There are lots of warm winter booties out there, but many are too heavy for packing or too dainty for outdoor use. These high-tops strike a better balance: light enough for multiday trips, yet warm and grippy enough to leave the hut. The lugged rubber soles let our tester gather snow for melting drinking water, shovel huts’ icy steps, and walk packed trails in Colorado’s Mt. Massive Wilderness.
Instead of down, which wilts when wet, the Radler uses synthetic Thermolite insulation (the women’s version uses recycled PrimaLoft). A cinchable elastic cord secures the top to keep snow out. A perimeter zipper above the sole lets both booties zip together for compact packing. Downside? They’re heavier than down models. $95; 1 lb. (w’s 7); timberland.com