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What happens to ski boots if you don't remove liners after each use?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

If I don't want to remove the liner after EVERY time I go skiing, what will the little bit of water in there do to the liner over time?


I have a leather liner there.


Mold?  Wearing out?


How bad is it?




It seems to me repeatedly pulling out and putting the liner back in would wear out the liner and shell more than not doing anything.

post #2 of 18

I have never heard of removing the boot liner on a regular basis.  Seems easier to just open the boots up, put by heat for the evening and have dry boots the next morning.  Not dry enough?  Stick a hair dryer in it for a few minutes.

post #3 of 18

I wouldn't remove the liner, especially if you've had work done to it. Insoles don't like all the movement. 


Use a passive boot dryer. They're cheap for the effort you save. 

post #4 of 18

I use Atomic Race Boots.  They have a lace-up liner and you put the liners on your feet like a soft-boot then you push into the shell.

So they come out every time I take the boots off.



post #5 of 18
Get something like dryguy warmers, mine work well, but if they are really wet you need to take them out.
post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 

What I discovered when removing the liners for a different reason (to switch the buckle notch location) I noticed there was some water droplets on the leather liner that got in through the  instep seam.


When I had translucent shells, I always noticed water droplets (figure it was condensation), never thought much of it.

post #7 of 18

Mine get wet between the shell and the liner.  I take them out about every-other time I ski and so far (knock on wood) they have not been damaged.  If I don't take them out they will never dry no matter how much I try to air dry them, and they mold, which stinks to high heaven.

post #8 of 18


post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by crgildart View Post


I'm assuming this can't address water that is between the liner and shell?


post #10 of 18
Originally Posted by crgildart View Post


I use an air drier in my boots almost every day.   I pull the liners out at least once week, and I leave them out all summer.

I never dry them with heat, and I don't even want to think about what my car would smell like if I used heaters inside the car.




post #11 of 18

I just use Dry Sticks or equivalent.  I swap the ones in the house for the kind that works in the car (didn't find a pair that did both, unfortunately, and now own the two different sets).  I hear that some boots leak (mine don't) and some feet sweat a LOT (once again, mine don't).  Have rarely removed my liners because the foot bed is just too impossible to get out and I've actually ripped the interior lining and damaged the foot bed trying.  However, the few times I have removed them (cursing the whole time) there has never been any moisture.  FWIW, we've got radiant floor heating so that, combined with leaving the sticks in for the whole night, means that the boots are getting dried from two directions.  


This particular pair of boots doesn't smell that much, but I used to have a pair and my daughter has a pair now, that smelled a LOT with the boot sticks heating them up.  I've used Boot Juice and Lysol, but I am not convinced they did anything.  

post #12 of 18
Originally Posted by crgildart View Post


Those are the exact ones I have. If you always dry your liners and never wear a sock twice your boots never smell. It's also 12v compatible, keeps them warm all the way to the hill. Even works for gloves.
post #13 of 18

I have to say I've never taken the liners out of my boots.  The only times were molding the intuition liners from my telemark boots, and foot bed work in my downhill boots.  I don't recall I've gotten inside of my boots wet.

post #14 of 18
Originally Posted by crgildart View Post


The model pictured above tends to get pretty hit/miss reviews (on Amazon).  Any real world users?  I would like a decent boot dryer specifcally for travel.    Would be nice if they could travel in their respective boot in my boot bag (separate compartments for each boot), as my space is very limited.


post #15 of 18


Anyone used this version?  Peet brand with "modular" power adapter so the heaters could live in the boots during travel.

post #16 of 18
I just want to know your TGR handle.

It's never dawned on me to be concerned about "what happens to the boots" if I don't remove the liners daily. What motivates a person to ask this Q?

Daddy, why do I have all that goo between my toes at the end of a day playing barefoot in the dirt? Am I going to die because of it?
post #17 of 18

I take my liners out almost every time I ski.  (Solomon XC 130 cs)  The water vapor seems to remain between the liner and the shell when I don't (even with a heated boot dryer) , and this seems to be worse across multiple back-to-back ski days.  Surprisingly, feet can release 1/2 cup of fluid (sweat) a day and that moisture can permeate the liner and get between the liner and shell.  I feel that taking the liner out helps it to dry out (no plastic barrier).  Most of the time the liners dry well over night, but I will use a boot dryer just to make sure.  With my very stinky and sweaty feet, this seems to keep the liners from getting too smelly.  I have never found any damage to the liners from removing them or difficulty getting the liners to sit in the correct place when re-inserted.


Both my teens have race boots with lace-up liners and have custom foot beds.  They both take the liner out every time (foot into liner first and then into shell, and the reverse (foot and liner out of the shell, then foot out of liner) when removing the boot).  They ski over 100 days per year and have not had any significant liner wear that I have noticed over the last few years from this practice.


So to the OP's question, I've noticed a greater tendency for boots to become STINKY when the liner is not taken out regularly for drying.

Edited by canadianskier - 2/16/12 at 8:39am
post #18 of 18

Having a Tecnica Inferno I take my liners out every time I put my boots on, in the morning, during lunch, and after skiing. When I get home I take the liners and leave them out to dry in front of the heater.  Over the summer I take the liners our after skiing and dry them in the sun.  Basically my liners are constantly being taken out and put back in, they dry fine when left in front of a heater.  If I don't dry them they are wet the next day and eventually develop a stench.


It is fine if you dont take them out, as long as they get dry.  If you notice dampness the next day it might be worth taking them out.


Unlike others said you wont cause damage to your liners, shell, or the footbed, even if you have had lots of work done to them.  They get easier to take out the more times you do it, for some people it is real difficult to do.  When putting them back in pinch the back of the ankle area and put in the front of the liner, then push down.  Another method is to simply put the liner on your foot then put your foot in boot.


Hope this helps.

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