It’s getting to be Down Bootie season out east, and though I find myself wearing these around the apartment more than I do at a campsite, they really are good for both. Weighing next to nada, there are several brands that make these ugly things. Clockwise from top left: Sierra Designs, Western Mountaineering (that’s what I’ve got), REI, and Feathered Friends.

Anyone have an opinion about these thangs? Other than the fact that they’d sell better/be more acceptable if they weren’t called “booties?”


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6 Responses to DOWN BOOTIES

  1. Jason Landry November 5, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    I’ve been wearing my MEC down boots for two weeks now. They look (and sound) silly, but they keep the digits toasty.

  2. John Craig November 7, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Staple piece of gear, from moving wood from the shed to the house, winter expeditions, and big treks to the bar during a nor’ easter. I have modified mine with duct tape and old sleeping pads for added insolation of the sole.

  3. Charlie November 7, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    Feathered Friends all the way. The 800+ loft and rugged lower keep my feet toasty and dry on camping and hut trips all winter long. They’re especially nice for slipping on when nature calls in the middle of the night. While they cost a pretty penny, they’ve held up to abuse much better than my friends’ Sierra Designs and REI booties.

  4. Brian November 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Down booties saved my marriage! Along with layering and our latest piece of glamping gear… a Mr Heater.

  5. chad November 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    we call ‘em koosh bootiez in my house

  6. K January 29, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

    Oh man, my ‘rents had these when we were kids! We’d slide around the wooden floors in “booties” 6 sizes too big til mom told us to quit it.

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