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post #1 of 16
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I need a boot dryer and I am looking for some advice.  

 

I want something portable/packable with fan air flow.  I would prefer a unit where the heat can be turned off.

 

This is the unit that looks the best to me, but I suspect it is not going to be packable for trips.
http://www.amazon.com/DryGuy-Wide-Body-Boot-Glove-Dryer/dp/B0000AMK8R/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419768879&sr=8-1&keywords=dry+guy+wide+body

 

This one seems to meet all the criteria, but seems to have some pretty bad reviews.
http://www.amazon.com/Seirus-Innovation-4204-Quick-Dry/dp/B0018BLKSQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419768846&sr=8-1&keywords=seirus+quick+dry

 

So I am thinking about this one, but the heat can't be turned off so its not exactly what I want.http://www.backcountry.com/therm-ic-refresher-boot-heater-with-timer-120v?CMP_SKU=THC0049&MER=0406&skid=THC0049-ONECOL-ONESIZ&CMP_ID=PLA_GOc001&mv_pc=r101&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=PLA&mr:trackingCode=4BE9EDF5-1E4F-E411-B200-BC305BF82376&mr:referralID=NA&mr:device=c&mr:adType=pla&mr:ad=50061507877&mr:keyword=&mr:match=&mr:filter=99653508037&mkwid=sDcBTL0W6_dc|pcrid|50061507877

 

I have never owned one before.  Anyone who has used a bunch of different models and settled on a best give me some advice.

Thanks

post #2 of 16

This: http://www.ebags.com/product/hot-gear/classic-boot-bag/285080?productid=10339753&lastSearchTerm=hot+gear+classic+boot+bag

 

You should be able to get at least an additional 10% off if you sign up for their emails. This thing is the BOMB!

post #3 of 16

I have a version of the first choice that I have had for at least ten years.  If it is like mine, there are two tabs that let you pull off the center piece with the fan and heater.  That makes it a little bit more portable as now you can roll up some clothing and stuff it in between the posts and it doesn't take up much more room than just the clothes would.  But it is still fairly sizable and I wouldn't want to stuff it into anything smaller than a medium sized suitcase for fear that you would end up putting too much force on the plastic during travel and snapping it into pieces.

 

As far as use, it works really well for me.  I can dry two pairs of boots or a pair of boots and a pair of gloves at the same time.

post #4 of 16
Hotronic Snapdry and/or Hotgear Bag (that price is awesome BTW) think I'll buy another for backup.
post #5 of 16

I have the DryGuy Wide Body boot and glove dryer.  It works great; mine has been going for years.  It's not very packable for trips, but I keep it around for home use.

 

I had the Serius Quick Dry model as well; mine died after only a season or so.  Maybe I had a clunker, but I wouldn't recommend that one.  Seemed cheaply put-together, wouldn't pack-back-up easily.

 

And I have a Hot Gear Bag which is what I use for trips.  Works great and plus warm boot shells are so much easier to put on.  I only use the "low heat" setting on mine to avoid damaging liners and footbeds, etc.

post #6 of 16
I have dry guy wide body as well and love it works great.
post #7 of 16
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post


And I have a Hot Gear Bag which is what I use for trips.  Works great and plus warm boot shells are so much easier to put on.  I only use the "low heat" setting on mine to avoid damaging liners and footbeds, etc.

PSA- "Low" recommended unless u take you footbeds out - think I over-roasted a pair on "dry" - getting a little edge curl on my left
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by givethepigeye View Post

Hotronic Snapdry and/or Hotgear Bag (that price is awesome BTW) think I'll buy another for backup.


Is that not an amazing price for that bag? I actually got one for my husband for Christmas for $114 with a coupon. Of course, now he has to get into the habit of plugging it in. Nothing like putting on those warm boots. And for me and my Zipfit liners, there's nothing like it. 

post #10 of 16

I travel a lot. So I have quite a bit of experience with the portable units.

The Thermic units are my favorite. The basic units are pretty good and last a long time. The timer option will have the unit lasting forever. The UV light - not sure it really works or not. My boots don't really smell that bad to start with. 

My one and only Seirus unit died a early death just like KevinF's. I wouldn't buy it again.

The snapdry unit are OK but they are loud. Can't sleep with it on in the same room.

 

Quite a few skiers I know swears by the Heated boot bags. I am not a boot bag guy so I can't comment on that. 

post #11 of 16
I've skied with KG and disagree about the feet don't smell part. Well, it was either his or mine.

I have a thermic unit and it works well.

For travel I have the double yellow tampon dry guy without the fan. Don't discount that unless you have multiple boots to dry or a lake in there. 26 bucks and compact as you can get. It's my fave… Very gentle and efficient.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by azmtbiker View Post
 

I need a boot dryer and I am looking for some advice.  

