GooseFeet Gear Down Socks & Over-Booties

Just like a pair of down pants, I have been wanting a pair of down socks for quite a while. Not those down boots with the hard outer soles that can be worn around camp, but down socks that I can wear inside a sleeping bag or a quilt. The thing is, in cold weather my toes will get cold and then never seem to warm back up, despite the fact that I wear my super thick Lorpen Expedition socks inside my Marmot Helium sleeping bag… Once my toes get cold, they just don’t seem to want to warm back up. So, earlier this year I finally broke down and picked up a pair of down socks from GooseFeet Gear!

I like that Ben offers a number of options to really get these down socks the way I want them. Of course I can pick which size I need, but I can also choose from different materials and even colors to use for the shell, and even how much of the high power 850 down fill that I want in them. So, what options did I pick? Well, I will tell ya…

  • Size: Large
  • Material: Blue M50
  • Down Fill: + 25% extra

The total weight of my downs socks in the above combination of choices comes in at 2.1 oz, which is a 1.9 oz weight savings from the above mentioned Lorpen Expedition weight socks. And considering that I only used those Lorpen socks to sleep in (as I will do with these down socks), this is a huge weight savings! And after wearing them on a recent 3 night hike, as well as a few other times around the house, I can confidently say that I believe that these down socks will be times warmer than my Lorpen socks. This in itself is even better than the weight savings, but combine the two, and it’s simply awesome!

Toasty warm toes at Overmountain Shelter on the AT! (Temp = 36 F)

However, after getting the socks, I started thinking… What about those nights when I wake up in the middle of the night and have to go answer the call of nature? Cause this happens to me…it seems like every night I am out on the trail, I have to get up at least once a night to pee. After thinking about this, I decided that I didn’t want to have to pull those warm down socks off, put on my cold boots, go pee and in the process, risk getting cold toes… I wanted to leave them on and keep my toes warm! So, I started eyeballing the over-booties that Ben also sells on his site…

It didn’t take much time after this that I decided I wanted to get a pair of the GooseFeet Gear over-booties to use with my down socks. To me, they just seemed to make too much sense, not to mention that I did just save 1.9 oz of weight by going with the down socks over the Lorpen socks. The way I saw it, if I can still have a comparable weight, but end up with a more versatile set-up, then it is indeed worth it. So, it was actually when I placed my order for my down pants that I also placed the order for the over-booties!

Like the down socks, the over-booties also have a few different options to choose from, such as color, size and sole material. I ended up going with the size large over-booties with black uppers and Dyneema X soles, and they weigh in at 2.2 oz (which does include the supplied stuff sack).

The over-booties are listed as being waterproof, which is a nice feature, however, I do not plan to need to use the over-booties often, so this point is not so important to me (unless I accidentally pee on them while half asleep one night…) My plans are to use these primarily at camp just before bed, as needed during the night, and maybe for a bit in the mornings. This is also another reason why I decided to just go with the lighter weight Dyneema X as the outer sole material. I just don’t plan to put many miles on them and the ground conditions are not to terribly rough, so I felt that the Toughtek material was a bit overkill for my needs.

The over-booties have a cinch cord around the top to close the booties up around my ankles, and then another cinch around my lower ankle. These together help to stabilize the over-booties around my foot. There is also a 1/4″ thick piece of ccf cut out in the shape of insoles in the bottom of each over-booty. These insoles offer a bit of structure to the over-booties as well as protection for the bottom of my feet, however, these can be removed to save an additional 0.4 oz of (combined) weight if desired. (All of this can be seen in the above video.)

As I mentioned above, I have only been able to use these on one trip so far. But, on that trip, I used the socks in conjunction with the over-booties (as planned) on all 3 nights and mornings. Overall, they work well with each other. In my opinion, they are sized appropriately so that the over-booties layer over the down socks without compressing the down in the socks. I will admit, I have found that on any sort of incline the socks will slide around on the ccf insoles pretty easily though. So, I had to really think about and plan where my footsteps took me with each step when on a hill. I am not sure how this can be rectified, and I will be completely honest and say that it can be a bit annoying in certain situations, however, in the grand scheme of things, it is not enough for me to even think about leaving them behind.

