Down Socks
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Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Down Socks on 01/13/2010 19:33:48 MST Print View

I have begun making down socks for sleeping, and wanted to let you guys know about it. They use 1oz of down per pair (I can put more for a custom charge if desired). I am using black 0.9oz nylon taffeta for the fabric, and they have elastic ankle closures.

The price is $60 shipped to CONUS.
$7 extra to Canada or Mexico.
$9 extra anywhere else.

I offer them in 5 sizes:

X-Small: Men's size 4-5
Small: Men's size 6-7
Medium: Men's size 8-9
Large: Men's size 10-11
X-Large: Men's size 12-13

Custom sizes are available also for a $5 charge.

Let me know if you have any questions!

- Ben Smith

Edited by goosefeet on 11/02/2010 14:03:55 MDT.

Zachary Crane
(zcrane) - F

Locale: Midwest, USA
Photos on 01/13/2010 21:29:21 MST Print View

How about some photos?

EDIT: I saw them in your other thread. Might consider posting them here too though.

Edited by zcrane on 01/13/2010 21:30:30 MST.

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(annapurna) - MLife
. on 01/13/2010 21:31:11 MST Print View

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Edited by annapurna on 01/13/2010 21:34:35 MST.

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Photos on 01/13/2010 21:37:40 MST Print View

These photos are of the prototypes that I made out of 1.9oz breathable ripstop. They are the XL size, and with the stuff sack, weigh 3oz exactly on my scale.




stuffsack



socks1



socks2



socks3

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Down Socks Payment on 01/17/2010 07:09:52 MST Print View

Please use the website.

Edited by goosefeet on 01/20/2010 09:45:56 MST.

david richardson
(drichi) - M

Locale: midwest
down sock order on 01/17/2010 07:43:20 MST Print View

I just found this thread, sent you a paypal payment, thanks dave

Jolly Green Giant
(regultr) - MLife

Locale: www.jolly-green-giant.blogspot.com
Re: down sock order on 01/17/2010 09:11:22 MST Print View

@Ben, I just sent a PayPal order. It said the money was sent to "Susan" based on the e-mail address you provided. Hopefully this was the right place. Thanks.

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
RE socks on 01/17/2010 09:16:51 MST Print View

Payment sent. Thanks Jack

jim draucker
(mtnjim) - MLife

Locale: Shenandoah Valley VA
Down Socks on 01/17/2010 09:46:52 MST Print View

Hello Ben

Just sent money. It appears that fit is relaxed. Does foot width make a difference? I wear a 10.5 4e and ordered a size large.
Thanks Jim

Edited by mtnjim on 01/17/2010 09:48:48 MST.

te - wa
(mikeinfhaz) - F

Locale: Phoenix
Re: Down Socks on 01/17/2010 11:26:31 MST Print View

Ben, they dont look full to me. even when on your feet, they should be "puffy" que no?
are the photos not serving justice?
also, you did not mention the FP of the down..
it seems to me, in my experience, that evan a half-ounce of 800fp down would make those things burst at the seams..

let us know?

Edited by mikeinfhaz on 01/17/2010 11:27:25 MST.

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Re: Down Socks on 01/17/2010 14:09:21 MST Print View

I am using 800+ fill power down. The pictures are actually of a pair that I made with a little less, maybe .66 to .75oz of down for the pair, just to see how much loft, etc. they would have. I will be using .5oz of down in each sock, so they will have a little more loft than the ones in the picture. I received the fabric and the down, so I will make a pair in size large before the day is over and post the pics of the final product.

EDIT: The 1.9oz (maybe 2.2oz) fabric may also be hindering loft a little...

I appreciate your questions and comments. Any more?

- Ben

Edited by goosefeet on 01/17/2010 14:10:21 MST.

jim draucker
(mtnjim) - MLife

Locale: Shenandoah Valley VA
Down Socks on 01/17/2010 18:07:12 MST Print View

Hello

A picture is worth a thousand words. Can't wait.

Jim

te - wa
(mikeinfhaz) - F

Locale: Phoenix
Re: Re: Down Socks on 01/17/2010 18:11:21 MST Print View

"I will be using .5oz of down in each sock, so they will have a little more loft than the ones in the picture."

cool!

im in the market for such a beast.. winter here will be over soon but i still have time for some cool weather socks. it'll be nice to add a bit of boost to my top quilt.
I noticed, there are a few newbies to the down bootie/sock market, including BlackRock Gear, Western Mountaineering has a nice pair for a measly $65 and being WM, i bet they're great.
Im looking forward to your pic of the newest model. I wear an 8.5 so it may be on the fence, perhaps more custom than usual?

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Re: Down Socks on 01/17/2010 18:42:04 MST Print View

I have completed one sock with the new material in a size Large. Once I get the other done, I will post pictures.

This one has about 3.5" of total loft (laying on its side) and weighs exactly 1.0oz on my scale.

jim draucker
(mtnjim) - MLife

Locale: Shenandoah Valley VA
Down Socks on 01/17/2010 18:44:23 MST Print View

Hello Ben


I am starting to drool:)

Jim

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Pictures on 01/17/2010 21:30:23 MST Print View

Sorry guys, I forgot I left my camera at my other residence. I will be there tomorrow evening and will post pictures then.

The two pairs that I made tonight turned out great. They both have around 3 to 3.5" of loft. Each pair weighed 2.3oz in the stuffsack on my scale (size Large).

Andrew Wilson
(andreww) - MLife

Locale: Vosges
Refuges on 01/18/2010 02:19:38 MST Print View

Great idea and a great product; I'm glad of your initiative.

Personally I would look for a different kind of thing. I always wondered what down booties were for, other than for around a chilly house, until I moved to Europe and started sleeping in refuges. The mountain huts encourage you to remove footwear. They are often supplied with slippers of some kind, which are OK for summer, but in fall winter, down booties with closed cell foam beds and abrasion-resistant bottoms make shuffling around freezing cabins much more tolerable. The same would be useful mountaineering, but a good friend had to rescue a client who slipped 1000ft down Mt. Ranier after stepping out of his tent in such booties, so I'm wary of them in that application.

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Re: Refuges on 01/18/2010 06:48:12 MST Print View

I have some material coming to test out making an external shell made of a dyneema x sole and a silnylon upper with a drawstring shockcord at the top. I would expect these to weigh somewhere around 2oz extra. I was thinking about using some of the Gossamer Gear ThinLite for the sole. Let me know what you think.

- Ben

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Down Socks Sizing on 01/18/2010 07:25:33 MST Print View

Based on my patterns and how the finished product is turning out, I have slightly altered the sizing. If anyone has sent payment and would like to change a size, please let me know.

- Ben

Michael Crosby
(djjmikie) - MLife

Locale: Ky
"Down Socks" on 01/18/2010 07:53:33 MST Print View

Payment sent
Thanks Ben