Spring Footwear: Lightweight Footwear Systems Built Around Thin Neoprene Overboots and High Gaiters

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    Addie Bedford
    BPL Member


    Locale: Montana
    Steven Evans
    BPL Member


    Locale: Canada

    Brian, I know some people here have used them. Maybe do a search. I'm not sure if it was the same model you linked to but I recall people discussing them. 2.2 lbs is killer though…

    Ryan Jordan


    Locale: Central Rockies

    Joe, I'm not sure I'd actually count on the sock to dry fast. My spring socks for wet junk are thick, gushy, mountaineering socks. They don't dry fast, if at all. This is my system for "hopelessly wet" conditions where temps are cold (and I thus want the thick sock insulation) – packrafting, river wading, and other sloppy snowmelt conditions.

    In the fall, as it starts to get cold (and it's drier), I prefer a GTX boot (see forum post above) because it's just plain warmer (and I'm not dealing with a lot of snowmelt water conditions – dry trails, etc.), and 0 to 15 degree mornings are a lot more common than in the spring.

    Joe Clement
    BPL Member


    Locale: Southwest

    Wet is OK, cold is not.

    Roger Caffin
    BPL Member


    Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe

    Hi Joe

    > Wet is OK, cold is not.

    Cheating! Summarising a whole article and extended discussion in six words.

    But six correct words.


    Chris Townsend
    BPL Member


    Locale: Cairngorms National Park

    Brian, I have an old pair of NEOS overshoes similar to the Adventurers. My Large size weighs 38oz. I've been wearing them recently in knee deep snow and slush. They're not particularly warm so I've worn the Inov8 Roclite 390 GTX boots inside with medium weight merino wool socks. In warmer weather I've used them with non-waterproof trail shoes. I like them.

    Daniel Fluri


    anyone else wearing ankle high neo-prene socks in cold wet conditions?

    inside a pair of inov-8 terrocs this is the simplest and probably lightest solution.

    and should it really be getting hot, I replace the neo-prene socks with a pair of thin merino socks.

    no need for gaiters, overboots and all that.

    Steven Evans
    BPL Member


    Locale: Canada

    Situation dependent, that probably is the lightest solution, and as long as it stays wet, your good to go. Problem is when temps drop, your shoes will freeze. Overboots will excel in winter conditions.

    Liner Sock, VB Sock, Hardrocks, 40 Below Overboot. Keeps my feet warm and dry all day and night – so far so good!


    christian gagas


    Steve, it's funny to see this picture posted, it could have been taken of my own feet this past weekend in the White Mtns of NH. I used RBH insulated socks, Montrail Streaks, Simple Slippers (when really cold), and the LE overboots with a pair of Elites under them. 40Below synthetic booties completed the package in camp. Far and away the best winter footwear system I have tried, having been thru plastic boots, bunny boots and Steger mukluks. This system combined the best of all of the others and provided a level of convenience I have never experienced. I went into further detail about my experience with the LE's under the Reader Review section…


    Dondo .
    BPL Member


    Locale: Colorado Rockies

    Does anyone have experience using these:

    Brian, I have a couple of pairs of older NEOS, one comparable to the Villager and an insulated version similar to the Explorer. They're a versatile solution but I no longer use them because they're a bit heavy and cumbersome for my taste. The insulated neoprene booties linked in my post above work a lot better for me because they feel more nimble. But the insulated NEOS are warmer for standing around camp.

    Huzefa @ Blue Bolt Gear


    Locale: Himalayas

    Check it out! They seem to be warmer! AND lighter! AND cheaper! then forty below LE.

    christian gagas


    I own a pair of these as well Huzefa, they are comparable to the Simple Slippers, but even then don't offer the same level of protection or ease of use. They are in no way however, in the same league as LE's, nor are they meant to be. LE's are meant to keep your footwear dry in snowy conditions, my experience with CMs is that they work like a neoprene wetsuit. My wife has a pair that she will use INSIDE her LE's to help boost temp ratings…but like the Simple Slippers they really don't have any kind of durable outsole and so will not last long on anything but snow (and mayble even still) unless protected by a snowshoe or other traction device.

    Steven Evans
    BPL Member


    Locale: Canada

    The crescent moon bootie is in no way comparable to the LE Overboot – if you told Joel at 40 below that you were doing a head to head between his LE Overboot and the CM bootie, he'd probably be less then amused. I only want to clarify so that readers do not get confused here.

    The LE Overboot is a fully enclosed knee high overboot weighing 14.4 oz in my size 11. The sole is a dotted rubber of some sort, the lower section is neoprene and the upper is a breathable integrated gaiter. A velcro strip up the middle allows installation and removal.

    The Cresent moon bootie is a neoprene sock designed to fit over your footwear weighing 9.5 oz (from the web). It has a partial sole and no integrated gaiter. I actually like the design of it, but it really isn't fair to say it is a replacement for the LE Overboot.

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