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Boot Accessory ?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
I would like to purchase a boot warmer(not dryer). I dont really care about warm boots but i would like my boots to be easier to put on. Last season i resorted to putting my boots under the car foot heater but would like something better. I have looked into a Hot Gear Bag but frankly i dont have or want to spend that much money. I am looking more for something that would slip into the boot and be powered by my cars cigaret lighter. then upon arrival i could take it out and tada easy to put foot in boot. Please help me with this. Thanks,
no soup 4 u
post #2 of 24
Are you sure you want to warm it from the inside, since you don't really care about warm boots?

'Coz, if you don't, you could slip a couple of these around the boots:

http://www.mothertochild.com/aubowa.html
http://www.amazon.com/First-Years-He...ef=pd_sbs_ba_2
post #3 of 24
Thread Starter 
Yeah dont really care about the inside. however if the inside is warm that is a bonus. Never thought about that like the one on amazon looks like you could just strap it around the out side. Thank you for that idea. Anybody else?
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post #5 of 24
I got one of those one-person electric blankets with an automobile power supply cord to wrap around my boots.
post #6 of 24
IMHO, you answered the question in the first post. You really would be well served to get a Hot Gear bag.
post #7 of 24
The hot gear bag is FANTASTICO! However, it is basically a well designed and insulated bag with a heating pad in the bottom that plugs into a cigarette lighter. You could probably use one of those devises mentioned above, put it in a padded normal boot bag and get the same thing. Of course, by the time you do all that, you could probably have bought a hot gear bag. There have been some deals on this forum...
post #8 of 24
OH yeah. Depending on how far you go to the hill, i know someone who bought two of those microwaveable neck heating sacks filled with clay or beads or some such thing at linens n things. Heats them up in the nuker and then stuffs them in the boots. they won't stay hot for hours, but if you're close it might work.
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post #10 of 24
Did I mention that I put my sticky buns in my boot bag and had warm buns with my morning coffee as I put my toasty warm boots on my eager feet?

post #11 of 24
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post #12 of 24
Take the bottles from something like Poland Spring water and just fill then from the hot water tap before you leave. Insert in the boot and zip the bag shut and then remove them when you park.

Works real well when you forget the boots in the car overnight.

How much cheaper can you get?
post #13 of 24
Thread Starter 
Parking lot is less than a hour and a half from my driveway. I really like the neck warmer idea due to already having some. Yuki like your idea too. Why poland springs and do you think it would be safe to do this with hot water off of a stove( not boiling obviously)?
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by no soup 4 u View Post
Parking lot is less than a hour and a half from my driveway. I really like the neck warmer idea due to already having some. Yuki like your idea too. Why poland springs and do you think it would be safe to do this with hot water off of a stove( not boiling obviously)?
Small (16oz) Nalgene bottles work great for this, and if you have the hard plastic ones it doesn't matter how hot the water is!



btw, they also are great to sleep with hot while winter camping. They fit perfect under armpits, between the legs, etc...
post #15 of 24
guys...heating the inside isn't going to make them that much easier to put on...you need to warm the shell at the instep area
post #16 of 24
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guys...heating the inside isn't going to make them that much easier to put on...you need to warm the shell at the instep area
ever feel like no one is listening?
post #17 of 24
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Did I mention that I put my sticky buns in my boot bag and had warm buns with my morning coffee as I put my toasty warm boots on my eager feet?

Are they home made, or do you have a good local bakery?

Regardless, I can now give my wife another plausible reason for spending the money on one of the HGB's.

It keeps my breakfast warm, and it makes my feet happy!

Thanks TC!

Mike
post #18 of 24
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ever feel like no one is listening?


WHAT I CAN'T HEAR YOU, I have sticky buns in my ears...
post #19 of 24
Poland Spring ... cause my wife used to waste money on it and the size fit the boots real well ... I forget the size.

Any leak proof bottle will do and I just used hot tap water ... boiling is probably too hot and may pop the seal or deform the bottle.

I'd avoid anything with one of those little friction spouts .... make sure the cap fits real well.

Now ..... (damn this is high tech learning curve)

I am serious though .... avoid the new plastic Coke bottles at all cost .... the f'in caps don't screw on and you have to get it just right ... and test it ... after two times getting the car mats wet with a Coke .... I finally figured out that they changed the cap design .... the new ones suck.
post #20 of 24
I have a plug-in boot heater made by Lange. Real simple thing, just two wires with metal handles on each end that slide into a boot. Cost me like 20 bucks. They rock. Don't know if there's anything like this that plugs into a cigarette lighter, but if you're skiing from a house or anywhere with a power source, Bob's your uncle. Never need to take liners out after skiing now, they're always warm and dry in the morning (and haven't blown up a hair dryer since I bought this thing, either).
post #21 of 24
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guys...heating the inside isn't going to make them that much easier to put on...you need to warm the shell at the instep area
CEM, I am hoping that this comment didn't get lost as it is an extremely valid point as noted in the picture I posted


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ever feel like no one is listening?

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WHAT I CAN'T HEAR YOU, I have sticky buns in my ears...
Rest assured, there is no hair blocking their hearing, just ticky buns


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Are they home made, or do you have a good local bakery?

Regardless, I can now give my wife another plausible reason for spending the money on one of the HGB's.

It keeps my breakfast warm, and it makes my feet happy!

Thanks TC!

Mike
Home made sticky buns mostly. Sometimes I buy at the local coffee shop. Yum!
post #22 of 24
I have a Dry Guy Circulator that is sitting in my office still in the packaging. I'll probably never use it now that I have a house within walking distance of the base of the hill. Its the 12V version that plugs into your lighter socket. Combined with the heat from your car's heater, this would heat both the inside (the dryguy would do that part) and the shell (your car would do that part).

They sell for $40 on the web. I'd be happy to sell it for $25 shipped in the lower 48 if you/anyone wants this one.

Here's what the unit looks like:



PM or email me if interested.
post #23 of 24
On that half hour ride to the hill, the hot water bottle gets the whole boot warm. They are inside the compartment of a Transpack.

Now, if you leave them out in the car and it's 5 below at night ... let them sit out for a bit.

BTW .... if you are so concerned about ease of entry ... the thing that drives me nuts with a race boot is getting out of the things after a long cold day .... with that stiff boot .... you need darned near a half an hour before it will come off.

Also ..... when using a blow dryer ... do not insert it into the boot or glove where it sucks in it's own hot air. That is what will blow the thing ... Don't ask how I learned this ..... and yeah, the gloves were pretty screwed up too.
post #24 of 24
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Also ..... when using a blow dryer ... do not insert it into the boot or glove where it sucks in it's own hot air. That is what will blow the thing ... Don't ask how I learned this ..... and yeah, the gloves were pretty screwed up too.
For proper technique on using blow dryer, see demonstration photo below

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