Originally Posted by JayT
On the cold feet and boot heater note, I've always wondered why not a single boot maker has bothered to do built in hotronics? Or at least customize the shell for easy addition. I've had them before and they worked pretty well, but they were a PITA and would often get in the way. I think having the option of having them built in would be popular.
I agree that the installation can be a bit touchy. I had mine installed by my boot guy at the same time when I got custom BD insoles, and watching him do it made me glad I wasn't doing it myself.
As for built-in, you've gotta imagine: if they started building these into boots, every manufacturer would end up with a different standard, none of which would likely be interchangeable. Also, that means that either the whole line of boots get more expensive, or manufacturing and stock-keeping overhead goes up because you've got to make two different versions of each boot. At the end of the day, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for built-ins if I were you.
The other thing about boot heaters is that there's kinda only one good place on a ski boot for the batteries. Your brain tells you they should go on the back, but if they're low on the back, they get jacked up by stairs, and if they're high on the back they get smacked by the lift seat all the time. You can't put them on the front because of buckles, and you can't put them on the inside because that would force your legs apart by that much. So they go on the outside, and even that isn't super convenient. My grand idea was to get an extension cable and move the batteries up into my pants or jacket pockets, but I've been too lazy so far, 'cause things are mostly fine the way they are.