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Seirus quick dry boot and glove drier - USELESS

post #1 of 18
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After a couple of 3-day weekend trips with the wife and kids I decided that a second boot / glove drier was necessary. I already own the Hotronic snapdry drier and have been happy with it particularly because you could set the automatic timer feature that shuts it off anytime you want.

http://cozywinters.com/shop/hf5201sd.html

So out of curiousity (and seeing a lot of ads in ski magazines) I bought the Seirus drier.

http://cozywinters.com/shop/se-qd.html


I thought the setup was nifty as it allows you to dry both boots and gloves at the same time and my first impression of the drier was good as I liked the way you could just fold it up after using it which was clearly more convenient than the Hotronic which required you to "disassemble" the drier before storing.

However, upon plugging in the Seirus drier I was shocked at how weak the air was. It was so lame that I placed a tissue above the hole and the tissue barely quivered. Now how in the world will a wet pair of ski boots dry with that minimal air outflow. My dog blows hotter air from his nose while sleeping than the Seirus drier. What makes it even worse is once you pull out both boot and glove driers, the air gets so distributed that it becomes significantly weaker.

I am returning it will consider another hotronic or probably the Dry-guy ThermoAir portable drier.

http://cozywinters.com/shop/dg4.html
post #2 of 18
I have the same thing and have had good results. I take it on our ski trips and are able to dry our three pair of boots by the next day.

Maybe you got a defective one. Mine doesn't blow a super amount of air, but enough to get the job done. I've been satisfied with mine.
post #3 of 18
It would just need to blow enough to move away moisture as it rises to the surface and condenses. More speed from the fan wouldn't change the rate of condensation. I only use those boot sticks and with no additional air blowing than what is generated by rising heat they dry my boots overnight.
post #4 of 18

Yuck!

Won't the dry guy make your hands smell like your feet? Look at the path of the air stream! first through the boot and then the glove. Yiikes.
post #5 of 18
I bought one of these but haven't opened it or used it yet (and can return it), so I'm interested in what more people say
post #6 of 18
I agree. Bought one for $45 last week and returned it. The air flow was weak, the heat setting did not add any noticeable heat, but the big problem -- the pipes for the boots are not long enough. Even when fully extended, they blow the (weak) airstream directly at the shin/calf region of the boot. Air needs to get down into the foot/toe area to really matter, in my opinion. If this device helps at all, it must be psychological. I can only assume most people don't pay attention when they stuff this into their boots; I just don't see how it would have much effect.

I spent about $10 in parts and built my own boot/glove dryer that can handle two pairs of gloves and two pairs of boots. I'll take pics and post details in another week, once I use it on a ski trip.
post #7 of 18
my stuff is always dry the next morning unless I'm camping out in the wet snow. how does stuff get so wet? or are you in a very humid climate where the air doesn't draw the moisture?
post #8 of 18
i think mine works great. i'm able to dry 2 pairs of boots after a day on the slopes. it's great for travel, light and compact. it's not supposed to be a blow dryer.
post #9 of 18
I have the Chinook boot dryer (2 of them) they work very well. Since I have five pairs of boots and gloves to dry each night. While it is not quite as compact as the Seirus product, it does come with a small carrying case. Some peoplel do say that the fan is too loud though.
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by skier219
I agree. Bought one for $45 last week and returned it. The air flow was weak, the heat setting did not add any noticeable heat, but the big problem -- the pipes for the boots are not long enough. Even when fully extended, they blow the (weak) airstream directly at the shin/calf region of the boot. Air needs to get down into the foot/toe area to really matter, in my opinion.
You may be correct and I did not even consider this as I did not even bother trying them on the boots. The air should blow directly into the toe area and not the shin area. This is where the Hotronic is better - you could actually adjust the lenght of the tubes for small (kids) boots and adult boots. Beyond that you could actually feel the air blow out unlike seirus where I could not even feel the air at all and had to point it to a kleenex to see if it moved.
post #11 of 18
I also have the Chinook boot dryer and it works very well. Some on these boards have home built versions that use the same design principles - room temp air, directed to the toes/fingertips via flexible tubing.
post #12 of 18
I've never understood the need for boot/glove driers. Am I the only person whose boots and gloves dry out inside the lodge/hotel room/condo I'm sleeping in for the evening? Not that they're ever "wet"...

Maybe I'm missing out on something...
post #13 of 18
I never understood the need until I skied in a humid climate - then the need became so obvious on day 2 that I fully understood. Short summary: I've never used nor needed one in 18 years of skiing Colorado, but I will never ski Europe again without one. I'm guessing that they're necessary in New England and the upper Midwest too, but don't have the experience to know for sure. When you need them, you NEED them - even at horrendous exchange rates...

J
post #14 of 18
I originally got my warmer sticks to prewarm my boots, but one year I stuck my hand inside after some spring skiing. YECH! Even though I've since moved to a dry climate (relative to the Mid-Atlantic anyway), I still like that toasty feeling when I put my feet in. The fact that they dry out faster is a side benefit.
post #15 of 18
Glove/boot dryers work out great during lunchbreaks when we are staying in a slopeside condo. After a morning of skiing, it's nice to speed-dry boots and gloves during lunch, before heading back out for the afternoon. For overnight drying, they are usually not a requirement, but it sure can't hurt.
post #16 of 18
I'm convinced that those of you who do not sweat can not understand or appreciate magnitude of this problem for some of us. It's not just a "skiing thing". That said, I do not find that it takes much airflow to dry three pair of wet boots overnight. You can have hairdryer fan speed and heat but that gives you hairdryer noise and potential overheating too. Don't be too quick to dismiss the slower and quieter models.
post #17 of 18

Sweater!

Yes, for some of us, putting our feet into "yesterday's" soggy ski boots is just not acceptable. Cold and clammy sucks! As someone also over critical, the inexpensive commercial offerings haven't looked up to the task, so I have not purchased any of them. I have built a very useful dryer with only an air blower (Muffin fan) a few lengths of PVC pipe, elbows for same, and some plexiglass. All this stuff is stuck together with drywall screws and RTV sealant.
Holds three pairs of boots or assorted boot glove combinations.

Works a charm.

When I travel and away from the dryer, I pull the boot liners every night. I have had the unpleasant experience of feeling "damp" in the morning and when the liners are pulled, standing water sits between the boot inside and the Foot plate. eeeuch!

Spring skiing can really be the pits this way. Warm temps, leakage around the flaps etc.

Regards

CalG
post #18 of 18
I've got the Serius dryer in question, and it has worked fine for me, so long as overnight is the yardstick - I don't think it has the fan power to do much in a shorter time. It is quiet, has two settings, and has worked flawlessly for 2 seasons, so I'd say it was worth the $40 or so I paid for it.

That said, I'd buy a "high power" version of the same design if they ever came out with one.
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