Hands-on Gear Review

Columbia Heavenly Omni-Heat Lace-Up Review

This super warm and comfortable winter boot is the lightest tested and most versatile.
By: Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 14, 2018
Price:  $140 List  |  $139.95 at MooseJaw
Pros:  Warm, plush liner, faux-fur collar, great water and snow protection, versatile, lightest tested
Cons:  Tight and narrow fit, need to size up, style is questionable
Manufacturer:   Columbia
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  • Warmth - 20% 5
  • Weather Protection - 20% 6
  • Comfort & Fit - 20% 7
  • Ease of Use - 15% 5
  • Traction - 15% 6
  • Style - 10% 6
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Our Verdict

If you're a lover of fur-lined boots that are super lightweight, the Columbia Heavenly Omni-Heat may be dialing your number! With each boot weighing less than a pound, you can walk for miles without even noticing this winter boot is on! The synthetic overlay is not super stable or firm, but flexible and completely waterproof. Slide your foot into the fully faux-fur lined interior for heavenly comfort. In addition to the 200-grams of insulation, you will stay warm with temperatures dip below freezing. As one of the most versatile winter boots tested, we urge you to wear it everywhere. Light hiking, wear around town, to work, and more. Enjoy the plush comfort!


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Our Analysis and Test Results

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The Columbia Heavenly Omni-Heat Lace-Up boot offers 11 inches of pure comfort and weather protection. Wear it for less technical hikes, to work, or around town. This is one of the most versatile boots tested.

Performance Comparison


The Heavenly Omni-Heat boots are flexible  soft  and comfortable. One of the most versatile boots tested.
The Heavenly Omni-Heat boots are flexible, soft, and comfortable. One of the most versatile boots tested.

Warmth


Loaded with 200-grams of insulation, and Omni-Heat reflective technology in the liner, this boot will keep feet warm in sub-zero conditions. While there is ample insulation throughout the boot, the sole of this boot is relatively thin, and a source of heat loss during our super cold days out in the field. As a result, we're not sure if the -25 degree temperature rating claim is correct, as we quickly lost heat when temperatures were around zero degrees, and our feet were left cold.

That said, we also didn't have the opportunity to test in these super cold conditions. Overall, this boot earns a five out of ten for warmth. While it's not as warm as Our Top Pick for Severe Weather, the Sorel Joan of Arctic or the Keen Durand Polar, with 400-grams of insulation, it's certainly not one of the coldest boots either. An excellent option for around-town wear in sub-zero temperatures.

Loaded with 200-grams of insulation  this boot will keep you warm in sub-zero temperatures.
Loaded with 200-grams of insulation, this boot will keep you warm in sub-zero temperatures.

Weather Protection


Boy were we surprised when we took this winter boot to the streets. Despite the super flexible synthetic upper being seemingly absorbent - it proved to be the opposite! It earns an average score of six out of ten. When we stood a local lake and marched around for a few minutes, no water penetrated through the seams. The upper is indeed waterproof. It wasn't until we went a little deeper and water seeped in where the tongue met the body of the boot. This happened with most boots tested including the Sorel Tofino II, one of the most waterproof boots tested.

During our water tests  this boot stayed dry until it met the point where the tongue and body separated. Here we show that point of waterproofing.
During our water tests, this boot stayed dry until it met the point where the tongue and body separated. Here we show that point of waterproofing.

This boot is exceptional in snow. The faux-fur collar also found in the Sorel Joan of Arctic and Keen Durand Polar kept out blowing snow while the upper protected even after walking around for hours. Overall, we are impressed with the weather protection of this fabric-based boot.

Comfort & Fit


As the lightest boots tested (weighing less than a pound!), our group of testers said it hardly felt like it was on! As a result, it is recommended for all-day wear, similar to the ultralight Keen Elsa. We also love its fur-lined interior that made stepping into this boot quite cozy, generating warmth on the go.

While we love the comfort features, this boot has quite a tight fit. When trying to pair it with a pair of woolly socks, we could hardly wear the boots because they were too tight. The toe box is narrow and doesn't have a whole lot of volume.

