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Hot Gear Bag


Hy , this is Ivan Petkov the founder of Hot Gear. I really thank you for the great reviews of and comments.

I also take at hard and try to solve problems with our bag. i want everyone to use them and be happy with the support. However as a small company and new product we have a hard time to convince the dealers to carry spare parts. We work very hard on warranty the product and to improve the technology.

The heating element is very well made now and we also changed the 12/V plug with much better.

We also try to keep up with the demand but we still run out of sear parts.

This year we are bringing considerable amount of spear parts and will be able to deliver all orders no later than December 15th. 

Ice Queen, sorry for the probem! Please lend me email around December 20th and we can ship you one of our new elements for no charge. Please contact me direct at ivan@hotgear.us 

Thank you again!

Ivan Petkov- Hot Gear founder.



Pros: Wonderful when it works - Hotgear sent a new heating element no questions asked.

********** February 17, 2016 UPDATE ************

So I received a new heating element from Hotgear no questions asked, installed it and I have a an awesome fully functioning heated bag again.  The bag does work really well. 



*********** February 9, 2016 UPDATE *********

After getting voicemail for a week and all of my emails going unanswered, I actually spoke with someone on the phone today.  I figured I would try one more time and called again and a woman named Viviana answered who couldn't be more helpful.  I emailed her a copy of my receipt from my purchase and she said she would put a new heating element in the mail today.  I will update the rating as soon as I receive the heating element and update this review. I did mention in my original review that the bag worked great when working. Hoping it all comes together. Thought I'd provide an update seems only fair.


I bought the 110V classic bag this past June. The bag itself is great. Plenty of space and pockets, well thought out and it was fantastic when it worked.  Nothing like warm boots in the morning. The car adapter worked great as well.  The problem is that the 110V plug stopped heating after 4 uses, even though the car adapter still works.  I could excuse the malfunction, sometimes sh&&t happens and Jetblue may not have been as gentle with the bag as I am, but what is inexcusable is their complete lack of any support whatsoever.  The website is still up and it looks like you can still buy a bag online, however no one answers the phone when I call. In fact when you dial the number on their website it gets automatically forwarded to a voicemail without even confirming that you reached the company, it's just a generic robotic voicemail message. In any event I've called a few days everyday this week and it gets forwarded to voicemail every single time. 


I also send an email, which has gone unanswered. I then filled out a warranty/RMA form on their webpage to request warranty work. That has also gone unanswered.  As this point I wonder whether they're even still in business, which is why I would not buy a Hot Gear Bag.  It's looking like I'm going to have to buy another bag. Will look at the transpack heated bag this time. In honesty it does not look as nice or as well thought out as the Hot Gear Bag, but there's a bigger reputable company behind the product, which hopefully will at least answer the phone or answer emails.


Pros: Indispensable item

Cons: 110v heating element lasts a couple of seasons

I can't live without this product -- stiff boots must be warmed above room temperature in order to get them on, and then they hold heat halfway through a morning of comfy skiing. Warm the boots overnight on the 110vac cord and then use the 12vdc cord in the car on the way up to the hill, and you're set to go.


I have two bags -- the original plain-vanilla unit I got when they first came out, around 10 years ago I think. And the fancy backpack style with a zillion pockets for stuff. In addition to the boots, it will hold helmet and goggles, several pairs of gloves, neck gaiter, parka, some tools and wax, etc -- everything I need at the hill except skis and poles. 


I leave the old bag in the locker room all winter, and travel with the newer bag.


Problem is that the heating element lasts a couple of winters of heavy use, and then on both bags the AC element went dead. Ivan Petkov was good about warranty replacements and I was able to get a free replacement for the original bag. But Ivan died in 2012 and now finding a replacement for the newer bag looks hopeless.


No worries. Go to Walgreens and buy a $10 medical heating pad. Throw it in the bottom of the bag and now you have a perfectly functional AC system. You could cut off the original AC cord but I haven't bothered. 


And -- if you don't want to pay $200 for a heated bag, just throw a heating pad in any boot bag. You could line the bag with Reflectix, but even without insulation it will work for heating boots overnight. Just throw an old blanket or a parka over the bag while it's plugged in. This won't keep the boots warm on a long drive, but with a layer of good insulation it works just fine for short trips.


Pros: Toasty feet in the morning

Cons: None

After 30+ years of skiing, I discovered HGB and loving it.  The Pro version has the most pockets to carry stuffs.  The helmet compartment is a great idea!


Thanks Ivan for the great hot bag and it was very nice meeting and speaking to you in person.  Btw, the young ladies working in the office are HOT!  drool.gif


Pros: Great way to dry and warm boots

Cons: none

I have had a Hot Gear bag for two seasons and think it is a mandatory piece of equipment. I have boots that are hard to get on unless they are warm so this is the perfect answer. It works on 12 volt in the car or 110 at home. The 110 volt system has several heat settings so if I forget to plug it in the night before I turn it on high and it warms the boots before I am out the door.


Pros: The bag

Cons: The size

This has been an amazing addition to my ski gear. I love the warm shells that I can easily slip into at the start of the day. Like others, it makes my snug fitting boots a dream to put on. I too now only have pain (from the shell) when taking my boots off at the end of the day. 

I have not had any issues with using the bag in both the car and house. I drive up to ski with the bag plugged in and when I stay with friends, I just plug the bag in overnight. 

The only issue I have (minor) is the size of the bag. I also ski with a backpack (water, lunch, snacks, camera) and can be difficult to take public transport with both backpacks, skis & a helmet. 

Thank you for the great product. 


Pros: Makes a very difficult boot easy to put on. Two power supplies are very njice too.

Cons: None so far

  For the skier with stiff boots and a tight fit, this is the only way to get a boot on in the morning without pain.  This makes skiing easy again.  I was ready to abandon my Langes except on race days.  Now I can wear these properly fitted boots every day.  The only hassle I have now is getting them off at the end of the day.  I can live with that.  I bought these just before last winter and have had no problems.

  I still let the boots dry during the evening and then put them in the bag just before going to bed.  This is long enough to get them up to temperature by morning.  The cabin is a half-hour from some places I ski, so I plug them into the car on the way to the slopes.  I put them on in the parking lot as soon as I get there.  This works well for me.  I seldom put gloves in the bag because I rotate fresh gloves into service on most days.

  Don't forget to unplug these things when you get to the resort!  Calling road service would make you late for dinner.

Hot Gear Bag

A HEATED bag for carrying boots and accessories.

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