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Keeping it simple, the Columbia Switchaback is a no-frills, get me some dirt trail shoe. It has enough cushioning for a few miles on the road and utilizes a verstaile lug outsole design that performs well over a great variety of surfaces. With a roomy fit , the Switchback is a great option for neutral trail runners with a medium to wide width foot.

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Width B=Medium

How It Fits (based on width B)

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium
  • Midfoot: Medium to full volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to wide
  • Toe-Box height: Deep
  • Arch Structure: Medium-high height

Weight: 9.7 oz (size 8)

Midsole Height: Heel (20mm), Forefoot (10mm)

Product Lifecycle

  • Release date: April 2010
  • Model discontinued: December 2010
  • Model update: January 2011, Switchback 2



The Switchback is a minimum featured shoe engineered for neutral or supinating runners. This low-profile trail shoe is designed for off roadspeed. Columbia's Switchback has a curved shape.


  • Techlite is a full length closed-cell compound desigend to absorb impact forces.


  • Techlite is a full length closed-cell compound desigend to absorb impact forces.


  • Open Mesh is located throughout the upper and is engineered for breathability.
  • Gusseted Tongue is designed to keep out unwanted debris.
  • Synthetic Overlays are positioned at the midfoot and forefoot and is intended for support and protection.
  • Contour Comfort 1D sockliner includes AgION anti-odor treatment. This single density sockliner has flex groves for improved flexibility.
  • Traditional Last is a full length strobel last intended for underfoot cushioning.


  • Omni-Grip is located throughout the outsole and is a non-marking dual rubber compound intended for traction on wet or loose surfaces.

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