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Preview: Hotronic / Bootcap Skiboot Toebox Insulators--Coming Fall 2024


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Sometimes the easiest answers are the most obvious ones. I saw the Bootcaps on a few coaches and professionals last year and they peaked my interest. Those who are on snow as a profession along with those who suffer from cold toes know the pain and discomfort that goes with having cold digits. Last season, two pros I spoke with said the difference these small little boot caps made felt significant. Hotronic claims a 20° increase in warmth, and those claims were substantiated by those I spoke with who tried them. When I heard that claim from the pros 6 months before the packaging was designed I made a mental note. Heck, even if the Bootcaps provide a 10° warmer pocket for the toes, isn't that worth it?

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The design of the Bootcap could not be any simpler. It is a high R-Value insulation that is flexible and attaches to the toe of the shell with double-sided tape. Let's be realistic, these will not keep your toes L.L. Bean-furry-slipper-in-front-of-a-fire warm, but the Bootcap will help minimize the cold in the toe area. Of course, preparation is still the road to success. Starting the day with a warm boot from a Kulkea Thermal Trekker or Hotronic toe heaters or Hotronic heated socks is a guarantee for warmer toes. But for $50, you have an extra level of warmth or insurance against discomfort from cold.

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Installation of the Bootcaps is quick and simple. I just wiped off the toe area with rubbing alcohol and I also made sure the shell was at room temperature. Note that in the design there is a specific left and right in the shape. In the initial discussions HERE, the naysayers swooped in like seagulls to a fat kid holding a funnel cake on the boardwalk saying there was the question that the double-sided tape might not hold on in the cold. Not only did it hold in the cold, but after an hour in my Kulkea Thermal Trekker, the adhesive wasn't affected. (another sponsor plug).

The Bootcaps are a one size fits all. I put mine on a Fischer RC4 BOA 25.5 shell. I did see how they would go on Tricia's 23.5 and I am confident the BootCap's flexibility would create a good contact. The package says that there is "No Buckle Interference." I can attest that a BOA closure is not affected either.

These are avalable directly from BootCap or ski shops that are Hotronic dealers. If your shop does not carry them, feel free to ask them to.
  • Who is it for: Those who get cold feet who are open to every option.
  • Who is it not for: The vain, they do look like add-ons on the boot. In my case the "Safety Yellow" on the yellow Fischer RC4 blended quite well. We cannot say that about all color options. You can go with a basic Black, Cyan (Blue), Orange, Magenta or Blaze (Redish).
  • Insider Tip: As mentioned, the tape is strong, so taking them off could be a chore and I am not sure they will be able to be put back on.

We put some of these out in the field with regular skiers to test them out in all regions and report with real world experiences. So, please follow this Preview/Review article for their findings.

Here they are...
@Pat AKA mustski
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I tried out the bootcaps today. I did start out the day with warm boots from my heated boot bag. It was 16 degrees and chilly enough that we went in for a warm up after a couple of hours of skiing. I have a circulation problem in my left foot and have used Hotronic boot heaters for years - primarily to protect against frostbite when I lose feeling in the toes. Stupidly, I left the batteries in Big Bear so I did not have boot heaters today. It's the first day that I tested the bootcaps, and I am very pleased. My right foot did not get cold at all. The toes on my left foot, with the usual circulation problems, felt slightly chilly. Basically, my feet felt the same as they would have with my boot heaters on. I have never been able to use boot gloves, due to the above mentioned circulation problem; buckle adjustments are needed to keep the blood flowing to my toes. I'm not gonna lie. I'm pretty excited about these and they do look a lot better in person than they do in the picture.
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Jan 3rd and the temps finally got below freezing, barely. So I put a bootcap on my right foot and skied the night. The first hour, did not notice much. The 2nd hour when temps got closer to 25 degrees, I could start to feel a difference. I'm in Atomic Hawk Ultras and would not say they are the warmest boots I've ever owned. :)

