DRYGUY – Drying Systems for Endurance & Outdoor Athletes

by Bruckner Chaser, Swimming & Ocean Sports Editor


DRYGUY does not want to leave you wet and they hate wet gear. While they have a strong connection to the Ski and Outdoor community, their diverse line of forced and passive convection air drying systems is an all season must for any athlete who is constantly soaking boots, gloves, hats, helmets, cycling shoes or running shoes from rain, snow, waves or just well-earned sweat and tears.

DRYGUY makes several models for drying gear from their original force air Force Dry DX {MSRP $80} and Force Dry {MSRP $50}, to the passive convection systems used in the compact Simple Dry {MSRP $40} and the larger and versatile Dry Rack {MSRP $60}. Every unit works exceptionally well, and the choice comes down to how quickly you need your stuff to dry or how much you want to dry at one time. Along with the core systems, they also offer a variety of attachments to accommodate waders, larger boots, and helmets.

Regardless of what DRYGUY system you use, or what ends up on the rack, dry gear is about more than comfort and convenience. There are many health benefits from not providing bacteria or fungus the moist, dark environments in which they thrive. Keeping shoes dryer may also mean not having to cringe when you open your car or training bag in public due to the too familiar endurance athlete “In Training” smell.

While much of DRYGUY’S images share their foundation in cold weather activities, the passive convection units may get even more use in our humid summers, when even the shortest run can leave shoes sloshing. The passive systems overnight dried out even the wettest running shoes for the next morning’s run.

Winter is where DRYGUY’s systems really excel, and with the Dry Rack unit there is room for shoes and gloves from your last run or ride because dry gear is warmer gear. While there may be some stoic pride in many of our endurance sports, there is a definite pleasure in being able to always pull on dry (and even warm) shoes and gloves before embracing a zero-degree wind-chill and crunching through a little snow. The unit can also be wall mounted out of the way, leaving floor space for training equipment in your designated “Pain Cave.”


If your cool weather activities include catching some waves you know that drying out neoprene booties and gloves is a challenge at best. Most surfers suffer through wet gear that within weeks has a smell that only a true waterman can tolerate.

For more information: www.dryguy.com

Bruckner Chase is a triathlon and swim coach, ocean lifeguard trainer, endurance waterman and ocean advocate whose marine and community endeavors have taken him to waters around the world is places such as Australia, American Samoa, Denmark, Greece and Poland. He is a global ambassador for the Lifesaving World Championship 2018 organizing committee, and he is the Technical Director and Media Ambassador for the Red Bull Surf + Rescue Championships. Closer to his home in New Jersey he is a member of the Sea Girt Beach Patrol and the founder of the Ocean City Swim Club. He is a professional member of the US Lifeguard Association, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Swim Coaches Association.

Bruckner’s athletic career spans the most challenging events on water and land. He competed as a professional triathlete, and he continues to be an elite level competitor in every endurance sport he takes on. On the water Bruckner has completed multiple ultra-distance swims and paddles in some of the harshest conditions imaginable: a record setting no wetsuit swim in Alaska, a 22-mile swim of Lake Tahoe and historic swims between the islands of American Samoa. Bruckner competes in professional surf lifesaving sports across multiple aquatic disciplines. He is the fifth American in history to compete in the iconic Coolangatta Gold Surf Iron Man in Australia, and in 2016 he became the only American to finish the event three times and the first to earn a spot on the winner’s podium.

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