Originally Posted by RatherPlayThanWork
I have a Hot Gear Classic boot bag, mainly so it's easier to get my boots on in the morning. However, on multi day trips I use it to dry out the boots overnight. Shouldn't this work?
While I know my boots leak, duct tape seems to keep most of the moisture out. Not so much this past week at Stowe. Despite keeping my boots in the Hot Gear bag on High from 5pm till 9am, they were still wet inside. Warm, but wet. They ended up so saturated that it is now Sunday evening and I haven't skied since Thursday and my liners are still damp. My Hotronic Cambrelle covers also peeled away from my foot beds due to so much moisture.
Not sure if my boot bag just isn't getting as warm as it should or if something else is wrong.
I hope the problem is that the bag can't keep up with moisture building up over multiple days with some moisture making it in past the duct tape and normal perspiration. I bought my Hot Gear bag just because I got it on an insane deal even though I had no problem pulling the liners from my old boots. Fortunately I held onto it, because it's virtually required to get my new boots on without spraining an ankle. However, no matter how sweaty my boots get, the Hot Gear bag always gets the job done--on low, no less.
One thought: make sure the cuffs are empty and aren't covered with gear and that the round vents above the boot cuffs aren't obstructed. The heating element is under the boot soles and heats the bottom of the boot and liner, evaporating the moisture and allowing it to vent upward. All my extra clothing gets stuffed into the boot bag on the way back from skiing, but aside from leaving my gloves and socks to dry in the mesh pocket above the front of the boots and sometimes leaving some long underwear behind the boots so I don't forget it the next ski day, I make sure there's space above the boots and bag for air flow.
Another thought: the bag's directions say the highest setting will remold your liners.
Yet another thought: the liners stay a lot dryer in sloppy snow if I wear my DryGuy BootGloves. Many consider them to be extremely uncool, so you'll have to weigh the geek factor against any desire for street cred.
ETA: AAAND another thought: the bag only runs on "low" when you use the lighter adapter, so depending on the length of your ski commute, the bag might not get the boots warm enough for comfort if you plug it in just before leaving home.