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UGG Adirondack III Review

The epitome of comfort and warmth, wrapped in a cute winter boot.
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Price:  $250 List | $249.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Super cozy liner, completely waterproof, cute style options, comfortable, warm.
Cons:  Expensive.
Manufacturer:   UGG
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 12, 2019
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  • Warmth - 25% 7
  • Weather Protection - 25% 7
  • Comfort & Fit - 20% 8
  • Traction - 20% 7
  • Ease of Use - 10% 7

Our Verdict

Cozy and comfortable, the UGG Adirondack III is back with better performance all around. With its 10-inch shaft height, feel free to frolic in snowdrifts that are just as high! The fur liner offers excellent protection and warmth even on the coldest days of winter. The outsole is supportive and responsive, providing traction on hard-packed surfaces and slushy, steep terrain. With well-spaced lugs, it sheds mud well, offering some functionality on winter trails. With a completely waterproof shaft that doesn't leak through the seams, you'll be fine tackling slushy puddles and winter weather that leads up to the shoulder seasons. For ladies that love a stylish boot, there are many color options with two different ways to wear it, offering even more versatility. Wear this from work to town, and out to the trails. This all-around impressive performer is one of our favorites.


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Pros Super cozy liner, completely waterproof, cute style options, comfortable, warm.Comfortable, great traction, waterproof, warm, not bad lookingWarm, wider-forefoot, waterproof, fantastic traction, stability and supportCute, versatile, relatively warm, decent tractionWarm, great weather protection, removable liner, super thick outsole
Cons Expensive.Short in the backAggressive and techy look, not cozy, less arch supportNot super water-resistantSloppy and clunky fit, heavy, not very stylish
Bottom Line The epitome of comfort and warmth, wrapped in a cute winter boot.The most comfortable winter boot we tested, and it has burly traction, making it perfect for winter backcountry adventures.A great winter hiker, perfect for slippery trails and long days.A versatile and cute winter boot for all purposes.A perfect option for winter chores in cold weather.
Rating Categories UGG Adirondack III Oboz Bridger 7" Insulated Wa... Bugaboot Plus IV Omni-Heat Shellista II Mid Sorel Caribou - Women's
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Specs UGG Adirondack III Oboz Bridger 7"... Bugaboot Plus IV... Shellista II Mid Sorel Caribou -...
Maximum puddle depth before major leaking 8 inches 6 inches 6 inches 6.75 inches 10 inches
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Measured Weight (ounces, one boot, size nine) 1 lb. 5 ounces 1 lb. 3.5 oz (size 7) 1 lb. 3.75 oz (size 7) 1 lb. 5.90 ounces 2 lb. 1.35 ounces
Fit Details True to size True to size True to size True to size True to size
Measured Shaft Height (from bottom of sole to top of shaft) 10 inches 7 inches 7.5 inches 11 inches 11 inches
Lining/Insulation UGGpure wool 200 gram 3M™ Thinsulate™ insulation Omni-Heat reflective lining 200g PrimaLoft Silver Insulation Eco 9mm recycled felt inner boot with Sherpa Pile snow cuff
Removable Liner? No No No No Yes
Footbed EVA O FIT Insole™ Thermal Techlite EVA Injection-molded waterproof TPR shell 2.5mm bonded felt frost plug
Upper Material Waterproof suede and leather Waterproof nubuck leather Leather, nylon Waterproof, BLC-compliant nubuck leather upper, knit collar Waterproof nubuck leather
Toe Box Rubber Molded rubber Rubber Rubber Rubber
Outsole Molded Spider Rubber Granite Peak winterized rubber Michelin winter compound rubber Winter Grip rubber outsole with IcePick temperature-sensitive lugs. Vulcanized rubber
Company-claimed cold-weather rating -32 n/a -25 n/a -40
Animal products used? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sizes Available 5 - 12 6 - 11 5 - 12 5 - 11 5 - 12

Our Analysis and Test Results

The UGG Adirondack III is one of the most comfortable and cute winter boots that we've had the pleasure of testing. Rated to -32 degrees Celcius, it'll keep you warm even when the coldest of weather hits. With the ability to wear it in two different styles, it offers versatility in its functionality. Waterproof and ready for snow-covered streets, this amazing boot will keep you happy.

