Sunday, 15 October 2017

Cold Feet Hopefully Getting Warmer.....

Some years ago when I was walking the Southern Upland Way I used a number of bothies as an alternative to my tent.....
It made a nice change when I found a bothy to sleep under a proper roof ...a bit of a highlight along the route.....
One thing that I seemed to suffer with though was cold feet.... walking on the solid floors of the bothy certainly didn't help and even though I wore a couple of thick pairs of walking socks cold feet persisted.....

These days winter riding on the bike can give me the same problem..... Makes no difference what I cover my feet with...waterproof socks..neoprene cycling shoe bootees.... I still seem to end up with cold feet.....

As we approach our third winter in Eva the Eriba I am not going to take any chances not that I suffer with cold feet in the van though..... No what I want is to make sure that my feet warm up again nice and quickly after a ride....

That's where these little beauties come in.......
North Face Nuptse Tent Mule 111
As my tent slippers needed replacing my recent visit to Exeter had the purpose of acquiring some new in caravan/awning/tent slippers or bothy boots.....
I ended up buying a pair of North Face Nuptse Tent Mule 111s.....

I have to say that these were the style that I had in the back of my mind when I went looking to buy some replacements....and as it was these were the only ones that seemed to be available in the various outdoors shops in Exeter.....

I realise that there are lots of various makes and styles available on the internet but one of the things that you have to learn to live with when fulltiming is that buying from the internet is not really possible.

The reason for this is a lack of a permanent address..... Yes I could have them delivered to my daughters address in Dorset but then I would have to wait till next spring before I could collect them and I wanted them now.... I wanted to warm my feet up this winter not next......

The North Face blurb tells me:-
Don't let the low profile and plush finish fool you..... The Nuptse Tent Mule 111 from the North Face is a hardy slip-on slipper offering incredible warmth and comfort and boasting a toughened upper made from recycled bottles....( I hope that means Cola Bottles as I have always thought that the best thing you could do with a bottle of Cola was to throw the contents away and recycle the bottle :-) )

The main features of these are :-

The uppers are made from 100% recycled PET with ripstop finish.
The sole is a nylon mesh base with rubber fine-mould traction lugs.
Insulation is Primaloft Thermoball (equivalent to 600 fill down)
Durable and water-resistant.
Die-cut EVA sockliner.
Slip on slipper.
Weight 220g
Note the Rubber Fine-Mould Traction Lugs.
I can't say how good these slippers are..... only time will tell. 
This post is not a recommendation it is just a report on what I have purchased......
If they live up to the North Face product description then I should have nice warm feet throughout the winter.... if I don't then you will certainly hear about it!!

7 comments:

Steve A said...

Those slippers look divine. They look PERFECT for inside use. I like my Salomon Deemax 2 boots for wet/cold cycling or outside walking. They're waterproof and perfect for temperatures below 50F. If it's really cold, I wear wool socks inside the boots. They do not, however, have cleat mounting holes. I reported on them at http://dfwptp.blogspot.com/2012/01/all-washed-up.html

Peter Roberts said...

In my case it is the hands that suffer..so much so that I may have to resort to the dreaded Turbo :-(

Trevor Woodford said...

*Steve A*
I have had a couple of pairs of Salomon walking boots over the years and I have always been impressed with them..... It's a pity that your Deemax 2 boots don't have cleat mounting holes...I suppose that means that you either have to change your pedals or use two sided pedals.....

*Peter Roberts*
My hands are fine in the cold its just the feet that suffer.... Regarding the Turbo...If it's raining I will always ride the Turbo...Riding LEJOG over nine days with torrential rain everyday put me off riding in the rain for life Lol...

Dave said...

My wifes has a similar pair of slippers and they are toastie warm apparently.

For wet winter cycling I wear Sealskin waterproof socks, with a merino wool lining and a thin cotton sock as a liner and my feet stay warm and dry.

Trevor Woodford said...

*Dave*
I have used Sealskinz waterproof socks for winter walking for years.... They are a must out on Dartmoor because of the very boggy ground... As you say they do keep your feet nice and dry... However I still suffer with the cold feet... I think with me it is more of a circulation problem as much as anything.....

Gideon Howe said...

Just make sure if you wear them out of the awning it's dark soon one can see you ! Lol.

Trevor Woodford said...

I am well past the age when I would worry about what I look like Gids....Comfort comes higher up my priority list these days :-)