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Hotronics Install...Heel or toe?

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I dropped off my boots today at a local shop to have the Hotrionic boot warmer installed. I asked how they install it since I've read of 2 different ways. The official way seems to be running the wire under the foot bed (or in my case a custom orthotic), cutting a small incision in the boot liner heel and feed the wire up. I've also heard of feeding the wire through the toe of the liner, running the wire along the the top or side of the liner. When I asked this shop about the toe method he said no that's now how it's done and showed me the material on the front of the liner and saying something how it should not be cut. They also advised me the heating element would have to be moved back a bit since the orthotic was a bit narrow..

 

I'm a bit worried since the boot fitter I originally bought the boots and orthotic from I believe installs it through the toe. Their reasoning was if the wire ran under the orthotic it could cause it to slip or become unbalanced defeating the purpose of it. Although I've heard of some installs carving out a cable channel of some sort on the orthotic. What are your thoughts on this?

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either should be fine,    I have seen a few ways to install, and all seem to work 99% of the time

 

worse case just get it installed a different way?  its not a permanent thing

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Originally Posted by mntlion View Post
 

either should be fine,    I have seen a few ways to install, and all seem to work 99% of the time

 

worse case just get it installed a different way?  its not a permanent thing

True. The shop installed it the regular way with the wire under the orthotic. Only problem they had was getting the wire to stick to a certain part so he had to use some type of special spray adhesive. Tried it on and I don't feel the wire. Bought the extra clips so I can attach the battery pack to my power strap. I'll be skiing in them later this week.

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