DryRight™ Tactical Boot Dryer Sheet Informational Video
Frequently Asked Questions
How did Biovation come up with the idea for DryRight?
The need for DryRight was articulated to us by the United States Marine Corps (USMC) team after their extensive combat and patrol experiences in the Middle East and elsewhere. Given that there were no solutions available, and Biovation’s business model is using non-woven approaches to scalable, niche and tough to accomplish applications, we teamed up with the USMC team and worked with them for five years. A significant number of approaches, concepts and detailed testing was performed before the current DryRight product was designed, validated and manufactured.
Is DryRight an insole?
No, DryRight is not an insole; it is used when the boots are not being worn.
How do I use DryRight?
DryRight is inserted into wet footwear and dries it in 6-8 hours.
How many times can I use DryRight?
Between 5 to 15 uses depending on the amount of moisture absorbed (such as completely sopping wet boots vs. sweaty boots) and whether DryRight is air dried between uses.
Does DryRight dry my boots completely?
DryRight will dry the inside of your boots so they are ‘dry to the touch’. In extreme circumstances, it may feel slightly damp but only slightly. Dryness will vary from completely dry to very slightly damp to touch depending on the type of boots (sneakers, leather enclosed combat boots, Gore-Tex lined hiking boots, ski boots, skating boots, etc.), its design (removable sole, fixed sole, amount and location of insulation material, etc.) and form (lace and tongue design, and size in terms of length and width), as well as the amount and type of moisture that is present (sweat, Snow/ice melt, rain, fresh water, brackish water, salt water, muddy water, etc.).
How did you test DryRight?
DryRight was extensively tested over an 18 month period, not only by the USMC but other US military branches, outdoor enthusiasts, hikers, firefighters, soccer and hockey players, and runners in actual usage conditions. Prior to field testing, very extensive indoor laboratory testing was conducted per a protocol designed by Biovation in close collaboration with the USMC. Both types of testing used various combinations of wet to dry cycles in a multitude of environmental and harsh conditions.
Is DryRight a disposable product?
Yes. DryRight is made from about 50% sustainable biopolymers and can be disposed of as normal trash.
Why do I need DryRight when my boots are waterproof?
Waterproof boots offer advantages and disadvantages. However, it is a simple fact that waterproof boots won’t keep your feet dry; due to the lack of breathability of the boot, your feet will be damp with sweat. In addition, waterproof boots only provide short-term protection from rain. When it rains, water will run down your legs and into your boots. Or, in some case the terrain is such that the depth of the water is more than the throat of the boot.
Gaiters and rain pants can help delay the effects of rain, but it’s inevitable that your feet will eventually get wet. And when boots get wet, they get heavy. They also take forever to dry out. And in such situations DryRight comes in handy.
What’s wrong with putting my boots next to a fire or radiator to dry them?
You can do that but there is a real danger you will damage your boots and let’s face it, a heat source is not always available. With an external heat source, you are trying to dry your boots from the outside and are exposing the outer material to potentially damaging heat. Also doing so may damage the boot by causing the moisture to leave too quickly and greatly increase the chance of the leather cracking (and most boots have leather in them in one way, shape or form). Cracked leather cannot be fixed on a boot. If the boot is textile-based, this heat source (especially over multiple times) will start to mechanically stress the fibers (dry out, shrink) which will lead to loss of pliability and flexibility (glue used in the construction will degrade due to the heat applied)
Trying to dry from the outside can also mean long drying times. DryRight dries from the inside and is always ready to dry your boots.
Can’t I just sun and air dry my boots?
Absolutely, but depending on the boots and the ambient conditions, it will take a significant amount of time. DryRight will have your boots dry and comfortable in 6-8 hours regardless of conditions.
You say DryRight is good for 5-15 uses. How do I know when it’s used up?
The drying performance will drop sharply and DryRight will feel damp and heavy. Depending on usage, air drying can significantly increase the useful life.
What is the best way to use DryRight?
As the video and photographs demonstrate, it is best to take out the insole (if possible), roll up DryRight and stuff it into the boot all the way to the toe area and make sure, as best as possible, that DryRight is touching all available surfaces of the boot. DryRight utilizes contact to draw moisture from the inside of your boot – the better the contact, the better the drying. So for best results, make sure you have maximized that contact. Also, any ambient drying of DryRight between uses will be beneficial.
Can I use DryRight to dry other things?
Yes, you can dry wet clothing (t-shirts, underwear, gloves, hats, socks, etc.) as long as it is not too large. The best way to do this is to roll up the article of clothing in DryRight. Please note that depending on the amount of moisture present on the article, the number of uses DryRight has available for drying boots may be reduced.
Does DryRight eliminate odor in the boot?
DryRight is not intended to be a deodorizer but by drying the inside of the boot, DryRight reduces the moist conditions that are so conducive to the growth of the odor causing organisms. So, it will eliminate odor in the boot caused by the moisture, as it renders it dry. Many of the characteristic malodors associated with boots are due to the presence of large populations of microorganisms which thrive in the moisture, and while digesting nutrients in the moist conditions release volatile pungent waste products. DryRight mitigates the propagation of these microorganisms by eliminating their environment.
Will DryRight itself start to smell?
No, DryRight is designed to be odor-free for the duration of use.
What is the antimicrobial formulation in DryRight?
The antimicrobial formulation in the DryRight is a metallic ionic based technology that is incorporated into its very structure that allows it (among other benefits) to mitigate odor in the boot and on the product itself.
Is DryRight a desiccant?
