Down booties....opinions?

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by edh, Nov 3, 2017.

  1. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    So I have a pair of super-toasty Rab Expeditions - 240g

    But looking for something lighter yet still warm...I don't need an outer boot and would prefer not to import FFriends and their ilk....

    Protagonists....
    1. Montane Fireball Footie - 93g look a bit on the not so warm side?
    2. Exped down boot - 150g
    3. PHD Minimus - 106g (tad pricey)...or PHD Wafer - more £ less g
    4. Aegismax - 75g - cheap buy twice-looking (pure prejudice)
    5. Others?

    Any opine? Preferably from users.....(I only say that to stop Gixer :p)
  2. Robin

    Robin Moderator Staff Member

    As Tucas Foratata 60g. Not cheap but quality. Love mine.
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  3. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

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  4. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Cheers both; William - I have mailed TN re. weights.
  5. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Cheers; they look nice and warm...and colourful.

    I am not sure I would like the elasticated cuff - how tight is it? I have massive calf muscles :happy:

    I like to be relatively unfettered and always thought a drawcord a better idea for socks?

    Last thing (well for now, this is gear after all)....anyone any idea how their supply-chain (sic) is functioning at the moment; I actually want the boots soonish?
  6. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    What size ?
    I have a pair of new and unused PHD Minimus booties I'd be happy to turn into £'s. Mine are mediums (I think :unsure:)
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  7. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Montane Prism Booties 162g, warm enough, i found mine for £28. Soles a bit more solid so good for bothies or call of nature with tyvek overshoes.
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  8. Robin

    Robin Moderator Staff Member


    Don’t find mine tight. If you measure your ankle, I’m sure Marco would adjust if necessary. As Tucas down is the best quality I’ve seen. Even better than Western Mountaineering. Marco is on the forum so you could message him on availability
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  9. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I sadly doubt they would play Cathy...as looking at the PHD site I'd need XL - 44..
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  10. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Moderator Staff Member

    Aegismax booties are a bit on the small side, you'd need quite small feet not to need the "large". Apart from that they are fairly well made and warm.
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  11. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I bought a pair PHD's secondhand, toasty and fine for sleeping in and sitting in the shelter. The elasticated opening is a bit of squeeze to get the foot in but once on they're okay.

    I don't use them that much, not sure I'd pay full price for some, I'm usually content with a pair of merino (Alpkit Trekker) bed socks which pack a bit better
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  12. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Light and warm? 2 oz/pair :biggrin:

    I use Heat Holders (118g, £4) , they don't need taking off to get out and water the Heather.

    I can't be doing with insulated footwear I can't walk in, or need to take off to get out.
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  13. MartinK9

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  14. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    I find the WM Flash booties pretty good & lightweight.
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  15. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    I could say something about "having 'big feet' "…………...:whistling:
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  16. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    The WM and Wildthings are US orders as far as I can see(?); not really my preference as stated above....
  17. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    Just an idea....
    if you need a pair quickly I'm sure someone will lend you pair.
    Then, buy a quality goose down pillow, some Quantum or similar and make a pair to your own design.
  18. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I have got an old sleeping bag I could use....but zero MYOG talent :D

    and I already have a heavier pair...
  19. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    Sorry for the slight turn in this thread,but think you cud get away wearing down socks inside the montane prisms if you sized up ? I have PhD down socks bought full price 10 yrs ago,but always wanted a better camp boot for mooching about taking night night pictures,or are these warm enough on there own ? ..off out for a camp now so have to see how my signal is.
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  20. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Valid point from Munro, is it bed socks or something more that is required. For sitting in the inner, my spare walking socks over what I'm wearing and legs in the sleeping bag is adequate.
    For trips outdoors, bothys etc made need something with a more substantial sole. Thats why I got the Prisms with tyvek protectors; more versatile. The protectors keep them clean enough to still wear in my bag.

    @Munro277 - i just wear my walking socks inside my Prism boots, they've been warm enough for me. :thumbsup:
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  21. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    I got my WM Flash Booties from Sackundpack in Germany, they were at a good price at the time, now 74.50 Euro + P&P which makes them look expensive.
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  22. MartinK9

    MartinK9 Section Hiker

  23. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I just want tent socks (cold feet); as first post - don't need an outer boot.
  24. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

  25. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I have a vague feeling they would be considerably heavier than my Rab Expeditions....the idea is lighter :p
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