Rab Cirrus Hut Slipper. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Rab Cirrus Hut Slipper. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Price: £40
Weight: 242g a pair (size large)
Colour: black
Sizes: XS-XL (equivalent to shoe sizes 3-10+)
Country of manufacture: Indonesia

No matter how comfortable your boots, it’s always a nice feeling after a long walk to unlace them and free your feet from their confines.

The trouble is, your tootsies will soon cool down and, especially if you’re camping on cooler days, they’ll soon start to feel the chill. Rab’s Cirrus Hut Slippers are soft and insulated, and designed to slip on after a hard day on the trail or on the hills, so keeping your feet both comfortable and warm.

The outer fabric of the uppers is 30 denier Pertex Quantum, with a subtle ripstop pattern in the material. The lining is soft-feel 20 denier fabric and insulation comes from PrimaLoft Silver Insulation Luxe, which retains its warming properties when damp better than down.

The insulation is retained by fairly narrow baffles, both on the upper and side panels of the slippers, plus a heel section. There are twin elasticated triangular inserts and the ankle hem is also elasticated. This makes them easy to slip on or off, and also helps keep them snug to the foot to keep out draughts. There’s a small webbing loop at the heel to help pull the slippers on.

The slipper has a reinforced lower area. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The slipper has a reinforced lower area. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The sole unit is a non-slip material, and the Cirrus Hut Slippers also have a 600 denier reinforced nylon lower edge wrapping all the way round them. The sole is semi stiffened and has a cushioned EVA footbed.

The fabric of the uppers has a fluorocarbon-free durable water-resistant treatment.

This is just one feature that gives this updated version of the Cirrus Hut Slippers a good sustainability score. The outer fabric and lining are both made from recycled material, and the PrimaLoft insulation is manufactured from 100 per cent post-consumer recycled synthetic material.

The slippers come with a semi-mesh, zipped storage bag.

I’ve used the Rab slippers over a number of months ranging from cold wintry days to warmer evenings following a long journey in the hills. They were instantly comfortable. On really cold nights, the addition of a pair of socks meant my feet stayed warm. On camp during cool or warmer days, the insulation was ideal. Although not waterproof, the slippers’ DWR treatment did shed the dew during a walk through the morning’s grass.

The cushioned sole coped well with gravel paths on camp and gave enough grip even on damp surfaces.

I found the Cirrus Insulated Slippers really useful on the campsite, both traipsing from the tent, but also once zipped up ready for bed on camp. In fact, on really cold nights, I used them to keep my feet warm in the sleeping bag too. But they were also good to slip on at home after a hard day pounding the trail and summiting a peak or two.

Because of their soft uppers, there’s no real sideways support to keep the foot in place if you’re contouring on a slope, for instance, so don’t get too adventurous.

There's a webbing loop to pull the slipper on. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

There's a webbing loop to pull the slipper on. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

As the name implies, they would be good in alpine huts too, and British bothies. They’re not too bulky and add less than 250g to the rucksack, so a nice little luxury to add to the kit, perhaps as an alternative to flip-flops, which won’t keep your feet warm.

Best uses: campsite; bothies and huts; home and garden.

Comfort 26/30
Warmth 23/30
Packability 7/10
Quality 7/10
Value for money 7/10
Sustainability 9/10
Total 79/100

  • The Rab Cirrus Hut Slippers were supplied to grough by Trekitt

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