When you are pacing at 3,000m under the shadow of Europe’s tallest mountain, you need a pair of trail running shoes that are going to help not hinder your progress.

The Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) is one of the toughest mountain ultra-marathons in the world. You are running at high altitude, night and day, in wind, rain and snowy conditions alongside 2,000 of the best ultra-runners on the continent. The race covers 108 miles passing through three countries - France, Italy and Switzerland. Most runners take between 30 and 45 hours to finish with the best runners taking just over 20 hours to complete the epic feat. Needless to say, the views en route are phenomenal.

“The Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) is one of the toughest mountain ultra-marathons in the world. These shoes are designed for it."

In honour of this famous ultra-marathon, Columbia’s Montrail trail-running division have designed a pair of trail shoes inspired by the UTMB. They are called the Trient OutDry Extreme and they are made for running in the most extreme weather conditions.

Whether you are pacing through rain or snow, the Trient OutDry Extreme shoes are built to withstand even the dampest days on the trail. They are made using OutDry Extreme, the latest waterproof technology from Columbia and it is astonishingly good.

Instead of having the waterproof membrane on the inside and a durable water-resistant repellent on the outside, Columbia have flipped this traditional waterproof technology on its head. OutDry Extreme instead has the waterproof membrane on the outside of the shoe. The result is a longer-lasting, ultra-breathable material that will allow sweat vapour to escape without letting rain in.


It’s no surprise Columbia have developed such a revolutionary material, considering the company are based in the famously damp city of Portland, Oregon, USA. The Trient OutDry Extreme shoes have been tested in the wettest conditions and carefully honed to suit ultra-runners on the trail.

Alongside top-end waterproofing, the Trient shoes are fitted with a Vibram sole for aggressive grip on rocky mountainous terrain, plus toe and heel caps for protection. Inside the shoe, you will find a cushioned midsole for optimum stability and will help you glide along the trail with ease.

So when you are get race-day jitters on the start line, you can feel comforted by the thought that your running shoes are designed specifically for ultra-marathons in extreme weather conditions. These Columbia shoes will be there for you every step of the way, keeping your feet protected from wind, rain and cold, right the way over the finish line.

Columbia Montrail Trient OutDry Extreme Trail Running Shoe

Shot on location in Chamonix.