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Damp shoes? Dry them out with these neat electrical heaters

If you’re determined enough to ride in any conditions this winter, and in particular when it’s raining and the roads are wet, you’re going to have to deal with the consequences: wet shoes.

But drying your shoes after a ride can be a real problem, especially if you’ve got to commute home in the evening and you're hoping your will have dried out before you have to put them back on. My favourite trick is remove the inner soles and stuff the shoes hemwith newspaper, and then leave on the radiator over night... which is fine if you’re at home, but not so practical in the office.

So we stumbled across a smarter solution the other day: Sidas Drywarmers. They look like the perfect solution for anyone looking for a quick, easy and clean way to dry shoes.

Two inserts slide into the shoes and with the flick of a switch power up to a warm 50 degrees. This should be adequate to quickly dry out even the most sodden shoes without melting anything. The two units also feature a small UV lamp which Sidas reckon kills an odour-producing bacteria lurking inside the shoes, so they don’t stink as they dry out. The two inserts are linked to a single plug.

They cost £25 a pair. While that might sound a lot, what price can you put on dry shoes?

www.sidassport.com

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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They have two uses then, Drying your shoes, but also pre ride warming.

Nothing better than putting on a warm pair of shoes to go out in the cold  3

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tysona [7 posts] 3 years ago
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These things are excellent. I have a similar gadget for ski boots.

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wildoo [34 posts] 3 years ago
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Newspaper works a treat for me and it comes free through the door every week!

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musicalmarc [100 posts] 3 years ago
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Or waterproof booties, I have to wear them to keep the cold off anyway. Another option is to strategically place your shoes behind you computer at work.

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new-to-cycling [47 posts] 3 years ago
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I am probably going to be adding these to my Christmas List. I hate wet cycling shoes and they stink for days.

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fatbeggaronabike [804 posts] 3 years ago
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Quote, Two inserts slide into the shoes and with the flick of a switch power up to a warm 50 degrees. Would that not crack the leather?

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pedalpowerDC [334 posts] 3 years ago
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I got a Peet boot dryer years ago to try out ski boots. Now I use them daily to dry and/or pre-warm my cycling shoes. A great investment!

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mike_ibcyclist [63 posts] 3 years ago
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Such a good idea I got out my ski boot warmers and you know what . . . I now don't need to buy these. Thanks Road.cc