Columbia Bugatech Lite Omni-Heat Boots Blog and Review

When Snowshoe Magazine offered its readers to demo Columbia Bugatech Lite Omni Heat Boots, I jumped at the chance.  Snowshoeing isn’t normally thought of as an urban sport, but there are a lot great places in Chicago and it’s surrounding areas to get outside, that don’t require hours in the car.

Chicago has a great lakefront, city golf courses and parks that provide a different snowshoe scene.  I love the Morton Arboretum, just outside Chicago, with tons of trails (and off trail areas), it’s more of your traditional ‘winter wonderland’ snowshoeing environment.  I was pumped for my new boots.

The boots fit really well. I have a wider foot and there wasn’t any pinching.  They’re sturdy with good arch support. The boot itself is a little stiff.  The extra stiffness wasn’t an issue when snowshoeing, but was noticeable when kicking around town.  I had to adjust the laces, not tying them all the way up, so they had a little more give, but this didn’t change the fit.

They were a little difficult to get into my Atlas snowshoe bindings, but it just took some practice.  They performed awesomely!  I was amazed at how lightweight they were, they didn’t feel bulky when I picked up my feet.

I was skeptical about the warmth because my feet are very sensitive.  Looking for the ultimate test and adventure, I set out on a day when the temps were in the low teens.  I wore a thick pair of Smartwool socks, and hoped for the best.  (I packed some toe warmers, just in case.)  We went out for over two hours and hiked a couple miles, no cold feet.  It was a miracle!  

Overall: They may be a little stiff and not the most stylish, but the function, performance, and warmth made me a believer in these boots.  

Here’s a link to the product page on the Columbia website: http://bit.ly/euXTXg.  To view Carlin’s snowshoeing photos, click here.

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Carlin Sarmiento