So far, I am very happy with both the socks and the over-booties. (I’m not even giving the Lorpen socks a second thought.) If I had to rank these items on a scale of 1-5, I would give both the down socks and the over-booties (on their own) an easy 5, due simply to fit and finish. However, when worn all together, I would have to go with a strong 4 due to the fact that they do slide around a bit. However, they are better than anything else I have used to date, so they will definitely keep a place in my pack for cold weather hikes!

Thanks for reading everyone!

~Stick~

Disclaimer: I purchased both the GooseFeet Gear down socks and the GooseFeet Gear over-booties at full price with my very own, hard-earned money. I am not affiliated with GooseFeet Gear and have no obligation to “review” either of these items.

 

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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  5. Martha Decker says:

    I am interested in ordering a pair of goose down booties. From where? How much?

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  6. Revid says:

    Hey Stick, I just got my socks and overbooties in the mail last week. I was immediately regretting the purchase because they seemed like too much of a luxury item for my AT thru hike. After sleeping outside in the snow where it got down to 23 degrees I am much more happier about this purchase. My feet felt great at night in my hammock and the overbooties were awesome for walking around in the snow.

    The ground was flat though, I wonder how they will be when it is unlevel. Also, how usefull will they be in the mud? Will I be annoyed to have to wash them so I can store them in my pack? We’ll see.

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    • Stick says:

      Revid,

      Great to hear that you are enjoying your down socks and overbooties! And I totally agree, those down socks are such a pleasure to have on cold nights… I will never be without them! As well, the overbooties are an excellent compliment to them, however, I will admit, it is a bit tough to walk in them on sloped ground. I ended up using some thicker ccf pad to replace the thinner ones. As well, I used some Seam Grip on top of the ccf soles to help make my sock stick to the sole. It has helped some…

      Anyway, good luck on your thru, and hope the socks work out well for you throughout it!

      ~Stick~

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  7. Ivy says:

    Hi Chad
    Thanks for this great review! It was really helpful. I was wondering, how do they fit? I noticed when you said you are a size 12 that you are at the top of the size range for the size that you got (Large = men’s sizes 9.5~12).
    I am also at the top of a size range, and was considering sizing up just in case. Are they really snug? Or do you have room for a pair of socks? If you do, can you only wear a thin pair, or could you fit a thick pair of socks? Thanks!

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    • Stick says:

      Ivy,

      They fit me comfortably. I can wear some super thick socks inside the down socks, and they do not make the fit feel tight, or cause any of the down to compress. However, I generally prefer to wear a thin pair of liner socks with them.

      Hope this helps some!

      ~Stick~

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  8. Katherine says:

    Appreciate the recommendation. Will tryy it out.

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  9. Mark says:

    Wow I am really torn here – was ready to pull the trigger on these, but just having a hard time with the price – $137 (or $254 for 2) to my door! I then looked up FF and they are $119 ($208 for 2) to my door. I love my wife but that is a lot of change for a little bit of down. FF are 9.3oz w/ 4oz fill vs 4.6oz w/ 1.5oz of fill.

    You know it might be cheaper for me to not read your blog…

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    • Stick says:

      Mark,

      No!!! Please don’t stop reading my blog… 🙂

      You are actually the second person I have seen that has considered both of these booties in the last few days (the other was in a thread over on BPL, unless that was you too). To be completely honest, as far as the product itself, I have a strong feeling that you will be happy with whichever company that you decide to go with. FF is a well know, established company, and for good reasons. As well, Ben seems to also be the same, but maybe on a smaller scale than FF. All I can say is that I now have all 4 of the items that he lists on his site and I am happy with all of them.

      As far as comparing the 2, I personally like that I can have essentially complete control as to how I want my own booties to turn out. I love the options that Ben allows on his site, and to me this is worth paying a little extra. As well, I was after the lightest weight option, that still performed, so here Ben’s won out again. But, I understand that eventually costs will add up, and after a bit it turns into a tough decision…

      Anyway, let me know what you decide. And are you still considering a jacket from Ben?

