The Columbia Bugaboot Plus III Titanium Outdry Omni-Heat boot is a good all-around winter hiker that scored well across several of our metrics and earned our highest score in traction! This product offers good support though the ankle and has a comfortable footbed with plenty of room for the toes to wiggle. Although it lacks a cozy lining, it does provide a surprising amount of warmth given its low bulk. The Bugaboot has a mid-cut shaft that provides good protection from puddles and decent protection from snow drifts.
All that said, it wasn't our favorite for outdoor adventuring — instead we preferred the Vasque Pow Pow II, which took home our Top Pick for Winter Hiking. Overall, the score differences between these two boots are relatively small — a point difference for comfort, warmth, and traction — however, the shafts of the two boots fit quite differently. The Columbia is much stiffer and takes a while to break in, whereas the Vasque's shaft is more supple and comfortable right out of the box. We ultimately suggest choosing the boot that fits you best and feels most comfortable on your foot.