Forty Below makes synthetic camp booties ($69) that are great for winter camping and mountaineering or for just wearing around the house. Cold feet no more!
Picture this. It’s winter, and you’ve been snowshoeing or backcountry skiing all day. Your socks and boot liners are wet with sweat and you need to change out of them soon after you find a campsite or else you’re going to get chilled. After that, you still need to erect your shelter, dig a kitchen, melt snow for drinking water, cook dinner, socialize and then sleep for 10 hours.
That’s where Forty Below’s Camp Booties come in. They’re insulated nylon booties with a synthetic fill and a removable insole. You can wear them with a fresh pair of socks around camp and your feet will warm right up. The insole is thick enough that your feet will stay warm, even if I’m standing directly on packed snow, while cooking dinner or melting snow for drinking water.
The bottom of the booties is made out of rubber with a dot shaped texture that provides limited traction, but enough to get around camp and for taking care of business at night. If you need more traction, you can also take the insole out of the booties and wear them inside your mountaineering or ski boot shells.
The booties come with ribbon lacing to provide a more secure fit and run through fabric loops sewn along the sides and around the ankle. Forty Below doesn’t use any metal or plastic buckles for this, so you can that can wear them in plastic boots. Additionally, you can take the insoles out and wear the booties in your sleeping bag to keep your feet warm.
In addition to camping with these booties, I’ve also been wearing these them at home around the house. Plus, since they’re synthetic you can just pop them in the washing machine and drier to clean them. They really are a nice multi-use item.
The booties weigh 10.3 oz in a size large so there is weight penalty for bringing them on an overnight trip, but if you’re going on an expedition or plan to sleep overnight for a few days in a cold cabin (or even at home) , I’d seriously consider bringing a pair of these booties along.
Disclosure: The author owns this product and purchased it using their own funds.
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