When it came time to select a warm, lightweight boot at a reasonable price for winter biking, I did a little research and tried on pairs from several different manufacturers. What I was looking for was a boot that could handle the varying conditions experienced riding during a Minnesota winter. I chose the Columbia Bugaboot Plus II Omni-Heat because it is very lightweight (size 9, ½ pair = 24 oz), waterproof, flexible and has an outsole that would grip nicely on a good set of pinned, flat pedals.
The Bugaboot Plus II Omni-Heat features a seam sealed Techlite shell, 200 grams of Columbia's patented thermal reflective Omni-Heat insulation (rated to -25° F) and is fully waterproof. The Omni-Grip rubber outsole has been designed to provide greater traction on all types of winter terrain.
I have had a couple of months to test them out in all types of winter conditions. During this time I have worn them riding in temperatures from -10º to +40º F providing me with a good assessment of how they perform. The cold weather features of the boot's design and how they handle a Minnesota winter would become apparent when putting them through this real-world testing.
Grabber Toe Warmers and Foot Warmers which worked well. These chemical warmers would give me extra hours of warmth while wearing the boots and I only found them necessary during times when temperatures were in the teens to below zero. *Note: Wool socks were worn during testing, one or two pair depending on the outside temperature.
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Disclosure: Columbia Sportswear provided the review sample for this article, but offered no other form of compensation for this review.