No, DryRight is not a desiccant. It operates on the principle of high speed wicking and capture of the moisture present in the boot.
How is DryRight constructed?
DryRight is a multi-laminate construction (see the illustrative figure in the product brochure and on our website); a technologically advanced product that is manufactured by integration of a very robust woven material to a non-woven core that has specialized performance characteristics to dry boots. Part of this integration is visible to the naked eye in the sealing pattern on DryRight itself. The non-woven core enables the ultra-quick wicking and containment of moisture. Both the non-woven core and outer woven fabric have antimicrobial and anti-fungal chemistry formulations.
How does use of DryRight contribute to foot health?
Feet that are wet become soft and vulnerable to blisters which can cause significant discomfort. Wet feet are at risk for athlete’s foot, plantar warts, nail fungus and other conditions resulting in itching, redness, burning sensations, rashes and compromised skin that may lead to infections. DryRight will reduce the risk of these situations arising.
Will using DryRight extend the life of my boots?
We believe it can and are working on some prolonged objective and scientific testing to demonstrate this. The reasons are:
- Water can and will destroy the suppleness of your shoe’s leather (which is present in one way, shape or form in many boots); leather that would have withstood tens of thousands of flexes can have its life cut to a fraction of this with prolonged moisture. Leather is animal skin, most often cattle or horse, which is made up of fat and proteins that retain a set amount of moisture after being tanned. The fibers that criss-cross each other in the corium give leather its unique strength, but are also susceptible to drying out and cracking if not treated with care. Rapid influxes and releases of moisture can permanently damage the leather.
- Natural or cellulose-based textile boots and footwear (canvas, high-tech breathable and light materials, al) are an excellent substrate for microbial growth due to wet conditions, because they are made of organic materials providing a good base for biofilm attachment which provides nutrients necessary for bacterial growth. These microorganisms can cause serious problems, include fabric rotting. For a great overview, see: http://fungus.org.uk/nwfg/rot.htm. Biodamages of textile materials induced by microorganisms and their metabolites are manifested in coloring (occurrence of spots on textile materials or their coatings), defects (formation of bubbles on colored surfaces of textile materials), bond breaks in fibrous materials, penetration deep inside (penetration of microorganisms into the cavity of the natural fiber), deterioration of mechanical properties (e.g. strength at break reduction), mass loss, change of chemical properties (cellulose degradation by microorganisms), liberation of volatile substances, and changes of other properties.
- Textiles made from synthetic petroleum based polymer (and there are very few footwear that are 100% synthetic), offer significant resistance to fabric rotting but incidence of degradation is still present as microbial filaments entangle and attach to the synthetic fiber. There is research indicating that bacteria adhere more to hydrophobic surfaces and produce a biofilm resulting in bacteria migrating along synthetic polymeric fibers. Such textiles offer little protection from staining and discoloration due to the moisture.
How do I dispose of DryRight?
DryRight is made from about 50% sustainable biopolymers and can be disposed of as normal trash.
Is there a shelf-life to DryRight?
DryRight is guaranteed to work for a year from the date of manufacture. Once it has had its first use, we recommend it be used within six months.
How do I store DryRight between uses?
Ideally, DryRight has a chance to air dry between uses and this means leaving it out of the plastic bag as long as possible. Once DryRight appears dry, it can be stored in the plastic bag. When the situation does not allow air drying, DryRight can be stored in the plastic bag immediately after use. DryRight is supplied with grommets to assist air drying.
Can I fold up the DryRight?
Yes, you can fold up the DryRight; we recommend doing that after it has air dried.
Does it matter if DryRight is out in the sun?
DryRight can be placed in the sun to air-dry but use caution if rain is possible. For storage, we recommend DryRight be kept in a cool and dry place.
Does I need to take any particular care while taking DryRight out of the boot after use?
No particular care is needed. However, do not to use any sharp tools (knives and etc.) which may inadvertently damage the outer fabric.
How should the user take care of DryRight?
DryRight should never be exposed to free water. Dropping it in water or exposing it to rain will render DryRight useless. DryRight should never be cut to modify its size. Never try to dry DryRight by wringing it out. Never wash a DriRight. Never excessively apply friction forces to DryRight outer fabric so as to delaminate the entire product on purpose.
Is DryRight only available in pairs?
Yes, DryRight is only available as a set; individual single units are not offered for sale.
Are there different sizes of DryRight?
At the current time, DryRight is ‘one size fits all’. It has been manufactured and tested for use in footwear ranging from size 5 to 12 (ski and firefighter boots run larger because of longer throat area and for those uses, special orders will be considered).
Is DryRight available in different colors and/or patterns?
DryRight is not available in different colors or patterns at the moment but with the right partners and demand, we will certainly entertain various options.
Is DryRight made entirely in the USA?
Yes, all components of the DryRight are USA sourced materials. Manufacturing of the DryRight product is at our Boothbay, ME plant. It complies with all the directives of the Berry Amendment allowing it to be ready for sale for all branches of the US government.
Is there anything poisonous or toxic in DryRight?
All ingredients used in DryRight are non-poisonous and non-toxic for human skin contact. In the event DryRight has a destructive failure (rips open) there is no risk in the event of human skin contact though we do not recommend ingesting or inhaling the contents of DryRight.
How durable and robust is DryRight?
DryRight, if properly used, will not rip, fray or tear. Our extensive testing makes us confident that it will stand up to rigorous use by our customers.
How can I get DryRight?
Depending on your market, DryRight will be made available through our representatives and distributors, select online stores and retail partners.