My beloved Columbia Titanium boots have been with me for 2 years and 3 trips now. You can check them out when they were brand new here. This afternoon, I decided to wear them to Bukit Timah and show off to everyone how cool they are. To my horror, my right boot started getting “squashy”. Then, before I knew it, the sole was flapping wildly.
I’m not sure if it’s made it China, but the thick, solid layer of resin between the Vibram sole and the bottom of the boot had turned “foamy” and brittle. I had to tear the mighty Vibram sole away and limp my way towards Beauty World Plaza to get a pair of new shoes!
I’m really sorry if I’ve recommend these boots to anybody following this blog. I’ll never buy anything “Columbia” again! I’ll be shopping for a new pair of trekking boots before my trip in March. I’ll keep everyone updated on my purchase. Since it’s going to be a sissy trek in the Annapurna Himal (on wheels most of the time), it’ll probably be a “low end” piece of footwear. The heavy stuff will come in when I climb Pisang Peak.
This blog will be gradually trimmed down and old article will be published in an e-book entitled Knapsack Notes. Look out for it.