The Forty Below® Light Energy TR model overboot
A unique overboot that helps extend the range of trail running and light hiking boots in a variety of cold weather wilderness conditions. Please see below for more product details.
To Order: Please provide details about your shoe/boot in the boxes below. We will select the proper size of overboot for you based on your boot information.
Forty Below® Light Energy™ TR model Overboots
Designed to help insulate and keep snow out of trail running shoes and light hiking boots for lightweight snowshoeing.
Great to go over camp booties too!
Can also be used over bike shoes and cross country ski boots (with modifications).
Superlight and Supercompact!
Low profile, and dynamic fit design.
Stretchy nylon covered neoprene foam insulation on sides of foot.
Upper gaiter has stretchy side panels to allow for wide range of clothing and temperature range.
Coated rear calf area to reduce snow buildup and melt through.
Removable closed cell foam bottom inserts to help reduce conductive heat loss and fine tune fit with different footwear.
Light and flexible Rubber Diamond patterned sole fabric.
Easy to put on in the cold.
The Forty Below® Light Energy™ TR model is a unique overboot that helps extend the range of trail running and light hiking boots in a variety of cold weather wilderness conditions.
With the addition of this dynamic featured insulated boot cover, you can have a pair of lightweight base footwear be layered on top of, similar to the classic layering system of clothing, now for your feet! The Forty Below® Light Energy™ overboots are designed to be a very lightweight and compact approach to a boot cover. They are slender fitting- so they are not bulky or cumbersome, stretchy and easy to put on in the cold, and also easy to repair. There are a wide range of uses, including keeping snow out of your boots, adding insulation around the foot, enabling a set of hiking boots or trail running shoes to be used for lightweight snowshoeing, putting them on as a cover for camp booties while winter snow camping. Additionally, they have been used to help extend the range of bike shoes using clips and cross country ski boots with NNNBC and SNSBC bindings. (modification by cutting a hole in the sole for access to the bindings is required to be done by the user).
We have had several very unique trips that have used the Forty Below Light Energy overboots. A very unique trip by Andrew Skurka used two different test pairs on his remarkable 7,775 mile Sea-to-Sea walk (C2C) in 2004-05, used on over 1,000 miles with his light weight trail shoes in the Midwest States during the winter months with snowshoes. Check out his very informative website at www.andrewskurka.com for more information.
The Light Energy overboot is also featured in the National Geographic published book by Andrew Skura titled: The Ultimate Hikers Guide 2nd Edition, here is the link to it at the National Geographic Store: https://shop.nationalgeographic.com/products/the-ultimate-hikers-gear-guide-2nd-edition
The Wilderness Classroom students and teachers used test pairs on a several hundred mile dogsled/snowshoe/ cross country ski trip in Canada. Here is a link to the Wilderness Classroom website. Several bikers have used them on their bike shoes with pedal clips for cold temperature use in the arctic fat tire bike/ultra races in Minnesota, Alaska, and beyond. The Cascades Mountain Range, and especially Mt. Rainier which we are located next to, has been our “local use zone”. We have a very long snow season, and have had numerous trips over the past several years with various versions, in a wide range of snow types, and conditions. They have really helped footwear to be used in a much wider environment than without them.
The Forty Below® Light Energy TR model™ are insulated with a stretchy nylon covered closed-cell neoprene foam that is 3mm thick. This provides insulation that doesn’t absorb moisture and is stretchy to allow for a range of different shoe shapes and clothing. The sole uses a thin rubber dot fabric that remains flexibility in the extreme cold, such as -40 below temperatures, and provides a small amount of traction. The upper gaiter has stretchy side panels that accommodate a range of different clothing combinations and is breathable to allow perspiration moisture to escape. The rear calf area of the gaiter is made with a coated nylon fabric, specifically to help reduce the melting of snow seeping through from the snow buildup from snowshoes that gets kicked up. The front closure goes all the way to the toe area, and is 1.5 inch wide hook and loop. Elastic and cord lock top closure with a snap and grab tab. Two different thickness of closed cell foam pads 3mm and 7mm, for the inside bottom are included and are removable. This ability to remove and vary the sole insulation gives a wide range of different fits with different footwear, the ability to add or subtract the insulation to vary it according to your needs.
You can also add the Forty Below® Simple Slipper™ to your footwear and then put that grouping inside the overboot, and have an even wider use range. Two other helpful techniques are: 1) add the small flexible heat packets inside, and if you have the type with adhesive on the back of them, just stick them to the inside of the overboot in the toe area as an example. 2) for added traction consider using the rubber and cleat sole products such as from the Get a Grip/ Sure Foot company, and light crampons and microspikes from Kahtoola.
One of the great features of all of the Forty Below® overboots is that they are easy to repair! This is especially helpful, as crampons and rugged terrain are so hard on everything they come in contact with. Repairing is easily done by simply gluing the poke holes together, using glues such as those for repairing neoprene fishing waders and wet suits, like AquaSeal from McNett, etc. For repairs while on a trip, use the Forty Below® Repair Patches, which are a special sticky and stretchy tape that works great for repairs during a trip (one is included with the overboots)
DO NOT USE “CHAIN” STYLE TRACTION AIDS WITH THESE OVERBOOTS, IT WILL DAMAGE AND CUT THROUGH THE FABRIC OF THE SOLE AND UPPER QUICKLY AND IS NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY. For example, traction aid products such as Kahtoola Microspikes have a “chain style” traction design, and while they work well for rubber soled boots, they will cut through the sole fabric quickly and damage the overboots. We suggest other products that have rubber bottoms with cleats such as those from StabilGear, and the Hillsound Flexstep model.
For more information about all of our different models of overboots, please go to the All About Overboots Section, which is located on our home page. There is an overview of the different models and the boots they go over, and additional information about overboots and insulated boot covers.
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Built in the USA! Handcrafted in the USA. We use materials from the USA and our friends from other Countries around the world.
ORDERING: We will select the proper size for your boots from the information you provide us in the ordering fill-in boxes above.
SIZING: XS-XXL To fit from ladies 4 to mens 16, plus custom sizes available on request.
OVERBOOT SIZING: Forty Below® Overboots are made with stretchy insulation materials, and have a wide range of different sizes and shapes of shoes/ boots that a particular overboot model/size can fit. Because of this wide range, we ask that you provide some basic information about your shoe/boot in the above fill-in boxes, and then we will select the proper size with that information for you. The “shoe length” we ask for is a measurement of the overall shoe length measured on the bottom of the shoe in either inches of cm from heel to toe. (This helps us make sure your shoe/boot will fit inside the overboot properly, as just providing the “shoe size” varies too widely in measurement to be used functionally.)
WEIGHT: 16 oz. (448g) per pair size Large
DO NOT USE “CHAIN” STYLE TRACTION AIDS WITH THESE OVERBOOTS, IT WILL DAMAGE AND CUT THROUGH THE FABRIC OF THE SOLE AND UPPER QUICKLY AND IS NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY. For example, traction aid products such as Kahtoola Microspikes have a “chain style” traction design, and will cut through the fabric quickly and damage the overboots. We suggest other products that have rubber bottoms with cleats such as the Stabil Products/Stabilicer from 32North.