Vapor Barrier Liners (VBLs) for boots

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  1. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

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    As a fan of winter camping I have a great fondness for warm feet.

    For me that means a vapor barrier to keep my sweat from wetting the insulation (socks, boot liners and boots).

    I've found that the best VBL socks are thin neoprene diver's socks that I seam seal with sealent used for urethane coated tents. Be sure to seal both sides. These socks are also WARM!

    THE SYSTEM:
    1. thin poly liner socks
    2. thin (1/8") neoprene divers socks
    3. Gore-Tex boots or felt pac boots and (for non-camping trips) Mickey Mouse military style winter boots.

    >At night I remove the VBL socks and the liner socks and put on clean liner socks and heavy wool "sleep socks". DO have a clean pair of poly liner socks for each day.
    > Turn the VBL socks inside out to dry a bit in the tent then put them inside your sleping bag so they will be completely dry and warm in the morning. Put the skanky, sweaty liner socks in a Ziploc bag.
    > Next I remove liners from boots such as the foam liners from telemark ski boots or the felt liners from felt pacs.
    >The liners go into the foot of my sleeping bag. In the morning they are warm.
    > I "telescope" my boot tops over each other to keep out snow and lay them outside the inner tent but inside the vestibule.

    >If you do not have boots with removable liners then try to put them in a stuff sack and into the foot of your sleeping bag. This is why my winter sleeping bags are the long versions.
     
  2. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

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    Re-posting for the purpose of bringing this important topic up once again.

    Many know about VBLs for boots but for those who don't this knowledge could save a hunt, not to mention toes (yep).
     

  3. mtnwrunner

    mtnwrunner Well-Known Member

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    Which is exactly why I carry two plastic grocery sacks with me at all times. They compress to nothing and weigh nothing. Put them over your feet, sock over it and you are good to go. Some are tougher than others but I've used them in really cold weather and they work great. Just have to dry your feet out at night and you usually only get one day with the sacks but I carry them for emergencies.

    Randy
     
  4. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

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    Excellent idea to carry plastic "bread bag" emergency VBLs with you. They should be part of every winter survival kit that automatically goes in your daypack for winter treks and hunts.