What do you do with your shoes?

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Quixoticgeek, Jan 24, 2015.

  1. Quixoticgeek

    Quixoticgeek Ultralighter

    When out in the wilds in sub zero conditions. Where do you put your boots during the night? Do you put them inside your sleeping bag? inside your bivvi bag? or just let them get cold next to the bed?

    Julia
  2. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I'll put mine in a reversed liner, wrap in any insulation and put in rucksack (I keep most everything in the inner tent usually). On occasion in liner in the bag with me too.
  3. murpharoo

    murpharoo Section Hiker

    Think ed has the right idea... I made the novices mistake of leaving mine out the other night and awoke to frozen Flyrocks with laces like wire !
    I blame it on the excitement created by snow snow snow :D
  4. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    I always carry a few bin bags (pedal bin size) for various uses. Put boots in one and keep them in the inner tent. That's usually enough to stop mine freezing.
  5. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    I'll stash the boots in pedal bin liners & place in the bottom of the bivi bag, find this good enough to stop them freezing down to ~ minus 5C.
  6. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I just leave mine out unless it's well into the minuses. If it's cold enough I'll tuck the laces inside and then stuff my day socks in the top.
  7. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    It hardly ever gets cold enough over here to bother about keeping footwear warm for me. Footbeds get pulled out and they get left out to dry/ming over night.

    If it's cold enough to warrant that, my footwear will have a removable liner or be sized for multiple thick socks which gets worn to bed to dry.
  8. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    You must be made of hardier stuff than me.
    Overnight temp in the 'gorms have been -5 to -10C for the last couple of weeks:eek:
  9. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    I don't know about hardier, just know my feet will be fine. I've put on frozen boots much colder than that.

    I was there in the 'Gorms last week, was lovely. :) Left my boots out overnight. Doesn't take long for them to get warm if blood flow is unresticted. We are all different though.

    -5-10 is quite cold for UK for sustained periods, coldest snap in 2 years. For those temps, I want a Vapour barrier sock at least or footwear that is big enough to take 2 thick pairs of socks and maintain toe 'wiggle' room.
  10. Quixoticgeek

    Quixoticgeek Ultralighter

    Thank you everyone for your interesting replies. Last night I stuck my shoes in side a inverted dry bag (to keep the mud on the outside of the bag), inside my bivvi bag, but outside my sleeping bag. When I got up to call nature during the night, I found them to be bloody cold to put on. It was -2°C air temp down here in Kent, with road surface temps of -5.3°C, so I'm not sure the exact temp the shoes were at. Twas cold.

    J
  11. Lady Grey

    Lady Grey Thru Hiker

    Don't leave the tent; just carry a "wee" plastic bowl with you.
  12. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    As Lady Grey - a cut off 2lt drinks bottle is about right, or the bottom part of a 'platty' that started leaking at the tube end. ;)
  13. Quixoticgeek

    Quixoticgeek Ultralighter

    Alas, I think trying to do so inside a bivvi bag may be pushing it... in a tent, maybe.

    As for apparatus, I carry a shepee (tho in green). It's not without it's faults, but it works better than the improv options.

    Julia
  14. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Sorry, Julia I don't bivvy. I can think of a couple of other options but perhaps not suitable for a public forum ;) and probably a bit too cheeky too:oops:
  15. Stephen

    Stephen Trail Blazer

    I do the same as Ed mentions, or if not too cold cover them with my gaiters.
  16. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    Tis why i carry crocs. Doesnt matter if its -20 they are still instantly warm.
  17. Gadget

    Gadget Thru Hiker

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  18. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

  19. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Section Hiker

    The usually go at my head, under the pack that I am using as a pillow support
  20. Piiber Teravhammas

    Piiber Teravhammas Trail Blazer

    When the temps are below zero I usually go with my Salomon Origins 2 GTX. I just take them of, if needed, I take out the insoles. I make sure that the boots are wide open so that in the morning (or at night) I can fit my feet inside. Usually they thaw up really fast.

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