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Western Mountaineering Standard Down Bootie - Men's

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Standard Down Bootie

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

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

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>Rating: 3

Not good for extreme cold

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
Large
Height
6` 0"
Weight
165 lbs

These booties seem to be adequate for most cold climates but after having used these on two separate backcountry trips this winter, they did not perform as expected knowing WM reputation on high end quality gear. The first time using them in camp they would not keep my feet warm in temps that were -10F. The last trip I just returned from I was expecting any better since it was -33 below and they were horrendous. It took about 2 minutes and the cold penetrated the soles. WM sizing charts are a little off as well for these. I have a large and wear size 10 shoes but these things are quite big and floppy. These booties seem to be OK at temps around 0F based on my experience. I can tell you that the WM Kodiak sleeping bag rated at 0F kept me warm and toasty at -10F and even at -33F it kept me warm but I did have on the WM down pants inside the bag at these temps but I only had on two long underwear tops and I was still warm. At $100 for the booties, I would think they would perform better. I know that WM gear is up there with the best but not these booties IMO.

>Rating: 5

Dreamy, Warm Comfort

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Small
Height
5` 1"
Weight
95 lbs

After months of wondering why people had booties for hut trips and ski wknds at the cabin, I finally caved and invested in my first pair. Really glad I went with the WM Standard Down Bootie. Picked them up at the local mountaineering store. They had lower cut "slipper" booties but they definitely did not feel as warm. Stepping into these WM Standard Down Booties, your feet will immediately feel comforted, secure, super warm, and loved. I appreciate the higher coverage - really adds that extra warmth and security vs slipper style booties. I also really appreciate the thicker foam clearance from the ground. The sole feels fairly sturdy/rugged and water resistant. Unlike a slipper where you're really close to the ground, I feel more support and separation from a dirty cabin floor and/or wet surfaces. WM makes the best + warmest sleeping bags (I don't own one yet!) so I liken these booties to basically wrapping your feet in a WM sleeping bag. SO glad I invested in these! Way more comfy than walking around a cold cabin/hut in my snow boots. I even wear them inside my freezing cold apartment! I am normally a women's size 6 or 6.5 in boots. First tried on the XS and realized they were too snug. Went with size S and it's perfect with and without thick wool socks. Thank you Western Mountaineering!

>Rating: 1

Fell apart on third overnight trip

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

I loved these on the first two camping trips I took them on. On the third I pulled my foot of one bootie and a flood of feathers came flying out--the inside seam along the top of the foot had split wide open. I only ever wore these around camp, with thick, padded wool socks. I've emailed Western Mountaineering twice about a warranty replacement or repair, and they have ignored both of my emails. Really disappointing, because they were so good for the short time they lasted.

Has Western reached out to help you? How hard were on them when the ripped out? This is a big game stopper. Did you purchase a different brand? Thanks

>Rating: 5

Cold Feet - No More!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size

Game changing!!! Extremely light weight but boy do these pack a punch when it comes to warmth!!! Size 11.0 and have a large - Western Mountaineering's quality is top notch and unsurpassed in the outdoor industry in my opinion, buy a pair they will last you a life time.

Thanks James! Leta Western Mountaineering Rep

>Rating: 4

Hut trip? Buy these

Height
5` 10"
Weight
165 lbs

You just can't go back to socks or whatever you used to cover your feet after a long day of skiing once you buy these.

>Rating: 5

ABSOLUTE YES

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

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

What size shoe do you wear? I run around a 5.5-6. I want to purchase these and still be able to wear a pair of midweight wool socks and not have them be too tight.

>Rating: 5

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

Thank you for the great feedback, Emily! Leta OR Rep

>Rating: 5

warm cozy

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

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.

Thanks for the review Matt! Leta Western Mountaineering Rep

>Rating: 5

Warm pillows for your feet

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

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.

Ha! Love the "outhouse" feature! Leta Western Mountaineering rep

>Rating: 5

Heaven on your feet

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

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!!

These can work on a short expedition just fine. I had them on my trip to Shasta a few years back. For Denali, maybe consider the Western Mountaineering Expedition Booties with Gore WindStopper: https://www.backcountry.com/western-mountaineering-expedition-bootie-gws-mens?rr=t Thank you! Leta Western Mountaineering Rep

>Rating: 5

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."

Thank you for passing on a great review, Monique! Leta Western Mountaineering Rep

>Rating: 5

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.

Beata, Thank you for the wonderful review! Enjoy your booties! Leta Western Mountaineering Rep

>Rating: 5

Fantastic!

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

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".

Eric, Thank you so much for the great review! I will make sure to pass on your review to my friends at Western Mountaineering! Enjoy - Leta Western Mountaineering Rep

>Rating: 4

Slippies

Height
5` 8"
Weight
160 lbs

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!

Hey Mark - we opt for lightweight and packability here, vs durability in all situations. This one is plenty durable enough for hut / Yurt / cabin play for sure. Leta Western Mountaineering Rep

Thanks Leta, for booties i'll take lightweight and packability any day! The durability concern was less for general wear and tear and more for idiot-proofing (read: me).

>Rating: 5

Finally My Feet are Warm

Alaskan home with dog door = cold floors. I ordered these just in time for -15 temps! Very very happy M for my women's size 10 is perfect.

Cold feet are the WORST! So glad we could help! Enjoy! Leta Western Mountaineering Rep

>Rating: 5

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
125 lbs

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.

I

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.

Thanks Emily! I just can't wait to use these camping even more now!

Thanks Sarah! Nice pic! Leta Western Mountaineering Rep

>Rating: 5

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 the review, Jim! Leta Western Mountaineering Rep

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.

>Rating: 4

Solid.

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, Leta 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.

>Rating: 5

Soooo Warm

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

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."

These

Thanks Emily! Leta Western Mountaineering Rep

>Rating: 5

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
200 lbs

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)😜

Paul - thank you for the review - well said and right on! Leta Western Mountaineering Rep

Well, my son tried on the XL. He has a size 15 shoe and they fit great. So I gifted him those and bought another pair in LARGE for my size 12. Love these booties!

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How well do this boots work on a open loading dock

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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!

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Do these booties have a removable outer shell like the "feathered friends booties", or are they a one-piece unit?

It is a single bootie... no liner or shell. Very warm though!

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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?

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.