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David Poston
(dgposton) - F

Locale: Texas / Colorado
Down booties - do you bring 'em? on 12/05/2008 16:51:53 MST Print View

I'm curious to hear from the crowd whether you carry them and if so, what are your favorites. My wife gets cold feet, and I want her to be comfortable on our upcoming winter trip.

John Haley
(Quoddy) - F

Locale: New York/Vermont Border
Re: Down booties - do you bring 'em? on 12/05/2008 17:12:29 MST Print View

When it gets REALLY cold I bring mine since I suffer from foot neuropathy and eventually the cold gets to them. I have the Feathered Friends Down Booties (4.4 oz/pair) and sometimes bring the soled exteriors so that I can walk outside with them.

FF Down inners and Evazote soled outer shells

Edited by Quoddy on 12/06/2008 07:20:25 MST.

Steven Nelson
(slnsf) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
Re: Down booties - do you bring 'em? on 12/05/2008 17:44:56 MST Print View

I bring Feathered Friends down booties (with the removable WPB shell and sole).

They're not ideal - the sole is super-slippery on ice - but I like that the shell is removable so that the down socks can be used with a sleeping system, and the socks + shell can be used around camp.

I've recently started combining them with Croc-style shoes, sized up to accommodate the puffy down socks, and I like the combo (but not the extra weight).

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
40 Below Booties on 12/05/2008 18:25:10 MST Print View

My two cents....I have been snow camping once, this past Feb.

I took some 40 Below Booties, which are synthic and a pair is about 9 oz.

They do have a nice feature in that there is a foam foot bed that you can leave in or remove, depending on how cold it is.

Their website says that they have been used in the Artic.

They were very warm and walking around in the snow was easy, but the sole does not look any better than the FF.

-Tony

First Last
(snusmumriken) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Down socks on 12/05/2008 19:10:08 MST Print View

I have Sierra Designs down socks. They are for wearing in the sleeping bag. Keeps my toes nice and toasty.
Just put them on my postal scale - they weigh in right at 3 ounces for the pair.

Don Selesky
(backslacker) - M
Re: Re: Down booties - do you bring 'em? on 12/05/2008 19:42:24 MST Print View

"the sole is super-slippery on ice"

Try running a few lines of Seam Grip on the bottom of the sole - it gives you much more traction.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Re: Re: Down booties - do you bring 'em? on 12/05/2008 20:59:36 MST Print View

Another vote for FF with the outer shell. Mine weigh 10.75 oz and I'd love to leave them at home, but they are so warm and toasty. It's nice to dry the boots out at the end of the day and let the feet breath. I sleep with them too.

David Poston
(dgposton) - F

Locale: Texas / Colorado
Re: Down socks on 12/05/2008 21:42:51 MST Print View

Kristin,

Are you referring to these?
http://www.prolitegear.com/cgi-bin/prolitegear/sierra_designs_womens_down_sleepies_sp_07

How cold does it have to be for you guys (and gals) to bring down booties? I'm looking for something pretty light, around 3-4 oz. I'm not doing any snow camping thus far--just camping in cold weather were there is little if any snow. I also don't plan on using them to walk around outside the tent.

The FF model looks to be 9 oz.

Has anyone tried these?
http://www.nunatakusa.com/site07/booties/teanaway.htm

They weigh around 2.5-3.0 oz. Not sure if they are better than the Sierra Designs, but they are expensive at $115.

Edited by dgposton on 12/05/2008 21:50:38 MST.

Mike W
(skopeo) - F

Locale: British Columbia
Down Booties... on 12/05/2008 23:13:32 MST Print View

Another vote for Feathered Friends because of the versatility.

The down inner boots weigh 4.4 oz. for the pair (size L.) and are really warm. When I add the outer boot they weigh 9.6 oz for the pair.

I take the down inner and leave the outer boot behind if I'm just planning on using them for a cold night sleep. If there is snow around I take the outer boot as well as they make a great snow boot for around camp (I've not tried them on ice).

I've also taken the outer boot and left the down liner behind. The outer boot is relatively light and made a pretty decent high top boot for wandering around camp in the late season slop.... kept my feet and the bottom of my pants nice and dry.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Down Booties... on 12/05/2008 23:25:05 MST Print View

"How cold does it have to be for you guys"

I don't bring mine until it's snowshoe season...I'm guessing a solid -5*C or so. If there is even a chance of it being above 0*C I would think they would not be required, but that just my opinion. Also, if you don't plan on walking around in snow, I wouldn't bother with the FF ones, unless you leave the shells at home and keep them for when you do decide to do snow trips.
The teanaway slippers are awesome, but just a bit too fragile and low for my needs. When I get to camp and finish the chores, the boots come off and the down booties go on.

