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Review Sidas Drywarmer Pro USB Boot dryers

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Sage Oya, Jul 1, 2019.

  1. Sage Oya

    Sage Oya Like the herb, lover of Pabst, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    Quick review of the Sidas Drywarmer Pro USB Boot dryers.

    As we’re camping this season I was looking to see if there was a way I could get our ski boots dry overnight without needing access to a drying room. Decided to give the Sidas Drywarmers a go from Aussieskier.com

    Given they’re USB powered I thought could probably pair them with a large-ish 20,000m/ah (cygnet) power bank. After initial testing I can confirm that coupled with the power bank, the dryers were able to dry a pair of ski boots overnight in the back of our 4wd with the power bank holding up in the cold weather.

    The dryers run silently which would be a plus for someone sleeping in their vehicle.

    An added bonus was being able to dry the boots on the drive home from Thredbo to Sydney.

    At $50 a set they seem like a good buy and have since bought a second set so I can dry two pairs of boots overnight.
     
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    Glad you like them! They're a total winner of a product, we sell heaps of them and do so gladly as we think they're great.

    I took them overseas to France this summer just gone. I got a couple of cheap plastic buckets from a supermarket which I used to ferry the boots to and from the car without carting mud everywhere and filling the car/apartment entrance with mud. I had a dual USB charger near the door where we kept the boots overnight, and I got a dual USB car charger as the rental car had a 12V outlet in the boot, so each morning I just unplugged them, carted them to the car and plugged them back in.

    The only flaw in the system is that if you turn the car ignition off, you need to turn the Drywarmer back on with it's button, which is a bit of a pain when they're in the boot.

    But otherwise the system worked really well and we had dry boots every day, and also warm boots as often they can cool down during the drive to the mountain.

    One of our team also took some to Japan over summer and used a power bank and confirmed that this worked just fine.
     
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    Marty_McSly Staying the **** at home. Ski Pass: Gold

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    I took the plunge and bought 2 sets a few weeks ago. As it turned out, I had other means of drying my boots overnight last week and haven't used them yet. I was thinking of keeping a set in the car to keep the boots warm on the drive up the mountain, but as I was travelling solo I just laid the boots in the front passenger's footwell to keep them warmed by the car's heater.

    I am keen to use them next trip however, as they have a UV function as well as drying, to kill off bacteria in the liners and keep them smelling nice.
     
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  4. CarveMan

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  5. Sage Oya

    Sage Oya Like the herb, lover of Pabst, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    Cheers, yeah we run in essence the same setup. We’re using a 70 litre handy tub from Bunnings which fits two sets of boots then just plug into the rear 12v outlet in the back of the pajero when it’s running, or on the power bank overnight. Keeps the muck contained and means I can stack on top as long as I prop the lid open a fraction with my snow shovel.

    We’ll definitely take them to Japan and Canada next year too
     
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    Agree with Sage. They're handy for day tripping from Canberra as well, warm them up in the car in the morning, dry them out on the way home.

    Though I do find you've got to un-clip the boot to get them all the way around the curve to the bottom of the boot.
     
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    Highly recommend this product, nothing better than gently slipping into a warm pair of boots in the morning, that are near impossible to get on when cold. Just got to be careful with the hottest settings as can cause boot punches to release.
     
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    I've always thought that most ski gadgets were just money wasting gadgets but I like those and I may just have to buy a set.
     
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  9. Sage Oya

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    I was sceptical too at first but having tested them can give the tick of approval. Going to run the two pairs off a Goal Zero Yeti 400 so Ive got enough power to dry our boots and have them toasty warm for the next day.
     
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    Any word on when they will be back in stock CM? Edit : Never mind just saw you've got them.
     
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    50 arrived yesterday afternoon. We sold 7 overnight!
     
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    I'll be back in Melbourne tomorrow night. I'll pm my details to put a pair aside for me to pickup during the week.
     
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    Yes we used ours in Japan with a power pack. We didn't have enough ports in the hotel room.
     
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    How much power did they drain from the power bank overnight?
     
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    I'm not sure. YK had a massive powerbank. He could charge his phone overnight for a week before recharging.
     
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  16. Every2years

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    Just ordered two pairs. Hoping they will also be good for drying my cycling shoes out
     
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    Yep any sort of shoe that needs drying.
     
  18. CarveMan

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    Yes you need to remember to put them in as soon as you take your boots off, and then you can buckle them up for storage.
     
