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post #31 of 69
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Originally Posted by SoftSnowGuy View Post
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.
I don't see why not. The only downside is that now the cover becomes easier to rip.
post #32 of 69

Boot gloves

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Originally Posted by pedalbiker View Post
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.
What heat are you talking about, Mammoth in April heat. Well duh then you don't need them. Today in No . Idaho 2 degrees at 0900 and definitely used the silly gloves and toe warmers inside. Comfy
post #33 of 69
I think he means that if you leave the bootgloves on at lunchtime, you won't get the benefit of the lodge being warm.
post #34 of 69
So let's see if I've got this straight. Keeping your feet warm is a) silly, and b) for gapers. Coupla of guys I know who ski with Bootgloves on cold days earned their frostbitten toes above 20K, in places that would kill most of you very efficiently. Oh, but that's right, they're not real studs who huck in the backcountry of Utah or Colorado ::
post #35 of 69
Anyone who CARES about being a gaper, IS a gaper.
post #36 of 69

Yes,  I have had them for many years.  I originally got them to ski in BC  when the temp can get to be 40 below.  My husband did not believe that they worked so he skied with one on and could feel the difference.  He is now on his way to do some snow cat skiing at the Mustang resort in BC and packed them for the trip.  I also use them for powder days to keep my feet dryer.  Some of the best money I have spent.

post #37 of 69

They work fine up here in Northen Michigan.

Keep my feet decently warm at temps about 20 degrees lower than without.

In spring they will also keep water out of your boots.

post #38 of 69

Yes, they work. Bad idea slitting them, defeats the purpose...

post #39 of 69

The webbing on the bottom of one of mine wore out.  I'm bummed.  They won't hold tight to the boot any more so they won't keep he in.  I might try in fix it.

post #40 of 69

I'd just staple it.

post #41 of 69
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Originally Posted by learn2turn View Post

The webbing on the bottom of one of mine wore out.  I'm bummed.  They won't hold tight to the boot any more so they won't keep he in.  I might try in fix it.



I had the same thing happen half way through the season last year.  I used the proven standby ... duct tape.  I added a couple of layers to re-enforce it to.  Works great.  Now when it wears out, I just add more duct tape.

 

Went to use them yesterday (wind chill below zero and I had to do course maintenance for a Jr. race).   Pulled them out of my ski bag and the clip that the velcro strap goes through was broken mad.gif.  Looks like that one is getting a hanger repair.

post #42 of 69

I saw some boot gloves at TJ Maxx again this year.   Also check Marshals, same company and nearly the same merchandise.  They sell them for under $15.  Bought the whole family boot gloves a few seasons ago.

post #43 of 69
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Originally Posted by learn2turn View Post

The webbing on the bottom of one of mine wore out.  I'm bummed.  They won't hold tight to the boot any more so they won't keep he in.  I might try in fix it.



I had the same thing happen half way through the season last year.  I used the proven standby ... duct tape.  I added a couple of layers to re-enforce it to.  Works great.  Now when it wears out, I just add more duct tape.

 

 


Good idea.  I imagine it might only last a few weeks but who cares, just redo when they fail again.

 

I teach all-day kids groups so I do a bit of walking around the lodge on breaks and lunch with the kids.  I wear my boot-soles down more than I'd like.  I think that's why the BGs failed.  I tried things like cat tracks but it was just too much a PITA to take them on and off when looking after 6-8 hyper tweens.

post #44 of 69
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Originally Posted by learn2turn View Post

The webbing on the bottom of one of mine wore out.  I'm bummed.  They won't hold tight to the boot any more so they won't keep he in.  I might try in fix it.



I had the same thing happen half way through the season last year.  I used the proven standby ... duct tape.  I added a couple of layers to re-enforce it to.  Works great.  Now when it wears out, I just add more duct tape.

 

 


Good idea.  I imagine it might only last a few weeks but who cares, just redo when they fail again.

 

I teach all-day kids groups so I do a bit of walking around the lodge on breaks and lunch with the kids.  I wear my boot-soles down more than I'd like.  I think that's why the BGs failed.  I tried things like cat tracks but it was just too much a PITA to take them on and off when looking after 6-8 hyper tweens.


Cat-tracks are a PITA, they fall off, and if you go up and down steps a lot the center part has a tendency to cut in half.  Then there is the problem of where to put them when they are off, putting muddy cat-tracks in your jacket pocket isnt really an option.   But I do use them and they have preserved my boot soles like new.   There should be a better option.

post #45 of 69

I'd like some soles that I can click into when I want to walk around,

I want them to fold up and fit in my pocket in a bag when I'm not using them.

If I wasn't spending all my non-skiing time restoring an old Vette, I'd be inventing them.

post #46 of 69

We had very cold weather this past weekend. Sat. AM 0 F (car registered -10F) in the valley before going up the road to the parking lot. My boots were warm when I put them on and I have Hotronics too. Used the boot gloves Sat. and my toes were very comfortable.

 

Came back Sunday , didn't use the boot gloves , just the Hotronics, couple of degrees Warmer but windy, couple of hours and my toes were cold!

