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UGG Adirondack II Review


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UGG Adirondack II
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Pros:  Super cozy sheepskin liner, versatile cuff option, water-resistant
Cons:  Expensive, techy looking
Bottom line:  This competitor is the epitome of comfort, featuring a sheep lined interior that makes you feel like you're walking on cloud nine.
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Manufacturer:   UGG

Overview

An extremely comfortable and cozy winter boot, the UGG Adirondack II stands out for its unique features and sheepskin liner. This boot offers stellar all-around performance: it's cute enough to wear out to happy hour, but lightweight and comfortable enough to wear on light winter hikes. Our favorite thing about this boot is its plush shearling insulation. This contender is also designed with a cuffable suede shaft: roll it down to expose a fluffy sheepskin cuff or roll it up for extra protection against the elements. We liked the built-in versatility that this feature offered, as well as the unique style that it adds.

Although some women loved the look of these boots and would definitely wear them with casual outfits, others thought they were decidedly less stylish. If you like the look of these full-grain leather boots and are looking for high quality footwear that will perform outdoors, then the Adirondack II may be just what you're looking for. At $225, it is a bit of an investment in fact, it is significantly more than most of its competitors but we predict that it will to meet your winter boot needs for years to come.

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Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings

Review by:
Amber King
Senior Review Editor
OutdoorGearLab

Last Updated:
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December 31, 2016
At first, we loved the Adirondack II by Ugg for its cozy sheepskin lining and comfortable footbed. However, due to its lugless outsole, it doesn't provide the best traction on ice. Its Vibram make up proved to stick to rocks and sticky snow. A little more rugged looking than boots like the Sorel Tofino II, the Adirondack II features many comfort related features that will leave your feet happy when the mercury plummets.

Performance Comparison


The Adirondack II stands out as our most comfortable boot  perfect for hitting the town  or shoveling through small snow drifts. Its unique because it features a cuff that can either be rolled up  or down  giving it additional style points!
The Adirondack II stands out as our most comfortable boot, perfect for hitting the town, or shoveling through small snow drifts. Its unique because it features a cuff that can either be rolled up, or down, giving it additional style points!

Warmth


These boots claim to be rated to -4 degrees F. In our testing, we encountered these temperatures and found them to be quite warm, even when the mercury plummeted. However, that was when we were moving. Standing still was a different experience.

Even in blustery conditions  this cozy boot kept our feet warm while moving.
Even in blustery conditions, this cozy boot kept our feet warm while moving.

This boot is lined with 17 millimeters of table grade sheepskin, which did a decent job of keeping our toes warm and cozy. In our final warmth tests, we stood still for seven minutes in a cold icy slush bath. After comparing every piece, we decided to give the Adirondack II a seven out of ten in our warmth metric. We found that the Vibram sole provided plenty of insulation along the bottom of the boot, but we noticed that cold slowly started permeating the toe box. If you want a boot that offers a little more warmth, but a little less comfort, consider the Sorel Joan of Arctic or Kamik Momentum.

Although this product was not the warmest boot that we tested, it's important to remember that it was also one of the shortest ones in the review. Even with its cuff rolled up, this model was shorter than many of its competitors, which makes a surprising difference in calf and foot warmth. That said, when we started moving in the Adirondack II, even in single digit temperatures, our feet quickly warmed up. This model is also fairly breathable, which keeps your feet from sweating profusely and then getting cold from the moisture. This was especially noticeable in comparison to products like the Northside Kathmandu, whose rubber toe box left our feet super swampy and slimy.

Weather Protection


With its full-grain leather upper and waterproof rubber outsole, this boot is ready to take on rain, snow, and slush in style. This pair of Uggs will keep your feet dry in puddles up to three inches deep and its rolled down cuff does a great job of keeping out snow, leaving your toes cozy and comfortable.

In our initial field tests  this boot did a fantastic job....however when it came to our at-home slush tests  we learned the boot seeped in unexpected places.
In our initial field tests, this boot did a fantastic job....however when it came to our at-home slush tests, we learned the boot seeped in unexpected places.

Unlike other boots that leaked where the tongue and the boot met, this contender actually leaked at the base of the laces. When performing our slush test (where we marched in place for a few minutes), we weren't impressed to learn that water flowed inwards after just one minute of marching. We were left with wet feet - thank goodness we did this on our deck and not in the backcountry. As a result, we wouldn't recommend this boot for fjording a creek or hiking through slush for too long. If you are in the market for a boot that has a little more weather protection, check out the Sorel Tofino II, Sorel Joan of Arctic, or Vasque Pow Pow II Ultradry.

After performing our slush tests  we noticed leakage  making our sock wet and uncomfortable after just a short period of time.
After performing our slush tests, we noticed leakage, making our sock wet and uncomfortable after just a short period of time.

