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post #31 of 37
I've just read this thread with some interest - I mean, who doesn't want to feel more comortable and have better control?

But aren't there any "out of the box" insoles that anybody here has tried and found to be a reasonable middle ground between the cheap cardboard that comes with most boots and the unreasonable alternative of shelling out $175? I'm aware of Superfeet (a whopping $26 or so) - are there any others out there worth checking out?
post #32 of 37
Down Unders offer good support at a low price.
post #33 of 37
Wow, Cost seems to continue to pop up as the reason not to get custom footbeds. Come on guys, in this sport, $175.00 is a spit in the bucket.And they may not cost you that much. The benefit of custom footbeds far outweigh this miniscule expense.

Let's say footbeds last 5 years and you ski 30 times a year. That would be 150 days you would use your beds. If the beds cost $175.00, they cost you $1.17 per day. Now something like a superfoot cost about $30.00. That would cost you .20 cents a day so unless you use the ridiculous bed that comes stock in your boot, we are down to a cost of .97 cents a day.

Would you pay less than a buck per day to improve your skiing?
I believe your answer would be a resounding , YES!

I ski about 80 days a year. So, 400 days in 5 years. They only cost me .4375 cents per day. I am happy to pay it. A very fair price for the benefit!

Over & out!


Ski with the Wind MF!
post #34 of 37
Originally posted by erdz:
Down Unders offer good support at a low price.
and this from one of our country's best bootfitters, he's on the EpicSki list... I should know, I added him!

nice to see ya Brian.

BTW, I'll be on Fischers this year, Big Stix 8.6 and WC Race SC, with Pocket Rockets & Naxos for backcountry. Ya oughta come out here and ski with us Montuckians.

Hope all's well with you and the Ski Center crew. Please say hi to all those who are there from my days.

post #35 of 37
Erdz - thanks for the tip!

Atomicman - And then there's the other side of the coin....

Due to a stupendous variety of obstacles, my ski allocated "spit" goes into maximizing opportunities to ski. For example, $200 is more wisely spent divided between the car rentals and lift tickets and lodging that keeps me on skis. This year, I'll be thrrrrilled to get 20 days on skis - as it is, I'll be lucky to sneak away for 15. And if I make it to 30 days, heck, I'll have to buy my fiancee a nice dinner with the loot so she stops threatening to leave me because I'm skiing all the time!
post #36 of 37
I have flat feet and decided to get them when i got my new boots. Have not used them yet though.
post #37 of 37
Originally posted by EddyMac:
In my opinion an orthotic is the best way to improve comfort and performance in a ski boot. Everyone from certified podiatrists to world cup racers agree with that claim. If your foot naturally rolls in (pronation) your foot is not in its strongest structural position. This means you can't put as much strength to the edge as you should. If your foot rolls out (supination) you will have a tendency to catch your edges. If you are lucky and you neither pronate or supinate, that's great. But skiing requires you to roll from edge to edge. This can push even the most perfectly aligned feet out of neutral. Not to mention the comfort gained by redistributing the pressure more evenly along the bottom of your feet.

[snip]...Orthotics should be used to make a neutral foot position.

I used to ski race in high school without anything but the stock footbed. Not to say I was the greatest but you can definately ski without using a custom insole or orthotic. I agree with ssh and coppernyc, custom orthotics make a big difference, in both comfort AND performance. If skiing is what you choose to do, then why not have the right equipment.The cost of a well built orthotic will be meaningless after a few hundred days of comfortable skiing. Mine have lasted two pairs of boots and look like they'll easily go a couple more.
EddyMac, this is definitely true.

I had my first appointment with Jeff Bergeron today (I think I'll create a different thread to talk about that in detail later), and I learned that it goes beyond a neutral foot position; it has a direct effect in overall body alignment. In my case, one of my legs (and only one!) flexes funny (towards the inside) and the ankle pronates (doesn't happen when walking or anything else!). Without orthotics (and probably a few other things--including the right boots!), I have to "tuck" my right knee behind my left to get enough edge pressure. There is no way to fix this kind of issue without orthotics, and I am of the opinion that virtually everyone has some kind of alignment issue for which orthotics should be used. Interestingly, the well-made orthotics that I had in my boots did not correct this.

However, there are very few people who can help with alignment to this extent. Fortunately, I live relatively near one of the best.

More later...
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