 

 

Boot gloves definitely make a difference.

post #47 of 69

what if you have to adjust buckles with boot gloves? is it quick?

post #48 of 69
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Originally Posted by davluri View Post

what if you have to adjust buckles with boot gloves? is it quick?



No, its a PITA especially after you have been skiing because all the material gets frosty/frozen making it difficult to get on and off without a thawing.  Main reason why I dont use mine.

post #49 of 69

Yeah i have had them, both my girl and I use em. Theyr good without being obstructive and definiely keep the temperature cozy for the feet

post #50 of 69

I've had a pair of boot gloves since I started wearing plug boots a year or so ago, but used them for the first time this weekend (finally got cold enough, with -10F at mid-mountain and -20F at the top).  They look goofy, but work really well.  My toes usually start to complain below 10F or so without them, but I never had cold toes this weekend.

 

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Originally Posted by davluri View Post

what if you have to adjust buckles with boot gloves? is it quick?


It is for me.  I un-velcro the back, flip them forward, adjust the buckles, and re-flip and re-velcro.  I can do that in about as much time as it takes my snowboarder buddies to strap in at the top of a run.  I'd imagine somebody who fiddles with his buckles more often would get faster at it.  I don't mess with mine much.

post #51 of 69

I'm with Dan.  I used to try and move them aside, found it MUCH faster just to un-velcro, pull forward, fix buckles, re-velcro.  Takes just a minute.  And, I don't need them unless it's single digits, and I wear mittens.  Sure, my hands are a bit cold when I put them back in my mitts, but if you're skiing hard, they're probably hot anyway.  At least, I wear enough clothes that my hands are almost always PLENTY warm. 
 

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Originally Posted by davluri View Post

what if you have to adjust buckles with boot gloves? is it quick?


It is for me.  I un-velcro the back, flip them forward, adjust the buckles, and re-flip and re-velcro.  I can do that in about as much time as it takes my snowboarder buddies to strap in at the top of a run.  I'd imagine somebody who fiddles with his buckles more often would get faster at it.  I don't mess with mine much.

post #52 of 69

I'm super frugal, (o.k....I'm cheap :D)  Recently my Bootgloves exploded.  I put my liners inside plastic shopping bags and stuck them in my boot shells.  It works even better than the Boot Glove!  :D

post #53 of 69
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Originally Posted by Snowmiser View Post

I'm super frugal, (o.k....I'm cheap :D)  Recently my Bootgloves exploded.  I put my liners inside plastic shopping bags and stuck them in my boot shells.  It works even better than the Boot Glove!  :D

 

Couldn't that cause condensation and thus moisture build up?
 

post #54 of 69
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Originally Posted by Snowmiser View Post

I'm super frugal, (o.k....I'm cheap :D)  Recently my Bootgloves exploded.  I put my liners inside plastic shopping bags and stuck them in my boot shells.  It works even better than the Boot Glove!  :D


take your exploded bg,carefully take stiching out at front fold ,cut, remove velcro and understrap, now you have a pattern for a new pair, upgrade to 3mm or 5mm neoprene,{ old dive suit or buy at dive shop}. cut new material using pattern, use neoprene cement and join front seam. sew for strength, seal for water tightness, sew on velcro and understrap. congrats you know have new improved,warmer pair . I read a post about putting toe warmer between the bootglove and the boot top,said it worked
 

post #55 of 69

I've seen some instructors at Breckenridge wearing them. I pay attention to what people who work day in, day out in the cold are using.

 

Agree with the idea of starting with warm boots, but when you're out in sub-zero temps, especially on the chair lifts when the wind is howling, there is potential for a lot of heat loss (frozen/frostbitten toes).

 

Breck is due for a cold spell - anyone know of a local Summit county retailer who carries these? There's a good deal on size large in the closeout section at dryguy.com, but it would be nice to pick a pair up today and avoid shipping costs and time delay.

post #56 of 69

Both my wife and I have a pair. I only wear mine when it is extremely cold, but my wife always wears them as she tend to get cold easily.

post #57 of 69

My son's feet are always cold (could be the Lange boots) and I had him try a friend's Boot Gloves (which I had recommended to her a while ago). They passed the kid test. He now has a pair. Finally no cold feet complaints!

 

If it is really cold out or you are putting them on cold you could also stuff a disposable toe/hand warmer under the Boot Glove.

post #58 of 69
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Originally Posted by jc-ski View Post

Breck is due for a cold spell - anyone know of a local Summit county retailer who carries these?

I'm pretty sure I saw some at Precision in Frisco the other day. Don't know about sizes.
 

post #59 of 69

It was between -6 and 10 today, depending on where you were on the hill, not counting windchill.  I had mine on and my toes were no colder than on a nice 26 degree day.  (They were cold, but I could feel them and I wasn't in pain...Standard for me.)

post #60 of 69

Kinda of a silly question...

has anybody run them on plug boots? during training? I'm thinking that the extra mm of insulation shouldn't really affect your skiing but I'd like to hear some feedback....

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