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Hot Gear Ajax Heated Boot Bag

post #1 of 13
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A few week ago I bought the Hot Gear Ajax Bag on Sierra Trading Post for about $75 shipped, including tax. They keeping offering 30/35% coupons at this time and this make a great deal, I was refusing to pay $200 for a boot bag, but for the price you can get at Sierra, this is a hard to pass deal.

 

I had a chance to use the bag twice and this is something I will never give up from now one. The comfort of having your boots warm at the lodge before jumping into the lifts is priceless.

 

If you are going to ski in the morning you have to leave the bag heating overnight, I left mine on the DRY position, then use the 12V car plug on my way to the ski area. The first time I used it, I went on a day trip and it took me 3hrs to be trying my boots. The 12V car plug works pretty good and will keep your boots warm, you get home leave it again on the DRY position for a few hours and your boots are dry.

 

It is not a fast heating boot bag, it will take a few hours, at least 3-4 hours to heat your boots and make it like running shoes to put your feet on.

 

The bag seems to be very well built, using high quality material. The only thing that seems a little cheap are the backpack straps and the lock cable, not sure how long those will last. Before using the lock cable I would get a new padlock for sure. Also I would like it to have a shoulder strap, but it doesn't have on this model.

 

The Ajax bag is the medium size single bag the classic is the biggest one and the single model is the smallest. I believe it has enough room and also a good size for carry on if you happen to fly to a ski vacation

 

So it's not a huge bag, and you won't be doing things like "oh, I'm put this thing in here, and also this other thing, and why not this one here" but it has enough space for boots, base layer (although no special pocket, but you can leave it inside the boot compartment), 2 pair of gloves, 2 pair of socks (again inside boot compartment seems to be the best place), 2 goggles, hat, car keys, wallet, some snack, glove liners and helmet. If you like to leave your car in normal clothes, you will have to find a way to carry your shell and ski pants, since they won't fit inside the bag, other than that you can carry everything else.

 

As you can see in the pictures the cables are long enough to put your bag behind your car seat and use the 12V plug in the console, my car has on in the trunk, but since my wife goes with me we have to use the console 12V plug and it's not an issue.

 

Once you are skiing there is enough room for winter boots, jacket, sweatpants and a bunch more stuff to leave inside the bag in the lodge, also the bag is small enough to fit inside the locker if you wanna use one.

 

The heating system is unique to all bags except for the double bag, so it's a little too big for the Ajax, but I was able to fold the extra and it's not an issue at all.

 

1 - here is the bag fully packed

Bag fully packed

2 - side view, can see where the shoulder straps/lock cable are hidden when not in use

Side view

3 - shoulder straps, the lock cable is attached to one the the straps

backpack shoulder straps

4 - looks cheap, not sure how long it will last, I hope I`m wrong

doesn`t look very reliable, will see

5 - crappy lock cable and padlock

crappy lock cable and padlock

6 - car 12V cable is about 8' long

car 12V cable, around 8' long

7 - 110V cable is half the size

110V cable

8 - 3 temperatures, warm, dry and hot. I didn`t use the hot, I think the DRY position overnight plus warm in the car is good. the car cable will work at warm position only, there is no way to set the temperature

heating system setting

9 - goggle pocket, fleece-lined can store 2 goggles as you can see

goggles

10 - this is an extra pocket, I use for hat, neck gaiter, wallet, things like that

extra whatever compartment

11 - glove compartment is bellow the helmet, can be accessed from the outside

gloves

12 - pretty tight though

hard to get stuff in and out

13 - boot compartment, I put base layer and socks as well

boot compartment

14 - boot compartment, you can see the meshed net that holds the gloves, you can actually access the gloves from the boot compartment and the boot compartment from the gloves top zipper

boot compartment, you can see the heating system, that can eventually be replaced if it gets bad down the road

15 - Everything I had inside the bag

everything in the bag

16 - you can kinda fold down the helmet compartment if not using to carry a helmet or even use it for shell, pants

helmet compartment, also can carry a shell, ski pants if not carrying a helmet

post #2 of 13
Great review, I just got the same bag from STP as well. Won't use it until next year, but the bag looks great.
post #3 of 13

One extra tip to keep your boots warm if you are driving alone is set the bag on the passenger seat and turn the seat heater on.  I have the exact same bag as pictured above and everything he says is spot on in my experience.   That was a wonderful review.   I did have a problem with my older version of the Hot Gear bag I had when it burned up the plug in cable end and car 12v socket going skiing a few years ago.  My shop sent it back to them but they said it was too old for them to warranty.   Had to have warm boots though and got the newer version and it has worked great every since.

post #4 of 13

I got two from Fuxi.

They are perfect if you have stiff boots and don't want to have to use a hair dryer to get them on.

post #5 of 13
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It's a wonderful bag but I'm about to need new liners and was thinking about intuition... seems like I might have to give up the heated part of the bag! :-(

post #6 of 13

do it right and go for the Zipfits!!

post #7 of 13

I've been looking at these for a while, thanks for the great review. It would be really nice to have warm stuff to put on.

post #8 of 13
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Boot bag is available again at STP... hurry if you are looking for one!

post #9 of 13

People, please tell me where, WHERE do I purchase the EpicSki Hot Bag??

 

Can I get it off their website and if so HOW? I don't see anyplace to do so...

 

I live in Wpg, MB and am trying to buy it for my professional-ski-freak-of-a-fiance and I need it by November 12th (2014)

 

Can anyone let me know please.....THANK YOU!

 

BBfreedom1

post #10 of 13

What's STP?

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What's STP?

Sierra Trading Post. www.sierratradingpost.com

post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by BBfreedom1 View Post
 

People, please tell me where, WHERE do I purchase the EpicSki Hot Bag??

 

Can I get it off their website and if so HOW? I don't see anyplace to do so...

 

I live in Wpg, MB and am trying to buy it for my professional-ski-freak-of-a-fiance and I need it by November 12th (2014)

 

Can anyone let me know please.....THANK YOU!

 

BBfreedom1

their website says @Lou Rosenfeld is a dealer in Canada, he might help you get the bag in time!

post #13 of 13

As of today (1/7/15) the Ajax boot bag currently available and on sale at www.ebags.com for $136 including tax and shipping.  Use promo code EMBF1DY6ZI during checkout.

Certainly not the $75 price available from STP in the spring but if you gotta have it now (peak season) then not a bad price.  Just ordered one myself after reading the OP's review (and getting new boots that are quite difficult to get into unless they're warm.)
 

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