Jan 21, 2010 at 2:26 pm #1254339Jan 21, 2010 at 2:48 pm #1564926
@obxcolaLocale: Outer Banks of North Carolina
Best wishes and congratulations on your new enterprise!
The website is very nice.Jan 21, 2010 at 3:44 pm #1564952
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
I'll probably be ordering a pair soon!Jan 21, 2010 at 3:48 pm #1564957
But the photo of the goose on your web site shows that its feet have no down on them at all???
CheersJan 21, 2010 at 4:09 pm #1564963
Yeah I know, I've though about trying to edit that picture to show that goose wearing a pair of my socks….
Just tried to come up with a name that would convey the material and the use in one phrase… :-)Jan 21, 2010 at 4:51 pm #1564982
@akajutLocale: Central Oklahoma
A picture of them in their stuff sack would be helpful.Jan 21, 2010 at 4:55 pm #1564987
When I get home Friday, I will post more pictures on the website. Unfortunately on the product page, my website builder only allows one picture per product.
– BenJan 21, 2010 at 5:26 pm #1564996
You can also reference the pictures of my prototypes on this thread. There is a picture of the stuffsack there, although it is made from momentum90 now, and has a drawstring at the top.
– BenJan 21, 2010 at 8:34 pm #1565072
nice start , looking good, all the best :)Jan 21, 2010 at 10:24 pm #1565091
@ctwilliaLocale: Depends on the weekend
eh?Jan 21, 2010 at 10:26 pm #1565092
Goose feet… Duck feet with bunions… Whats Really goin' on?Jan 21, 2010 at 10:56 pm #1565098
@jumpbackjackLocale: Armpit of California
Ben how do I post a tesimonial on your web page? I got mine tonight and will try them this weekend and would like to leave a full report when I get back. Thanks JackJan 22, 2010 at 2:49 am #1565114
> I've though about trying to edit that picture to show that goose wearing a pair of my socks….
CheersJan 22, 2010 at 4:29 am #1565122
Yeah! Thanks Roger! I'll put that up immediately.
– BenJan 22, 2010 at 8:19 am #1565171
@mrmuddyLocale: No Cal
I ordered a pair for my wife .. who has the infamous " cold feet syndrome"… Duirng the day, a pair of wool socks and her shoes keep her feet warm… HOwever, when goes to bed at night .. ice cubes on the feet.
They arrived yesterday and , upon inspection, they appeared to be everythig as advertised..
At bedtime, she slipped them on and a BIG smile spread accross her face … (so far so good !)
As we got up this a.m. .. the first words out of her mouth were . " these are great ! " .. Comfy, light, warm,nice fit, breathed well, etc..
Short version .. Perfect !!!!!!!!!!!!Jan 22, 2010 at 8:48 am #1565180
@red_foxLocale: South Florida
How much down fill is used in each sock?
-SidJan 22, 2010 at 8:58 am #1565186
Sid- from Ben's link above, "I will be using .5oz of down in each sock"Jan 22, 2010 at 9:41 am #1565197
Brad is correct, although I begun to think that the XL's need to come standard with a little more to maximize their loft, and the XS's and S's maybe need a little less, although I will definitely get anyone's permission before I put more or less down fill in. Also, you can order extra by the .5oz if you think you need more than what is standard on any pair.
– BenJan 22, 2010 at 12:00 pm #1565238
Hey, hardly a GOOD rendering! I only had a few minutes to do it (bed-time), and just hacked. Need better pics of the booties to do a good job – close-ups at correct angles.
CheersJan 23, 2010 at 7:08 am #1565443
Here is a picture of an official pair in the stuffsack that will be shipped out in a couple of days.
– BenJan 24, 2010 at 8:51 pm #1565980
I finished the prototype shell for the down socks tonight. The finished weight of a size large is 1.8oz. Along with a pair of size large socks, the total system weight is 4.1oz including both stuffsacks.
– Ben SmithJun 27, 2010 at 4:29 pm #1623848
@vineethmLocale: Pacific North West
Ben, Do you know how the warmth of these compares to other offerings? How does half an ounce of down per sock compare to the WM booties?
VineethJun 27, 2010 at 4:32 pm #1623851
Looks good. You just need a size 14 for some of us.Jun 27, 2010 at 5:13 pm #1623865
I only know that my down socks have a total loft of about 4 to 4.5", more if you get the extra down. I have never owned or handled any other down booties, so I don't have anything to compare them to. Please check out Will Rietveld's review of the Western Mountaineering booties for an idea of how much warmth they might have in different situations. Maybe others who have some experience with other brands can chime in about relative warmth.
I do a custom XXL (Men's size 14 – 15) for $5 extra. Send me a PM or email me at email@example.com if you want more info.
– Ben SmithJun 27, 2010 at 5:26 pm #1623875
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Ben, these are exactly what I've been looking for! I'm just waiting for colors! With a perpetually-shedding blond dog in the tent with me, black is not the best color. It's also hard to find when laid against my mostly black sleeping bag.
The weight of the down socks plus the waterproof shells is less than the weight of my current fleece sleeping socks plus my Sprint Aquatics mesh shoes. And I'm sure they'll be a LOT warmer!
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