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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Got tired of cold feet over the past few years…

Put in intuition liners, still had cold feet…

Finally decided to go full bore and try the Hotronics…

Should have done this year’s ago…

Had trouble finding a set of the M4’s…

Apparently with all of the snow, people have been buying them like crazy…

After getting them in my hands, I had Larry’s bootfitting install them…

As usual they did a superb job..

I have used them 4 times since putting them in, what joy to ski with warm feet…

I had determined that it was not a circulation problem, because I could go into the lodge, keep my boots on, still buckled and my feet would warm up, albeit slowly, but they would warm up…

The trip to the lodge to warm up very cold feet is no longer required…

Skied last week, it was 15* at the base with 20mph winds...normally my feet/toes would be really cold within 2 hours...

With the Hotronics..they were actually quite toasty...skiing is much nicer with warm feet...biggrin.gif

post #2 of 11

I've had the M4s for a couple of years now.  Really great.  If you pair them with Boot Gloves you can stay out in very cold weather a lot longer.

 

Be careful though.  I had an older pair and gave my toes heat nip, sort of like frost nip in reverse.  Don't keep them on too high a setting too long.  You end up "slow cooking" your toes and that isn't fun.

post #3 of 11

I've been using the M4's for the last 2 seasons in VT.  Really is nice to not have to think about your feet getting cold too often.  I always know that, if my feet do start to feel frosty, the folks I'm skiing with are already needing a lodge break!  I suppose in the really cold and windy conditions (sub-zero and gusty) I could always crank the heat up to a higher setting, but I generally don't use anything above setting 2.

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

I have nothing but positives with these things...

I usually use setting number 2...

Seems to be all i need...

Skiing at loveland will test them for sure...

post #5 of 11

Ah, Hotronics!  About 7 years ago, I bought my wife a pair. On a bitterly cold day at Stowe, my feet were freezing. Hers, toasty. I bought myself a pair. Since then, we have gone from the "power +" to the "power 2.5" and now have the M4. My only objection to the M4 is the size of the battery pack. My wife's are mounted on the sides of her boots and mine in the rear. I have had mine pop off several times getting off lifts.

 

As far as problems, we both noticed that they were not as affective as they have been. I pulled the liners and found the wires running to the heat strips were thinning in a few places. I replaced the heat pads and all is well. My wife's had actually twisted within the boot. 

 

 

Other than that, great.

post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 

The shop who installed mine, used the booster strap clips and mounted them on the side..perfect...

Gotta love technology...

post #7 of 11

My wife and I both got some years ago and they've saved many a day.  Over the years some of the battery packs have died and of course, she gets the ones still alive.  I know I will end up getting new ones eventually.   I once saw an article about a new wireless battery technology in which the batteries could be in your pocket?  Has this ever made it to the market?

post #8 of 11

I've been using Hotronics for 20 years - frostbite and a broken leg have effected the circulation in both feet and I would have had to quit skiing without them.

 

A few things I've learned with regard to installation:

 

Mounting on the back of the boot is a real bad idea - trust me, it's not a matter of if, but when a chair knocks off one or both of your batteries. Even on eBay they're expensive to replace. Better to use the brackets that go on your power strap so they're on the side or front of the boot.

 

With regard to the wiring, it should not run down the middle of the footbed straight up the back of the boot (even if that's what the instructions show). The flexing of the boot will eventually break or wear out the wire. It will also permit your footbeds to rock side to side. Instead, the wires should be directed to the run up the side of the boot (inside or outside depends on personal preference, what your bootfitter is trying to accomplish, etc.). My heating elements are 8 years old and in their second pair of boots/footbeds - they aren't pretty, but functionally good as new.

post #9 of 11

I believe they still offer a long power cord.  This allows you to clip the batteries to your waistband and run the cords down inside your pant legs.  Batteries stay warmer = last longer, batteries don't get whacked by chair or sustain impact in the boot region.  Check them out. 

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

My wife and I both got some years ago and they've saved many a day.  Over the years some of the battery packs have died and of course, she gets the ones still alive.  I know I will end up getting new ones eventually.   I once saw an article about a new wireless battery technology in which the batteries could be in your pocket?  Has this ever made it to the market?


Wireless battery technology? Nicola Tesla wanted to do that but I dont think  that is possible. They could use mutual induction, that would be without wires connecting the battery to the boot, but the battery would have to be on the boot not in your pocket. Then again we put a man on the moon, thay should be able to keep our feet warm
 

 

post #11 of 11

I installed them for my wife ( my feet never get cold) she turns them on for the lift ride and back off for the ski run. This solution works great. prevents overheating and extends battey life.

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