoes are discounted by 35%, saving you over $53 on the brand new Columbia A/W range. We've found these hiking shoes super comfortable during 3 days of hiking at elevation in the Alps. Remember to look for your size amongst the deals available before they go!
To put the Alpha hiking shoes into context, I hit over 2,000 meters altitude and hikes lasted over four hours at a time. But wearing the Columbia Facet 75 Alpha hiking shoes made the steep climbs, rocky terrain and sharp descents a joy.
When tasked with this trip, the mental and physical challenge of a three-day hike at elevation in the Alps was enough, but it really does ring true that it matters what you put on your feet. The Alpha's are extremely comfortable and with no rubbing, chaffing or any soreness to speak of. I would wear these again and again for hiking, rambling or scrambling.
Columbia uses Techlite PLUSH for cushioning and a grippy Adapt-Trax System outsole with an Outdry waterproof breathable upper. In short, you've got lashings of grip, waterproofing and cushioning to keep you going. Even during wetter conditions and trampling over slippery rocks, the outsole traction kept me nimble and supported, and the high cut around the ankle is like a bootie, keeping my ankles safe while allowing free range of motion.
If you make one purchase for the outdoors this Black Friday, make sure it's these Columbia hiking shoes.
If they’re not for you, turn to the latest and Black Friday deals for more ideas. And if you're stocking up on winter outdoor apparel right now, my favorite The North Face running jacket is a staggering 70% off and my colleague has rounded up the best The North Face Black Friday deals here. You can also save on Under Armour workout T-shirts and Carhartt outwear, as well as trail running and winter running gear.
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Sam Hopes is a level III fitness trainer, level II reiki practitioner, and senior fitness writer at Future PLC, the publisher of Tom's Guide. She is also about to undertake her Yoga For Athletes training course. Having trained to work with mind and body, Sam is a big advocate of using mindfulness techniques in sport and fitness, and their impact on performance. She’s also passionate about the fundamentals of training and building sustainable training methods. When she's not writing up her experiences with the latest fitness tech and workouts, you’ll find her writing about nutrition, sleep, recovery, and wellness.