Gear Review – Columbia Powerdrain Cool™ Shoe

PowerdrainThe Columbia Powerdrain Cool™ Shoe This hybrid lightweight shoe is designed to allow you to go from trail to water and back again. It features the Omni-Freeze ZERO technology.

Lets get right to guts of these shoes. They are light weight, breathable, sturdy, fast drying, and super comfortable. I find myself wearing them around the house because I had forgotten I still had them on.  I also find that I wear them more around the house and in the yard than I do actually on trails or doing awesome adventuring. I suppose spending time in the back yard could be considered an adventure since it now looks like a jungle. (I need to mow but its simply to hot to be bothered by such work).

So what makes these shoes so special? They are made of a stitched fabric that allows water to flow through the tops then through the holy insole… Better wear the shoes in church ba da bum bum. Sorry I couldn’t resist…. Then the water flows out of specially designed channels in the sole of the shoes which you can see in the photo above.


These shoes are incredibly versatile. They can be used as trail runners, water crossing, hunting chipmunks in the backyard jungle,  and are light enough to be your extra pair of  “camp / town shoes” while backpacking.  Overall one of my favorite pair of shoes in my footwear arsenal. They also pack down pretty flat for travel.

Lets Get Technical

Weight: size 8 1/2 pair = 10 oz.


  • Omni-Freeze ZERO sweat-activated cooling lining
  • 3D single layer sandwich mesh
  • External TPU Frame Support
  • Quick lace toggle system
  • Techlite cushioned midsole with drainage ports in heel and forefoot
  • Omni-Grip non-marking Wet Grip rubber
  • Weight: size 9, ½ pair = 10.1 oz/286.33 g
  • Imported


    3D single layer sandwich mesh
    Omni-Freeze ZERO
    Techlite technology
    High traction rubber

To learn more about these fine shoes and the awesome technology used please head on over to the Columbia’s Website.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Columbia sent me these shoes to review at no charge, but my views and opinions are my own.

Hit those trails with happy feet.


  • Poochie

    I had a pair of these down at Havasupai this past April. Unbelievable. Not only did they survive all the ins and outs of the water, the 20 mile day-hike to the confluence of the Colorado River and Havasu Creek, and the several ascents and descents of Mooney Falls, they exceeded my expectations on every front. Awesome shoes by any standard!


    • Adam Nutting

      Do you wear socks with your Powerdrains? If so what do you wear?

  • valinreallife

    Using my Powerdrains to train for the Tough Mudder and loving them! They work so well going in and out of water and mud. They don’t end up weighing 10 pounds by the time I’m done like regular sneakers do. Thanks for breaking down the details! :D

    • Adam Nutting

      Hey your welcome. Glad you like it.

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