With a name like the Conspiracy III Titanium, this shoe has to be epic. Everything Columbia makes in the OutDry line is built for extreme conditions, so we can only expect shoes like the Conspiracy to deliver on the rugged and waterproof promise.
The Conspiracy III is an update to Columbia’s already-established Conspiracy line, which is designed to go from pavement to trail without breaking a sweat. It might be a bit too heavy for dedicated trail runners but provides a good balance between a runner and a hiking shoe – weighing at about 11.5 ounces each per size 9 shoe. They are made from an “engineered mesh” that does have any seams or sew overlays and comes with a rubber printed toe for the upper, which is paired with a Techlite midsole with FluidFrame “multidensity underfoot” support. In layman’s terms, the shoes have just the perfect amount of flex and cushioning for hiking on rocky terrain, but also running on flat pavement.
The sole is Omni-Grip, and the Conspiracy III also have Columbia’s OutDry membrane, which blocks water and keeps it from seeping in. Columbia also gave the shoes an asymmetrical lacing design, which they say helps relieve pressure on the top of the foot.
Technical details aside, the Conspiracy III is a comfortable lightweight shoe that will hold up to almost any terrain you throw at it – keeping your feet dry the entire time. An excellent option for that sweet spot between the trail runner and hiking shoe.