Truthfully, anything support you put in your ski boots is better than what came with your boots. There is, however, a HUGE difference between a footbed and a custom orthotic. The difference is in how your foot is supported by the product. A footbed is a mold of your foot "as is" with no correction taken into account.
While it is more of an investment, an orthotic will correct and hold your foot into what is known as a "neutral position". This position is different for everbody so it MUST be custom made by someone who can find your "neutral". This reason this position is so good is that it stacks the bones of your foot and ankle properly into their anitomically strongest position which allows for: greater efficiency, greater edge control, limited pronation, less slop, less fatigue, and less splaying of your foot. This is the type of support your ski boots are designed to have inside them. Footbeds do not and can not offer this type of correction or performance.
As I said before, anything is better than the insole that came in your boot but you will definitely get what you pay for with any of these products. You don't have to break the bank but I would recommed paying a bit more than the 30 or 40 dollars for the cheaper stuff and then save up for a better support.
I hope some of this helps! Have fun.
|Originally posted by midwestsucks:
I understand they are for some people but I'm a poor college student and I need to buy my first pair of boots. I'm an intermediate skier and I never really had any discomfort on the rentals (hard to believe huh) but everyone is telling me I HAVE to get a custum footbed. They're going for 150 bucks in the chicagoland area.
The only reason I want to replace the stock footbed is for better performance and a snug fit. I've seen those generic sized footbeds going for 30 to 40 bucks. Has anyone had experience with them? I'm sure they'll be better than the stock and for what i'm looking for do you think they'll help out? Thanx