First Last
(snusmumriken) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Down socks are sleepies on 12/06/2008 00:57:41 MST Print View

Yes. The down socks I have are the sleepies. Got them on sale at REI last year or the year before. Think they were $10 on sale, maybe $20 full price.

I only bring them when I know its going to be below freezing.

john Tier
(Peter_pan) - M

Locale: Co-Owner Jacks 'R' Better, LLC, VA
Down sleeves=down socks too on 12/06/2008 05:53:14 MST Print View

JRB makes down sleeves, 5 oz/ pair, turn any vest into a jacket...multi purpose... they serve as sleep booties/socks also....pull over the foot to the ankle, leggins....when ready to get in the bag/quilt fold down the upper portion over the foot....Enjoy the night too.

Remember I'm biased.

Pan

Brian Barnes
(brianjbarnes) - M

Locale: Midwest
RE: "Down booties - do you bring 'em?" on 12/06/2008 07:13:39 MST Print View

Jack, That's a good idea! What kind of loft and fill do these sleeves have?

Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
microspikes on 12/06/2008 10:00:24 MST Print View

I know TNF makes some in their Nuptse line that have a pretty durrable sole. I might have to get some if I can find a size 14 on sale and see if I can put my Kathoola Microspikes on them. They might end up being pretty good winter hiking boots for short jaunts. It would be cool to try them with Sierra Designs new booties also but they don't make a size big enough.

Anyone see anything in a size 15 beyond Nunatak as I just can't afford those?

Edited by bpeugh on 12/06/2008 10:03:09 MST.

Brad Groves
(4quietwoods) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Re: Down booties - do you bring 'em? on 12/06/2008 10:25:11 MST Print View

Oh yeahhhhh. Down booties'll put a smile on just about anyone's face on a winter trip. My ex used to steal mine all the time, even at home, so I finally had to get her a pair. Part physiological, part psychological. Bottom line, when it's cold outside, it's really nice to know your feet'll be warm n' toasty. Makes going to bed or wearing wet, cold boots much easier to take sometimes. I've been using SD booties, but like the FF and Nunatak; probably prefer FF for versatility.

Matthew Roberts
(matthewjamesroberts) - F

Locale: San Fernando Valley
Croc shoes on 03/11/2009 21:26:40 MDT Print View

I like your croc shoes idea for an "around camp" shell. Easily slips in and out without requiring you to bend over. Great suggestion.

For a while I saw the croc-style brand "Nothings" everywhere. I think even Walmart was carrying them. They were wildly inexpensive, and were a light weight foam. Much lighter than croc's rubber.nothings

P. P.
(toesnorth) - F

Locale: PNW
Re: Down booties - do you bring 'em? on 03/11/2009 22:05:48 MDT Print View

"My wife gets cold feet, and I want her to be comfortable on our upcoming winter trip."
I understand. I have poor circulation and my feet tend to cold faster than anyone elses. Yes, I wear down booties, around camp and in the tent. In my sleeping bag I just wear wool socks.

"I like your croc shoes idea for an "around camp" shell. I think even Walmart was carrying them. They were wildly inexpensive, and were a light weight foam. Much lighter than croc's rubber."
I bought the knock-offs at WalMart and my pair weighs 4 oz. I'm on my second year and they're still going strong.

Robert Bryant
(KG4FAM) - F

Locale: Upstate
Re: Down booties - do you bring 'em? on 03/11/2009 22:22:25 MDT Print View

Another vote for the Feathered Friends. The shell-inner system is great.

Ryan Corder
(demo) - MLife

Locale: Arkansan in Seattle
Re: Down booties - do you bring 'em? on 03/12/2009 00:36:39 MDT Print View

I was highly skeptical of the FF down booties until my first visit to their retail store. Simply put, get them without hesitation. There are cheaper ones on the market, but they just don't compare to these; they are the best.

My household has since become loyal to Feathered Friends -- two bags, booties, vest and a jacket. Everything is made in their factory in Seattle.

Edited by demo on 03/12/2009 00:37:19 MDT.

john Tier
(Peter_pan) - M

Locale: Co-Owner Jacks 'R' Better, LLC, VA
Down Sleeves on 03/12/2009 07:13:50 MDT Print View

Brian,

Missed your earlier question.

JRB Down Sleeves use 800pf down.... and loft to 1.5 inches.

Pan