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Dry boots

post #1 of 12
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I recently had some family in town to ski, and I noticed that, when we got home after a full day of skiing, they just plopped their boots on the floor with out even atteepting to ventilate them so they could dry out. I was just wondering what methods you guys use to dry your boots out if you are skiing the next day. Personally, I use a boot dryer that works really well.
post #2 of 12
Thermic Boot Dryer as soon as I get my boots to their overnight resting place. If you dry the boots ASAP, they seem to stink less.
post #3 of 12
I used to park boots on a dairy crate with the toes hanging over a heat source, but found that after skiing several days in a row, there would be moisture between the liners and my footbeds and between the liners and the shells. So my boots now go onto a dryer I made by putting a fan into a wooden box that had PVC plumbing to hang the boots on. The fan pressurizes the box with room-temperature air that then circulates through the boots. The boots are dry each morning.
post #4 of 12
Truth in stealing ideas...not my original idea...stolen from Bob B.

I bought two large volume aquarium air pumps, with two outlets, tees and tubing. I dry two pairs of boots on each set of pumps. They are relatively quiet, pump room temperature air into the boots and seem to be dry every morning. I bring the boots home place them next to the base board heat on boot trays and let 'em sit with the pumps running from when I get home 'til I leave in the morning.

Jim
post #5 of 12
I have a four pair Air Dry system for my ski house that works real well. For traveling I use the Happy Feet, not quite as nice as an air system, but its quiet and small.
post #6 of 12
At home I use the same system as Kneale. On the road I use the 110 volt heat stix. I found that they work well. I see a lot of racers who for some reason are not concerned about dry boots! Too much other stuff to get into, and maybe the smell does not bother them. For those boots where the liners go in and out easy, many take them out daily and let them air dry. If the liner is hard to remove, it may or may not ever get removed. At the end of the season at best, at which time you always seem to find moisture in the shell regardless of how long it was since you last skied.
post #7 of 12
I have sweaty feet. I pull out the liners out of the shell and the custom insoles out of the liners. I then use the Happy Feet dryers in my liners and let the insoles air dry. I have never had wet boots or insoles the next morning going through this routine.
post #8 of 12
I have a set up somewhat like Kneale described but does four pair at once . I took a plastic tool box and mounted a computer fan in one end , on the lid I used underground sprinkler fittings(pvc plastic)and have four upright risers with a tee fitting on the top , from there I use two pieces of sump pump flex hose from the tee to go into the boots. The whole thing comes apart and fits into the tool box ( 16in wide x 6in x 6in) and only cost me about $25 plus it drys four pair in about 3 hrs at room temp.
post #9 of 12
I have the thermo air dry plus. That hockey puck like thing that has the tube sticking out to also dry gloves. It has two heat/fan settings low and high. I almost never use the high except for a quick blast because you will fry your foot beds.

I'm planning to switch to the snap dry boot dryer which puts out a little less heat. Footbed warpage is the main problem. In europe two years ago I fried a pair of footbeds because the voltage converter failed and the dryer wasn't getting the proper voltage. (There is -no- rating on these things anywhere concerning how much current they draw)

The problem in general is I tend to leave them in too long I think. Sometimes 3-4 hours or even longer. The top seals the boot so the heat really builds up in there and can cause problems with the footbeds. This has taught me something though- how long it really takes to completely dry a liner. It really takes quite a long time if you want to have no moisture between the liner and the shell. Even after several hours of heat forced air in the boot, that moisture can still be present! So are your liners really dry?- Probably not. The best solution is to take the liner out and use the dryer in the liner.

I like the look of the Snap Dry better than the Thermic because it'll fit inside the boots.
post #10 of 12
I wouldn't use any dryer system that ADDS heat to room-temperature air. Even if it's a short period, I don't think high heat is good for the life of the plastics in boots.

The system you describe, Tog, where the boot cuff is closed off so that heat builds in the boot, doesn't allow the air to circulate and carry off the moisture. That's why you find moisture there even after several hours of use.

[ March 18, 2003, 06:08 PM: Message edited by: Kneale Brownson ]
post #11 of 12
Kneale,
There's a tube that can extend into the front of the boot to carry out the moist air. The fact is that the inside can be dry as a stick but between the liner and the shell it is very hard to get out the moisture. Perhaps the heat does force the moisture out to the outside of the liner though. I'd be very surprised if you didn't have moisture there even after several hours with any system. Check it out and let me know.
post #12 of 12
I use a dryer that uses room temp. air. I leave it on all night and it works great.
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