Drysure is a start-up brand that makes shoe and boot dryers, using a unique design that allows moisture to be absorbed from your damp or sweaty ski boots twelve times faster than regular air drying.
Whilst most ski boot dryers use batteries or electricity,Drysurehas no power source and can be reused over and over again, making the product a more sustainable option compared to alternative ski boot dryers that typically require a power source.
Drysure comes in two designs, “Active” for low ankle footwear like running or cycling shoes and “Extreme” for ski and snowboard boots.
Drysure Extreme can absorb up to 10 days of sweat and moisture before needing to be re-activated, whilst Drysure Active has 7 days, meaning the amount of energy saved creates a significantly lower carbon footprint compared to other ski boot dryers.
Founder of Drysure, James Robbins says, “when developing Drysure, sustainability was a key factor both from a practical side and from an ethical perspective. We all love winter and in creating a product connected with winter sports, it was important for me that Drysure should be sustainable.”
In addition to providing a non-electrical solution to footwear drying, the product provides a hygienic benefit by helping to reduce fungal growth.
Drysure has been featured in the LoveSki.com's 10 Must Have's for 2017/18 Winter here is what they had to say:
"Getting your ski boots dry doesn’t seem to be the problem it was years ago. More and more properties have heated boot rooms and many of them special boot drying racks. But innovators are still coming up with new ideas to get boots dry which can be handy if you find you’re not in a place with good boot driers. One such great new idea is marketed as ‘Drysure’ a device you drop in to your wet boots where its silica oxide beads get to work and amazingly absorb the moisture. The manufacturers say they’re actually a safer way to dry your boots than heat, especially if you have heat moulded foot beds and shells."
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Time to start thinking about going skiing again I think! Well that is if you haven't started already.
With the Summer months fast disappearing behind the shorter days and the chillier mornings it can only mean one thing which is "Winter Is Coming"! (sorry i could not help myself.) The silver lining behind this is that the 7-8 months of the Northern Hemisphere Ski Season is starting or about to.
Across Europe right now there are a handful of Glacier Resorts which have already started the lifts and opened the pistes to keen pre-pre season skiers. At this time of year you are skiing on what is left of the glacier after a 4 warm months of Freeze'n'Thaw and some fresh snow but it is no less exhilerating as Summer Skiing or Full Winter Skiing. The chances of fresh powder are high as the weather changes are in full flow and you are skiing in the higher parts of the Alpes looking across the valleys with very defined snow lines.
While Austria has the most skiing in Europe at the moment that it is all about to change. There are number of resorts about to open in the next couple of weeks so we thought that we would put the opening dates of a few of them here:
Dans le paysage alpin, Totalbuzz à fait un petit tour de vos chaussure et à trouvé l'outil ultime pour les skieur. Vous êtes intéressés? Oui ? Alors allons-y !
L’ennemi des chaussures mouillés
Avez vous déjà ressentit ce plaisir au moment d’enfiler vos chaussures de skis avant connaitre la décente aux enfers en sentant qu’elles étaient mouillés ? Ce sentiment pourrait bien disparaître grâce aux Drysure Exterme, un petit gadget pas très cher qui se glisse dans vos chaussure et combat l’humidité à la source.
Après une journée de ski, il vous suffit de glisser le Drysure Extreme dans vos chaussures et de laisser faire la magie. Son design et son ergonomie sont pensés pour atteindre les zones les plus inaccessibles et pour s’adapter à toutes les chaussures de ski, peu importe votre pointures. Une fois positionné, le sèche-chaussure utilise une technologie novatrice qui absorber l’humidité et la transpiration accumulées dans les chaussures pendant la journée de plaisir que vous allez vivre. Même portés pendant plus d’une semaine, le système Drysure Extreme met 4 à 6 heures pour absorber toute l’humidité et s’arrête automatiquement dès qu’il n’y en a plus. Pratique !
Un dispositif autonome
Pas besoins de pile ou de batterie. L’appareil est totalement autonome et à déjà séduit pas mal de monde dans le milieu du ski ou du snow. Disponible en 7 coloris différents ce gadget permet de s’adapter à tous les styles, et son faible prix permet de s’adapter à toutes les bourses – environ 30 euros – . Pour terminer devinez quoi? Ce dispositif n’est pas réservé qu’aux skieurs, car il s’adapte également pour les baskets de Running. Une excuses pour maintenant courir même par temps de pluie 😉
Many of us all been caught out by the rain in the past I'm sure, whether it be running to and from work or having a lovely weekend of walking and hiking in the countryside for it to be ruined by the wet weather.
One of the biggest casualties of this wet weather is that your footwear will probably get incredibly wet and the ability to dry your running shoes, trainers, and walking boots is made much harder in summer if you have traditionally dried your footwear by the radiatior*. (WHICH I might add that at Drysure HQ we do not recommend at all, as it is bad for your footwear but we will address this later in the year when the radiators are beginning to be turned back on.
