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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Well, I tried everything I could think of to keep my family's feet warm and finally I gave in and spent the big bucks for a couple of sets of the Hotronics heaters. These were installed on custom footbeds (not the Hotronics footbeds). Long story short they are amazing. My wife and daughter can finally ski all day in cold temps and be happy! Wow, this is an amazing feet (pun intended). Today was the big test, about 2 degrees (-20 with the windchill) and we went four hours without a need to stop and get warm.



Now I'm thinking I need a pair too so I don't look so gaper wearing the boot gloves.
post #2 of 24
The wife loves her's too. I got them last year for her for xmas. She loves them. Oh and as far as the boot gloves, here at ESA I have seen them on the boots of some very important people.
post #3 of 24
Thread Starter 
Just a quick note. Boot gloves plus the Grabber Toe Warmers did keep my feet warm today. The biggest issue is that I don't like the way the toe warmers feel in my relatively tight fitting boot. But, I can deal with it on the really cold days.
post #4 of 24
Don't resist. Just get some for yourself. On really cold days you can do the "sandwich". Hotronic on the bottom, chemical packet on the top.
post #5 of 24
It seems the older you get the more you need these things. They work, and my wife has them in her bike shoes, ski boots, etc.
post #6 of 24
have you tried intuitions? They really really work
post #7 of 24
the hotronic M4's work very well. I can't even tell they are in my boots. I just skied a day in sub zero temps and another with a high of 5-7 and my toes were fine all day. Battery life is exceptional, you will get a 5-6 hours on the 3rd setting which is plenty warm.
post #8 of 24
Hotronics are the best equipment purchase I have ever made. I can ski all day and never have cold feet even on the coldest days.
post #9 of 24
Ditto!
post #10 of 24
Love them. If not for Hotronics, I would have probably been forced to stop skiing 15 years ago (never found the chemical toe warmers comfortable or that effective).
post #11 of 24
I love them too. What did you do to attach the batteries Max? The clips they come with put in the boot tops will tend to fall out, and you'll lose the batteries, which are costly.

I've used the little brackets you screw into your boots, but recently bought the clips that go on the power or booster strap. The new improved ones. They work great, and when you don't have the batteries on them you can plug the wires into dummy jacks on the back of the clips.

http://www.snowshack.com/detail/SNW+HT-01972
post #12 of 24
The new M4 system is much improved. The clips are very secure and a don't move on the straps. The battery snaps in on a rail and the bottom of the clips hold on to the bottom of the battery. If you have the older version, consider upgrading. No need to drain to recharge.
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post
The new M4 system is much improved. The clips are very secure and a don't move on the straps. The battery snaps in on a rail and the bottom of the clips hold on to the bottom of the battery. If you have the older version, consider upgrading. No need to drain to recharge.
I gave my wife the M4s for Christmas. Was tired of lodge time @ 10AM on colder days. Has not been cold this year until last week, so they weren't until last weekend. Sure enough, she snapped the rivet on the new slip clip. I drilled out what was left at T-nutted it together for the next two days. Just bought 2 extra clip sets today. Get an extra set in advance and save hunting around the mountain. There is very little clearance if you go the T-nut route, so have your Dremel handy.

Great product, but I sense that I have another item to maintain now. The good news is that she loves them! <thumbs up>
post #14 of 24
Just thread the booster strap THROUGH the clip on the battery and you'll never lose one. The clip just clipped onto the strap won't do it.
post #15 of 24
My GF may be getting a set of these. This is the second postive thread I have read.

Looks like $199 everywhere I have looked. Anyone know of a cheaper source?
post #16 of 24
Check here for discount codes for Bears. I believe there are some for Backcountry and skidepot? Not sure but I bought mine with a code over the summer for like 125 or something, Easy to install. Like said above, run cable through toe and just snake cable over top of toe around ankle and up the other side by the clip. Easy and quick. Billy Kaplan did mine (Cantman) and carve a small channel in the bed he made. I cannot tell they are in my boots. I can show pics if you want.
post #17 of 24
Just a quick note here - - I have these as well and agree with all that they do the trick. The impetus for purchase for me was that, when I drop serious money on flights or gas or hotels, even if it is -15 degrees and windy, I'm going to ski as long as possible.

Anyways, I have used the aforementioned brackets which go onto the power straps of boots and have broken two. Thankfully, the battery stays in my very snug powder cuffs.

What happens is that the screw that you can see in the middle of the clip breaks right in half. The second time it broke, it was clearly because I wiped out and slid onto the side of my boot; the first time though, I can't remember doing anything although I had skied pretty hard (bumps, trees, park).

post #18 of 24

Great service, too.

I bought 2 pairs of the M4 last Spring. Last weekend the charger for one pair stopped working. I called the company in VT on Monday and a replacement arrived by Fed Ex ground on Thursday.
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by road trip View Post
Just a quick note here - - (snip)

What happens is that the screw that you can see in the middle of the clip breaks right in half. The second time it broke, it was clearly because I wiped out and slid onto the side of my boot; the first time though, I can't remember doing anything although I had skied pretty hard (bumps, trees, park).
You may want to contact Hotronics. My wife broke a second slip clip, but has not yet been able to break the one I t-nutted. I bought 3 extra packs of clips to quickly swap when/if one breaks. I'll t-nut the other broken one when I get time - locating the t-nut is the most difficult part. I was lucky the first time and had the right one in my junk bin, now I have to loacte another. Limited clearance, so need the right t-nut.

FWIW, here's Hotronic's tech support response:


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Thanks for your inquiry. We actually had an issue with the rivot in our initial production run of the Slide Strap Bracket. It has since been resolved and the bracket is now stable. We can replace the damaged brackets for you at no charge. We can also determine the production lot of the newest bracket you have to make sure that is good.

Please call us directly to have the brackets replaced and determine the year of your current brackets.
Regards,
Jason
Hotronic USA
802-862-7403
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by Dr Rick View Post
I bought 2 pairs of the M4 last Spring. Last weekend the charger for one pair stopped working. I called the company in VT on Monday and a replacement arrived by Fed Ex ground on Thursday.
Yup, my charger died at jackson with sub zero temps! Major props to Teton Sports in Jackson who tested theold one and swapped out a new charger for me at no charge. (yes, I tipped him )
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by medmarkco View Post
...My wife broke a second slip clip, but has not yet been able to break the one I t-nutted...
....but she is trying best she can!


Thanks, I actually just bought 2 packages of extra clips and will keep one on me at all times (well, at all times that I am skiing with the hotronics).

I'll drop a line to their customer support and see if they can help out. Thanks again.
post #22 of 24
I love the hotronics and use them in all 4 of my ski boots. I also use a bootglove.
post #23 of 24
RE:boot gloves

They are dual purpose. A little warmer and they do keep the water out.

DC
post #24 of 24
Hotronics have made my Langes sooooooo comfortable. Though I've always loved Langes...their performance fit means that they just don't keep your feet as warm I finally sprang for these this year and was happy I spent the money. I have an after market Booster Strap and just run the strap through the batteries and tuck them under my pants. My ski buddies tease me some....but I'm the one laughing when the temps are cold and my feet are nice and toasty.
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