Curious as to what other people use.
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Curious as to what other people use.
I do pretty much the same as this; array boots and skis and gloves in front of small floor fan. I put my skis binding down on a rubber mat to let the snow melt off. rubber mat is to contain the puddle. Once melted, i go in with a towel to remove the remaining water.
Bootdryer. i have a dryguy/maxxdry passive one, and hot tomales for travel.
But am thinking of getting a therm-ic refresher or hotronics snapdry, as those seem like slightly less hassle and might do a better job.
My gloves are mountain hardwear outdry with a leatherlike outer, so they really don't get that soaked, and they breathe and dry pretty well just by themselves hung up without any effort.
Skis get most of the snow wiped off in the parking lot, Then just get wiped down with a big old towel and left to dry on top of opened skibag in the car or at home.
Humidity tends to be 30% and lower when at the mountain; or around 50% at home.
I keep my skis and poles in my locker at the hill. There's a bristle brush tied outside the locker room door, which allows me to brush all the snow out of every nook and cranny of the bindings and off the top of the skis.
I take my boots home. My poor man's procedure there is to throw my gloves in the dryer on low for about 30 minutes before leaving for the hill, so that they're quite warm to the touch when I take them out. About 2 minutes before taking them out, I set a blow-dryer on high and heat the inside of my boots until the inside of the liner is actually hot to the touch. I then immediately stuff my warm gloves inside my hot boots, which does a pretty good job of keeping both dry and warm until I'm ready to put both on.
I used to get cold toes easily and fairly quickly. It may sound screwy, but once I started this procedure, that problem got about 90% better. In fact, it works better for me than hotronic boot heaters did! That's me, though....
IAC, it's one of the cheapest methods and worth trying before spending money on heaters/dryers. If it doesn't work, you aren't out anything, and you can always try something more spendy next.
Our hills are prone to rain. Our club therefore has a drying room with a big hot house heater so everything is 'cooked' over lunch. Homes/Condos have a cupboard for boot, gloves and outerwear with a fan heater than runs overnight.
I want to get these installed too.
I like the hot sticks sibhusky posted because they are portable. One trip I forgot one set and found you can do 2 pair if you switch over at bedtime. I also take lots of the plastic clothespins with closet rod hooks to spead every thing out. Getting a group's stuff dry in one motel room can require some creative "decorating".
I have two pairs of boots and the liners have proven to be interchangeable. But, I generally just ski with wet.damp boots the second day if removing the liners overnight wasn't sufficient. Haven't skied three days in a row since college. But, back then I just took the liners out overnight and left them near a heat source, but not TOOOO close if it was REALLY hot.
As for the skis..
Really! Wipe them down with a sham wow before hanging them back up after each trip.
Hot Gear boot bag. Pro model on low overnight. Everything is dry, warm and ready to slip on (and I do mean slip on) in the morning. Gloves go over a hot air register on a homemade drying rack; a couple lengths of dowel with the wire bales connecting them like croquet wickets. Jacket and pants dry just from being hung up; I live in a very dry climate.
Hang up my Clothes, take liners out of my boots and use dryguy's boot heaters in my boots and gloves. Once you take out the lines the condensation in the boot will evaporate over night and your liners will be toasty warm with the heaters in them.
After skiing, when we get back to the room, everything gets hung up. No piles on the floor. All liners come out of the boots. Sometimes I pull the footbeds. Liners go on a DryGuy Thermanator, which is absolutely silent. Since we have just 4 drying spots for 8 boots and 8 mittens, I rotate things around as needed, saving the wettest stuff for the overnight shift. The empty boot shells seem to air dry OK. I'll wipe the inside with a towel if it's excessive. The skis stay in a warm room overnight. I bang snow off before bringing them in.
Kids and wife's boots stay in locker overnight where air blowers come on in am. Mine come home and I use a boot dryer, don't usually pull the liners. I hang everyone's gear; kids gloves, liners, balaclavas go on heater overnight. It's pretty dry up there, though, most gear doesn't get particularly damp.
For the boots, plug-in electric dryers work like a charm.
For the gloves, removable liners are a must. Just separate the liners from the shells and all will be good by morning.
Ski pants and parka usually just stay in the car unless they've actually gotten wet, in which case I just hang them up inside.
I have a finished room in the cellar that is an art studio in the summer, and a "Locker room" in the winter. Fire up a small space heater and a oscillating fan. String a clothesline and hand up stuff on line and hooks. Boot dyer for boots.
Clothes pins. A great idea!
Now to schedule a trip where I'd stay in a hotel. :)
Well, there is that road trip gloves on the dash over the defroster vents and boot liners on the front floorboard against the bottom heater vents trick... My car actually has heater vents shooting out to the back floorboards from under the front seats. That would probably be a good place to stuff damp boot liners come to think of it.
Not to be that guy pitching a product but I work for Cyclone Drying Systems and we manufacture permanent gear dryers. 4 pair all the way to 48 pair. We have different attachments for helmets, coats etc. Here is a link http://www.heatercraft.com/ski-gear-dryers/ We manufacture them right here in the USA. If anyone is interested I can do a special promotion for EpicSki members.
The Cyclone units will dry your gear safer and faster than any other system. If you have any questions let me know.