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Boot Heaters!?!?

post #1 of 24
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I get cold toes in my tight boots (L10's), but I keep going (I think I was frostbitten once). Anyone use boot heaters, and how well do they work for the toe tips??


Thanks

Dave
post #2 of 24
I have the older Hotronic and they have worked well for about 6-7 years. I hear the new ones are even better. My wife would not ski 1/2 as much if she didn't have them.
post #3 of 24
A buddy of mine who owns a shop was having a special on the new hotronics boot warmers which are incredible for warming. Send him a quick email and he'll give the info on them or any others.

Matt@swixstore.com

Good Luck!
post #4 of 24
Nearly everyone I raced with who used plugs had Hotronics, they work well.
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post #6 of 24
After getting severe frostbite on my right foot two years ago, I had Hotronic 3.5 warmers installed and swear by them. I normally dial the right boot up one setting above the left, as it is now much more susceptible to the cold. I marked the batteries left and right, and alternate them on successive days. Turn them on before you get on the hill, so they are fully warmed up before your feet get cold.
post #7 of 24
I use mine in my plugs & the real benifit is that they keep feet not warm , but not cold...plus 15 min prior to going in on those cold days (-27 say) turn em up full & my size 5 plug will come off my 8.5-9 foot with some more ease!
post #8 of 24
The atomic boots come "pre-wired" for the Thermic brand heaters. Anyone have any experience with these? Are they as good as the Hotronics?
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD
I have the older Hotronic and they have worked well for about 6-7 years. I hear the new ones are even better. My wife would not ski 1/2 as much if she didn't have them.
I own the new Hotronics and wasn't impressed with the heat last season. I regret, in fact, having shelled out for them. The best heated boot I have had was the Lange TSH. Unfortunately my pair was stolen from me in California. Once it got down to sub zero temps, I didn't find my boots any warmer last season than they were without the heat. They do about as good a job as the Lange Pink Panther heat which I own. It's too bad Lange got out of the business as having a battery pack about which to worry sucks.
post #10 of 24
I have the newer Hottronics and they work great. Well worth the money.
post #11 of 24
Thermoflex liners have been the warmest liners for my boots.
post #12 of 24
I have always had the same problem of cold toes. After lots of thought on the matter (why do feet get cold in boots), and not wanting to spend the big $ on a heater, I bought some Boot Gloves (no, I don't work for the company) last year for a fraction of the price of heaters. I swear by them now. Just make sure you get them oversized to make sure they fit your ski boots (the sizing guide is for hiking boots).
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by RiDeC58
The atomic boots come "pre-wired" for the Thermic brand heaters. Anyone have any experience with these? Are they as good as the Hotronics?
Bump.
post #14 of 24
Here is a product which seems to make good sense whether boot heaters are used or not, and I wonder if anyone here has had experience with them:

http://www.warmfeet.com/
post #15 of 24
One word: Hotronics
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by oboe
Here is a product which seems to make good sense whether boot heaters are used or not, and I wonder if anyone here has had experience with them:

http://www.warmfeet.com/
This product looks simply like small pieces of so-called "space blanket" with some thin double-sided tape on it. I bet you could find an emergency blanket at your local camping store pretty cheap, cut up some even bigger pieces that cover your whole liner (and maybe multiple layers), then stick them on the liner of your boots for cheaper than the Warm Feet product. A quick search on the net found one for $3.49 (http://www.chiefsupply.com/emergencyblankets.phtml).

Here is an article describing how a "space blanket" works: http://www.traditionalmountaineering...ceBlankets.htm

Sounds good in theory. If anyone tries this, let us know how it works.
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by eblackwelder
This product looks simply like small pieces of so-called "space blanket" with some thin double-sided tape on it. I bet you could find an emergency blanket at your local camping store pretty cheap, cut up some even bigger pieces that cover your whole liner (and maybe multiple layers), then stick them on the liner of your boots for cheaper than the Warm Feet product. A quick search on the net found one for $3.49 (http://www.chiefsupply.com/emergencyblankets.phtml).

Here is an article describing how a "space blanket" works: http://www.traditionalmountaineering...ceBlankets.htm

Sounds good in theory. If anyone tries this, let us know how it works.
The Chief Supply product contains "absorbent paper product" - not in MY boot.

It seems to me that the product about which I was asking probably does exactly as the vendor claims. I'll stick with that and hopefully be able to afford the extra money it costs.

Again, I wonder if anyone here has had actual experience with this product?
post #18 of 24

Mylar Blanket

I have been looking for heaters. I used to use the Grabber Mycoal heat pack everyday, but that gets pretty expensive at $2 a day.

I found this website for fitting a mylar blanket to your boots.
http://folk.uio.no/joakimt/skiboot/
post #19 of 24
VailBound: Thanks for the mylar blanket web site. See, I'm not so crazy after all (at least as far as my previous suggestion goes, as for other things...). :
post #20 of 24
Nice for the do-it-yourselfer. Being lazy to the extreme, I'll spring for the ready made product AND have it applied by my bootfitter!
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by VailBound
I have been looking for heaters. I used to use the Grabber Mycoal heat pack everyday, but that gets pretty expensive at $2 a day.
Actually, I've found them at Costco and on the net for under $.50 a pack if you buy a whole box, and the box usually lasts me three years. Admittedly the packs "expire" before the box runs out, but they usually still work okay.
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by course9x View Post

I get cold toes in my tight boots (L10's), but I keep going (I think I was frostbitten once). Anyone use boot heaters, and how well do they work for the toe tips??



Thanks


Dave
post #23 of 24

Hottronics are worth the money.  Get the larger of the two battery packs.  You won't regret it.

post #24 of 24

Also a Hotronic fan.  Nice that you can control the amount of heat based on weather and on nice days you can opt to leave the batteries at home.

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