SO HOW DO YOU DRY YOUR WET RUNNING SHOES AND WALKING BOOTS?
For best results we advise the following:
Remove your insoles and custom orthotics if you have them
Simply pop a pair of DRYSURE into your wet running shoe or wet walking boot.
Put them inside in a dry place and they will be dry in as little as 4-6 hours.
IT IS AS SIMPLE AS THAT
DRYSURE dryers are 12x more effective at drying shoes & boots than air drying, plus they have the added bonus of actively reducing bacteria which significantly improves the smell / odour of the shoe. They do not use heat, electricity or batteries to work and because of this they allow you to dry anywhere anytime without having to worry about finding a plug socket or not.
The fact that they do not use HEAT is so important as artificial heat will damage natural leathers and fibres and reduce their life span which is worth thinking about if you have pair of leather boots like Dubarry, or leather golf shoes like Lambda Golf .
HOW LONG TO DRY?
Depending how wet your shoes are they could take from as little as 4-6 hours to dry out or upto 10 to 12 hours but as soon there is no more moisture to absorb they stop drying and then become the perfect shoe tree and storage companion.
HOW TO REACTIVATE DRYSURE?
DRYSURE's will absorb approximately 10 days worth of moisture if used to absorb sweat. You will know when they need reactivating as your shoes and boots won't be dry the next morning. To reactivate it is very simple:
Put them in a dry place on a window sill in direct sunlight - advised if you do this frequently.
Put them on a radiator.
On top of the boiler or in an airing cupboard that is warm and dry.
Or for full reactivation - put them in an oven at 110 degrees celcius or 230 degrees fahrenheit for 1 hour and then leave in dry place for 1 hour to cool down.
Look after your footwear - Dry with Drysure - No Heat, No Wires, No Fuss!
Do not apply heat from hair dryers, radiatiors or open fires as this is incredibly bad for your footwear and will over dry them.
If you have been doing a Tough Mudder or another Obstacle Course Race then you will have very muddy and soaked shoes which in the past have been incredibly difficult to clean and dry. The best thing to do is wash all the mud off the shoes and pour/squeeze/soak up and out all of the excess water from the shoe and then pop a fully activated pair of Drysure in the shoe and leave them for approx 12 hours and they should be perfectly dry the next morning.
As we head into the Summer months there are there are those that can't wait to be lying by a pool or beach but there are many people who are longing for more skiing and snowboarding and can't wait until the winter 2016/17 season starts. With this is mind we at Drysure HQ have decided to create a Glacier Skiing Guide of where to go when winter is not here. Austria.
1. Hintertux (see photo above) - this is Austria's only 365 days ski resort these days due to global warming. The glacier has some of the most challenging glacier skiing the Alps has to offer and in early summer you are still able to ski down to 2600m so the vertical drop is a very reasonable 650m. The highest point on the glacier is 3,250. Stay in Mayrhofen which is a bigger ski resort down the valley as there is a good range of hotels, restaurants and bars.
2. Kaprun - This glacier towers above lake at Zell am See and is positioned on the slopes of the Kitzsteinhorn mountain. The glacier offers some lovely wide glacier skiing and the season is the incredibly long running into late July. The slopes are served by a very modern lift system so you won't be waiting long to get up the mountain. The surrounding area is beautiful and there are numerous activities you can do once the slopes close.
Open October to July 24th 2016 - Reopens in October 2016
3. Dachstein - Positioned on the highest mountain in Styria at 2,710m it is the lowest glacier in Austria and because of that has a very hit a miss summer skiing calendar. The glacier is best for those that want some mountain air and a short journey from Salzburg. Saying that there are a couple of runs and freeride park so if you want to try somewhere new then head to Dachstein.
4. Kaunertal - This glacier is situated in Tyrol on the Austrian/Italian border and has also has an incredibly long ski season. The resort maybe small but that makes the glacier a lot quieter than many of the others so it feels like you are on you own at 3000m.
5. Pitzal - This glacier is just round the corner from Kaunertal so if winter is just too far away then you could always head to Tyrol in September / Early October and start your winter then. The glacier is Austria's highest at 3,440m and has the country's highest cafe which is open all year round. The ski area is not huge but it is interesting and it is very good for race training.
5. Stubai - This is one of Austria's best known glaciers and it is not down on the list for any reason. This glacier is very close to Innsbruck which make a perfect weekend skiing weekend glacier. It has a long season until the end of May and opens again mid September. There are some challenging runs on the glacier and it is definitely worth a visit.
6. Molltaler - And I save hidden gem until for the last one. Molltaler is Carinthia’s exclusive glacier ski resort. Located on its own near Spittal the glacier has skiing until Mid May when there is a short pause for maintenance and then reopens Mid June. The skiing progressively opens up as more snow arrives but because the highest point is 3,122m there is always well groomed pistes to be found.
Open Mid June to Mid May - a one month break in between for maintenance.