Performance Comparison



Cozy and comfortable  the UGG Adirondacks offer great performance throughout the winter season.
Cozy and comfortable, the UGG Adirondacks offer great performance throughout the winter season.

Warmth


This boot offers sufficient warmth for most days in the winter. The liner insulates with 200-grams of wool, insulating when wet. The boot itself is made of leather and suede that is relatively thick, offering good insulation along the shaft through the winter. The outsole is thick enough to insulate from cold temperatures below but is thinner than some of the warmest boots in this review. While we are still testing them, this boot is rated to -32 degrees Celcius. When we tested it in 0 degrees Celcius, it offered us sufficient warmth to walking the dog and shovel the snow off of our deck. Overall, this is a warm winter boot that'll keep your feet protected while running chores around town or simply chilling out after a few days on the slopes.

A look at the plush wool-lining with 200-grams of insulation that offers great thermoregulation. This boot provides good breathability as well so moisture doesn't get stuck in the boot  adding to overall warmth.
A look at the plush wool-lining with 200-grams of insulation that offers great thermoregulation. This boot provides good breathability as well so moisture doesn't get stuck in the boot, adding to overall warmth.

Weather Protection


We absolutely love the new design of this boot. The previous iteration failed miserably in our waterproof tests, but this one has surpassed it in performance. While it's a shorter boot, it offers about 10 inches of protection when the shaft of the boot is completely extended. The liner pops out for the collar of the boot, helping to keep fly-away snow out of the boot.

While we aren't fully immersed yet  this boot is still keeping our feet dry. Even after marching around and agitating the fabric.
While we aren't fully immersed yet, this boot is still keeping our feet dry. Even after marching around and agitating the fabric.

During our water resistance tests, we slowly inched into the water, expecting water to burst through the seams like it did in the previous version of the boot. We kept walking in until the water got to a level, just 2 inches below the top of the boot. Even when it got to the top, the faux fur actually repelled the flowing water for a second before our feet got wet.

While the suede does need to be protected and treated to ensure its longevity  we can see that it does bead and wick away water well when it's performing as it should. We also appreciate the pull tabs that make it easier to put on this boot!
While the suede does need to be protected and treated to ensure its longevity, we can see that it does bead and wick away water well when it's performing as it should. We also appreciate the pull tabs that make it easier to put on this boot!

When stomping around in the snow, slush, and water on the trail, the leather offers great protection. The leather remains flexible, even when it's super cold outside, adding to the comforts of this boot. Overall, it's quite protective, and we are very impressed with its construction.

Comfort & Fit


We love love love the comforts of this winter boot! First of all, it has two ways you can wear it. Fully extended, or folded down for a shorter fit. The interior is lined with wool, which is super warm but doesn't make your foot sweat when you're inside — so it breathes well. This adds to the overall warmth of the boot. The insole is also fur-lined and can come out if you'd like to exchange it for an insole of your own, or if you need to dry the interior of the boot out.

The liner goes all the way down into the boot and throughout the insole. The boot is surprisingly breathable  offering comfort from your work desk to the trail with ease.
The liner goes all the way down into the boot and throughout the insole. The boot is surprisingly breathable, offering comfort from your work desk to the trail with ease.

The fit at first felt quite narrow. When we first took it out, the toes of our regular footed tested felt a bit cramped, and we weren't fans at first. It wasn't until we went for a wintery hike that the material became pliable, relaxed, and essentially molded to our foot. As a result, we'd say that the fit is versatile, and adheres to what you need. The midsole is injected with dual density EVA foam for a responsive ride while hiking and walking. It offers a little bit of arch support, but if you'd like more, add your own insoles.