When you wear this model with the cuff rolled up, it provides extra protection from deep snow on the backs and sides; however, the tongue doesn't come up flush with the top of the rolled-up cuff, so there is a little gap in the front where deeper snow could potentially get you wet. Finally, this boot is fitted with a mud guard around the front of the toes and at the heel that provides a little more durability from scuffs and scraps.

In our standing river tests  this boot was able to take water levels that were a little higher than others. We were also able to test traction on slick rocks - where this boot actually did a great job!
In our standing river tests, this boot was able to take water levels that were a little higher than others. We were also able to test traction on slick rocks - where this boot actually did a great job!

Over time, you may need to maintain the waterproofing of these leather boots. We would recommend using Nikwax's Conditioner for Leather to help restore the shine and richness of the leather, as well as its weather resistant qualities. We would also recommend hitting the seams, especially those out of sight underneath the laces with Sno-Seal or Nikwax's Waterproofing Wax for Leather. Be cautious about using these products on the visible parts of your boot, however, since they can alter the appearance of the leather.

Comfort & Coziness


When we slipped into this boot for the first time, we felt as though we were putting our foot into a cloud shoe…if clouds were made of super plush, fluffy sheepskin. Unlike many of the boots in this review that have faux fur cuffs that reach an inch or two down into the boot, the sheepskin lining on the Adirondack II continues throughout the entire shoe. This is also quite similar to the Northside Kathmandu, except the fur in this Kathmandu isn't nearly the same quality, nor is it as cozy. UGG has even fitted the Adirondack II with a removable insole that is coated in sheepskin. Although we noticed that the sheepskin around the insole started to become a little compressed through our testing process, it still feels super cozy against the foot (with or without socks!) and continues to provide excellent warmth.

The UGG Adirondack II offers a unique option! Choose to wear this boot with the cuff rolled down  or rolled up. Both offer different styles and comfort options.
The UGG Adirondack II offers a unique option! Choose to wear this boot with the cuff rolled down, or rolled up. Both offer different styles and comfort options.

Not only is the lining of this boot amazingly touchable, the footbed is comfortable and supportive. The Adirondack II doesn't provide quite as much ankle support as the Vasque Pow Pow II or The North Face Shellista (our Editors' Choice winner) but it provides significantly more support than boots like the Kamik Momentum. As we mentioned above, this boot is also relatively breathable. This not only plays a role in warmth, but also in comfort, as slimy, sweaty feet are quite uncomfortable. Finally, we found this boot to be cozy whether we wore it with the cuff rolled up or down.

The interior is lined with plush sheepskin fur that keeps your feet cozy and warm. Here we get ready for our river tests while examining the interior of the boot.
The interior is lined with plush sheepskin fur that keeps your feet cozy and warm. Here we get ready for our river tests while examining the interior of the boot.

We also wanted to take a moment here to discuss UGG Australia's approach to animal ethics. Many of the boots in this review have some type of leather, whether it is full-grain leather, suede, or nubuck; however, the UGG Australia Adirondack II is the only piece that uses leather and sheepskin. Some consumers and animal rights activists are careful not to purchase products that contain animal byproducts like leather. If that is the case for you, we would like to direct you to boots like the Kamik Momentum and Sorel Tofino II (constructed with synthetic upper textiles). On the other hand, some of us don't mind purchasing leather products, though we may get a little hesitant when manufacturers start talking about sheepskin.

If you feel this way, we've got you covered. We did some research and found out that UGG is owned by Deckers Outdoor Corporation. This company does not raise sheep itself, but states that it is committed to ethically sourcing sheepskin solely from farmers and organizations that are raising the animals for their meat. UGG states that it only believes in using this material when it is a by-product of the meat industry and never purchases sheepskin from organizations that raise animals solely for their pelts. Additionally, UGG has openly released statements denouncing the inhumane practice of mulesing. We really appreciate UGG's commitment to animal ethics and the transparency that Deckers demonstrates by posting its policies on its website.

Traction


UGG Australia fitted the Adirondack II with a Vibram sole for extra traction and grip. This outsole has horizontal treads that are quite shallow, providing little to no traction in super slippery conditions. In comparison to other boots, it performed second to last (before the Northside Kathmandu) in the traction category. While hiking down a few icy, snow-packed roads, we noticed our feet slipping and sliding.

This Vibram rubber sole sticks to wet rocks and some slippery surfaces. However  we think this boot would be much better if it had a tread with deeper  more aggressive lugs.
This Vibram rubber sole sticks to wet rocks and some slippery surfaces. However, we think this boot would be much better if it had a tread with deeper, more aggressive lugs.

