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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 11, 2020
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RANKED
#1 of 14
  • Warmth - 25% 9
  • Weather Protection - 25% 9
  • Comfort & Fit - 25% 9
  • Ease of Use - 15% 6
  • Traction - 10% 8

Our Verdict

Testing the warm and comfortable UGG Adirondack III was 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 wear it 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.

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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.

Performance Comparison


Cozy and comfortable  this boot boasts fantastic technical performance that functions with style.
Cozy and comfortable, this boot boasts 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 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.

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 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.


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 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.

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 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 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. 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.

The protective outer and warm wool liner of the Adirondack offers fantastic performance through slush and water.
The protective outer and warm wool liner of the Adirondack offers fantastic performance through slush and water.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Traction


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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

Value


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.

The Adirondack 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.
The Adirondack 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 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.

Enjoy the 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.
Enjoy the 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.

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, leather definitely needs to be maintained.

Conclusion


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.

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