The flexible shaft of the boot offers enough support on treacherous terrain  but its a lot less stable than other options out there. Here we teeter tooter on a 45-degree scree slope just under Mt. Sneffels in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.
The flexible shaft of the boot offers enough support on treacherous terrain, but its a lot less stable than other options out there. Here we teeter tooter on a 45-degree scree slope just under Mt. Sneffels in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.

One issue that we noticed is with different types of socks. When wearing a tight or longer sock, it'll stay intact. But, when we wore a shorter, looser sock, the sticky liner inside did good work to pull our sock down. Overall, this is one of the most comfortable winter boots we've had the pleasure of testing. Enjoy it all winter long.

Traction


The rubber outsole offers traction on hardpacked snow and slippery surfaces with well-spaced lugs that are relatively deep and technical for an around-town shoe.

The amazing traction of this bomber winter boot is up there with the burliest and clunkiest options. Here we take on a super snowy slope with minimal slips.
The amazing traction of this bomber winter boot is up there with the burliest and clunkiest options. Here we take on a super snowy slope with minimal slips.

Given this performance, it can handle most trails and actually shed mud pretty well when getting into sticky terrain.

Great traction for both the snow and overland. We appreciate the deeper rubber lugs that offer a good grip  even on hardpacked surfaces. That said  they can't perform on ice. None of the boots tested can.
Great traction for both the snow and overland. We appreciate the deeper rubber lugs that offer a good grip, even on hardpacked surfaces. That said, they can't perform on ice. None of the boots tested can.

While it can't perform on ice (no boots can), it's compatible with YakTracks, making it versatile to tackle any surface that winter might throw at you. If winter hiking is what you're planning on doing, be sure to look at a boot more suited for winter hiking.

A close up of the traction pattern. Notice the large lugs that offer stomping power on steeper hills or roads -- a useful feature for the downhill.
A close up of the traction pattern. Notice the large lugs that offer stomping power on steeper hills or roads -- a useful feature for the downhill.

Ease of Use


While this boot can't easily be slipped on without your hands, its' not very difficult to get into. The shaft isn't that supportive and a little floppy, so you need two hands to pull it on. Once you've done that, simply pull the laces once and they will tighten. Getting it off is as simple as untying, loosening a lace or two, then pulling it off at the heel. It comes only with four eyelets up the shaft, of which you don't need to do all of them up. When walking, it holds its shapes and stays flexible and comfortable even in super cold weather.

Which ones are easy to put on? The UGG Adirondack doesn't require too much effort  but you do need two hands to pull them on. Thank goodness the laces move easily through the eyelets with just a single pull.
Which ones are easy to put on? The UGG Adirondack doesn't require too much effort, but you do need two hands to pull them on. Thank goodness the laces move easily through the eyelets with just a single pull.

Value


While the ticket price may be high, we appreciate all great craftsmanship and awesome overall performance of this boot that we've seen so far. It offers two styles for wear that is attractive to most of our testers. It also comes in different color options. Given its great level of water resistance and impeccable performance in snow, we'd say its definitely worth the price. While we do worry about the suede getting gummed up with salt stains, it's easy to rinse these boots off with water once you've walked through that muck.

Enjoy the new and improved UGG Adirondack III wherever you want to go this winter. From work to snow-covered trails  through creeks  and to the summits of mountains. This amazing boot has you covered.
Enjoy the new and improved UGG Adirondack III wherever you want to go this winter. From work to snow-covered trails, through creeks, and to the summits of mountains. This amazing boot has you covered.

Conclusion


The UGG Adirondack III is back and better than ever. We absolutely love its super cute design and fantastic performance that'll have you walking your way through winter without worry. While the price is high, so is the performance. If you're ready to invest, this boot will bring you lots of warmth and happiness through the winter and its shoulder seasons.

Enjoy all the features of this winter boot  even in cold weather that hovers around freezing. The UGG Adirondack III offers great performance that'll last you all year round.
Enjoy all the features of this winter boot, even in cold weather that hovers around freezing. The UGG Adirondack III offers great performance that'll last you all year round.


Amber King