Do you love skiing but suffer from cold feet? If so, you are probably looking for the best ski boot heaters for this season.
I’d like to show you a few tips to keep in mind when making your selection and my top picks for 2017-2018.
How To Pick The Perfect Heater
I love skiing and get out there as much as I can. I’ve had days ruined form being too cold, though. My feet are effected by freezing temperatures and a boot heater helps a lot.
A heater usually comes with a rechargeable battery pack and a heating element that you place inside the foot-bed of your ski boot; generally, there’s a few different heat settings too. Here’s a quick video that explains how a common heater, Hotronics S4, works (you’ll see this product later in the post):
Installing the device is pretty easy and you can either do it yourself or you can take it to a local ski shop and have them do it for you. If you have a little time and want to set it up yourself, check out the video below:
Not too bad, right? So now that you know how a heater works and what’s involved if you need to install one, let’s take a look at my top picks.
Hotronic FootWarmer S4 Universal **Top Pick**
Hotronics is one of the most popular foot warmer brands and they make very high quality and well liked products; the S4 Universal is their top product. This is the heater you saw in the videos up top and is very easy to set up and use. It comes with 4 different heat settings and offers:
- 2 S4 Battery packs and a charger that works quickly
- 2 heating elements and 1 size fits all heat ready insoles
- Durable design that will last through harsh winter elements
The battery life is excellent on the S4. Here’s a chart that shows how long you can expect it to last at various settings:
If you are someone that gets cold feet, this is a product you must consider. You will be nice and toasty all day.
Hotronic FootWarmer S3 Custom
This is another Hotronic product and is a more basic model compared to the one you just saw; the S3 Custom is still reliable and durable. It offers a lot of great features like:
- 2 battery packs and charger
- 2 heating elements
- 4 different heat settings
The main difference between the S4 and the S3 is battery life. Although the S3 battery will give you good longevity, it is a little weaker than the S4’s. If cold feet is a minor inconvenience to you, this product will serve you well; if it’s a huge problem you should go with the S4.
Therm-ic SmartPack rc 1200 With Remote Control
Therm-ic is another well known company and their Smartpack rc1200 is one of the top heaters available. It does exactly what you need a product like this to do and more. It has three different heat settings and a battery that lasts up to 22 hours. Additionally, it features:
- Impulse control to stimulate blood circulation
- Global charger with country specific adapter so you can use this anywhere in the world
- A fast charging time
These only work with ThermicSoles which are common in well known ski boots like Atomic, Burton, Dalbello, Head, and Salomon. If your boot doesn’t have these soles you will have to pick up a pair (it will cost around $30). That’s a small price to pay for guaranteed warmth all day.
Therm-ic SuperMax Power Pack
This is another Therm-ic product and is the next level down from the one you just saw; it doesn’t come with a remote and the battery life isn’t as long. Not everyone needs max heating, though, and if you are one of those people, you should consider the SuperMax Power Pack. Some nice features include:
- 3 heat settings
- Rechargeable battery that holds warmth up to 18 hours on the lowest setting
- Global charger so you can use it in all countries
Like the Smartpack, the SuperMax stimulates blood circulation for natural warmth. Unfortunately, like the Smartpack you need Thermicsoles in your boots to use this piece of equipment.
Therm-ic Classic Basic Kids Set
This is the only product on the list that is specifically geared towards kids and their ski boots. The insoles for the Therm-ic Basic Kids Set are very comfortable and installation is quick and easy. Additionally, these:
- Are powered by 4 AAA batteries
- 3 different settings of heat (heating time is based on battery quality)
- Impulse control to stimulate blood flow
If you have any concerns about you child staying warm you should consider the Basic Kids Set from Therm-ic. They’re relatively inexpensive and very effective.
Hotronic Snapdry Boot And Glove Warmer
This isn’t a product that you wear while skiing, it’s one you use when taking a break or before hand. It works like a blow dryer and is excellent for drying wet ski equipment or “pre heating” your gear. Some awesome features include:
- A long lasting motor and is very quiet while running
- Works quickly and can be inserted in more than just your boots
- Minimizes potential growth of bacteria
If you need a heater to wear while you are skiing this shouldn’t be your top choice; this is more of a dryer than a heater.
ThermaCell Proflex HD With Blue Tooth Compatibility
This is one of the most innovative and technologically advanced boot heaters on the market. Instead of a remote, you change heat settings through your smart phone; it doesn’t get easier than that. Also, the Thermacell Proflex HD’s come with:
- A Long lasting battery of 8.5 hours and it charges under 2 hours
- It’s made to last and has been tested up to 1 million steps
- Comes with 2 rechargeable lithium ion batteries, wall charger, USB cord and a traveling bag
If you are like me and get cold feet, this is a product you must consider. It’s truly one of the best and I know you will love it and be very satisfied with how it works.
ThermaCell Rechargeable Heated Insole
The Thermacell Rechargeable Heated Insole’s may not have all the bell and whistles of the previous ThermaCell product but it’s still very good (and cheaper). It is completely wireless and doesn’t come with batteries that need to be strapped on somewhere. You simply charge them before using and slip them into your boots; they even come with a remote to control temperature settings. Some awesome features include:
- Ability to be charged over 500 times
- Can be heated up to 111 degrees Fahrenheit
- Comfortable to wear
If you don’t want to install a battery pack, like with the other heaters on this list, the Thermacell Rechargeable Heated Insole is perfect for you.
You Don’t Have To Be Freezing This Season!
Being cold while skiing is terrible. In fact, it can ruin your whole day and I know this from firsthand experience. If you get cold feet, a boot heater is something you need to think about it. It offers an easy and reliable solution to that problem and the products on this list are the best of the best. You can’t go wrong with any of them.
Also, you can check out my top picks for heated socks here.
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Are you ready to enjoy the ski season in complete warmth this year?