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    26 Reviews


    Boots off, boooties on.

    After a long day kicking in a steep bootpack in your ski boots or navigating glacial ice in a pair of crampons, the first thing you're going to want to do once you set up camp is give your feet a much-needed break in the Western Mountaineering Standard Down Booties. Lightweight by design and packing a high warmth-to-weight ratio, these booties are packed full of 850-fill down for supreme warmth and treated with a DWR finish to keep the down lofty and warm in the face of snowy base camp kitchens and late-night walks out to the groover.

    • Insulated down booties for base camp and relaxing in the yurt
    • 800-fill down insulation has a high warmth-to-weight ratio
    • Durable material with DWR finish protects down from moisture
    • Foam insole and non-slip sole provides traction around camp
    • Elastic cuff can be cinched tight to lock in heat
    • Western Mountaineering was founded by two mountaineers from Northern California
    • Item #WES0052

    Tech Specs

    100% nylon, DWR finish
    800-fill European goose down
    thermal foam insole, Toughtek outer
    Claimed Weight
    [pair] 6 oz
    Recommended Use
    camping, keeping toes toasty
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XSmall
    • Height: 5'3"
    • Weight: 107lbs

    Buying these is like buying a warm cloud for your feet. I love! I bought XS and they fit great. Wore them on my trek to Everest Base camp. Buy if you are considering. They kept my feet warm and cozy in below freezing temps

    True happiness does exist!

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

    I honestly don't know how I have lived 27 years..... without these. My feet are the type that are always cold. well. not anymore. these are game changers. they are comfortable, soft, and keep my feet the perfect temperature. I haven't had to endure that excruciating time between getting into your sleeping bag and waiting for your feet to warm up before you can actually relax enough to go to sleep. sitting around in camp is awesome and comfortable with them and you can cruise around camp without worrying about a hole getting torn in the bottom. the bottom has a pretty hardy sole and has held up great. I am a true size 7 and the size chart recommended a size small. however it was a bit too big and I ended up going with an XS

    warm cozy

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: large
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    Great for hut trips and cold nights up high. I would say they run large, so go a size smaller then you think. you wont be doing too much walking in them anyway. really warm, and light enough to always bring along.

    Warm pillows for your feet

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 181lbs

    I have only used these once on a yurt trip in the Tetons. They are very comfortable and warm. Perfect for the quick trips to the outhouse.

    Heaven on your feet

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: L
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    These are my go to bootie for yurt trips. After a day out touring there is nothing better than coming back to a warm yurt and slipping these on to let your feet feel good. The exterior of these are more than durable enough to hold up walking in snow around camp/yurt but I wouldn't recommend taking them on an expedition in the snow.

    Why would you not recommend taking these on an expedition? I'm trying to find a bootie to take on a ski trip to denali... 3 weeks on a glacier including going for the summit. What would you recommend for something warm to give my feet a break from ski boots? Thanks!!

    Like Walking On A Cloud

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size

    I purchased these "moon" boots as belated birthday gift for an old friend who was headed on a winter camping backcountry ski trip to the Ruby Mountains in Nevada, and this is what they had to say:

    "Initially I thought I would just use these on my backcountry trip, but little did I know that I would begin using them daily...

    On the trip, they packed down flat and easily slid to the bottom of the pack. While at camp, these boots lived on my feet. The thick foam on the bottom kept my feet warm while walking/standing on the snow. This was something the other members in my group wished their booties had, a thicker foam sole. The sole also was great at shedding snow, meaning when I crawled into the tent at night, the snow (and moisture) stayed outside. The high synch on the boot also allowed me to walk through the snow, away from camp to take care of business, without worrying about snow entering the booty. Not to mention the DWR coating worked extremely well preventing the down from wetting out.

    I have to be honest, every time I put the booty on, I thought that it would not be warm enough. 5 minutes later, my feet were always toasty warm, a tiny luxury when in the back woods.

    As for the fit, I highly recommend following the size guidelines! I purchased the Large and my feet are size US 10. Down needs to loft up, and although it may feel like there's extra space in the boot, that space is important in heating efficiency and effectiveness."

    Just right

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Size Bought: Small

    I ordered these 'standard' booties, the expedition version and the lower profile version. I want these booties mostly for wearing in a hut, bio trips at night, and in my sleeping bag when the temperature drops on winter snow camping trips. I'm keeping these (standard version), they have a non-slip bottom, more foam structure in the footbed + skuff resistant fabric around the footbed and toes, and go up a bit higher around the ankle. They fit very comfortably in my sleeping bag even with the thicker foam footbed. The lower profile booties take up a bit less space in a backpack but look more fragile and IMO are best for wearing in your sleeping bag or on a plane - they are not supportive enough and too slippery for extensive home use or to wear around camp. The expedition booties are a bit sturdier still and look like you can wear them around camp and they will take some beating but for backpacking they are a bit bulky. Maybe best for car camping and longer mountaineering trips. For me the standard booties were the best compromise. I wear women's size 8 and the men's small is a great fit with thick socks.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 235lbs

