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Looking for suggestions of warm socks for backpacking and sleeping outside in winter.

What are the warmest socks for sleeping outdoors? New to backpacking and have some great socks for hiking but were not warm enough for sleeping outside during winter months. 

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Hi @kimmy12 - Thanks for reaching out! It's great to hear that you have gotten into backpacking and already have some socks that work well while you're out on trails. As you've noticed, once you stop moving around to stay warm, some heavier duty socks can be a great additional to your pack. We suggest taking a look at the following options:

Let us know if you have any additional questions and we'd be happy to help.

If you're keen on sharing, we'd also love to hear where your winter backpacking trips have taken you. Happy hiking!

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@kimmy12 Thanks for reaching out!

To add on to the advice given to you by @REI-CarterC , here are couple of tips for helping to keep your feet warm when sleeping outside in cold temperatures:

  • Make sure you are putting dry socks on before bed.
  • You want socks that are snug but not too tight. Your best bet for staying warm is good circulation, socks that are too tight, even just a little bit, can have a big impact on how well your blood flows to your feet.
  • You can try to add some additional warmth to your sleeping bag by putting a hand/foot warmer by your feet or filling a Nalgene bottle with warm water and putting it in the bottom of your sleeping bag (just make sure the lid is on tight!).

Hopefully this helps, thanks!

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I love darn tough...guaranty is awesome! 

https://darntough.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIr9LZlNPQ7QIVh-DICh3qQQVLEAAYASAAEgLSI_D_BwE

 

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I agree with @Gary2. There is no alternative to Darn Tough socks. Period.

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Anything full merino wool, and use some liners as well, like knee-length Smartwool liners. I took the winter camping course with the Mountaineers ($75 annual membership - a steal!) and it taught me stuff I never even considered doing. I would get a sleeping bag that's close to 0 degrees and stuff it will all your leftover clothes when you go to bed because air spaces are just pockets for cold air to gather. Also, if you use butane-propane mix fuel (like for a Jetboil) keep it warm by stuffing that into your sleeping bag as well and in your pocket an hour or so before using it. Cold fuel takes a lot longer to heat water/fuel.

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Nothing beats down booties for keeping feet warm in the winter. I use Feathered Friends but there others that will fill the bill and weigh less than a pair of expedition-type merino socks.

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@trip - which down booties do you have?  This has been on my bucket list of UL gear for a while now...

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I second this comment. Wife and I always pack these along in the winter snowshoe-backpacking. Lightweight and super warm, just wear them to bed.

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Hi tadoerner, I have Feathered Friends down booties Down Booties and Overboots – Feathered Friends. I like that slip on/off the overcover for those frigid midnight bathroom runs.😊

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