It has been a delight to test out these stellar boots by Columbia.
These Bugatechs are remarkably light. I noticed their lean design the moment I picked up the package from my door step.
I paired the Columbia Bugatech Lite Omni-Heat boots with my 24” TSL “High-Road” snowshoes. The Bugatechs locked into my TSL snowshoes like they were made for each other. As I tromped around in my snowshoes, they felt like an extension of my foot.
The Bugatechs lean and efficient construction made it a joy to snowshoe for two hours, even in uber-deep snow. Their lightweight design minimized fatigue and clumsiness.
We have over two and a half feet of snow on the ground here in Fargo, North Dakota. I was able to get out and snowshoe in a wooded park near our home (Island Park). I tromped through 24”+ of fresh powder for about two hours. It was all trail cutting so I was pretty tired; I was sinking up to my knees with almost every step. It was a beautiful day, clear and crisp at about 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
The warmth of the Omni-Heat technology and the 200g Thinsulate is impressive. I was in knee deep powder for more than two hours with a 10 degree F air temperature, and my feet were warm and dry the entire time.
The waterproof technology was also superb, there was not a fleck of dampness on my sock or foot during the hike or afterward.
I feel the fit is true to size. These Bugatechs were nice and snug with a good thick sock; I felt no slippage in the heel or any rubbing anywhere.
Fit & Feel:
The boots felt stiff enough to support the ankle and arch, but not too stiff that they were uncomfortable over a longer period of time. Even when I walked over more rough and uneven terrain the boots offered solid stability and control.
The Bugatechs are great even for just wearing around town, shoveling the drive, or running errands, etc. Again, the comfort and lightweight design make them ideal for active snowshoeing or just wearing around town. The boots feel and fit like quality hiking boots made for snow!
I highly recommend these boots to anyone looking for a lightweight, capable, and versatile boot that can go anywhere and master the elements, whether that be slugging through two feet of powder in subzero temperatures or beating the chill while shoveling the driveway.