My next time skiing will be next Wednesday not going to be real cold then but will still give it a try with one on.
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Well this was the first coldish day in Tahoe and it was my first chance to put the Bootcaps through their paces and I will say I am impressed. I used these today along with my Hotronic XLR boot heaters and that is where I really felt the difference with the Bootcaps. It is fairly common knowledge that "heat rises" and most of the heat/warmth from the boot escapes out the top and this is where the Bootcaps made amig difference, they kept the warmth created by the boot heaters and the natural heat from my feet in the boot and didn't let it escape out the top of the boot. Not only did my feet not get cold, but they were actually warm.
  • Who are these for: People with cronically cold feet.
  • Who are they not for: Vain people, these do stand out on the boot.
  • One thing I would change: Add a second set of double stick tape in the package. Just in case you want to swap to a different boot or even if you just don't put them on right the first time.
  • Another change: More color options, maybe some tie-dye.
 
Thanks I had heard something about this product from local boot fitter, I'm going to either order or get from local shop. I'm in new Nordica Speedmachine that fit great, though during 6 days in Reno-Tahoe last week at least 3 days I had cold toes by midday. I'll be adding the Bootcaps to my gear list.
 
Well this was the first coldish day in Tahoe and it was my first chance to put the Bootcaps through their paces and I will say I am impressed. I used these today along with my Hotronic XLR boot heaters and that is where I really felt the difference with the Bootcaps. It is fairly common knowledge that "heat rises" and most of the heat/warmth from the boot escapes out the top and this is where the Bootcaps made amig difference, they kept the warmth created by the boot heaters and the natural heat from my feet in the boot and didn't let it escape out the top of the boot. Not only did my feet not get cold, but they were actually warm.
  • Who are these for: People with cronically cold feet.
  • Who are they not for: Vain people, these do stand out on the boot.
  • One thing I would change: Add a second set of double stick tape in the package. Just in case you want to swap to a different boot or even if you just don't put them on right the first time.
  • Another change: More color options, maybe some tie-dye.
I like your suggestions!! We’ll get something fun next season
 
Jan 3rd and the temps finally got below freezing, barely. So I put a bootcap on my right foot and skied the night. The first hour, did not notice much. The 2nd hour when temps got closer to 25 degrees, I could start to feel a difference. I'm in Atomic Hawk Ultras and would not say they are the warmest boots I've ever owned. :)

My next time skiing will be next Wednesday not going to be real cold then but will still give it a try with one on.
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Glad you felt the difference!
 
Jan 3rd and the temps finally got below freezing, barely. So I put a bootcap on my right foot and skied the night. The first hour, did not notice much. The 2nd hour when temps got closer to 25 degrees, I could start to feel a difference. I'm in Atomic Hawk Ultras and would not say they are the warmest boots I've ever owned. :)

My next time skiing will be next Wednesday not going to be real cold then but will still give it a try with one on.
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Glad you felt the difference
Thanks I had heard something about this product from local boot fitter, I'm going to either order or get from local shop. I'm in new Nordica Speedmachine that fit great, though during 6 days in Reno-Tahoe last week at least 3 days I had cold toes by midday. I'll be adding the Bootcaps to my gear list.
let us know if you take the #bootcapchallenge which is only putting one cap on and leaving one off. This way you can feel the difference in real time! Thanks for giving these a shot!
 
Wow those are UGLY. For the 10 days a season my toes get cold here in Whistler, I just use the disposable hand/toe heaters.

However, I am currently working on a prototype heated underwear that is my own invention. The only problem is the occasional (well fairly regularly) voltage surge in the wrong location...
 
I've had these on my boots (Lange RS130) for about a week. The cold days were in the single digits but warmed into the teens. So far, my feet feel great -- they might get a bit cool but not cold.

The next few days will be more of a test with temps remaining in the single digits...

So far, I'm impressed. Others in my locker row seem to want to try them out!
 

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