Review: Pakems – The Lightweight Packable Boot

Nothing feels better than sliding your hiking boots or ski boots off once you arrive at your overnight destination, and slipping on a pair of hut booties. Ahhh, sweet relief! If only a campsite or backcountry hut really allowed you to just kick up your feet and enjoy a hot drink for the rest of the night. No, next comes cooking, drying out gear, setting up the tent or organizing gear for sleeping, and visiting the loo (wherever that may be). Read: traipsing around on the uneven terrain around your campsite or on the wet floor of a shack somewhere in the middle of nowhere. I’m normally accustomed to the puffy, down-filled, moon-boot looking kind of end-of-the-day booties. And while they’re great, I don’t feel so good about taking their soft-bottomed soles out into these kind of conditions.

Enter: Pakems. To learn more about the behind-the-scenes and future plans of this great company, check out their Indiegogo campaign. They’re raising funds to make a children’s version – wouldn’t that be nice?!

I had the chance to try out a pair of Pakems‘ Women’s Low Top boots. Here’s what I found:

Pakems bag (left), demonstrating how well they compress (upper right), and the full boot (lower right). Photos by Meghan J. Ward.

Pakems bag (left), demonstrating how well they compress (upper right), and the full boot (lower right). Photos by Meghan J. Ward.

What I Loved

  • I loved the sole and grip. The Pakems were much sturdier than usual hut booties. I didn’t feel as vulnerable wearing them in more uneven terrain (I’ve stubbed a toe a few times wearing the soft-bottomed hut booties).
  • I like that the Pakems look like shoes (not pillows on your feet).
  • They were super lightweight to carry.
  • They were definitely warm without the bulk of the hut booties I described earlier – even in bare feet in 0 degrees Celsius.
  • I really like the neoprene-like fabric of the liner and the material around the ankle. It was very comfortable and it’s what makes them comfortable to be worn without socks on (if, say, your socks were drying).
  • I also like that the laces cinch all the way down the foot and not just around the ankle. This allows for a snugger fit.
  • The little loop at the ankle for clipping them to something is genius!

Worth Considering

  • They fit fine without socks, but otherwise were too snug (I requested mine based on my normal shoe size). People should perhaps size up if they want to wear socks inside.
  • I hear they’re coming out in a variety of colours. I say camping is more fun in colour.
  • I didn’t bring the bag with me. I can only think of a few instances where I’d need the back to carry them in, otherwise I would just throw them into whatever backpack I’m using.
More Pakems colours.

More Pakems colours.


Help Pakems get their booties on kids’ feet by supporting their Indiegogo campaign“Our IndieGoGo campaign is intended to help us raise the money we need to offer children’s size and styles,” says Pakems founder Julie Adams. “We’ve had such a positive response to both the high and low top styles, and our growing range of colors, but we often hear that our customers would love to have Pakems for their kids and in half sizes. The money we raise on IndieGoGo will enable us to do that.”

Thanks to Pakems for sending me a pair for review! 

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Categories: Gear to Get There

Author:Meghan J. Ward

Meghan J. Ward is an outdoor, travel and adventure writer based in Banff, Alberta. Her work has been published by a variety of magazines throughout North America, including IMPACT Magazine,, Kootenay Mountain Culture and She specializes in creating marketing materials and web content for the tourism industry and beyond.

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5 Comments on “Review: Pakems – The Lightweight Packable Boot”

  1. November 21, 2013 at 12:51 am #

    Nice! Will repost this on twitter, thanks! :D

  2. November 25, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    What perfect timing for this post, cuz I’m wearing my down booties at the moment!

    I also had a negative experience with the soft bottomed down booties: sprained the arch of my foot. Yup. Was trying to wear them around a snowcamp.

    I hope this company makes it! They seem like a much better alternative. Thanks for the info, Meghan!

    • November 25, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

      Hi Marissa! Just so you know, Pakems are already available! Check out their website for more information.


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