    I very much enjoy using these booties. I have hardwood floors, which are beautiful, but can be pretty cold in the winter. I also suffer from gout, which can be aggravated by cold feet. This led me to purchase these booties, after comparing many other products on the market. Foremost, they are incredibly warm. Many others have said 'ovens for the feet' and I would concur with that term. I also very much appreciate the non-slip surface. Even when I try to make them slide on my hardwood they grip like a gecko. Once, I even wore them on my deck in fluffy snow and they still didn't slip! As for fit, I wear a 12 and got "large" and they fit great, so I concur with those who say they run large. (I think large might still fit a 13!) Their outside appearance is also huge, of course, being down filled, so you may have to listen to 'clown feet' remarks when you're wearing them. As to durability, they seem durable to me. I'm notoriously hard on shoes, and haven't seen any wear on them. The only thing I'd like better is if Backcountry had stocked more colors. The only color they had in my size was my least favorite, but my feet outvoted my eyes. I have worn them daily for a few months and have no qualms rating them "perfect".


    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    Haven't used these yet, but was a tiny bit let down when seeing these in person. The stock photo gives an impression that the material is a lot more rugged than it actually is. Nevertheless, I'm confident theyll be just fine for their intended purpose: wearing them around a yurt. One nice feature i do like is an internal elastic that keeps the cuff snug around your ankle. Its compfy, will probably help keep snow out when i accidentally post-hole to the pee-tree in the dark, and it feels like it builds and maintains heat better around your foot!

    More durable than I was told!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'2"
    • Weight: 125lbs

    I was looking for a great warm shoe to slip on when I needed to run out to my car super fast. These booties aren't technically designed to be worn AS SHOES, but I have been doing just that and they are holding up really well!

    They feel like clouds on your feet and stay extremely dry if you are walking on snow. I can't wait to take these out backpacking to wear at camp.

    I wear a size 6-6.5 shoe, and the size Small bootie fit perfect.

    I haven't fully submerged them in snow or in water, and I wouldn't recommend it if you want the down to stay nice and fluffy.

    More durable than I was told!

    I agree, these are pretty tough. I do wear these on my sidewalk, and in my car for quick jaunts. Still, they are not meant to be on abrasive ground.

    I will note that I have walked in deep snow for long periods of time, and the moisture beads right off.

    Light, comfy, warm, well-made

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

    but they run very large, one full size larger. The sole is especially impressive for its water-resistance, insulation, and comfort. They are amazingly light weight. I too shovel snow wearing these. When it's really cold in the house and I'm inactive, I'll wear them with thick woolen socks and down socks as well. Room enough in a size M for all that and my size ten and a half or eleven feet.

    Thanks for taking the time to review these boots. I will note for the community that you live in a cold house, high in the Rocky Mountains. So, for normal home-temps, you will not need to layer inside these boots.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large

    I guess I'm in the minority here, but I think they could be a little warmer. They're pretty good. I got them for my house because it can get really cold during The materials and construction are solid, there's plenty of down around the top of your feet, but I think the sole could use a liner or something. That's my only criticism. Maybe they're better when you're active outdoors. I'll also add they're pretty easy to walk in and have solid support for casual walking. I wouldn't recommend serious hiking or similar activities in them, but for strolling around a campsite or flat they're fine.

    Hi Emery, I havent heard that feedback before, but possibly we could look at increasing the thickness of the foam midsole. The problem there is it becomes too bulky and heavier. Sounds like in your home you might need something a little fuzzier for the feel of coziness. This down bootie is really designed for mountain use, when someone would be packing them in a pack, vs having the creature comforts of a cozy slipper.

    Hope that makes sense and thank you for writing,

    Western Mountaineering Rep

    Hi Leta, I can totally see that. They're definitely solid slippers and well made. They have so much down I expected them to be little furnaces, but they are warm. Maybe I was too critical. I'm sure they'd be great around a campfire while after cross- country skiing or hiking in chilly weather. I'd definitely recommend them in that capacity. I'm sure they pack pretty well regarding your point about the reasoning behind the design of the soles. Thanks for your reply.

    Soooo Warm

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 135lbs

    These are little cast iron stoves! They are suuuper warm, probably 3 times as warm as the flash booties. So, definitely the pick for winter camping and around the house, if you live in the mountains. The Flash is great for summer, high-alpine trips.

    The sole is stiff, but the down top compresses really well. So, you can't squish it into a ball, but you can smash them down into a flat plank.

    There is fabric on the soles, as these are meant for walking on snow. But, it you want to wear them repeatedly on the dirt and rocks, I imagine you could just cover the sole with duct tape.

    The fabric repels moisture very well!! Also, the tops cinch up tight, so you can get into deep snow, and it won't get inside the booties. It's awesome. I've definitely walked through deep snow drifts and it wasn't a problem. I also shovel my walks in them everyday.