 

I want something portable/packable with fan air flow.  I would prefer a unit where the heat can be turned off.

 

This is the unit that looks the best to me, but I suspect it is not going to be packable for trips.
http://www.amazon.com/DryGuy-Wide-Body-Boot-Glove-Dryer/dp/B0000AMK8R/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419768879&sr=8-1&keywords=dry+guy+wide+body

 

This one seems to meet all the criteria, but seems to have some pretty bad reviews.
http://www.amazon.com/Seirus-Innovation-4204-Quick-Dry/dp/B0018BLKSQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419768846&sr=8-1&keywords=seirus+quick+dry

 

So I am thinking about this one, but the heat can't be turned off so its not exactly what I want.http://www.backcountry.com/therm-ic-refresher-boot-heater-with-timer-120v?CMP_SKU=THC0049&MER=0406&skid=THC0049-ONECOL-ONESIZ&CMP_ID=PLA_GOc001&mv_pc=r101&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=PLA&mr:trackingCode=4BE9EDF5-1E4F-E411-B200-BC305BF82376&mr:referralID=NA&mr:device=c&mr:adType=pla&mr:ad=50061507877&mr:keyword=&mr:match=&mr:filter=99653508037&mkwid=sDcBTL0W6_dc|pcrid|50061507877

 

I have never owned one before.  Anyone who has used a bunch of different models and settled on a best give me some advice.

Thanks

 

The first link is indeed for a non-portable model. In that category I really like this one, that I mounted on the wall to keep from having one more thing on the floor. No fan, no noise. VERY low heat so no worries about damaging footbeds, liners, moldable shells, or etc. Had it maybe four or five years, used often, still going strong. Use it in the summer for wet bike shoes too. It does take overnight to work.

 

I have a pair of Dry Guy portable fan dryers that apparently they don't make any more. Appears they may have re-designed them, which would be a good thing! They have some shortcomings, including increasingly noisy fans. But the real problem is the fact that they don't really fit in my (size 24) boots! So if you have small feet, make sure you test that out before you buy, if possible, or at least before your trip so you can return them if they are too big.

 

Seriously thinking about the hot gear bag, since I need a new bag anyway.

post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by Lorenzzo View Post

I've skied with KG and disagree about the feet don't smell part. Well, it was either his or mine.
 

Well, It appears I stand corrected. It must be my feet that you are smelling since I am sure smelly feet fall under the "Can't Smell Your Own Fa*t" rule.  

post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by KingGrump View Post

I travel a lot. So I have quite a bit of experience with the portable units.
The Thermic units are my favorite. The basic units are pretty good and last a long time. The timer option will have the unit lasting forever. The UV light - not sure it really works or not. My boots don't really smell that bad to start with. 
My one and only Seirus unit died a early death just like KevinF's. I wouldn't buy it again.
The snapdry unit are OK but they are loud. Can't sleep with it on in the same room.

Quite a few skiers I know swears by the Heated boot bags. I am not a boot bag guy so I can't comment on that. 

i have a thermic refresher it works great. I agree the uv light is a gimmick. I had a unit break due to bad power they sent me a replacement but I deconstructed the broken one. The uv feature is just an uv led bulb shining on the airflow. Given that the air is slowly blowing past it really isn't staying in the light long enough to sanitize and it's not doing anything for stuff alresdy in your boot.
The heat outputted is calibrated to end up around 100 degrees. This is body heat. If your boots or insoles are deforming at body heat then they're deforming on the slopes.

I will say though maybe I'd buy the snapdry instead. It's more power resilient and slightly more packable (but requires assembly too). My refresher died on me in europe on 220 even though I had it on a 110v transformer (probably not a great transformer).

Otherwise id also get the dryguys stick in shoes thingys as well. I have these too. You can use a car inverter and have these heat up yout boots in the morning drive.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by contesstant View Post


Is that not an amazing price for that bag? I actually got one for my husband for Christmas for $114 with a coupon. Of course, now he has to get into the habit of plugging it in. Nothing like putting on those warm boots. And for me and my Zipfit liners, there's nothing like it. 

Yes it really is. Zips = Hotgear Bag
post #16 of 16

I use one of these.  No heat; no worries.  Nothing for anyone to steal, and cheap.

Overnight it dries both boots if you just set the boots together and prop it on top of them.  

It's small; 7"x7" and 3" wide.  I bought mine for $15.00 bucks at Home Depot some years back.  

Many versions are available on the internet now.

 

http://www.smarthome.com/suncourt-rr100-entreeair-door-frame-fan-white.html

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