      ~Stick~

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  10. fabian sandoval says:

    Hey Stick!

    One thing I do is “pee” in a wide mouth flexible water bottle in my tent (make sure it doesn’t drip!) and the warm urine will keep you toasty! Why leave the tent in the middle of the night when you don’t have to??? Also, I wrap stuff sacks on my feet and have NEVER had any issues with cold feet camping at 13K’ with below 30 degrees. I have a 30 degree Zpacks sleeping bag that I’m sure does help me stay warm!

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    • Stick says:

      Fabian,

      I know that a lot of people do that, but so far, I have been fine with just getting up and going. At least that way I know I don’t wake up with a pee soaked sleeping bag! 🙂 Who knows though…maybe one day I will also do this…

      I like the tip on wrapping socks around your feet too. I will remember this to tell others when they are eyeballing my down socks! 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

      ~Stick~

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    • Tricia H says:

      Yeah, that just really doesn’t work for us ladies. The booties are on my wishlist. Even in April in the High Sierras it can be 20F at night. I’d love some extra fluff for my feet.

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    • Stick says:

      Tricia,

      I am still absolutely loving my booties! Definitely recommend them… 🙂

      ~Stick~

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  11. Keith says:

    I saw the ones at REI (where I bought the fleece socks) and have looked at others online. They all have chunky soles. I think that for the most part, except for Goose Feet, they are all building something that is never intended to see a camping trip. Maybe a cabin, but likely watching TV.

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    • Ed says:

      Yes, My wife and I have the REI down booties. They are perfect for cold evenings watching TV and wearing around the mountain lodge. I would not take them camping. However, I do love them for inside.

      Feathered Friends also makes a combo down sock with outer shell. They and Goose Feet are the only companies I know that make this form factory down booties. Eventually I will get either the FF or Goose Feet ones.

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    • Stick says:

      Ed,

      For the price of the REI booties, these would be a great option to have around the house, at a cabin, or when car camping…and especially when they have their sales! And I completely forgot about Feathered Friends… I would eventually like to try out some of the FF stuff too…

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

      ~Stick~

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  12. Keith says:

    Not too long ago I bought a pair of fleece socks that have been OK, but I so want a pair of Goose Feet. Next year’s budget. Just about the only thing wrong with my down bag is at the toes. I don’t know if it’s just thinner, gets more compressed, has more seams, or less down. Feet get cold and it seems to be everyone’s complaint.

    Back a long time ago when first married I bought my wife a pair of down socks (called booties back then). They may have been Kelty or North Face. Mostly self preservation. Talk about popsicle toes in bed. Brrrr. We separated, but I think she still has them. Something happened to that market. It seems like Goose Feet is the only current manufacturer, Everything else I’ve found has been solid soles.

    Would a couple of squiggles of silicone sealer on the over boot insole help? I’ve seen people do that with sleeping pads.

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    • Stick says:

      Keith,

      Bummer to hear that you lost your down booties…but, then again, that is an opportunity to pick up some more! 🙂

      I know that REI and even TNF still sells some that actually have a bit of a harder sole on the bottom so that they can be worn outside, but that is not what I was wanting. The same as you, I wanted something that I could wear inside my sleeping bag. There may be a few other places that make actual socks, but none that I can think of right off the top of my head, which is kind of amazing…

      Anyway, I really do like mine and look forward to using them more this winter. And yes, I do recommend them…

      As far as your suggestion, that may help some…I may have to try that and see how it does… Thanks for the suggestion!

      ~Stick~

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  13. Andy Amick says:

    These down socks are one of those items that are a no brainer once you’ve tried them. They are so light a warm that I take them on almost all of my trips. I don’t have to get up during the night, but if I do, I just take off the socks and make a quick pit stop before my feet get cold again. Hopefully, you’re not planning on testing out the waterproof-ness of the over booties during the night any time soon 🙂

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    • Stick says:

      Andy,

      I have wanted some for a while… just always had other things to spend my money on, but I sure am glad that I got them now… as you say, they are a no brainer! 🙂

      And I hear ya … I hope I don’t test the overbooties waterproof-ness any time soon…

      ~Stick~

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