My attempts to deal with the smell have included trying those deodorizing balls one finds at sports shops. Other skaters have recommended putting drier fabric softener sheets in the boots. Those strategies basically just hide the problem with a weird smell which reminds me of old hiking boots abandoned in a pine forest. Worse, the boots remain damp inside. Nothing is more fun than sticking your feet back into clammy boots the next day--kinda like wearing wet diapers on your feet. I'll save that sensation for when I put on my dinghy boots for the second day of a sailing regatta.
I thought about getting those little heater/fan thingies that campers use to dry their wet boots but was concerned that the heat from the driers would ruin the inside shape of my heat-moldable boots. I already have a love/hate relationship with the fit of these boots and since the boots and I currently have declared an uneasy truce, I don't want to rock that particular boat. My best solution up 'til now was a home made one: put either kitty litter or Drierite desiccant into old socks and put the socks into the boots. That actually works well but it's hard to get the right amount of desiccant into a sock without the sock getting too big to fit into the boot. After reading about Pingi desiccant bags I decided to give them a try.
|Pingi bags come in three sizes: 150g, 250g and 450g. I ordered the smallest size but perhaps the 250g size would still fit inside a skate boot.|
|I suspect the ingredient inside the bag is my old friend Drierite. The penguin changes color from blue (dry) to pink (water saturated) just like Drierite does.|