Wet snowboard boots are the last thing you want to deal with if you snowboard. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it can also lead to some serious health problems or damage to your equipment.
Thankfully, drying your snowboard boots is a relatively easy process that can be done in a number of ways.
Dry snowboard boots right after using them, brush off any snow from them. Use ventillation and a moderate heat source. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and keep the boots clean at all times, using a special boot dryer may also be helpful. Keeping the boots dry will also prevent the buildup of bad odor.
Here are a few maintenance tips on how to dry snowboard boots quickly and effectively.
How Do You Take Care of Snowboard Boots?
Snowboard boots are not like your average pair of sneakers. They require a bit more care and attention in order to last longer. There are several drying methods we introduce here in this guide.
Clean Snowboard Boots After Each Session
Clean your boot after each snowboarding session by removing any dirt or debris or snow from it. You can use a brush or a damp cloth to do this or you can shake some of the debris off.
Don’t Walk Around in Wet Boots
Remove your boots as early as possible after a ride, because they will dry easier if removed. If you wear your boots wet, it will cause bacteria to grow and the smell will become worse.
Dry Snowboard Boots Smell Better
Pay attention to smell removal. If your boots start to smell, use ventillation, a deodorant spray or baking soda to get rid of the odor. However, keeping the boots dry is the best way to avoid the buildup of any smells. If there’s fresh smell inside the boots, it’s a good indication that the boots are dry, and your experience with them will be better.
How Do You Dry the Inside of Ski Boots?
Remove liners if you can from the inside of ski and snowboard boots. That should help them dry out faster.
You should put a water absorbing newspaper ball made from an old newspaper page or a boot dryer inside the boots. Paper absorbs moisture quickly so it is a good way to speed up the drying process. An electric ski or snowboard dryer helps to speed up the drying process from the inside of the boots.
Can You Put Boot Liners in the Dryer?
As not all boot liners can be put to a dryer, it’s best to read the instructions of your product, before doing anything. Many boot liners will shrink if put to the dryer. So it is generally better not to take this risk.
There are special portable boot dryers for this purpose – before using such a product, you should check the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure the boot liner is compatible with the dryer.
How Do You Dry Snowboarding Gear?
There are several ways of making your snowboarding gear dry. The following ways are some of the most common methods.
Hang the Snowboard Boots
Hang your boots to air dry them in a well ventillated place. This is the easiest way to dry your boots and can be done in a matter of hours. Air drying is the least damaging to your equipment.
Boots can also be dried using a fan. This will take a bit longer, but is an effective way to dry your boots.
Put the Boots Near a Radiator or Heat Source
A radiator or heat source or fireplace or portable boot dryer helps to dry the boots quicker. Direct heat should be used sparingly as it can damage your boots. Boots can also be dried outdoors in the sun if their instructions are not against it. However, this will take a longer time.
Your best options of heat sources are some form of hot air racks that do not deform the boots with excessive heat, but are hot enough to properly dry your boots.
Use a Heated Boot Bag
Heated boot bags help to warm up the boots and dry them from the inside out. This can be a great option if you don’t have time to wait for the boots to dry naturally.
It is important to note that not all of these methods are compatible with all types of boots. You put the boots into the heated boot bag. The bag will then heat up and dry the boots. Boot bags come in different sizes, so make sure you get one that is the correct size.
Now that you know how to dry snowboard boots, you can keep your gear in good condition and ready for the next time you hit the slopes.
Don’t store your snowboard boots wet, especially for the next winter, as it will be harder to remove the smell afterwards and it can also damage the boots. Make sure to completely dry the boots before putting them away.
Take care of your gear and it will take care of you.
Remember to always air the boots out after use, stuff them with newspaper or apply a boot bag, and use some sort of drying agent if necessary. By following these simple steps, your boots will be ready to go when you are.
Have fun on the slopes this winter!