    For sizing, read this from one of my male customers:

    "The large are a generous one inch longer than my feet (size 10 ½ or 11). That's with a thick wool sock. So, I'd like to return the large booties and keep the mediums."

    Soooo Warm

    Great, but with some caveats...

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: XL (size 12 shoe)
    • Height: 6'4"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    These are typical WM quality. I would call these more like slippers than booties. Good for trekking around the camp site. NOT good for backpacking/camping since they have a stiff sole. As a result, they do not compress into a small sack.
    For use INSIDE your sleeping bag, buy the Flash model, although they don't have much down.
    ( As an aside, I bought the EXPED brand down booty which compress to soda can size in the waterproof sack included. They are fluffy down but not meant to walk around outside.)
    These are really nice, warm and well designed and capable of walking in snow or wet grass etc... Just cumbersome for IN your bag.
    Anyway, I have the XL and they'll work up to a size 14 at least!
    So, assess your needs, here. Go with the type that works best or buy both! I did and I'm a happy camper (groan)😜

    Multi use and amazing

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: M
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    They can be used in a quilt set up for your sleeping system, they can be worn inside your bag, in your car, at camp or around the house. The ten essentials should be changed to 11 to add these bad boys.

    Very happy with these down booties

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: small
    • Height: 5'6"
    • Weight: 135lbs

    I'm getting pretty darn old and have retired from winter backpacking. But I live in a renovated barn with crazy cold floors and just could not figure out how to deal with my freezing cold feet. First tried sheepskin. Still, the cold from the floors crept through. Then I remembered the down booties we used to bring on winter backpacking trips back in the 70's. So went to Mr. Google to look for some. I tried the flash booties first. Sole was too thin and the cold crept through. So I upgraded again to these down booties and WOW !! I finally found my warm feet again. These booties have a much thicker sole and lots more down insulation than the flash. These down booties are great. No more cold feet!! YAY!! I usually wear womens size 8.5 W. The size small in these booties fits just great. I wouldn't have known to order the right size if I hadn't already made a sizing mistake with the Flash. These booties do run large. So great to have warm feet again. Thank You !!

    Foot Heaters

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large

    Used these while in Baxter State Park last January and they were one of my top two favorite items for the trip (the other was a Nano Air Hoody). I really looked forward to getting these on at the end of each day, just so darn cozy. Extremely lightweight for how warm they are. When I first got them I was a little concerned about the durability, but they stood up to a decent amount of abuse traipsing around outside going to get water, going to the bathroom, etc. I'm a size 11 in street shoes and the L is perfect for me. I'm looking forward to using them again this winter.

    Toasty Goodness

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large

    Ultimately choose these over the flash bootie. They have a bit more foam in the footbed and seem a tad more durable all around. The slight weight gain in these is worth it for me for the extra toughness and warmth. There is also more grip with these over the flash booties. My shoe size is a 10.5 so I should ideally fit perfectly in the Large. I didn't find this to be the case, they were too big and felt sloppy because of this. After sizing down I am very happy.

    The best ride

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

    Took these on a trip to alaska last month and they were perfect for around base camp. It wasn't really all that cold maybe -10 at night, but these kept me warm enough to not really notice. I supper from exposure at a younger age so my circulation is not the best in my toes. I had no problem in these. I usually wear a 10.5 in shoes and the large was perfect for me with a little extra room for added warmth.

    Unanswered Question

    What's the actual weight of these bad boys? The Flash booties are 3 oz each, and these are 6 oz for the pair. Something's not right... Thanks!

    How do these compare in warmth to the...

    How do these compare in warmth to the Feathered Friends down booties or the Forty Below synthetic booties? Wondering if anyone has any experience they could share. Also, is the shell tough enough where I can walk around a snowy campsite without worrying about the down getting wet?

    Best Answer

    In my opinion, these booties are quite warm. I'm not familiar with the other booties you mentioned, so I'm afraid I cannot make a comparison. I have walked around in these Western Mountaineering booties in damp snow, and they stayed dry. I wouldn't walk long distances or do so for extended periods of time, but a bathroom break or sit in the snow will be just fine in these. They also have a decent amount of insulation in the sole. At times a wore them with bare feet inside (as it's less slippery) and I did not feel much cold coming through considering I was walking on snow. I'd highly recommend these booties.

    Just to let you know, Western Mountaineering and Feathered Friends buy their down from the same supplier. Not that that means equivalent products will be as warm as one another, but it is relevant. As for the shell, absolutely. I walk around the snow in these with no problem. The down stayed lofty and dry.

    A heads up, though, my experience with Feathered Friends customer service is nothing short of egregious. Western Mountaineering is top notch for customer service and warranty claims.

    I have the FF booties. They are great, and you can separate the shell from the down bootie so you're not putting something in your sleeping bag that you've been walking around outside in. But the FF booties are 9+ ounces, so they are heavier.