Faux-fur extends from the collar along the interior of the boot for amply coziness and warmth.
Faux-fur extends from the collar along the interior of the boot for amply coziness and warmth.

Also, the heel is super tight and small in comparison to other size nine boots in this review. While those with narrow feet love this boot, wide-footed ladies may want to look into a wider boot like the UGG Cecile or Keen Elsa. We would also recommend sizing up a half or even full size depending on the width of your feet.

It features a flexible shaft that is easy to walk in for days.
It features a flexible shaft that is easy to walk in for days.

Ease of Use


Pulling on this boot is not super easy. The interior is lined with a super plush faux-fur that catches socks. The shaft of the boot is not stiff, so both hands are needed to open up the less voluminous opening. It earns a five out of ten in this category.

While it's harder to put on, we did like that the lacing system is simple with just one simple pull. It locks the boot into place and doesn't move for miles. This is similar to all other contenders in this review except for our Editors' Choice winner, the North Face Shellista II. If you prefer a laceless boot, check out the Kamik Momentum, our Editors' Choice winner.

Pull once and all the laces tighten up with the Columbia Heavenly Omni-Heat. This is not a luxury found in the North Face Shellista II Mid.
Pull once and all the laces tighten up with the Columbia Heavenly Omni-Heat. This is not a luxury found in the North Face Shellista II Mid.

Traction


With fan-shaped lugs and a rubber outsole, this boot provides decent traction overall. Scoring an average six out of ten, the longer lugs grabbed the trail and snowy sidewalks when the weather turned foul. Despite the ideal length of the lugs, this shoe doesn't offer much in the way of a surface area on the bottom of the outsole. That is to say, it's thinner and more narrow.

Decent traction  suitable for light hiking and around-town use.
Decent traction, suitable for light hiking and around-town use.

As a result, we found ourselves falling through deep snow easier than with a broader platform found in wider Sorel models. Despite this small caveat, we felt this boot did well for trudging around town and light hiking in the woods.

The outsole is loaded with tri tipped lugs that bite the trail in all directions.
The outsole is loaded with tri tipped lugs that bite the trail in all directions.

This boot (like all boots tested) does not do well on ice. Pair it with some YakTrax to avoid any unsuspected slips or falls.

Style


Half of our testers think this boot is super cute, while others don't like it at all. We did not receive many compliments on the street, but in round-table discussions of this boot, we noticed a straight up did in subjective thoughts on style. As a result, it earned a six out of ten for this division in opinion.

The faux-fur collar offers cute stylings while the baffles loaded with insulation add a little flair. The 11-inch shaft height looks great with a pair of leggings or can be put under a pair of boot-leg jeans. While this boot can complete an outfit, there are some cuter options out there. Specifically, be sure to check out the UGG Cecile, our Top Pick for Style, or the Keen Elsa.

This 11-inch boot features faux-fur and a baffled design throughout the body of the boot. Perfect to wear with a pair of tights or under a pair of pants.
This 11-inch boot features faux-fur and a baffled design throughout the body of the boot. Perfect to wear with a pair of tights or under a pair of pants.

Best Applications


This boot is quite versatile because of its level of warmth, protection, and comfort. Take it with you on a light hike over less technical terrain or just simply wear it around town. Just be careful with temperatures dip into the double digits.

Heather takes a look into a beautiful canyon while on an afternoon hike after teaching all day.
Heather takes a look into a beautiful canyon while on an afternoon hike after teaching all day.

Value


Priced at $140, this boot is of decent value. While other boots have better protection and warmth for less, like our Best Buy award winner for just $90, this model stands out for it's super flexible and lightweight design. If this is what you seek, we think the price is right.

Conclusion


Take this super flexible boot anywhere! Wear it to work, on a trail, or around town. It's versatile, protective and warm. A great winter wear option.

Take a light hike with this soft snow boot!
Take a light hike with this soft snow boot!

Amber King

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