DryGuy Force Dry Review

From trail running to downhill skiing, there are plenty of outdoor activities in which your footwear and hand wear can get wet. The need to dry out your gear before it gets ruined from moisture should be a top priority. Runners, Hikers and Skiers know exactly what it’s like to stick their foot into a damp boot or shoe, and we all know that it is never a good way to start any adventure. Instead of balling up newspaper or setting your boots next to the fireplace, hoping everything will dry out by morning. We have a better solution…the DryGuy Force Dry shoe and glove dryer.

What is the DryGuy Force Dry?

The DryGuy Force Dry is a boot and garment dryer that features two 180 degree articulating blower posts that can lay flat to handle heavier gear like ski boots. The articulating drying posts can extend to handle items up to 10 inches long. The Force Dry utilizes gentle forced air and 105-degree heat to quickly remove moisture that will help prevent the growth of fungus and bacteria, which causes odors and deteriorates footwear over time.

How it works:

Forced air drying refers to the use of an internal fan to physically push warmed air through footwear and garments. The ambient air is drawn in through vents in the base, over a heating element and forced through the articulating arms and into the garments.

As the warm air is pushed through the garments it takes the trapped moisture with it. Forced air drying typically drys a garment in a third of the time compared to convection drying, which allows heat to rise naturally without the use of a fan.

How does the Force Dry Perform?

The DryGuy Force Dry was able to completely dry almost every pair of shoes, boots, and gloves, I put on it in just over an hour. The nice thing about the dryer is that you can set the timer from 1 minute to 3 hours right before you go to bed and not have to give it a second thought as it automatically shuts off when it has run it’s cycle. By morning your gear is dry and ready to go.

Trail Shoes with Gore-Tex
Mittens with Waterproof Liners
Wool Liners and Boot Shells

The one item that it did not dry quickly enough was kids gloves. If you put a small child’s glove on the articulating arm it cinches tightly around the Force Dry’s arm and does not allow any of the “extra” forced air to escape, which in turn can harm the fan motor and heating element by forcing the air back into the drying unit. The solution is to raise the glove high enough that the Force Dry’s arm air vents are showing, however, doing this lengthened the drying time of the children’s gloves.

Not Ideal for Drying Small Children's Gloves
Solution to Drying Children's Gloves

While the Force Dry seems to be built as the ideal ski boot dryer, it certainly works equally well for shoes, boots and adult sized gloves, as it safely and efficiently dried most items in 1-2 hours. The Force Dry was completely safe to use and did not shrink or damage technical garments or custom fit liners. 


  • Gently heated forced air eliminates unwanted moisture
  • Helps keep odor causing bacteria, fungus, and molds from forming
  • 3 Hour Auto Off Timer
  • Durable, compact design
  • Safe for all types of footwear and gloves


  • Model #: 02207
  • Dry System: Forced Air
  • Power: 120V AC Household Outlet, 240 Watts
  • Max. Temperature: 105°F / 40.5°C
  • Pkg Dimensions: : 8.75″ x 10.5″ x 4.5″
  • Pkg Weight: 3.25 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year

    For the numbers folks out there, it cost 17 cents to completely dry a pair of boots for 90 minutes. Definitely a worthwhile investment to extending the life of any gear. *Cost will vary with your electric rate.

Final Thoughts

From puddle soaked running shoes to damp ski boots the DryGuy Force Dry dryer effectively dries out gear, allowing you to start every outing with fresh and comfortable feet. The Force Dry is a sensible investment as it will quickly pay for itself by extending the life of your footwear and garments.

For more information, visit    www.dryguy.com                                                                   MSRP $50

Mark Ranum: Mark is an outdoor adventure seeker, living in the beautiful state of Michigan. He loves trekking hundreds of miles through the wilderness, whether on two feet or two wheels, always looking for the next new trail or road to see where it will take him.
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