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post #1 of 69
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Has anybody actually used the bootglove...

Does it work...

I don't have really cold feet, but when its only 10* on the mountain the feet are a little cold...not bad but could be better...

the bootglove seems to be a decent solution short of getting something like the Hotronics...
post #2 of 69
Well I bought 3 pairs for me, my gal, and her dad based on good reviews by some here. Didn have an opportunity to use them yet. If you have a TJ Max store near you, you can get them there VERY cheap.
post #3 of 69
I'm listening for answers to this question, too. The BootGlove was apparently designed in Alaska, but I can't find 'em for sale anywhere around here! Looks like it's special order time (again)...
post #4 of 69
I got a pair this fall and have used them a few times now. Mostly the weather here in the east has not put them to the full test yet (no time that I have skied so far this year has it been under 20 degrees- maybe this weekend it will if the weather report is right.)

1 thing with them- if you are the type that unbuckles your boots for the ride up the lift (due to a very agressive fit)- these are not for you- get the heaters for inside your boots.

Another skier I know that had contant complaints about cold feet got some last year and raved about them helping. He had frostbite on his feet some years back skiing up in Vermont.
post #5 of 69
I have a pair. The boots I have were really cold on days below 10 degrees. I've been out in negative numbers and haven't been as cold. Are they toasty warm? No, but they help.
post #6 of 69
If anyone needs a pair, let me know. I will see if the two TJ Maxx near me still has them. They are about $14 with tax. I can ship them to you for $20 total.
post #7 of 69
I have them and use them. I call them "Gaper Gloves". One of my supervisors thought I was a snowboard instructor when he checked my boots...

That said, they work quite well -- if your shells are warm when you put the gloves on! Also, remember to slip them off (or at least open them) when you're inside so that the shells can warm up again. If you don't, the gloves will actually keep the shells cold while you're inside. Not good!

Fischermh, I wouldn't mind a spare pair or two if you find them!
post #8 of 69
Boot Gloves are insulators and nothing more. They only work if you put them on when your feet and boots are warm and before you head out. ssh's idea about taking them off when you come in is good too.
post #9 of 69
You have to be OK looking like a bit of a gaper, tho, that's for sure. Sometimes, I've found that useful...
post #10 of 69

Boot Gloves

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Originally Posted by rspacher View Post
Has anybody actually used the bootglove...

Does it work...

I don't have really cold feet, but when its only 10* on the mountain the feet are a little cold...not bad but could be better...

the bootglove seems to be a decent solution short of getting something like the Hotronics...

Skiing 37 yrs, never had cold feet (Tahoe). Bought new boots last year and now ski in No Idaho. HAD cold feet all the time (Toes). Used toe warmers and bought some gloves. Didn't use until one day last year at Fernie (about 4 degrees) and used toe warmers and gloves. Feet comfortable all day, no problems.

Skied Tue and today and was 6 degrees on top of mountain. Had warm feet all day. No problems.

Yeah I know Gaperism but I don't really care, I can ski better than most bonafid Gaper s and most of the clowns around AND my feet are warm.
I use boot warmers 12volt for car and put on toe warms on my socks and then the glove over the boot while the boot is relatively warm. I have tried the toe warmers without the gloves and the glovess without the toe warmers and my feet got cold by noon. Having both toe warmers and the gloves on, i.e., skiing Tue in 5 degrees and feet warm all day.

So my answer is they work. Little pain the butt putting on etc. but worth it to me. I had a smart ass in the bar one day ask me why I was wearing them and my answer was; " they are for my too warm feet they're ice gel pads that cool my boots down so my feet don't get to warm - they act like little cooling pads". He look at me with a blank experession and then retreated to his table when my buds toasted and bought me a beer for the Best One of the day. FUN
post #11 of 69
I'm a little ambivalent about them. I have a pair, and yes I have to say they do make a difference. After a couple of hours on a cold day my feet would still get cold. All things considered, they are worth the money they cost.
post #12 of 69
Boot gloves help, but I find that snow packs under them and melts if I go inside. When it's cold enough for Boot Gloves, I take my boots off at lunchtime, and I leave the boot gloves behind in the afternoon.
Reliable Racing Supply used to sell a quited boot cover that covered the whole boot. That was way warmer than Boot Gloves. I'm going to look for them now.

