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drying your boots

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
how do you guys dry your boots?

do you take the liner out of the shell? heard that it mess up the fitting of the liner. (i got salo. with custom fit)

or just dump it somewhere
post #2 of 25
boot dryer with a bit of light heat and air, leave the boots in one peice, and turn on the switch walk away

wont trash the liners unless you take them in and out a lot (like 50 days a year) just dryer is faster and less work
post #3 of 25
Dryer sticks. I just pull out insole, leave liner in boots as WAY too much of a struggle every day and my custom footbed is NOT flexible so it's really about 15 minutes per boot and the footbed gets beat up with trying to get something under it to get it out. (Footbed is UNDER the insole and inside the liner.) Dryer sticks dry the liner above my foot area, not so sure about under the footbed, but the footbed is solid, so what difference does it make (well, the boots smell a lot by the end of the season, I admit). Every once in a while, I shoot some Febreeze in.

If I am not skiing for a few days, the sticks are in the entire time.
post #4 of 25
Yep, I use radiant heat sticks.
Throw them in the oven and turn it to broil, leave them in there for a few days. kidding
post #5 of 25
As soon as we get home i sick them on my boot dryer in one piece ...dryer has a 3 hour timer and heat/blows at 95 degrees...usually run for 4 hours and for an hour in am before we leave...Need to keep zip fit warm so i use 12 volt mice for hour ride up and leave in till in the lodge

post #6 of 25
I too use the Caframo like the one pictured above. Works great! Tried it on gloves tho and it didn't want to work OH WELL.
post #7 of 25
I've been using DryStix and The Circulator from Dry Guy.

Both are radiant heat devices with no blower.

The DryStix are a generation old compared to The Circulator, and a little less effective, but will dry my boots in anywhere from 8 to 24 hours depending on how wet they are.

The Circulator I own is a 12v DC cigarette lighter adapter version for my vehicle's accessory outlet. The run pretty hot to the touch, but are supposed to be temp regulated at 90°F to prevent damage to custom footbeds and heat-moldable liners. Great for overnight trips if I'm staying in the car. The 0.9A current draw doesn't tax the car battery too heavily if left running overnight.

I also use the 12-volt heaters in the house if I have multiple boots to dry. I picked up a 120v AC to 12v 1000mA DC adapter with a built-in lighter socket. The adapter is intended for portable GPS units (at least according to the seller's description on eBay), and it's great to be able to plug the adapter straight in without the hassle of extra cables and connectors.
post #8 of 25
I use the "SnapDry" from Hotronics. It works well.
post #9 of 25
Skidbump - I love the shot of your Kryptons with the ZipFits while the stock liners are cast aside.
post #10 of 25
Another vote for drysticks or similar. Mine are made by Serius, and will dry a boot overnight. Only cost about $20 and are easy to pack.

post #11 of 25
I would love to see some of the DYI dryers that have been successful!
I was thinking that a 12 v. PC fan with some flexy duct could work, but there is no heat source. Any ideas?
post #12 of 25
Thermic boot dryer. Works VERY well and is ultra quiet so you can use them in the hotel room at night and still sleep soundly!

Do a search on Thermic boot dryer on this forum and you will see lots of responses.
post #13 of 25
fill your boots with newspapers, will dry overnight, will not deform heat molded liners
post #14 of 25
Originally Posted by keram
fill your boots with newspapers, will dry overnight, will not deform heat molded liners
Yeah, then you can read the news from the inside of your liners on the way to the mountain
post #15 of 25
another vote for the snap drys.

lots of air, low heat, quiet
post #16 of 25
The dry sticks are easy to pack for trips and they dry the boots overnight with NO noise and they are CHEAP. Why buy a second system? Do those of you using these bulky blower things have sweatier feet than the average mortal?
post #17 of 25
I use dry sticks , small easy to pack and will not burn your liner
post #18 of 25
I've used the Chinook Air Dryer for years. It drys both boots and gloves. It does not use heat, only air. I don't want to heat my boots or take the chance on deforming my liners and foot beds. The Chinook comes in several sizes, 1 pair, 2 pair, 4 pair, and 6 pair. Here's a link to one place that sells them:

post #19 of 25
I use this one from Seirus. I never use its "heating" setting; instead, I just let it pump room-temperature air through my boots and gloves. They'll be dry by the morning.
post #20 of 25
Depending on how wet my boots are, i either take the liners out or leave them in. I just stick my heaters in. I have the Snapdrys by Hotronic. They have both boot and glove attachments. I think it was around 65 bucks? not sure.
post #21 of 25
VS Sasson 1500 watt hair dryer. I can also style my mullet with it.
post #22 of 25
I've been using home-made fan-in-a-box boot driers for the past
20 years. Work fine. all you need is moving cold air for 3 to 4 hours
to dry ski boots.

Also useful to dry gloves and street shoes.

I like the posted Caframo 7800 unit. A fan-in-a-box with 4 tubes coming
out the sides. Mine is 4 tubes coming sideways out of a hockey puck
shaped piece of plastic pipe with 120V fan on one end and flat blocking
plate on other end. Boots lay sideways on floor like bike spokes.
post #23 of 25

When at home ...

I lay the boots on their sides on top of a clothes drying rack (plastic type coating on steel, not the wooden dowel type), which puts them at the right level to be in front of the circulating vents on the pellet stove. I keep it about 5-6 feet back from the pellet stove and this works great. Gloves, mitts, face masks, helmets and goggles also conveniently fit on the rack, and ski pants can be hung from various spots on the rack to let them dry out too.

Now that there are four of us skiing in the family, I am a little concerned that the rack will come crashing down one evening/night - it wobbles a fair bit - but so far it has held up ...

post #24 of 25
Does the newspaper idea really work??
post #25 of 25
I read this in SKI or SKIING. Bought a fish tank aeriator (?~20$) added some firmer plastic lines to go from the vinyl hoses into the boots and find it works well, No heat to worry about. Gets air to the toes and exhausts back. Been doing tit that way for mabe tyhree years now.
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