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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hi all;
Does anyone have pros/cons on heated boot dryers? I have a non-heated one now that works fine but is a real bulky item to pack for a trip. I was looking at some of the new ones that fold up and store in the boots for travel and since I carry-on my boots on the plane, this would be a real plus. Some of them will dry gloves at the same time.
Does the low heat these dryers put out harm the boots? I do have thermal liners, but imagine the dryers will not get hot enough to adversely effect them, (?).
Is the 1-3 hr dry time realistic?
Thanks!!
C.B.
post #2 of 17
Thread Starter 
Anybody???
post #3 of 17
I have some and they work fine with Thermo liners
post #4 of 17
I have the kind that look like oversized hotdogs and slip inside the boot. They are not fan powered, just radiant heat. I think they work great. I plug them in at night, by the morning the boots are nice and dry but not hot. Since they fit inside the boot, they take up zero extra room in the boot bag. I have not tried it but I bet if you bought an extra put and stuck them in a glove that would work also.
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by C.B. View Post
Anybody???
C.B.

Although I do not speak for forumites, I am sure every member here would have one or two opinions on pros/cons, good/bad, big/small boot driers. However, this topic comes out every so often and had you started by first doing a forum search for boot driers you would find a lot of discussions on this topic - that you may not need to post your question.

Be that as it may, my brief answer to your questions (based on my experience) are:

1) Does anyone have pros/cons on heated boot dryers?
- Yes and mostly pro.

2) I have a non-heated one now that works fine but is a real bulky item to pack for a trip. I was looking at some of the new ones that fold up and store in the boots for travel and since I carry-on my boots on the plane, this would be a real plus. Some of them will dry gloves at the same time.
- Good for you. Indeed there are those that fold into smaller items but I have not heard of one that folds small enough to actually fit into a boot. I have two boot driers and the folding version is as big as a thick pocketbook. My second drier is bigger but once dis-assembled parts of it can fit into my boots but only after I disassemble them.

3) Does the low heat these dryers put out harm the boots?
- No they do not.

4) I do have thermal liners, but imagine the dryers will not get hot enough to adversely effect them.
- Yes you are correct.

5) Is the 1-3 hr dry time realistic?
- It is more than enough unless your boot has a leak and snow gets in so much that it soaks the liners.

Hope that helps.
post #6 of 17
1-3 hours in Colorado is about correct. when i skied the east it took most of the night to dry - difference in humidity I guess. Never harmed the liners. Dries my gloves as well if needed. I bring them all the time.
post #7 of 17
While traveliing I tend to take the liners out and set them where the rooms heater will blow on them. Never had an issue with wet liners in the morning.

I don't know how hot is hot, but be careful with some foot beds, some can be ruined with relatively little heat.
post #8 of 17
I have heated units by hotronics and they work well, the heat is very low so there is no danger of damaging footbeds.
post #9 of 17
I have a Seirus boot / glove dryer. It collapses to a pretty small size, although the folded-up version won't fit inside your boots. Whisper quiet fan that'll either circulate room-temperature or heated-air around inside your boots and gloves.

I never use the "heated air" option -- I just let them dry for a few hours, or overnight if they're truly soaked. Works great.
post #10 of 17

Fish Tank Aerater

I read in one of the skiing magazines some years ago about using a fish tank aerater. Tried it, with a tee in the line to accomodate both boots at once, and bought some firmer plastic (?pvc) tubing (local hardware store, bulk item, w/natural curve from having been on a spool), to have enough gumptoin to slide readily into the boot(s). Rounding the ends with a file / emery, so as not to snag the liner, and I.D. coned the input end to accomodate pushing the vinyl lines into. Seems less than 20 bucks and it works well for me. Cool room temp air, mostly while I've gone out to eat supper.
The only down sides are its a piston pump, probably solenoid driven, so theres some buzz/ humm. I plugged the three different ones available in at the Walmart I got them from to see flow and learned the sound factor before purchasing. Size wasn't to big. Fits in my boot bag with other 'stuff'.
post #11 of 17
After exhaustive research on this subject a couple of winters ago I bought a Thermic Boot Dryer. Quiet, folds up and does the job. The ultraviolet light thing is gimmicky but I am happy with my $60 purchase!

http://cozywinters.com/shop/th-2020.html

Also try searching under "boot dryer" for more info.
post #12 of 17
I decided to buy one of these last week and the shop I use had a couple of different models. The first one that I saw had four posts on which to place your boots (upside down). They told me that this model worked best if you removed the liners from the boots as the weight of the boots caused it to tip over. Also, the plastic "stands" put pressure on the footbeds and could cause deformation. The model that they told me to buy was the Hotronics which looked similar to the Thermic on the link - the blower goes above the boots and blows air into the boots through tubes which are not long enough to contact the bottom of the boot.
post #13 of 17
I use the Caframo boot dryer. It has 4 hoses and a collapsable stand. Won't fit in your boots but not too large. Works great! 1-3 hr setting, you choose depending on how wet or cold the boot are. My wife has battery operated boot warmers in her boots and the dryer doesn't seem to bother that system.
post #14 of 17
I have both the Thermic and the Hotronics -- both are heated and do a fine job if you let them run for 2-4 hours. Hotronics is designed to come apart pretty quickly and go inside the boots -- also has a couple of end attachments to dry gloves. Thermic seems to have a quieter motor and has arms that are a bit shorter (so fits slightly better with my wife's boots, while I use the Hotronics for mine).
post #15 of 17
I have the Technica Hotform boots, and after a warm day of skiing in Virginia, as long as I pull the liners out and the footbeds out of the liners, they will dry overnight with no heat at all. as for gloves, i just make sure all the straps are loose as possible so as not to constrict airflow and hang them by the leashes from a doornob or something else.

putting liners back into the boot shells may be a PITA, but its free, right?
post #16 of 17
I got a Thermic Air bootdryer which needs bout 3-5 hours to get soaking wet boots dry. I afterwards put them in my gloves. There bout the best you can get. Even reduce smell with UV-light.

Then I've got small heater sticks without radiation, they do fine to dry a boot overnight, but not more. Even though they reach around 60° Celsius. However my feet sweat so badly that a night in the heating room doens't get them dry. (they don't leak, but my hands and feet swett badly). My gloves wouldn't dry on a normal heater overnight - the sticks are pretty quick with the gloves but thermic air is quicker.
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by mkevenson View Post
I use the Caframo boot dryer. It has 4 hoses and a collapsable stand. Won't fit in your boots but not too large. Works great! 1-3 hr setting, you choose depending on how wet or cold the boot are. My wife has battery operated boot warmers in her boots and the dryer doesn't seem to bother that system.
I have the same boot dryer. Does a great job on both boots and gloves/mitts.

Chris
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