UGG Adirondack III Review
Cons: Expensive, shaft lacks stability
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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.
This boot offers sufficient warmth for most days in the winter. The liner insulates with 200 grams of wool, insulating even when it's frigid and wet outside.
The Adirondack is made of leather and suede that is relatively thick, offering good insulation along the shaft. The outsole is thick enough to insulate from cold temperatures below but is thinner than some of the warmest boots in this review. When tested at freezing (0 degrees Celius and 32 degrees Fahrenheit), this boot offered sufficient warmth while walking the dog and shoveling 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. Its breathable design offers ventilation, making it a great option for hiking as well as performing chores around town.
We love the 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 of the collar of the boot, helping to keep fly-away snow out.
During our water resistance tests, we slowly inched into a frigid river, expecting water to burst through the seams like it did in the previous version of the boot. We kept walking in until the water reached just 2 inches below the top of the boot. Even when it got to the top, the faux fur repelled the flowing water for a second before our feet got wet. Later on, we went hiking, tromping through rivers, and it protected right up to the top of the boot.
When stomping around in the snow, slush, and water on the trail, the leather offers great protection. It remains flexible, even when it's super cold outside, adding to this boot's comfort. After months of heavy use, it continues to impress and protect. Overall, we are very pleased with its construction. Just be sure to treat the leather to ensure that it maintains its weather protection over the years.
Comfort & Fit
The comfort of this winter boot is truly top-notch. The wool liner is cozy and breathable. While the fit at first felt tight, it eventually broke in, offering a true-to-size fit that we love.
The Adirondack II has two ways you can wear it. Fully extended or folded down for a shorter fit. The interior is lined with super warm wool, but the boot doesn't overheat due to excellent breathability. 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 out the interior of the boot.
At first, the fit of this boot felt quite narrow. It wasn't until we went for a wintery hike that the material became pliable, relaxed, and essentially molded to our feet. As a result, we'd say that the fit is versatile and adheres to what you need. If you're on the fence or like to wear thicker socks, be sure to size up a half size to be safe. 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.
We also noticed that while hiking on unstable terrain, the shaft isn't as stable as other boots. The serial ankle rollers among us rolled their ankles several times, even with the laces done up tightly. If you need a super supportive boot around the ankle, this isn't a great option. There are many others with a more rigid shaft that'll offer better support. Overall, this is one of the most comfortable winter boots we've had the pleasure of testing, assuming your body can handle the less stable construction.
Ease of Use
Given the less rigid structure of the shaft, this is not the easiest boot to slip on and off. You'll need both hands to put it on and to do up the laces. It doesn't have any additional "pull loops" on the sides of the boot (just one at the back), but the wool liner is easy enough to grab and pull when sliding your foot inside. 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 with four eyelets up the shaft, but not all of them are necessary if you won't be navigating technical terrain. When walking, the Adirondack holds its shape and stays flexible and comfortable even in super cold weather.
The rubber outsole offers traction on hardpacked snow and slippery surfaces. The well-spaced lugs are relatively deep and technical for an around-town shoe. So, we took this boot hiking up steep slopes and happily didn't slip or slide. This extends its uses to winter hiking on hard or soft-packed trails.
Given this performance, it's clear this boot can handle most trails. It even shed mud pretty well when getting into sticky terrain. Don't be afraid to wear it when the surfaces get unwieldy. We typically wore the Adirondack from our office to an after-work hike on local trails. It also feels nice on pavement as the lugs aren't bulky or intrusive.
While it can't perform on ice (no boots really can), this boot is compatible with YakTracks, making it versatile enough to tackle any surface that winter might throw at you. That said, if winter hiking is what you're planning on using your boot for most of the time, be sure to look at something more suited for winter hiking.
While the ticket price may be high, we appreciate the great craftsmanship and awesome overall performance of this boot. It offers two styles for wear that are attractive, and also comes in different color options. Given its great level of water resistance and impeccable performance in snow, we'd say it's worth the price.
While we do worry about the leather and suede getting gummed up with salt stains, it's easy to rinse these boots off with water once you've walked through some muck. It's also important to note that some online reviews claim that this boot has fallen apart after just a few months of use. That said, we've used it (and hard) for longer than that, and it's still waterproof and performs well. We will continue testing and report back if anything changes. For now, it seems to be quite durable and well-built.
The UGG Adirondack III is a highly impressive and versatile boot. We love its super cute design and fantastic performance that'll have you walking your way through winter without worry. It's a technical but stylish boot that can go from winter trails and back to the office without blinking an eye. While the price is high, so is the performance. If you're ready to invest, it will bring you lots of warmth and happiness through the winter and its shoulder seasons.
— Amber King