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Feathered Friend’s Down Booties are goose-down socks that have a removable weather-resistant shell so you can wear them in your sleeping bag or outdoors when winter camping. I like wearing mine in the cabin or on winter backpacking trips after removing my damp winter hiking boots at the end of the day, so I can kick back and cook a hot meal or melt snow in comfort. These down booties are Feathered Friend’s most popular and highest rated hiking and backpacking product, which is saying something when you consider all the fantastic down sleeping bags, quilts, and insulated clothing they make.

Specs at a Glance

  • Gender: Unisex
  • Insulation: 800+ fill power goose down & removable 3/8” foam insoles
  • Weight: 9.3 oz (medium)
  • Fill Weight: 4 oz (medium)
  • Shell: Upper is Pertex Endurance UL (water-resistant)
  • Sizing: XXS to XXL

Feathered Friend’s Down Booties are a two-part footwear system with an inner bootie and a removable outer weather-resistant shell. They’re insulated with premium 800+ fill power goose down which is very warm and also highly compressible making them good for backpacking trips as well as cabin use.

The outer shells provide moisture and wind protection
The outer shells provide moisture and wind protection

The outer booties have an added foam insole to keep your feet warm when walking outside and a rubberized bottom material to help with traction. While the bottoms are waterproof, they’re not intended to be used trekking around a snowy landscape but to keep you from slipping around camp and on midnight bathroom breaks. The seams are also not sealed, so you should consider them water-resistant but not waterproof.

The outer boots have a 3/8” closed cell foam insole to insulate you from cold ground and floors. They also have a comfortable stretchy drawcord around the ankle to help keep them on your feet and one at the top opening to keep snow or other debris out.

The Inner Booties make cozy and warm sleeping socks
The Inner Booties make cozy and warm sleeping socks

The inner bootie is very puffy with 800+ fill power goose down. It has down insulation on the bottom as well, so that you can wear them as super warm bed socks. The inner bootie has overlapping ankle-height flaps with snaps to help keep them on your feet.

I’ve used these Feathered Friends Down Booties for winter camping in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest and have found the inner bootie to be a valuable addition to my cold weather sleep system. The outer shell is great for nighttime potty breaks when winter camping in the snow and it’s really nice to have a warm and dry down bootie to put on after a day of winter hiking instead of sitting around in my damp boots over dinner or when melting snow for drinking water.

The weather-proof bottom of the outer booties keeps your feet dry if you stand or walk on on snow.
The weather-proof bottom of the outer booties keeps your feet dry if you stand or walk on on snow.

While the outer shells provide enough traction for walking across packed down snow in camp, you want to cinch the ankle cord pretty tight to keep your feet from sliding around inside them. Otherwise, your heels can slip off the edge of the foam insole, although, this is mostly due to your own socks slipping in the inside of the inner bootie.

Winter camping at a lean-to just can’t be beat!
Winter camping at a lean-to just can’t be beat!

Recommendation

Feathered Friends Down Booties are a really valuable addition to my cold-weather sleep system and I love using them for winter camping or cabin trips. The outer bootie is great for walking on snow for nighttime bathroom breaks and the ability to wear the clean inner bootie to wear to bed without getting dirt in your sleeping bag is a really great feature.  I feel that the functionality of the two-piece system is really convenient and they’re warmer than any other socks I own for cold weather sleeping. If you spend nights outside in winter, they are definitely worth a place in your backpack.

Disclosure: The author purchased this product.

About the author

Wanda Rice has been backpacking since the late 1980’s. She has climbed the New Hampshire 48, the New Hampshire 48 in winter, the New England 67, the New England Hundred Highest, and the Four-Season 48. Wanda also teaches for the Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC) Mountain Leadership School, the AMC New Hampshire Chapter Spring and Winter Schools as well as the AMC NH Winter Hiking Series. She leads day and overnight trips for AMC NH year-round and loves mentoring new leaders. She is a gear junkie, a self-proclaimed Queen of Gear Hacks, and loves sharing her tips and tricks with others. Wanda lives in southern NH and is looking forward to moving closer to the mountains in the next few years.

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