Kathy, thanks for your editing help. I did request a mentor -
twice - but I have had no response to my emails. So, I remain
unmented. If I had a mentor and they quit, would I then be
demented? If you could reach Jennifer, I would appreciate it.
The ReportWriter is nice, but I still prefer my secretary - she
returns my handwritten scrawls neatly edited and formatted along
with a fresh cup of coffee!
As I anticipate many more corrections, I have not uploaded the file.
Columbia Bugabootoo Boots
BY JOANNE WALKER
April 2, 2007
NAME: Joanne Walker
EMAIL: raymondmom AT msn DOT com
LOCATION: Moreno Valley, California
HEIGHT: 5' 2" (1.57 m)
WEIGHT: 160 lb (72.60 kg)
I'm a city girl. I never slept in a tent or wore a backpack until
nine years ago. I became involved in Cub Scouting and it's been
uphill ever since! We camp about 40 to 50 nights a year in locales
ranging from a primitive Baja beach to the Sierras to Southwest
deserts. I also enjoy paddling and the occasional geocache. This
year, my plan is to begin backpacking. Looking at the contents of my
garage, I realize that I need a 12 step program for gear addicts.
Columbia Bugabootoo Women's Boots
Columbia Sportswear Company
Year of Manufacture: Fall 2006
Available colors: swiss/blush, flax/cornmeal, stone/starlight,
Color tested: white/ blues
Upper Materials: Nubuck and Full-Grain Leather
Insulation: 200 g Thermolite
Temperature Rating: -25 F (-32 C)
Columbia Size: Women's 7
My Normal Boot Size: Women's 8 wide
Manufacturer's Weight: n/a
Actual Weight: 3 lb 2 oz (1.4 kg)
From the manufacturer's website:
Fabrics and Features
UPPER: Waterproof nubuck or full-grain leather. Seam-sealed
construction. Gusseted tongue. HARDWARE: Rustproof metal ghillies
and nylon top hook. INSULATION: 200g Thinsulate . Rated -25F/-32C.
INSOLE : ThermaShield frost plug. SHELL: Injection molded rubber
with snowshoe binding lip. MIDSOLE: Die-cut EVA. OUTSOLE: Non-
marking Omni-Grip® rubber compound with minimal loading lug tread
The primary reason I purchased these boots is because they are a
pretty color that matched my snowshoe outfit. The secondary reason
is that they have a snowshoe lip to prevent the snowshoe binding
from slipping off the heel of the boot.
I ordered a size 8, the boots are marked 7, but fit like a size 9.
The Bugabootoo boots are cute. Picture a pair of strappy, silk,
Jimmy Choo sandals. Ok, they're not that cute! Imagine an old
fashioned pair of rubber galoshes instead.
The sole and base half of the boot are constructed of a black
synthetic material. The sole measures 10 3/4 in (27 cm) long by 4
1/4 in (11 cm) at the widest point. The treads are 1/8 in (.3 cm)
long in a pattern that varies in height and thickness. The black
synthetic material extends approximately 3 in (8 cm) high and
appears to be molded. The instep consists of an attractive clear
white leather of about 3 1/4 in (8 cm) width. The lacing system
consists of a set of three metal D rings and two plastic hooks. The
laces are pale blue and white, round with plastic aglet. The tongue
consists of a 3 1/2 in (9 cm) white leather strip sewn to a blue
fabric piece measuring 6 1/4 (16 cm) by 3 in (8 cm). It is gusseted
up to the ankle. From the base of the boot heel to the top of the
collar measures 7 1/4 in (18 cm). There are medium blue suede
inserts around the collar. The snowshoe lip is 3 in (8 cm) up from
the sole. The interior of the boot from the heel to the collar
measures 5 1/4 in (13 cm), giving the height height as 2 in (5 cm).
The interior of the boot is lined with a nice, soft polyester
fleece. There is one possible friction point at the heel seam. The
collar has a cushiony foam feel. The blue removable foam inserts
are 1/8 in (.3 cm) thick.
FIELD USE AND CONDITIONS
I wore these boots during the months of January, February and March
of 2007 in Kings Canyon, Sequoia and Bryce Canyon National Parks.
The elevations ranged from 5500 feet (1676 m) to 7500 feet ( 2286 m)
and temperatures ranged from 25 F to 65 F (-4 C to 18 C). The
terrain varied from paved, ice covered, snow of varying depth, red
dirt to mud. I wore them with and without snowshoes on both level
ground and on moderately strenuous ascents and descents. The boots
were worn with my favorite Smartwool socks from between one hour to
six hours, with and without a heavy day pack.
The boots were broken in with an hour walk in Grant's Grove,
Kings Canyon, Ca. The temperature was hovering around freezing (32
F / 0 C) and there were patches of ice on the trail. Although I
slipped often, I did not fall. The boots were comfortable and my
feet remained warm and dry without any sore spots. The second day's
hike was five miles (8 km) and lasted four hours. There was snow
and ice on the ground, but not enough for snowshoes. The
temperature was a bit warmer. I felt secure and my feet remained
The next trip was snowshoeing in February in Sequoia National
Park. I wore the boots three days in a row. The snow was soft and
wet and I postholed to my knees on occasion, that is the boots were
completely immersed in wet snow. I had left my gaiters in the
truck, but wore my water repellent pants over the boots. The
temperature ranged from 30 to 50 F (-1 to 28 C). The second day
was even warmer and the snow melted from the trees and it was very
wet. I fell a few times as well - just to test the boots, of
course! My feet remained comfortable, warm and dry. My socks were
not moist at all and I wore the same pair each day. The boots are
supportive as neither my plantar fascitis nor my arthritis bothered
me during the trip. The boots fit nicely into the snowshoe bindings
and the snowshoe lip helped keep the binding from slipping off my
The temperature was above normal on the last trip and the
snow had melted in Bryce Canyon, leaving some nice orange mud
behind. I wore the boots for five hours in 50 to 70 F (28 to 21 C)
temperatures. My feet did not overheat and remained dry. Although
lightweight trail runners would have been appropriate for the day, I
was comfortable in the boots and had no complaints other than they
were more substantial than was necessary.
The Bugabootoo boots have removable footbeds and I easily removed
the footbed and effortlessly replaced it with a Shockdoctor
footbed. I could also fit a small size Yaktrax over the sole of the
boot. However, I did not find it necessary to use either accessory
as I felt the boots provided adequate support and traction.
THINGS I LIKE
I appreciated that the boots were so very comfortable. I liked the
snowshoe lip as it did keep the snowshoes from falling off my feet.
I was happy to have dry feet both when I walked in wet snow or cold
puddles and when the warm temperatures would've caused my feet to
perspire. I enjoyed the lightheartedness of the colors available
instead of only somber tans and I am considering buying a second
pair of Bugabootoos in pink.
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
When my fingers were cold and stiff, I found it difficult to unlace
the boots. I would prefer the boots to be a bit lighter and
sleeker, if possible without sacrificing performance.
These met my needs and exceeded my expectations. I found the boots
to be versatile enough to meet moderate winter conditions and I
unhesitatingly chose them for daily wear. I plan on purchasing
additional pairs in the future.