Who should buy the Columbia Bugaboot III
Sleeker in aesthetics than its predecessor, the Columbia Bugaboot III will give you the same formidability on the icy trail as before. Consider yourself its target crowd if:
- The trails you take on are snowy, especially those that lead to slushy areas.
- You need a fully insulated and waterproof hiker, particularly one that belongs to our budget-friendliest bunch.
- You're after hiking boots that will last you many winters.
Who should not buy it
If easy access is a big deal to you, skip the Bugaboot III and try the mid-cut Columbia Firecamp Boot instead. Also, check out the Vasque Snowburban II UltraDry if you prefer a hiker with a roomier toe box.
The instantly comfy Bugaboot III
A majority of hikers find the Bugaboot III excessively comfortable, and on mile one at that.
A fireplace to your feet
According to numerous winter adventurers, the Bugaboot III keeps their feet cozy even in very low temperatures. This solidifies the shoe's temperature rating of -25°F (roughly -32°C).
A smothering experience
Its narrow padded collar and cramped toe box are considered letdowns by a few trail-goers.
The Columbia Bugaboot III's impermeable shell
Its waterproofing is quite effective against intrusive wet elements, based on plenty of consumer reviews.
Far from heavy
Despite its almost 700-gram-per-boot weight, many still find the Bugaboot III from Columbia pretty light for its kind.
As tough as it looks
Long-time wearers of the Columbia Bugaboot III attest to its exceptional durability.
What makes the Bugaboot III XTM different from the Bugaboot III
The men’s only Bugaboot III XTM is designed to overcome the more extreme cold, hence the XTM in its name. It has a temperature rating of -65°F or -54°C. This feature is attributable to its 600 g insulation (note that the Bugaboot III has 200 g of insulation only) and a higher shaft profile.