On our traction hill tests, it was constantly slipping out from under us while we sprinted uphill over grass and snow. Surfaces that normal running shoes could easily grip to were ungraspable by this boot. That said, we did like the Vibram rubber outsole. Even though it's doesn't stick well to icy-snowy streets, it does do well on rocky surfaces and sidewalks. It also does a good job on regular snow (without ice). On icy days we found ourselves reaching for boots like the Kamik Momentum and Vasque Pow Pow II Ultradry, which feature deeper, grippier lugs.

Even though they look deep  they get clogged with snow easily and loss traction.
Even though they look deep, they get clogged with snow easily and loss traction.

Style & Fit


In our social media poll, the Adirondack II scored fairly low in the style category. This contender is definitely a more techy looking boot, but we like to think of it as "rugged-chic." Its full-grain leather toe box and upper are rich and buttery. While one of our testers constantly wore this boot with the sheepskin cuff rolled down, another tester almost exclusively wore it rolled up. We liked this versatile feature not only from a practicality perspective, but also from a style perspective. The convertible cuff gives you more options to switch things up. The one thing that we didn't love about wearing the cuff rolled up was that the tongue isn't flush with the top lip of the boot, which doesn't offer a most natural look.

Even though our main tester preferred the unrolled look  others may prefer the short boot look. Even with its techy look  we think it has potential and can be worn with a plethora of different outfits.
Even though our main tester preferred the unrolled look, others may prefer the short boot look. Even with its techy look, we think it has potential and can be worn with a plethora of different outfits.

The fit of this boot is also quite nice, fitting both wide and narrow footed alike. This is largely attributed to the wide-set lace eyelets that allow you to choose whether to pull the boot together quite tightly or leave it a bit more loose-fitting. Our testers found that this boot was true to fit; if you plan on wearing super thick socks, ordering a half size larger will do you a good service.

Ease to Take On & Off


Overall, these boots were easy to pull on and kick off. The continuous sheepskin lining almost made the interior feel slick, allowing them to slip on and off smoothly. Our only caveat was that we had a hard time putting the boots one without using our hands. Because the upper is fairly floppy, and not nearly as rigid as say the Sorel Tofino II, or our Editors' Choice winner, The North Face Shellista, we had to use our hands to pull it on. We did like how the lacing system was liquidsmooth - almost functioning completely as a one-pull system (even though its not). The boots are also fitted with a back pull tab to help ease the process.

Best Applications


We liked the UGG Adirondack II for everything from light hiking to around town errands. They were also great for exploring the outdoors or shoveling the sidewalk in less than four or five inches of snow (with the cuffs rolled up). Although they weren't the warmest and didn't provide the best traction on icy-snow packed roads, they will keep you fairly warm - whether you are building a snowman or shopping around town.

Looking for fun around town? Make sure to purchase a pair of boots that will keep your feet warm and cozy so you can do anything you please in the fluffy white stuff!
Looking for fun around town? Make sure to purchase a pair of boots that will keep your feet warm and cozy so you can do anything you please in the fluffy white stuff!

Value


One of the most expensive models in our review, the Adirondack II rings up at $225, which is around $85 more than our Editors' Choice winner, The North Face Shellista, and over $130 more than our Best Buy Award winner, the Kamik Momentum. The first thing to consider when deciding whether or not to purchase this winter boot is whether or not you like its "rugged-chic" look. We think the leather on this boot is beautifully crafted and we loved the fluffy roll-down cuff, but this look does not suit everyone.

If this boot is your style and you are seeking a piece that will meet needs that vary from light hiking to outdoor winter chores and errands around town, then these boots are absolutely worth the money, especially because you might not want to ever want to take them off. Seriously. After trying out the Adirondack II, our testers now want sheepskin lining in all their footwear. Moreover, we have known friends and family to get years and years of use out of their UGG boots.

If you are looking more for a hiking specific winter boot and don't mind a rugged look, than the Vasque Pow Pow II is a great deal at only $150.

Conclusion


This ultra-plush boot may just change your whole perspective on winter. With its beautiful leather upper and touchable sheepskin lining, the Adirondack II is a treat to wear. Although this model is not ideal for women who live in areas that get feet upon feet of snow, it can handle drifts up to eight inches deep and puddles up to three inches deep. Whether you opt to leave the cuff rolled down or decide to roll it up to increase warmth and snow protection, this boot will leave you feeling glad that winter has finally arrived.

Other Versions


Adirondack II Tall- Women's
UGG Australia Women's Adirondack Tall Leather Boot
  • Tall version
  • Collar is cuffed down or folded up
  • Claims to stand up to temperatures as low as -20 C
  • $295

Sheepskin Insoles
UGG Australia Women's W Sheepskin Insole Sheepskin Insole
  • Sheepskin replacement inserts
  • Offered for specific styles
  • $15
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