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Thermal Convection Boot and Glove Dryer

03 Dec

A few years ago I bought a new pair of winter cycling gloves and the first time I used them they kept my hands warm for over three hours on a dreary 25 degree day. The next day it had warmed up to around 30 degrees so I wore the  same pair of gloves again—but this time I had to turn around and head home after just three miles because my hands were freezing. On the way home I was trying to figure out what the problem was, then it dawned on me that the gloves had not completely dried out from the ride the day before. When I put my hands into the gloves on the second ride they felt dry, but there must have been a good deal of moisture in-between the liner and the outer shell of the glove, and after just 15 or 20 minutes in the cold that moisture had turned into ice.

Thermal Convection Boot and Glove Dryer

Thermal Convection Boot and Glove Dryer

Many winter cyclists, runners and skiers leave their wet gloves sitting on top of the heat register in the floor to dry out—and this is certainly a lot faster than just leaving them on a table to dry. However, forced air has a tendency to not only dry gloves, but shrink them as well. If you exercise outdoors in the winter your gloves are going to get wet inside and a boot and glove dryer will make your life a lot easier. While some dryers work by blowing warm air into your gloves or boots, I like the convection dyers the best—they have a heating element at the bottom of the dryer and through thermal convection (hot air rising) warm air is drawn into your boots or gloves. Thermal convection dryers are a bit slower that those with blowers, but they are a lot more energy-efficient and won’t shrink your gloves. In addition, thermal convection dryers are a lot cheaper to run and they are also completely silent.

Thermal convection boot and glove dryers all have long tubes so yo can put your gloves or boots over them as they dry. Most of the time my gloves are totally dry within six to eight hours. Many of these dryers also have a “drip tray” that will catch any water, snow or ice that falls off the outside of your gloves or boots as they dry.

The boot and glove dryer I use was manufactured by Pacific Outdoors, but this product is no longer available. However, at least two other companies sell nearly identical models. I do not normally give direct links to products on Amazon.com, but since the brand I use is not available I will. The PEET Dryer M97-FSB Original 2-Shoe Electric Dryer retails for $45, but Amazon.com has it for $34. The MaxxDry SD Boot, Shoe and Glove Dryer has a retail price of $40, but Amazon.com is selling it for $29. Please read the customer reviews before ordering either of these dryers (since I have not tried either of these products I can’t recommend one brand over the other).

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2012 in Product Reviews, Winter Cycling

 

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6 responses to “Thermal Convection Boot and Glove Dryer

  1. travelingmarla

    December 3, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Thanks for this post. I was still trying to figure out what to get all the guys in the family and this took care of all of them. Just ordered 8 (I chose the MaxxDry) and between that and the Endless Scarves for the ladies, I only have kids left. Thanks ASC! 🙂

     
  2. All Seasons Cyclist

    December 3, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Glad I could help. You ought to get a bulk rate discount for buying that many!

     
  3. ironwomom

    December 9, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    Oh my god that is too funny!!!! In the first year of engineering school, we had to choose a design project with my team and this was what we decided to do (a boot/glove dryer), against my will, cause I thought that was a stupid idea! LOL well what do you know?!

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      December 9, 2012 at 8:27 AM

      The need for this item really depends on where you live and how much time you are willing to wait for gloves and boots to dry out. Even at -10 degrees F it is amazing how much sweat you hands and feet can produce — and once you get home it takes a long time to dry out.

       
  4. Jolene

    December 10, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    I recently got one of these and they are fantastic! It’s also nice to put your shoes on right after they are dried, since they are slightly warm and toasty :).

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      December 10, 2012 at 9:14 PM

      Sometimes I put my gloves on the dryer for 30 minutes before I go out for a ride — when the temp is below freezing it is nice to at least start with warm fingers.

       

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