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    I’ve found that my 20,000mha power bank will run for about 8 hours in the car in alpine temps which will dry 1 pair of boots.

    My goal zero yeti 400 battery will run two pairs of drier overnight.
     
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    I have two pairs - ‘Dry Guy’ or some such and another pair I picked up in Japan.

    Sadly I’m yet to encounter a warm boot room in Japan, so use these. They dry out the boot and warm it up enough. They’ll definitely be packed for the next trip
     
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    Another recommendation.
    Also great, because they can simply fit into the boot when travelling and don't take up space or weight.
     
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    I used my 2 pairs of warmers during my Falls Creek trip. I pair in the boots overnight, 1 pair in the mitts. Thanks to the UV light, my mitts smell a whole lot better. :thumbs:

    Now I just need to find a way to adapt the warmers to UV treat the lining in my helmet. Or are there helmet dryers too?
     
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    Just bought two after reading this review, can I ask how long before they are warmed up, I plugged in for about 5 mins..lights on but not really feeling any warmth from the unit??

    Btw, if anyone is interested in buying one, Amazon is selling them at $31.88 a pair...seems like a great price ;)
     
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    They don't get that hot, they need to be on pretty much overnight to completely dry out your boots.
     
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    From memory it's the air flow that is heated, and it's a small flow, so when they're sitting out in the open you don't notice it so much, but if you put them in the boots after 30 minutes or so you will.
     
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    They are a very slow gentle heat.

    And can confirm the use overnight plan to properly dry out the boots.

    I did find if I ran them in the car on the drive Jindy to P or T the boots were nice to put on upon arrival.:thumbs:
     
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    I do this when driving from Canberra to Perisher to ski. Then do the same on the way home.
    Warm feet at the beginning, well on the way to dry boots by the time I get home.
     
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    Yep as posted earlier in the thread, it's a winner, just find a bucket that fits your boots and transfer them from home to car, USB port to USB port. Helmet and goggles/gloves can go in there too.
     
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    I bought two sets from Carveman and they are excellent. Since we've been locked down I've been using them to dry my cycling shoes after indoor sessions which leave them damp with sweat - reckon the shoes would have been getting smelly without them. Here's hoping I can use them at Falls this year - if SA drops the border restrictions.
     
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    I’m thinking this may be a good investment for the family. For some reason, the boys’ boots seem to get more damp from a day’s skiing than mine or hubby’s. Trying to dry them out with a hairdryer the next morning is not fun.
     
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    Don’t think any longer, slap your money down, pretty certain you’ll be happy with the results.
     
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    I'm currently in the office at work listening to a customer give a super positive review about some Drywarmers he bought to take overseas a few months ago.
     
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    I’m impressed that I put the order in this morning and already have a tracking number for it. I think the family are going to be very happy with the purchase. I’ll get to take mine with me on my uni trip in a few weeks, so I’ll be able to rave about how good they are soon.
     
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    I’ve got to admit that I thought for all of 5 seconds, then had a “shut up and take my money” moment and purchased 4 of them.
     
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    Turns out said happy customer brought in a friend who he is taking skiing for the first time. He owns a small ecommerce business called Kogan.
     
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    It's probably also worth mentioning that we've got an AC powered boot dryer as well: https://aussieskier.com/products/sidas-dry-flow-uv-boot-dryer

    They will work better if you need boots dried out faster and have AC power handy, so they're not quite as versatile as the Drywarmer but maybe suitable for other applications.
     
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  38. Peanut

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    Should I just hand over my whole pay packet already?
     
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    I had a thought earlier today, I wonder how well the Sidas USB's would go drying gloves.
     
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    No reason why they wouldn't work, except maybe if the gloves are a small size that doesn't fit.
     
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    LOL Kogan worth more than Myer and David Jones combined nowadays....
     
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    Funnily enough, I missed him, but an old school mate came in late yesterday, he's CEO of a tech company but also on the board of one of those retailers!
     
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    Ordered a pair :)
    I also ordered a $7 pair of dryers from aliexpress, will see how they compare :)
     
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    ~$1500

    The importer brings in approximately a container a year, generally to fit out ski/rental stores but can get personal items added.
     
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    Awesome, good to know!
     
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    Just make it out of 25mm poly and a small fan :)
     
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    Ditto
     
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    My order arrived this morning. Mstr 9 and I opened a box to have a look and were quite impressed. I’ll be taking my pair with me on my uni ski trip in a couple of weeks.
     
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