EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › Boot stretching and heat products
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Boot stretching and heat products

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
A friend of mine claims that boot heater type products (the things you stick in your boots to warm them up before skiing) can soften the shell causing it to lose some of the boot stretching you have previously had done. Anyone ever hear of this? Seems like it should take more heat to cause the plastic to revert back to its original shape.
post #2 of 13
That sounds like a myth to me.

Most of the boot dryers I've seen are lucky to provide enough heat to dry the liner, so I can't see them softening the shell.
post #3 of 13
I'm calling myth as well.
I've used electroinic boot heaters in two different sets of boots over the past several years totalling to well over 140 days of use and have noticed no effect on the shells.
post #4 of 13
myth busted
post #5 of 13
I had a pair of Therm-IC boot dryers that melted my footbeds. It's hard to picture t hrting the shell though.
post #6 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Max_501 View Post
Seems like it should take more heat to cause the plastic to revert back to its original shape.
Then why do we all buckle up our boots to store them at room temperature?
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
Any boot fitters around that can verify one way or the other? Is there a maximum heat the average shell can take before it will get soft enough to return to its original unstretched shape?
post #8 of 13
I've had three sets of these and they've never deformed the custom footbed (I'm sure I'd notice that!!) let alone the boot. I've been using them for 20 years.
post #9 of 13
I think the products that are being referred to are the ones that can be microwaved and then placed in the boots while you drive to the ski area (think of a worm shaped beanbag). I could see those as being capable of being overheated thus deforming the shell (especially on lower end boots). I would think in theory it could deform the shell, but it would not be able to "revert back to original" if it has been worked on (the worked on areas would be thinned either by streching or grinding and just heating it would not promote the plastics to "flow" back into place).
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
I'm not talking about the electric toe warmer products. I'm referring to the products that are used to heat the boots before use (there is even a heated boot bag).
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Manus View Post
I would think in theory it could deform the shell, but it would not be able to "revert back to original" if it has been worked on (the worked on areas would be thinned either by streching or grinding and just heating it would not promote the plastics to "flow" back into place).
This is what I'm trying to find out. I was told that with enough heat the stretching will be lost (at least partially).
post #12 of 13
I at least am talking about the hard black and orange sticks, Dry and Warm, Dry Sticks, whatever, that cost about $25-35, are about six inches long and an inch thick, like these:

I don't think they get hot enough to hurt your boots. In fact, I don't worry about burning myself when I pull them out. I wouldn't want to hold them firmly for an extended period, but removing them from the boots and putting them on a shelf doesn't burn me.
post #13 of 13
I would be more concern about heat fitted liners than the shell.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ski Gear Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › Boot stretching and heat products