Peet Boot Dryers Make Sure Your Boots Are Dry Every Morning - Wherever you Are
By: Mark Mazour
I admit it; I am what you call a gear head. Through the years, I have picked up countless pieces of hunting gear, designed to make life a bit easier and more comfortable. However, I always thought boot dryers were one item that I did not need, that is until my boots got soaked on a weeklong bird-hunting trip.
Luckily, my hunting partner had just received a Cabela's Electric Boot Dryer, by Peet, as a Christmas present and thought to throw it in for the trip. For me, it was definitely a trip saver. I had brought some boots that weren't quite waterproof, and the area where we were hunting had six inches of fresh snow, and temps were in the upper thirties, creating a wet, slushy mess. After the first two hours of hunting, my feet were very wet. However, these were the only boots I brought for the trip, and even a call to Cabela's wasn't going to get me a new pair of GORE-TEX® boots in time.
Nothing is worse than starting the day with wet or cold boots. With the Peet Boot Dryer, I was able to put my boots on the dryer every night, plug it in, and wake to warm, dry boots each morning. Had it not been for my buddy bringing that dryer, I feel I would have cut that trip short, missing some of the best quail hunting I have ever had.
Propane Too - You Can Take it Anywhere
When we were on that trip, we stayed in motels, so electricity was an option. However, the next fall I found that I missed the boot dryer when we stayed in our turkey camp. On the first day of scouting, I misjudged the depth of a creek, and water came over the top of my GORE-TEX boots. Since we were far from civilization and electrical outlets, the boot dryer had not made the trip, and I was left putting on wet boots for the rest of the trip.
I wasn't the only one that missed their boot dryer at camp. Cabela's also introduced a Propane Dryer, by Peet. Operating off of standard disposable propane bottle (of which I usually have several in camp to run everything from the lantern to the stove), it dries your boots through the night. It didn't take long for me to pick one of these up; this was definitely gear I had to have. Once you've tried to hunt a weekend in a wet pair of boots, you'll realize the necessity of this item. Besides being uncomfortable and hard on your feet, wet boots can spell disaster should the temps dip toward the freezing mark.
Approved by the American Gas Association, the Propane Dryer is also safe to use. The dryer burns quietly, so you don't have a loud burner running through the night while you are trying to sleep. I was impressed with the ease of use. All you do is put your boots in the dryer, turn the valve, light the burner, and you wake to dry boots in the morning.
The new Propane Boot Dryer is perfect for guides and others that are setting up a remote camp. The lightweight plastic unit packs in easily, and you probably already have the propane bottles along. Should your boots or gloves get wet, you'll be glad you brought one along.
Since that trip, I have required my own electric and propane PEET boot dryers, and now I wouldn't be without one. Whether I am out after big game, upland birds or hunkering down in the marsh with my waders, my boots and waders always come home damp on the inside from condensation. I used to lay them by a heating register and hope that they would be dry by morning, but most of the time, I awoke disappointed and slipped my feet into wet boots. Now, I just slip them on the boot dryer as soon as I get home (or to camp), and I have a warm, dry pair of boots of waders in the morning
For Waders and Gloves Too
Peet Dryers are also perfect for your waders and gloves. By purchasing the additional wader and hip boot extensions or glove attachment, you can put your dryer to work keeping all your gear dry. Duck hunting in neoprene waders, I can work up a lot of sweat, even on a cold day. Nothing is worse the next day than pulling on wet, clammy, and cold waders on the second day of a weekend hunt. It puts a damper on the day pretty quick as you wait for the sun to come out and warm you up. With the Peet dryer and wader extensions, though, every day is like the first, and your waders are always nice and dry.
Wet gloves are worthless, and unless you brought countless pairs, they can ruin a hunt in no time. The glove attachment allows the Peet Dryer to get air into all of the fingers of the gloves and makes sure they are completely dry.
Well Worth It
Just one trip with wet boots, and your dryer is paid for. They can make the difference between a miserable day or one to remember. The electric model is an excellent buy, and the propane model is perfect for taking to those remote locations.