How to Install a Boot Heater?
How to Install a Boot Heater?
There's nothing more exciting than spending your day on the slopes with a pair of skis or a snowboard strapped to your feet. If you've ever spent hours flying down a mountain, you know the pain of cold feet, which can often lead to heading home early. Ski boot heaters can effectively eliminate this problem by providing your feet with consistent heat throughout the day.
These systems are battery-powered and offer varying levels of warmth, depending on your needs. These heaters are super easy to use and ensure your feet stay comfortable and — more importantly — unfrozen all day long.
Continue reading to learn how to install a ski boot heater and hit the slopes with style and comfort!
Who Needs a Boot Heater?
Are you prone to cold feet while spending hours on the mountain? If you are, a ski boot heating system might be the solution you need to stay out of the lodge!
Your toes are the last area to receive blood flow and the first to feel the cold, as they are one of the furthest parts of your body from your heart. Many winter sports enthusiasts decide to stick to the insulation that comes with their boots while others layer up in the sock department.
Not only do cold feet lead to extreme discomfort and maybe even pain, but they can also limit your mobility on the mountain. Your edge control, balance and overall skiing or snowboarding ability may be affected by cold toes. Boot warmers can prevent these issues and keep you comfortable on the slopes longer.
Different Types of Boot Heaters
Most heating options come in insoles, socks or adhesive pads that fit inside your ski boots. These can come in battery-powered or nonelectric designs to provide your feet with heat.
For reusability and full foot coverage, we recommend going with a battery-powered option to ensure your feet stay toasty. One of the most popular on the market is the Therm-ic Ski Boot Heaters. They'll have your toes all cozied up and ready to go in no time.
What Tools Do You Need for Installation?
Below are some extra tools you'll need to install your ski or snowboard boot warmer:
- Serrated Knife/Demel Tool
- Duct Tape
Steps to Install Boot Heaters
Follow these steps to successfully install your ski boot warmer system:
- Remove the liner from your boots, and find the footbed located at the bottom of the liner and remove it.
- Place the heating element underneath the ball of your foot on the footbed.
- Use your sharpie to mark where you want to cut a hole. The hole must be wide enough to fit the end of the heating element, about an inch.
- Use the serrated knife, or Dremel tool, to cut the hole, then run the end of the heating element through the cut.
- Remove the adhesive backing from the heating element and stick it to the footbed, allowing it to sit flat.
- Lay the wire flat on the bottom of the footbed. Cover it with duct tape.
- Take off the protective layer of the Camberelle Cover and gently press it down onto the footbed, starting from the inside moving outward. Trim any excess with your scissors
- Use your serrated knife to cut a 1-inch hole in the back heel of your liner. Many boots have an area where you can cut or may even provide a pre-cut slit.
- Slide the wire through the hole in the liner and position the footbed in the correct place.
- Tape the wire to the back of your liner, and slide the liner back into your boots.
Tips After Installation
After you install a ski boot warmer, it might be wise to plug the batteries in to charge for 24 hours. We call this a conditioning charge, which will give your heating element a full charge and is also a great way to get into the habit of taking good care of your batteries. Doing this routinely will increase the life of your boot heater.
When you've finished a long day up on the mountain, you should plug your battery in immediately after. Again, this will help take care of them and make sure you are ready to go for the next day or any time you need them.
You should also consider using a ski boot dryer. There's nothing better than putting on a dry pair of ski boots to start a fun day.
Shop Your Ski Boot Heater at Buckman's Ski and Snowboard Shops
With over 50 years of experience, Buckman's Ski and Snowboard Shops has what you need to stay warm while doing what you love. We have a wide array of products that can keep you comfortable while spending your days on the slopes. Check out one of our seven convenient retail locations or visit us online to learn more today!
If you have any questions, you can call us at (866) 550-1455 or reach out to us on our website.