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UGG Adirondack III Review

The epitome of comfort and warmth, wrapped in a cute, yet high performing waterproof package.
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:  $250 List | $249.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Super cozy liner, completely waterproof, cute style options, comfortable, warm.
Cons:  Expensive, shaft lacks stability.
Manufacturer:   UGG
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 12, 2019
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  • Comfort & Fit - 25% 9
  • Ease of Use - 15% 6
  • Traction - 10% 8

Our Verdict

Testing the warm and comfortable UGG Adirondack III has been a pleasure. The newest iteration of this boot blasts back with better traction, weather protection, and the same cute style that we know and love. We've tested this Editors' Choice winner while hiking at 13,000 ft over scree and winter laden trails. We've worn it comfortably to work, and while performing chores around town. Its super stylish design allows you to use it as a leather workboot or wearing out to dinner with your friends. The sheep wool liner is warm while the leather is completely weatherproof. Wrap your foot in warm comfort all winter long. Just be patient breaking the boot in as it takes a little time. It's also not for those who need a stable or supportive boot through the shaft and arch.


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Pros Super cozy liner, completely waterproof, cute style options, comfortable, warm.Comfortable, good traction, waterproof, warm, supportiveVery protective, warm, durable, excellent traction on icy surfaces.Warm, wider-forefoot, waterproof, fantastic traction, stability and supportWarm, weather-proof, faux-fur collar, tall shaft height, stylish
Cons Expensive, shaft lacks stability.Poor on ice, shorter construction, technical style, 1/2 size too small.Expensive, bulky and heavy, reported issues with leaking after long-term use.Aggressive and techy look, not cozy, less arch supportPoor traction, heavy, less precise fit
Bottom Line The epitome of comfort and warmth, wrapped in a cute, yet high performing waterproof package.A stable and comfortable winter hiking boot with many uses.A durable and protective neoprene boot offering warmth and protection.A great winter hiker, perfect for slippery trails and long days.A stylish and tall boot built to take on bad weather.
Rating Categories UGG Adirondack III Oboz Bridger 7" Insulated Wa... Arctic Ice Tall Bugaboot Plus IV Omni-Heat Sorel Joan of Arctic
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Specs UGG Adirondack III Oboz Bridger 7"... Arctic Ice Tall Bugaboot Plus IV... Sorel Joan of Arctic
Maximum puddle depth before major leaking 9 inches 5 inches 15 inches 6 inches 10 inches
Measured Weight (one boot, size nine) 1 lb. 5 oz 1 lb. 4.8 oz 2 lb. 5 oz 1 lb. 4 oz (size 7) 2 lbs.
Type of Boot All-around winter Hiking Outdoor work and chores Hiking All-around winter
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, Size 9) 10 inches 7 inches 17 inces 7.5 inches (size 7) 13.5 inches
Lining/Insulation UGGpure wool 200 gram 3M™ Thinsulate™ insulation Fleece lined & 5mm of neoprene Omni-Heat reflective lining, 200-grams of insulation 6 mm recycled felt
Removable Liner? No No No No Yes
Footbed EVA O FIT Insole™ Thermal Removable contured PU Techlite EVA 2.5mm bonded felt frost plug
Upper Material Waterproof suede and leather Waterproof nubuck leather Neoprene 8mm & rubber Leather, nylon Waterproof suede leather with faux fur cuff
Toe Box Rubber Molded rubber Rubber Rubber Rubber
Outsole Molded Spider Rubber Granite Peak winterized rubber Vibram Arctic Grip Michelin winter compound rubber Waterproof vulcanized rubber
Company-claimed cold-weather rating -32 n/a n/a -25 -25
Animal products used? Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Sizes Available 5 - 12 6 - 11 5 - 11 5 - 12 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  this is our Editors' Choice winner for its great fantastic technical performance that functions with style.
Cozy and comfortable, this is our Editors' Choice winner for its great fantastic technical performance that functions with style.

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. Its breathable design offers ventilation, making it a great option for hiking as well as performing chores around town.

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 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 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.

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. After months of heavy use, it continues to impress and protect. Overall, we are very impressed with its construction. Just be sure to treat the leather to ensure that it maintains its weather protection over the years.

This boot's protective outer and warm wool liner offers fantastic performance through slush and water. One of the many reasons it earns our Editors' Choice award.
This boot's protective outer and warm wool liner offers fantastic performance through slush and water. One of the many reasons it earns our Editors' Choice award.

Comfort & Fit


We love love love the comforts of this winter boot! The wool liner is comfortable and breathable. While the fit at first felt tight, it eventually broke in offering a true to size fit that we love.


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 these out, the toes of our feet 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. 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.

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.

Another thing we noticed while hiking on unstable terrain is the shaft isn't as stable as other boots. The serial ankle rollers among us rolled their ankles several times, even with the laces down 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. 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. We took this boot hiking up steep slopes and didn't slip or slide. This extends its uses to winter hiking on hard or soft-packed trails.


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 shed mud pretty well when getting into sticky terrain. Don't be afraid to wear it when the surfaces get sticky or disgusting. We typically wore them from our office to an after-work hike on local trails. They also feel nice on the pavement as the lugs aren't bulky or intrusive.

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 really 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


Given the less rigid structure of the shaft, it's 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. The tightening features don't make all the laces tight at once but will bring it back to the fit you had left it with.

Pull-on the collar to get the boot on.
Pull-on the collar to get the boot on.

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? These boots don'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? These boots don'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 its 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 worth the price.

This stylish boot is very protective and stylish. Wear the cuff up to keep out snow on trails or wear it down for a shorter look around town. The leather construction is both waterproof and keeps the snow out.
This stylish boot is very protective and stylish. Wear the cuff up to keep out snow on trails or wear it down for a shorter look around town. The leather construction is both waterproof and keeps the snow out.

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 that muck. Also, it's 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 a similar period, and it's still waterproof and performs well. We will continue testing and report back after a year of use. For now, it seems to be quite durable and well-built.

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 the largest range of applications  making it the most versatile tested  and our Editors' Choice award winner.
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 the largest range of applications, making it the most versatile tested, and our Editors' Choice award winner.

Be sure to use a weather sealant on the leather to ensure its longevity. After our testing period (without this treatment) the leather looked worn. We added the sealant, and the boot perked right up. To ensure longevity, it definitely needs to be maintained.

Conclusion


The UGG Adirondack III is back and better than ever. We love its super cute design and fantastic performance that'll have you walking your way through winter without worry. Its a technical but stylish boot that can go from winter trails and back to the office. 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.

The UGG Adirondack is our Editor's Choice winner for its endless applications that'll keep you warm and protected through the winter. Here we hike to the local bouldering gym for an easy session after testing boots all day long.
The UGG Adirondack is our Editor's Choice winner for its endless applications that'll keep you warm and protected through the winter. Here we hike to the local bouldering gym for an easy session after testing boots all day long.


Amber King