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I'm a cold sleeper and during the wee hours of the night my feet get especially cold.  I have been thinking about getting a pair of down "socks", not down booties since I really don't care to be able to wear them around the campsite, in order to improve my night's sleep.  Does anybody know where I could pick up a good pair of down socks, of course at a reasonable price, that would permit me enjoy a better night's sleep?

If anyone has any other suggestions as to how I could improve the warmth of my feet while sleeping, please let me know.

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A couple of things - if you routinely sleep in the socks you wear during the day, pack a pair just for sleeping and keep them clean and dry. Wearing damp socks makes your feet cold.

I have a pair of Goose Feet down booties and they are spiffy. I believe you can find them easily by googling. I layer them over a clean pair of wool socks. I also have a pair of Primaloft booties that work pretty well too but aren't so luxuriously warm and light.


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Down booties would work.  Nothing says you have to wear them around camp.  And as AT noted, definitely change into fresh socks before bed if you aren't already, even if your day socks still "feel" dry.

If that fails, bring a wide-mouth Nalgene and fill it with piping hot water (seal it tight) before bed... stuck down in the foot of your bag, it'll warm your feet up quick and keep them that way most the night.


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Do they even make such a thing as down socks???? My wife and I each have down booties and they are great to wear at night. We both very rarely wear them out of the tent or cabin. Again like the others have said change into a clean pair of wool socks (maybe even a thicker pair) as that may help.
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My wife has a pair of down socks from goosefeet and loves them.
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Would be nice if people  read the comments already posted before adding their own..
Anyway just to make it even more obvious here is the link to the Goosefeet socks :
https://goosefeetgear.com/products/1-down-socks
Western Mountaineering make a light pair of booties that are pretty much socks with a thin sole (3oz per pair) :
http://www.westernmountaineering.com/index.c....Booties
PHD (UK) also have down socks :
http://www.phdesigns.co.uk/product...._id=299
All of them are somewhat expensive so I would suggest first to try some fleece versions or even angora/merino fluffy types but make sure they are one size up from what you normally wear, you do not want them tight against the skin and as already suggested wearing dirty or damp socks is counterproductive.
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http://www.rei.com/product....e-socks
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down moc.
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A lot of times if my feet are cold I put on a hat...assuming you are not wearing one try that first.

Or try a company called Goosefeet, they make down socks

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Down booties can be had for less than half the price of the Goose Feet, or the mocs oldnoler linked to at a third of the price.

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I've got a pair of REI down socks that I rarely wear simply because they are too darn warm except for the most extreme conditions.  But if you have chronic cold feet, they should do the job nicely.

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There are down booties with a tough sole, so you can walk around in them. Goose Feet have no soles unless you add the overbootie and they have a choice between one with a more rugged sole and one with just a CCF footbed. The over bootie makes it possible to take off the dirty sole before getting back in the bag.

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I would think the booties would be better as they are multipurpose. At least you can wear them around camp as opposed to the socks. You could also put some heat warmer  packs on you current socks.
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I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned the Goosfeet sock so far..

booties/socks ...
I have the WM Down Booties, about 7oz.
Now I wish I had bought the Flash version (3oz) or the Goosefeet (from 2,2oz) because they pack a lot smaller and obviously lighter and since our snow is often either wet or icy I still use my boots to walk around at camp.
Note that you can choose the fill with the Goosefeet to match the desired temperature.
The REI version is a lot cheaper but I would guess twice the weight and not as compressible.
Anyway I don't take my WM booties with me because they don't really fit in with the rest of my layers and at 20f (our usual min temp) I often take my socks off during the night.
If you spent a lot of time in the tent and using the vestibule then the booties (with sole sole) would be better.
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I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned the Goosfeet sock so far..

And the prize for not reading the thread goes to....

Funniest bit is that one mention of the Goosefeet is his.


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I + whatever GooseFeet Gear... I have a pair of large down socks, with M50 shell and 25% overfill and they weigh 2.1 oz for the pair. I also have the overbooties which are great when at camp since I can slide these over my socks and keep my toes nice and warm if I need to tromp about at camp. I also have his pants, and yea, I love them too! Also, as an added bonus, I got to hike with Ben on a recent hike and it was a pleasure to get to meet him. He really knows his stuff when it comes to materials, and building this stuff, as well as has lots of experience on the trail, so his products are made for hikers.

Here is a review I put up on my blog, along with a video:

http://sticksblog.com/2012....booties


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QCHIKER mentioned it, but it bears repeating. Hand warmers! Just toss one in the bottom of your bag. Thats what I always do when my feet are cold.

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I bought a pair of these for my wife a couple Christmas' ago.  As soon as I received them in the mail, I got myself a pair.  Over the years my friends have slowly bought they're own after they saw mine.

It has a tough foam and cordura outer shell that you can wear around the campfire.  I've stood in snow 3" deep with them and walked through slush without any problem.  When I get to the tent, I just slip the shell off and am left with a nice down sock.

http://featheredfriends.com/index.php/down-camp-booties-1552.html
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integral designs makes primaloft-insulated 'hot socks.'  hot socks.  those goose feet gear down socks look pretty nice, though.
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duck feet aren't quite as good but...

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My feet are cold pretty much every minute of my life.  I have a good bag & mat, and do all the tricks to stay warm (clean clothes, a little exercise without sweating right before bed, a snack, hat & gloves, etc) and still struggle to get and stay warm at night. For cold feet, my strategies are clean socks and down booties, with hand warmers in between. The warmers stay warm for at least six hours, and sometimes up to eight.  They make a huge difference.

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I'm more a fan of bear feet.

Heavier though.


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An elephant foot would keep you warmer.
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Moose feet?

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Isn't that an amplifier ?
But , yes they can get warm
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Pigeon toed with Goose Feet. I suppose that just makes me fowl.

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BTW , for those not familiar with the French expression "elephant foot"  (pied d'elephant in English)
this is it (the red bit...) :

a bit big to have one on each foot but warm nevertheless.
(also spelled : elephants foot and elephant's foot...)
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Don't know if the OP ever got anything but heres some at BPL:

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin....d=72795

I have an elephant foot. (Bask Yeti) I also have an elephant's... ah never mind. ;-)


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I have down booties and find them cold. I think the problem is that if you put down booties on cold feet, it can take forever to generate enough heat to warm your feet. Same as getting into a down sleeping bag when you're cold. For me, any other kind of sock is warmer because it gives an immediate feeling of warmth.

My down booties are heavy. I would rather take an extra pair of hiking socks, which can be used for more than one purpose.
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I have a pair of Sierra Designs down socks, they're lighter and more compact than down booties (which I also own) - I believe I got both on sale at Sierra Trading Post.

Also look into carrying a pair of toe warmers :)


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