tf
post #13 of 69
Boot gloves are silly.
post #14 of 69
Distracting discomfort that can be avoided by the use of Boot Gloves is silly.
post #15 of 69
Speaking of warm boots. I saw an ad for something you stick in the microwave for a couple of minutes and then put in your boot for the drive to ski. Anyone know about this?
post #16 of 69
I use them on sub 10 degree days. Definitely makes a difference.
post #17 of 69
My wife has problems with poor circulation in her feet and hands so they're constantly cold. She wears them every day and thinks they hlep. I have a pair I've used a few times and I think they help too. Regular price at REI etc. is $25 - $30.
I like them because I prefer a light weight sock, a firm liner and a snug shell fit. There are some COLD days when I wish I had a nice soft, cushy boot with big thick socks. The Boot Glove is something you wear outside the boot that does not impact the fit of the boot.
Silly? You don't wear the same jacket, gloves and cap in January that you do in March, why shouldn't you have something that allows the same flexibility with your feet?
post #18 of 69
I have the boot gloves which I use on occasion.

Usually I can get by with just the hotronics boot warmers. However, if I start out early, the temp is around 0 degrees, and I am ripping on the groomer runs, the boot gloves make a big difference. It is the wind chill factor. The faster you go, the more they seem to help and are needed.

But with temp above 20, I don't need them as much.
post #19 of 69
RE TJ Maxx and the Boot Gloves. Last week our local store only had the small size (not sure the exact size boots) as the last pair available. If you know you want some and the small (adult is what you are looking for, let me know via PM and I'll check for them again. Should be about the same as the above $20 w shipping depending on where you live....
post #20 of 69
Intuition Power Wrap boot liners. Warmer feet is a secondary benefit.
post #21 of 69
I have the Boot Glove and do think that they keep your feet a little warmer. Not quite as toasty warm as their ad implies. Putting them on when your boots are warm is key and removing them when you come out of the cold is highly recommended.

My experience with them is that they are best used when you're skiing slushy wet snow because they keep your boots dry!
post #22 of 69
I have just posted a discount on the Hot Gear bags in the Sponsors discount forum. If you have these kinds of issues and are thinking about boot gloves, etc., think about a Hot Gear bag. I got one last year as soon as they were available, and it's the greatest thing! My boots (including both shells and liners) are warm when I put them on. The liners more easily form to my feet first thing in the morning. Since the shells are warm, the boot gloves have heat to hold in. I stay warmer, the boots fit better, and they are more comfortable...

...and this is with plugs!

Highly recommended.
post #23 of 69
I'll echo what others have stated already.

They help. Have to put them on when the boots are warm. They help keep some of the water out. You can get them at ARTECH also. Google it.

HeluvaSkier thinks they're for gapers. Mea Culpa.
post #24 of 69
Just to add to what most are saying, they do help but they can be a pain to put on and off.

SSH, I tried to order one of the hot bags this morning and couldn't do it online. Exchanged emails with Ivan and he is looking into the problem, if I can't do it online I'll call them Monday and get one coming. It sounds like a neat concept, better than driving to the hill with my boots under the heater in the car.
post #25 of 69
I've often been tempted to cut up some old neoprene and glue it to the outside of my boot shells.

Do you think it would do any good?
post #26 of 69
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
I've often been tempted to cut up some old neoprene and glue it to the outside of my boot shells.

Do you think it would do any good?
It might help for a bit, but once you lost the initial heat it would be a lot harder to warm them back up during the day. The neoprene would also keep heat out.
post #27 of 69
My feet never ever got cold no matter what, even -10F with wind, until I got Dobies. Now I find I need just a little something on the coldest days but don't need or want heaters. The Boot Glove is the ticket. They give just that small added bit of warmth that's needed IF YOU PUT THEM ON WHEN YOUR FEET AND YOUR BOOTS ARE WARM.!!! The trick is warm feet have circulation so they stay warm so you have to start off plenty warm. The boot gloves insulates on the outside of the shell so if you shells are already cold, they won't help a bit. Take them off on long inside breaks, like lunch, the let your shells warm back up.

If you are the type that has problem cold feet, like my wife, and your feet get cold under all the most friendliest weather, just bite the bullet and buy heaters.
post #28 of 69
If you decide to go the boot heater route, I would highly recommend the Hotronics over the Thermic brand. They have more settings, and a larger heating element. I've used both, and like the Hotronic's better.
post #29 of 69
Echoing what everyone else says...put on boot gloves while inside of boots are warm and while you are indoors. At lunch, let boots warm up again. Inexpensive solution that doesn't involve installation issues.
post #30 of 69
Danzat is another brand of neoprene foam boot cover that seems to do an equal job.

It is possible to slit the boot covers so the buckles can be lifted and re-clamped even with the boot covers on.
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