Taking good care of your ski boots is important if you want to keep them for many years. And the most important thing is to keep warm and dry after a day on the pistes.
If you don’t make sure to dry your boots completely dry each night, the humidity will enter the liner and shorten its lifespan. Now add to this a few bacteria from your feet or socks, and you’ll have the perfect witches cauldron for mold, mildew and in the end a very bad odor.
If you don’t have access to heating racks in the hotel, hut, apartment or chalet, or you’re packing up your gear and driving home right after the slopes, then you’re going to need a ski boot heater to dry your boots as soon as possible.
Here is a list of some great ski boot heaters for all kinds of situations and in all shapes and sizes. Some you can use in your car, and some need a power source, while others don’t. Some can dry more than one pair of boots at once. And when the season ends, you can use them for your regular shoes and boots as well.
So let’s take a look at some great options for drying your boots and making them last for years.
Best non-powered ski boot dryer for traveling
DRYSURE Extreme Boot Dryer uses no electricity nor batteries. Instead, it relies on silica oxide beads to naturally absorb the moisture from your ski boots.
The outer shell of the dryer helps to keep the fabric bag with the beads maintain its shape so that it will not collapse in your ski boots.
Speaking of the shape of this dryer, it is important to note, that there are several different versions available. For ski boots, I definitely would recommend the Extreme version (which I link to), because of its longer shape which matches the cuff design of your ski boots.
You activate the absorbing capabilities by placing the dryers in the oven. But the cool thing is, that you don’t have to do this every day in order for them to work. One activation will last approximately 7-10 days. So you can activate them from home, and then they’ll last you a full week of skiing – even if your hotel room doesn’t come with an oven. And you can always leave them in direct sunlight to reactivate them too.
The dryers are extremely portable, and you can bring them with you everywhere you want to go
Best fanless compact ski boot dryer
Happy Feet Dry-n-Warm boot dryer is a simple fanless and extremely portable ski boot dryer system. They’re affordable, completely silent, and lightweight.
Plug it in a wall-socket, put the dryers into your ski boots and leave them there overnight. Then you got dry and warm boots in the morning. I always bring a pair of similar boot dryers with me for back-up. Plus they’re nice to have if you want to dry or dry your walking boots or shoes too.
Pictured is the US version, which I don’t think is available outside the US. If you live in the UK, you could go with these instead, which I believe is very similar.
These are not your goto boot dryers if you need to dry your boots fast or have more than one pair of boots to dry. For damp ski boots these need to stay in overnight. And if your boots are soaked, you are better off with some of the more powerful fanned options further down the list.
Best compact ski boot dryer with a fan
DryGuy Travel Dry DX Boot Dryer and Shoe Dryer is a pair of compact boot dryers, you stick in your boots (you get one for each boot).
The dryers use a combination of heat and air to dry the insides of your ski boot liners and shells, so they are warm and dry the next morning.
Because of the compact size, these heaters are great for traveling – you can even put them in your hand-luggage on an airplane. The tradeoff is that they are not as powerful as some of the bigger boot dryers on this list. So if you need to dry your boots in a couple of hours, these are not the ones for you.
They are compact, light-weight (907 Grams/1.25 pounds) and even includes an AC/DC power adaptor, so you can dry your boots in the car.
Best dryer for a single pair of ski boots
PEET Dryer is an excellent high-quality heater if you only need to dry a
The PEET dryer uses a system with silent thermal convection to dry your ski boots and it is very efficient in doing so!
The PEET dryer is also good for traveling. Even though the base and air chambers aren’t designed to be collapsible, the system as a whole doesn’t take up much room and will fit in a large suitcase if you pack it carefully. However, if you can put it in a car, that is definitely better than stuffing it together with a lot of other stuff and handing it over to the baggage handlers.
It is even available for both in the US and EU/UK (though you can’t use a single unit for both 110-120 Volts and 220 Volts without a power converter).
What really stands out to me though is the build quality of this particular unit. Where other manufacturers offer maybe one or two years of warranty, PEET offers 25! That’s saying something!
What I think is missing is an on-off switch on the base itself (you need to plug it in to use it and unplug it to switch it off). Extenders for very long boots (knee boots) are extra. If you need to dry gloves, you can buy these, though I don’t think they’re necessary for mittens.
Best collapsible ski boot dryer for a single pair of boots
DryGuy Force Dry Boot Dryer is a collapsible and portable ski boot dryer meant for traveling.
The base isn’t very large and the air chambers aren’t very tall. And the chambers collapses into the base for traveling.
Because of this compact design, the boot dryer won’t hold your ski boots in an upward position. The way DryGuy have solved this is to make the air chambers rotate 180 degrees. Then you simply lay your boots flat on the floor and place them on the chambers. A brilliant solution, which allows for a compact yet powerful ski boot dryer.
Best ski boot dryer for two people
DryGuy DX Forced Air Boot Dryer and Garment Dryer is an awesome little machine, which will dry up to four boots at a time, which is great if you’re two people sharing one.
But because the boot dryer has four single tubes, you can actually use the boot dryer in several different ways. E.g., you can dry your ski boots and gloves at the same time. Or you can dry your ski boots together with your walking boots when you get home from aprés ski.
The dryer also comes with two extension tubes for taller boots.
What I really like about the DryGuy DX is that it is silent and efficient. It will dry two pairs of ski boots in a couple of hours, and then you can put your gloves on it afterward. In other words, with this, you’re sure that all your gloves and boots are ready for the next day.
One of the
The other downside is, that it can’t be used in both the US and EU/UK. However, an equivalent dryer is available in the EU and UK, but under the different name, MaxxDry Forced air boot dryer, shoe dryer, and glove dryer work simultaneously on up to four garments. You can’t just bring it across the pond, so make sure you get the right one, based on your location.
Best heated ski boot bag
KULKEA Thermal Trekker – Heated ski/Snowboard Boot Bag is a heated ski boot bag for drying your boots on the go.
One of the worst things you can do is to throw in your damp boots in a closed ski boot bag. A heated ski boot bag is a great option, if you’re traveling a lot in a car between different resorts, or if you are traveling after a day on the slopes.
Even though you can plug it into to a wall socket, it’s the ability to use it in a car, that makes heated ski boot bags really shine. After a day on the slopes, you can go to your car and throw your ski boots, pants, baselayer, and other apparel into the bag (the bag comes with several sorted compartments). Then plug the bag into the power outlet of your car with the included automobile plug and dial in the heat setting (low/mid/high).
By using a heated ski boot bag, you will keep the humidity from entering the ski boot liner and the bacteria to grow while you are on the road. This is really important if you want to keep your boots for many years.
The Kulkea Thermal Trekker is quite bulky. If you’re looking for a more compact option, I suggest you take a look at the HEAD Rebels.