Boot dryers are essential in my home. Our DryGuy four-prong boot dryer that has hosted a constant rotation of downhill ski boots, cross-country ski boots, ice climbing boots, snow shoveling boots, mittens, and gloves for years. Drying damp footwear right away helps keep down odors in my house and helps my husband and I  begin next-day adventures on the right foot, literally. Now, with DryGuy’s Travel Dry DX, we have an on-the-road solution for wet footwear.

We got a chance to test the DryGuy Travel Dry DX at the 16th Annual Bozeman Ice Festival in December and experienced this awesomeness first-hand. Using the car-charging adapter, I was able to warm up my La Sportiva ice climbing boots on the drive up to the Hyalite Canyon trailhead. Starting out the day with warm boots was pure luxury!  That evening, the Travel Dry DX dried out my slightly cold, clammy boots in around 2 hours; I was ready for the next day’s alpine start. I even used the DryGuy Travel Dry DX for about 20 minutes to dry my gloves, although it’s designed to be used for footwear only.

Back home in Jackson, we’ve used the DryGuy Travel Dry DX Boot Dryer as a backup for drying extra boots when we have visitors and to warm up my husband’s not-quite-dry husband’s tele ski boots.

The DryGuy Travel Dry DX uses a hybrid thermal convection and forced-air technology to dry footwear at a safe 99 degrees F. The average dry time for a pair of boots is two to five hours. The dryer comes with wall and car power adaptors. It packs down to about the size of a Nalgene water bottle, and weighs 1.3 pounds.

Bottom Line: Dry boots on the fly (and keep your feet happy) with this effective, affordable, and compact portable boot dryer.

Manufacturer’s Site: http://dryguy.com

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