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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Searched, but all the boot dryer links I found were really old.  

 

I'm not interested in building my own, I'd rather just buy one and be done with it.  Here are some recommendations I came across:

 

-Hotronic

http://cozywinters.com/shop/hf5201sd.html

 

-Thermicare

http://cozywinters.com/shop/th-2020.html

 

-Chinook (can do gloves simultaneously)

http://cozywinters.com/shop/ch-p100.html

 

-Caframo (can do gloves simultaneously)

http://www.homehardware.ca/en/rec/index.htm/Heating-Ventilation-Cooling-Home-Comfort/Heating/Heaters/Portable-Convection/DRYER-BOOT-HEATED-DIG-CNTRL-MAT/_/N-2pqfZ67l/Ne-67n/Ntk-All_EN/R-I3836911?Ntt=caframo

 

-DryGuy DG1 Widebody (can do gloves simultaneously)

http://cozywinters.com/shop/dg1.html

 

Do the upside down designs like the DryGuy work?  You'd think warm (and moist) air rises, which would mean the boots sitting normally on the floor would work better, not upside down? 

 

 

I don't really care about cost, I just want something that won't sound like a vacuum and won't output too much heat that may interfere with custom footbeds, etc.

 

 

I'd appreciate any input, past experiences, etc.  Thanks!


Edited by Gunnerbob - 8/3/11 at 8:19pm
post #2 of 17

I use the DryGuy you linked without heat. It works great and my boots always come out dry.

 

I'll use heat sometimes for the gloves but not for the boots. It would probably be fine, but don't want to risk the contact cement on my custom footbeds.

 

Keep an eye for sales on the DryGuy, I picked mine up late season from REI for half price of what you linked.

post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by spknmike View Post

I use the DryGuy you linked without heat. It works great and my boots always come out dry.

 

I'll use heat sometimes for the gloves but not for the boots. It would probably be fine, but don't want to risk the contact cement on my custom footbeds.

 

Keep an eye for sales on the DryGuy, I picked mine up late season from REI for half price of what you linked.


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I used it a lot for my boots and my daughters and our glove/mittens too.  I only remember using the heat once or twice for very wet gloves.  It's getting ready for its third season.

 

Ken

 

 

post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 

Ya I'll look for better prices, but that retailer had a ton of options so it was just convenient.

 

Is the DryGuy loud?  How long does it typically run for....overnight or just a couple hours?

post #5 of 17

They are easy & cheap to make yourself. I've made 2 over last 30 years from used computer fans.

 

Next one will be 12 Volts so I can plug it into the car lighter.

Air is fine.  Heat is not needed.

 

 

post #6 of 17

I went with this one because it's silent.  Works overnight, in spite of hot moist air tending to rise.  Low power consumption; won't cause burns.  Works for mittens.  Always remove liners from shells.  Only problem is scheduling our 8 boots and 8 mittens on four spots.

 

http://www.amazon.com/DryGuy-Thermanator-Boot-Shoe-Dryer/dp/B0000TSIKK

post #7 of 17

^^^^

I have a big one for the house, I think it's an air dry?   The hotronic snap dry's are nice for traveling.

post #8 of 17

FWIW- I found the dryguy widebody at Amazon for 79.00  I needed one too!

 

http://www.amazon.com/DryGuy-Wide-Body-Boot-Glove-Dryer/dp/B0000AMK8R/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312297459&sr=8-1 

 

 

post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 

When it arrives can you turn it on and let me know if it's loud or not?  What settings it has, etc?  I'm skeptical about radiant heat ones, but don't want a fanned/motor one that sounds like a vacuum.  Thanks!

 

Anyone else have any boot dryer preferences?

post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by Gunnerbob View Post

When it arrives can you turn it on and let me know if it's loud or not?  What settings it has, etc?  I'm skeptical about radiant heat ones, but don't want a fanned/motor one that sounds like a vacuum.  Thanks!

 

Anyone else have any boot dryer preferences?


The DryGuy isn't very loud, definitely not something you'd compare to a vacuum. I can't hear mine in the next room when it runs. It's just a small fan.

 

It has 2 settings: Air and Heat. It also has an auto-shutoff timer that goes up to 180 minutes, I believe.

 

post #11 of 17

Have you considered Hot Gear Bag?

post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks Spknmike.

 

Hellside, I have considered a Hot Gear Bag but I'm a bit worried it might adversely affect custom molded boots and footbeds.  Is that fact or fiction?  I honestly don't know.

post #13 of 17

fiction but I don't think its as functional for inside- post skiing drying.   The hotbag is better used for keeping gear warm enroute to the mountain

post #14 of 17

That's a *really* good idea.  May need to try that myself.
 

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Originally Posted by Mdskier View Post

They are easy & cheap to make yourself. I've made 2 over last 30 years from used computer fans.

 

Next one will be 12 Volts so I can plug it into the car lighter.

Air is fine.  Heat is not needed.

 

 



 

post #15 of 17

I snagged a cheap portable dryer (looks similar to the Hotronic one, just not as fancy) off steepandcheap a couple years back for something like $20.  Works great.  So you might want to keep an eye on there.

 

Quote:
Do the upside down designs like the DryGuy work?  You'd think warm (and moist) air rises, which would mean the boots sitting normally on the floor would work better, not upside down?

 

I think the forced circulation from the fan is a much bigger factor in the drying.  If you were using just a heat element with no fan you might see a difference from the orientation.  But if you heat the air in the confined boot, it will want to expand, which will cause some convection either way.

post #16 of 17

Since I haven't posted in a boot drying thread for a while, I will, once again, offer my very simple and effective method.

 

First, remove the liners from boots. I have been in thermo liners for years now, and one of the best things about them is that they are very easy to pull out of the shell, which is essential to good boot maintenance, as the space between the liner and the shell tends to be the wettest place in the boot. If you are still using hard to remove clunky stock liners, get some Intuitions, really, you'll be glad you did.

 

After getting them out of the shells all I do is blow air into them by setting them with the cuffs toward a box fan. I lean the box fan against the wall over my baseboard heater, this gives a mixture of warm and cool air overnight as the heater cycles on and off. If the liners are exceptionally wet (like after a warm day of spring corn bumping) I take the foot beds out, but usually this isn't necessary.

 

I've been doing it this way for the past 6 seasons, skiing an average of around a hundred days a season, and my boots have never developed foot odor.

post #17 of 17

I had a Therm-Ic Air for a few years and it works without a hitch.  I just leave it drying my boots overnight and I always have warm dry boots in the morning.  The heat is low, so no problem for custom footbeds (and no, my shell punches didn't pull back:-)  I NEVER remove liners from the shells, as it is a major pain to put stock Nordica liners with custom footbeds back, so the forces air heating works well for drying those.   The only problem for me is having only one dryer for 4 pairs of boots, so I am looking to expand my TermIC collection this season...  I do like the unit Xela posted, seems like a good solution for a family.   I just wish ThermIC made a family-sized forced-air drying rack, that thing would get a lot of use...

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