Columbia Ventslip II – mesh slip-ons perfect for lightweight travel

Columbia Ventslip II mesh shoes are perfect if light weight packing is a priority

Columbia Ventslip II mesh shoes are perfect if light weight packing is a priority

Boy, do I love sales!  I can’t help it.  My DNA compels me to be inextricably drawn to ‘Sale!’ signs.

I’m always looking for stuff that makes motorcycle travel easier, more convenient and more comfortable.

I’m a dedicated ATGATT guy.  In internet moto forum-speak, that means All The Gear All The Time.

At the end of a long riding day, I want to get out of my heavy motorcycle boots.  Typically, I wear Aerostich’s Combat Lite touring boots, and they’re heavy.

Finding a light, comfortable walking shoe that’s takes minimal space is always welcome.  On our motorcycles, storage space is always at a premium.

Yesterday, I walked into Camper’s Village and they’re clearing out their summer inventory.  On the clearance table were these nice looking Columbia Ventslip II slip-on shoes.  Sale price?  A very affordable $39.99, discounted from the regular price of $89.98.

Construction and colour

I bought my pair in a grey, stretch mesh.  They are also available in black.  The sides of the shoe have an elastic band that holds the heel piece to the front of the shoe, allowing one to easily slip into the shoes.

But the main advantage of the Ventslip II is the soft, flexible heel piece.  You can fold the heel cup flat and when you pack the shoes with their tops facing each other, the shoes compress to the thickness of the soles.

Bundled to to top, the Ventslip IIs compress down to the thickness of the soles, thanks to the non-rigid heel cup. Perfect for carrying on a motorcycle where space is at a premium

Bundled to to top, the Ventslip IIs compress down to the thickness of the soles, thanks to the non-rigid heel cup. Perfect for carrying on a motorcycle where space is at a premium

I use a couple of homemade bands cut out from a discarded bicycle tire inner tube to compress the shoes for packing.  It’s cheap and it works.

Sizing

The Ventslip II mesh shoe fits on the small side.  I normally wear a Men’s 9.5, which was too snug with even a thin pair of socks.  A Men’s 10.5 was the size I settled on, which don’t feel floppy without socks and will be just right wearing athletic socks.

Ventslip II comes in grey mesh with orange trim and a white and orange sole, and available in black

Ventslip II comes in grey mesh with orange trim and a white and orange sole, and available in black

The Columbia Ventslip II mesh shoes are light, comfortable and compress to a size that takes up little space.  That makes them a good second pair of shoes for travelers who need to pack light.

Made in China.

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