How to Beat Ski Boot Funk

Banish post-slope stink with these four killer products.

Jan 9, 2015
Outside Magazine
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Stop stench before it starts with odor-fighting oils and the right socks.    Photo: Trysil/Flickr

Nothing ruins a good pair of ski boots like the smell of old ski boots. Keep them powder fresh with these four stink-busting essentials.

Fig+Yarrow Alpine Foot Butter (From $10)

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  Photo: Fig + Yarrow

Odor-causing bacteria doesn’t get into boots all by itself. A quick pre-sock rub down with Fig+Yarrow’s zesty balm will warm up cold toes and keep microbes in check with rosemary, fir, and tea-tree oils.

Darn Tough Padded Cushion Ski/Ride Socks ($26)

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  Photo: Darn Tough

No brainer: stick with microbe-resistant wool socks. We’re partial to the ones by Darn Tough for warmth, dryness, and cush that last from dawn patrol to aprés beers.

Moso Mini Charcoal Deodorizers ($10 for two)

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  Photo: Moso

When the boots come off, stuff activated-charcoal sachets down into the toes. They’ll absorb nasty smells and moisture to get things fresh and ready for the next run. Baked-in stench? Let them work their magic for a week or two and be amazed.

Mr. Black Shoe Refresh ($15)

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  Photo: Mr. Black

If you’ve tried everything and still have a funky situation, try a few spritzes of Mr. Black’s Shoe Refresh. Enzymes help break down sweaty residue while eucalyptus oil puts an end to bacteria.

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