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Thread: Anyone use a sham wow for drying boots or cloths?

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    Anyone have any creative ways of drying wet boots when you are hunting places that are too moist for air-drying. Any suggestions have to be lighter than carrying a second pair of boots.

    I was thinking of taking a sham wow or other absorbant cloth and wadding it in my boots overnight, but I've never tried this. The advantage over a regular towel is that I would think it is lighter and more easily wrung out. If it works, I'm thinking that a pair of socks or a shirt rolled up in a sham wow may work too.

    Anyone ever tried this or have any other methods? Right now, I carry a lot of socks which works somehwhat, but once the boots are soaked they never really dry out.

    Obviously the best defence is preventing getting wet, but if I spend any legnth of time in the peninsula or southeast the best most people can do is delay getting wet for a few days or maybe even a week but at some point, I always end up wet.

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    it will pull most of the moisture out, but the clothing or boots will still be damp.

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    I pack about a 12" x 12" piece of shamwow with me in the mountains as part of my sheep/goat gear. It is super lightweight and super absorbant. It takes dew off of a tent 100Xs better than a rag or micro fleece. I doubt it would pull water out of a leather boot though - only time and heat will do that. Shamwows are cheap and last a really long time (I'm using the same one in my pack for 2 years now and going strong). Good luck!

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    I've always thrown a few extra rocks on the fire at night and then pushed em off to the side before i go to bed...you want them realy warm but not to the point of melting the boots...the sham wow trick sounds pretty good to though.

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    We carry one on every hunt. Works great to roll any loose clothes in and ring out.

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    I always bring along a newspaper to dry my boots, wad up individual sheets and stuff the boots overnight, in the morning spread the pages out to dry and reuse, works great. Clothes I dry next to the fire if I need them right away, if damp I wear them dry-that is the great thing about synthetics-they dry quickly or wool is still warm anyhow.

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