Updates to Columbia Bugaboot Plus IV Omni-Heat

  • Columbia’s new take on their winter boot classic features a lightweight yet durable upper made of leather, nylon, and webbing fabric. The seam-sealed waterproof membrane keeps water out while the 200 grams of insulation and the Omni-Heat reflective dots provide toasty insulation for the foot.
  • The midsole is made of Techlite foam that provides plenty of cushioning and support without the extra bulk.
  • The Michelin rubber sole is very durable and has multidirectional lugs that provide grip and traction on varying surfaces, particularly snow-packed grounds.

Size and fit

The Columbia Bugaboot Plus IV Omni-Heat men’s and women's hiker is a high-top shoe with a slightly wider forefoot, giving enough room for a thick sock. It has a traditional lacing system that cinches down evenly over the foot for a nice and secure fit. There’s also a pull loop in the collar which makes putting on and pulling off the boot fairly easy.

The Bugaboot Plus IV Omni-Heat needs a break-in period to achieve a precise fit. 


One of the most notable features of this hiking boot from Columbia is the Michelin outsole that is specifically designed for cold conditions. It’s made of 100% rubber compound that offers a good grip on ice and compacted snow. 

This high-quality sole also retains its flexibility at low average temperatures, thereby allowing the natural flexing of the shoe while hiking. There are also siping on the lugs similar to winter car tires which further enhance the shoe grip.


The Bugaboot Plus IV uses the Techlite foam for the midsole. It is lightweight, durable, and highly flexible, giving the foot a supportive and cushiony platform. The Techlite midsole is an exclusive technology from Columbia. According to the company, this foam offers lasting comfort, shock absorption, and energy return.

This boot comes with a removable footbed for added cushioning and support.


This sharp-looking boot combines three tough materials: leather, nylon, and webbing. Leather is used for the overlays, providing a solid structure for the boot. The vamp is made of nylon while the tongue and collar are made of webbing.

The shoe features a waterproof seam-sealed construction which means all holes and gaps are sealed to prevent water from entering. 

Inside the shoe is a 200g insulation, along with Omni-Heat lining which works by reflecting and retaining the heat generated by the body. This keeps the foot warm and comfortable for long hours.

Columbia Bugaboot Plus IV vs. Arctic Trip

Both these snow boots are equipped with the Omni Heat technology, which makes them a top choice by hikers who enjoy day-hiking in the winter. If you’re torn between these two tough hikers, here are some key differences that should help you decide which is most suitable for you:

Material. If you’re a fan of leather boots, the men's Arctic Trip is a great choice. It features an all-leather upper that offers a high level of protection against abrasion, scuffing, and tearing. But just as the Bugaboot Plus IV needs some breaking in, your feet will need more time getting used to the Arctic Trip pure leather upper before you achieve a perfect fit.

Traction. The Arctic Trip has the Omni Grip outsole that is also designed for cold conditions. However, compared with the Michelin Winter Compound sole, it grips slightly icy surfaces. If where you live experiences a lot of awful ice or you plan to hike in really challenging trails like the Mount Ellinor Trail or the Bryce Canyon, the Bugaboot Plus IV Omni-Heat boot is an excellent choice. However, if you’re looking for an all-rounder boot that you can take to work, the Arctic Trip does the job. Its Omni Grip outsole is non-marking which means you can wear it even indoors.

Price. Both the Bugaboot Plus IV and Arctic Trip fall under the premium category. However, the former is much more expensive. Nonetheless, if you really require a high-traction boot, the Bugaboot Plus IV is worth the extra investment.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 701g / Women 581g
Use: Snow, Day Hiking
Cut: High cut
Features: Insulated, Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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