Testing the Sidas Volcano Heat Insole & Heat Pack Neo in the Backcountry

Text by: William Binamé

SIDAS, Ski & Snowboard. Testing the Sidas Volcano Heat Insole & Heat Pack Neo in the Backcountry

I grew up on the east coast of Canada where the temperature, in the winter, usually sits around -10 to -15 Celsius, and if you want to go ski with your buddies, well you got to tough out the temps.

Our review of this product

The pros are:

  • Keep your feet nice and toast all day long
  • You can use them to dry out your boot liner during the night
  • Long 8 hour battery life.
  • Multiple heating levels: low, mid, high.
  • Low profile, doesn’t get in the way.

The cons are:

  • Have to make sure you recharge them every night before skiing.
  • Your friends might tease you for having boot warmers.
Photo by Jake Dyson

I’ve always struggled with my feet freezing and becoming bricks, but I just thought it was part of the game until many years later I moved away to British-Columbia, where the coastal temperatures are much milder. It wasn’t cold out anymore, but still, for some reason, my feet would still freeze up.

Photo by Mirae Campbell

After finally investing in a good boot and boot fitting, I was told my foot instep was quite high and that no matter the boot, the ankle buckle would cut my circulation and make my foot have very little blood going to it. But I was determined to figure out a way to not have to have cold bricks for feet anymore.

Photo by Jake Dyson

That’s when I saw the Sidas Heated Insoles and Heat Pack Neo. This combo would let me have a heated element on my existing custom footbed, and a very subtle cable would go along the back of my boot liner to finally attach to the low profile battery pack on my bootstrap. This was an actual revelation for me, from the first time I used them, I knew that this was the solution. I didn’t have to constantly go into the lodge to warm my feet, I could stay out all day with my feet staying nice and toasty.

Photo by Mirae Campbell

I’ve been using this product now for 4 years and don’t think I could ever go out without them, they really make my days more enjoyable. The battery pack has three different heat settings, low, mid and high. On the low heat setting, which is the one I always use, I can get 8 hours of power. As long as you charge them the night before you go skiing, you shouldn’t lose power. The heating element is paper thin so you can’t feel it and it produces a comfortable heat right under the toes. And if for some reason my toes do get cold, I can bump up the heat by the push of a button on the battery pack.

Photo by Mirae Campbell

This really is a great tool for someone who suffers from bad circulation in their feet. It has made my days more enjoyable and kept me on the slopes longer. I would 10/10 recommend to a fellow frozen footed friend.

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