It probably goes without saying—the Wall Mount 12 is a serious boot and shoe dryer that can handle up to six pairs of boots or shoes at one time. But in reality, boots are just the beginning of how you’ll put this unit to work for taking care of your gear. It’s not just a boot dryer—it’s a GearDryer
One of the features that sets GearDryer apart from any other boot, shoe, or glove drying product out there is its unrivaled versatility. The customizable, twist and lock ports can be set up in dozens of different configurations to dry dozens of different gear items.
At first glance, it may be easy to think that a 12 port (6-pair) boot dryer would be overkill for two skiers. But thanks to GearDryer’s versatility, the 12 ports are actually the perfect number if you want to dry two complete ski kits (2 pair boots, 2 pair gloves, 2 helmets). And when the gear is dry, you can simply leave it on the dryer as an organized storage solution. When it’s time to go, simply grab your dry gear off the unit and head to the mountain.
So here’s a few tips on how we like to set up the Wall Mount 12 dryer for two ski kits.
How to Dry Ski Boots with the Wall Mount 12 GearDryer
When you unbox a new Wall Mount GearDryer, you’ll notice that the ports come pre-assembled for drying boots. At the end of the port is a 90-degree fitting that can be positioned in one of two ways to direct airflow straight into the toe of the boot. With the 90-degree fitting facing up, you’ll be set to dry boots toe up. With the 90-degree fitting pointing down, you’ll be set to dry boots toe down. Whether you choose to dry boots toe up or toe down is really just a matter of personal preference.
In the image above, take note of the row of ports where the boot is positioned toe-down to be dried. The 90-degree fitting at the end of the port is facing down to direct airflow into the toe of the boot.
How to Dry Gloves with the Wall Mount 12 GearDryer
The key to drying any gear item is to promote good airflow into and out of the enclosed spaces in gear (like the toe of a boot or the finger in glove). Air enters the enclosed space, absorbs some moisture, and the travels back out. If the air can’t get in and out easily, the gear won’t get dry.
The easiest way to dry gloves with a Wall Mount 12 GearDryer is to simply remove the 90-degree fitting at the end of the port so air is blowing directly into the glove. Also take care to ensure the cuff of the glove is not too tight at the base of the port so air can easily escape. For gloves we often like to take it a step further by removing the 45-degree fitting at the base of the port as well. The port is then attached to the GearDryer at a 90-degree angle. This configuration allows the cuff to hang away from the base of the port to allow better airflow in and out of the glove.
In the image above, you can see how a port has been configured to attach to the dryer at a 90-degree angle, simply by removing the 45-degree and 90-degree fittings on either end of the port—an ideal setup for drying gloves.
How to Dry a Ski Helmet with the Wall Mount 12 GearDryer
A ski or snowboard helmet can get sweaty and damp after just a few runs, and no one likes to start the day with a damp, smelly helmet on their head. Putting your helmets on the GearDryer after every outing is the best way to keep them dry and fresh.
We’ve found the best way to dry helmets with the Wall Mount 12 GearDryer is to 1) have the ports extend from the dryer at a 45-degree angle, with the 90-degree fitting at the end of the port removed. And 2) use 2 side-by-side ports for each helmet. This will promote good airflow throughout the entire helmet.
In the image above, you can see how each helmet is placed over two side-by-side ports. It’s also a good example of the dryer set up for two full ski kits—2 pair boots, 2 pair gloves, 2 helmets.