A few things work well at any point in life, like bibs and booties.

Until you wore The North Face Men's NSE ThermoBall Traction Mule II Bootie, you didn't understand the appeal of lounging or leisure wear. Now, this water-resistant insulated bootie has you considering brushed velvet leisure suits and shiny nylon track suits to wear around the fire after a full day of hiking. The recycled ripstop upper resists water so you won't get out of dish duty, but at least the Thermoball insulation will warm your foot while you dip dinner plates into the lake for a quick rinse. The die-cut rubber soles gives you traction on wet or slick surfaces, and won't shred your tent floor. Whether you're sitting around a campfire or your kitchen table on a Sunday morning, warm and happy feet are a beautiful thing.

  • 100% recycled PET ripstop uppers
  • Primaloft Thermoball synthetic insulation
  • EVA and foam footbed
  • Die-cut rubber sole (40% recycled)

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5 5

Durable sole is a great upgrade

  • Fit: Runs small

I've had down booties in the past without rubber soles and they last about a week before they start making a feathery mess.
Great indoor/outdoor slippers, these are very warm on cold winter nights. I usually buy a new pair of slippers each winter because it's so hard to get the smell out of them after a while.

5 5

Sleeping bags for your feet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

I tell everyone they should have a pair of these in their closet. After a long hard day of shredding with stiff ski boots, I love to slip my feet into these. They are super comfortable, water-resistant, and have pretty solid rubber sole. Although with the low-cut I don't suggest trekking through snow in them. But for wearing around outdoors or simply while you're watching t.v. they're awesome!

1 5

Bad design

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I got these booties with high hopes, the material and weight appeared to be ideal. However, upon receipt it became apparent that it has a design flawed and weight was bogus (7 ounces for size 7!). I do not have a high instep but was unable to get into the bootie with a thin sock. The stitching around the entry is not flexible. I think it has been discontinued by Northface, as I could not find it in their store.

4 5

tight on the cuff

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift
  • Fit: True to size

Bought these for my Dad after he had hip surgery and needed a good slipper with grip. He loves the shoe, but they were extremely hard to get on when we first got them. Not being able to bend his leg very much this created a problem in getting the really tight cuff over his foot. Seems like a really good product and a tight cuff in a camping situation would probably be nice to keep cold air out, but for our purposes they didn't work very well. still giving it 4 stars for construction and warmth.

4 5

North Face ThermoBall Traction Mule II

  • Fit: True to size

Needed a lite weight backpack/campsite shoe. These fit the bill. Good for getting out of the sack for a morning relief and getting my other gear on. They are tight around the arch at first but have loosened up. Should last a season or more if I'm careful with them.
They are warm.

4 5

solid slipper

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

These are great for casual wear around the house. Although they have a hard bottom, I do not recommend tough outside use. Warm and minimal, they keep the feet happy

The North Face NSE ThermoBall Traction

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Hi, how compressible are these? Eg are they ultralight and good for camping, and I can roll them in a little ball? Thanks!

4 5

Replacing down booties

Bought for my husband who is hard on the softer soles of down booties, but loves their warmth. His report after a week of wear: these are warm, especially offering good insulation between cold concrete and your foot. The heavy soles grip nicely and are thick. He wears them around the house which we keep on the cool side, and outdoors on dog duty in cold, wet Idaho. He agrees with other posts that they are snug across the top. The length seems true to size. Overall, I think this is a winner. It was hard to find booties that had the heavy soles and yet had the insulation these shoes offer.

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How compressible are these? Eg are they ultralight and good for camping, and I can roll them in a little ball? Thanks!

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I wouldn't say that these slippers can be rolled up. The sole is about as stiff as pair of Chuck Taylors and about as thick. The upper obviously is super packable and goes absolutely flat though so even though you cant ball these up I still think these would be perfect for backpacking. You would just have to wedge them in your pack flat rather than ball them up.

3 5

hard fit
these booties run small

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift
  • Fit: Runs small

these did not fit true to shoe size
length is too short and top part of bootie too tight

5 5

Comfortable & Versatile

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

I have THREE pairs of these booties...they are my go to relief shoe after a day out skiing...or for wearing around the house on those cold winter days...they are VERY durable...the rubber soles are grippy and hard wearing...
The initial fit is tight, but they do stretch and the elastic around the boot does loosen in time...they deal with light snow, rain and the odd puddle, or spilt beer(!) very well.
To say they are comfortable doesn't adequately describe the sensation of putting them on after 8 hours in ski boots...
Highly recommend!
Go up one size would be my recommendation...

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5 5

Awesome camp shoes!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my favorite cold-weather camp shoes. Easy on/off, warm, and very durable. I like that they have a rubber sole (unlike most down booties).