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I installed 3 of these for family members years ago but all used the semi-custom footbed. I'm installing over my Surefoot custom footbeds. Three Questions: (1) In the previous installations the directions strongly recommended against taping the electric cord to the shell or boot liner. There were instructions on how to create a pocket to protect the wire inside the boot while providing a pocket that allowed the wire to slide up and down. It was a two part process requiring you to cover the wire with some tape turned inside out (sticky side out) and then taping this wiring cover to the liner with duct tape. I do not see any reference to this method in any of the current instructions. Is the new approach considered better or just easier? (2) I'm concerned about running the electric cord through my insoles. They are rigid and relatively thick. Seems like I will be creating an S curve very close to the heating element right where the electrical connection is most critical and probably most vulnerable. (3) Anyone have any problems with feeling the heating element under their toes. My footbeds are rigid and my socks are thin - like everyone recommends. Seems like the heating element will feel like a wrinkle in my socks.

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I installed 3 of these for family members years ago but all used the semi-custom footbed. I'm installing over my Surefoot custom footbeds. Three Questions: (1) In the previous installations the directions strongly recommended against taping the electric cord to the shell or boot liner. There were instructions on how to create a pocket to protect the wire inside the boot while providing a pocket that allowed the wire to slide up and down. It was a two part process requiring you to cover the wire with some tape turned inside out (sticky side out) and then taping this wiring cover to the liner with duct tape. I do not see any reference to this method in any of the current instructions. Is the new approach considered better or just easier? (2) I'm concerned about running the electric cord through my insoles. They are rigid and relatively thick. Seems like I will be creating an S curve very close to the heating element right where the electrical connection is most critical and probably most vulnerable. (3) Anyone have any problems with feeling the heating element under their toes. My footbeds are rigid and my socks are thin - like everyone recommends. Seems like the heating element will feel like a wrinkle in my socks.

I installed mine early this season on my Instaprint custom footbeds. I don't remember what my directions said, but I created the little pocket after watching various youtube instalation videos. I wanted to be prepared when my Hotronics fianally arrived.

 

Hardest part was cutting the (expensive) rigid footbed. Sharp exacto worked. I eventually ended up dremmeling a groove for the cord to run under the footbed too.

 

I don't feel the element at all. With all the duck tape on the back of the liner I don't remove them anymore to dry. It will start to peel off.  I'll use my Hotgear bag instead.

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Followup question. What's the best way to attach the battery snugly to BOOSTER Straps. The battery mounts are loose on the strap putting more of the weight of the battery on the power cord.

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Use these:

 

http://cozywinters.com/shop/hf1505.html

 

They attach to the side to prevent breakage getting off the chair lift if you try to fasten them to the back of the boot.  Side is better.  The ones above fit snugly, and then get even tighter when you tighten the booster strap.

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Use these:

 

http://cozywinters.com/shop/hf1505.html

 

They attach to the side to prevent breakage getting off the chair lift if you try to fasten them to the back of the boot.  Side is better.  The ones above fit snugly, and then get even tighter when you tighten the booster strap.

I use those too. Took a while to find the right spot on my Booster strap. Finding a location  that would allow me to still tighten the strap, my top buckle and still not hit the chair lift.

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