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92 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews


    I believe it will perform on ice or snow really great.

  • 95 / 100 | Switchback Travel

    Many winter boots are specialized for warmth, mobility, or even style, but the Columbia Bugaboot Plus IV is a true all-rounder.

  • 100 / 100 | OutdoorGearLab

    [I]f you're looking for an all-around winter boot with the best traction on the market then look no further.

  • 80 / 100 | OutdoorGearLab

    A great winter hiker, perfect for slippery trails and long days.

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Updates to Columbia Bugaboot Plus IV Omni-Heat

  • The Columbia Bugaboot Plus IV Omni-Heat, the direct successor to the Bugaboot Plus III Omni-Heat, is a mid-calf footgear crafted for the snowy outdoors. It is adequately insulated to keep the foot as warm as possible even in below-zero temperatures.
  • Its overall look is more streamlined than its precursor. Its primary protective overlay also covers a wider area than the previous iteration’s.
  • The fourth version of Bugaboot Plus Omni-Heat boot from Columbia uses a grippy outsole from Michelin. It replaces the Columbia-exclusive Omni-Grip outsole.

Columbia Bugaboot Plus IV Omni-Heat size and fit

The Bugaboot Plus IV Omni-Heat, which Columbia claims runs true to size, is a high-cut boot for male and female winter hikers. The men’s version is listed in widths regular and wide, while the women’s variant is only offered in regular. Lengthwise, the boot comes in a range of half and full sizes. It allows for fit customization thanks to its lace-up closure.


An abrasion-resistant Michelin outsole with Winter Compound is what enables wearers to gain a secure footing in this Columbia boot over snowy ground. It is capable of providing adequate grip down to minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit (or minus 30 degrees Celsius). Its ability to dig into loose-soiled surfaces is thanks to its multi-sided lugs with aggressive tread patterns.

This rubber outsole comes with the Ice Control technology which aims to optimize performance and ground control over icy surfaces. Its ground adherence and anti-slip characteristic works in various terrain types.


The Bugaboot Plus IV Omni-Heat has a lightweight midsole called Techlite for cushioning and stability on the trail. This brand-exclusive component is designed to provide energy return during toe offs. It comes default with a cushioned and contoured footbed for additional comfort and support.


A combination of webbing, nylon, and leather makes up the Bugaboot Plus IV Omni-Heat’s over-the-ankle upper. Its seams are sealed, making the boot amply watertight. It is engineered with 200 g of insulation and an Omni-Heat reflective liner to give users enough warmth in biting conditions. It is also built with a protective Techlite shell to enhance its overall durability.

Its closure system employs four pairs of webbing loops (which are reinforced with metal hardware where the lace passes through) and is complemented by two sets of closed metal hoops. Near the toe area is an extra piece of metal D-ring. This material enables hikers to attach a gaiter to optimize performance in snowy conditions. Lastly, for a more convenient on and off, the brand’s designers added a pull tab at the back of the boot.