Updates to Columbia Bugaboot III

  • The third version of the Columbia Bugaboot comes with a new design of the upper. The overlay patterns look sleeker than the previous iteration. It still carries a leather upper and an injection molded shell. A 200 g insulation and waterproof seam-sealed construction add comfort and protection on the trails.
  • This boot for winter hiking is still equipped with brand-owned technologies present in the Bugaboot II. The Techlite midsole cradles the foot and provides cushioning without the bulk. Its Omni-Grip outsole, on the other hand, is non-marking and renders surface traction.

Size and fit

The Columbia Bugaboot III, a winter hiking boot for men and women, dons a high cuff and a leather upper. The former ensures to provide the wearer with ample ankle support while the latter molds to the shape of the foot over time offering a supportive fit. Its lace-up closure lets the wearer adjust the boot's fit according to their liking.


The brand-owned Omni-Grip outsole makes this boot bite on virtually all types of terrain. Its aggressive profile includes self-cleaning multidirectional lugs. Seen on the sides are pronounced boots that offer stability on uneven surfaces. The textured finish of the spaces between each stud prevents muck build-up. The front and back ends of the sole are designed with a wavy pattern that assists users on uphill and downhill slopes.


This high-cut winter hiking boot features the Techlite midsole, a component that yields long-lasting cushioning and optimizes energy return. The user is given comfort as well as protection from shock with this component.


The Columbia Bugaboot III has a leather upper and an injection molded shell for structure and durability. The inside of the boot has a waterproof, seam-sealed construction and a 200 g insulation which grant users weather protection and warmth.

Comfort is enhanced thanks to its padded tongue and collar. Extra security on the trails comes from the reinforced toe and heel zones.

The closure system of this winter hiking boot uses webbing eyelets and a metal loop at the top. A lace keeper maintains the position of the tongue to prevent it from sliding sideways. Near the toe area is a D-ring which hikers can use to attach gaiters. Lastly, a finger loop is attached at the back of the boot to assist in a more convenient on and off.

Caring for Columbia Bugaboot III Hiking Boots

Generally, dirty boots must be cleaned immediately after use. Do not dry or store it without removing the stuck dirt. Soil contains natural corrosives (such as acids or alkalis) that can damage the overall integrity of footwear. It can also mar waterproof linings, thus shortening the life of the boots.

Cleaning. Use a soft-bristled brush and wash it under clean tap water. Remove the insole to facilitate more thorough cleaning. Dry the boots naturally. Do not put it in a clothes dryer or near extreme heat.

Stain removal. In most cases, stains can be removed using mild dishwashing detergent. Denatured or isopropyl alcohol is a degreasing agent that works in spot cleaning of oil, grease or ink. It can also remove stains from a variety of fabrics that are not penetrable by soap.

To remove stubborn marks, use a cotton cloth moistened with denatured alcohol. Test the alcohol on an unnoticeable part of the boot. If there is no discoloration, repeat and rub the stain without saturating the area. Once dry, clean the spot using a soft-bristled brush with a drop of dishwashing detergent. Rinse it in warm water and dry naturally.

Waterproofing treatment. Most waterproof boots are coated with a water-repellent finish which enhances its protection against wet elements. This treatment needs reapplication to maintain its effectiveness. The boot needs recoating if water droplets no longer bead up on its surface. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and perform this process once the footwear is clean and dry.

Rubber outsole repair. Over time, the outsole can separate from the midsole or upper part of the boot. This issue can be repaired with a simple adhesive solution. When using a urethane adhesive, coat both sides of the separation, let them dry, and reactivate them using a heat source (example: blow dryer). On the other hand, when using a rubber-based adhesive, apply it on both sides of the separated materials and allow it to dry. Press them together. These steps should be done once the boot is clean and dry. Do not forget to refer to the manufacturer’s guide.

Repairing Columbia boots. A simple rubber repair or stick-on patch kit can help in fixing a damaged area of a boot. These items are available in most footwear retailers. Carry out this procedure (refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines) after cleaning and drying the pair.

Repairing leather or synthetic materials. There are leather repair kits that can fix burns, rips, and tears. Some can also touch up faded areas. Upholstery repair kits commonly come with colored dyes to mask the repaired area.

What makes the Bugaboot III XTM different from the Bugaboot III?

These Columbia winter hiking boots wear the same silhouette. Both gears carry the brand’s very own Techlite midsole for lightweight cushioning, an Omni-Grip outsole for surface traction, and an injection-molded shell for structure and trail protection.

The men’s only Bugaboot III XTM, however, is designed to overcome the more extreme cold. It has a temperature rating of 65 degrees below zero Fahrenheit or 54 degrees below zero Celsius. This feature is attributable to its 600 g insulation (note that the Bugaboot III has 200 g insulation only) and a higher shaft profile. With its taller design, the brand’s engineers added a pair of metal loops at the top of its lacing system.

Nice to know

-Columbia’s Bugaboot III snow boot has a temperature rating of 25 degrees below zero Fahrenheit/32 degrees below zero Celsius.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 694g / Women 616g
Use: Snow, Day Hiking
Cut: High cut
Features: Insulated
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal, Wide / Normal

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

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