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post #1 of 8
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How much better are custom insoles than the ones you can buy and trim to fit? These (like the purple Down Unders which I ski now) are supposed to slowly mold to the foot and become "custom".
post #2 of 8
Biker, I’m no expert by any means, but recently had my first custom footbeds made and cannot speak highly enough of the end result. They were expensive so before I got them I did a bit of homework and what I came up with was that the custom footbeds are designed to place your foot in the anatomically “correct” position, this is not the case with the standard mouldable footbed. Whether it makes any difference I can’t say, but I was certainly sold on the idea of the custom ones.

One more thing I’d encourage someone to look at if they were having difficulties in any area, again based on my own experience, is their alignment. For years I’ve been trying to get off my inside edges (I skied knock kneed), no matter what I did I couldn’t overcome this (very frustrating let me assure you). More homework and I decided to have my alignment checked. Sure enough, the guy in the shop told me it was about as bad as he’d seen in. Boot grind has made a HUGE difference.

I hope this helps. Like I say I’m no expert but this is just what I’ve found and what others have told me.


post #3 of 8
It is like comparing apples and pears.

A well made custom footbed is far superior to a 'self-moulding' one, simply due to the fact that the self-moulding ones have to be compromised enough to suit a variety of foot types. A custom-made one is made exclusively for your foot, and if made and fitted well it is a huge performance advantage.

Having said that, it will depend on how much skiing you are doing, and how much you are willing to invest. I bought custom cork footbeds in 1996 for about CAN$200 and they are still going strong after 300-400 days. If you are only doing 10 days a year for example, I am sure a cheaper one would be perfectly adequate.
post #4 of 8
Those off the shelf footbeds can be pretty unforgiving. I think they are responsible for a bout half the bootfit problems I had over the past years. That is, I would probably have been better off with the stock footbed than with the Superfeet cut-to-fits that I had.
post #5 of 8
My first custom footbeds were from superfeet. They were a large improvement over the inserts provided with my boots. The negative with the superfeet product for me was the fact that I had to have the insert shaved down several times during my initial skiing so that they would fit my boot/arch (I had really bad cramping initially in the arch area). I used these footbeds for 4 + years.
They have since been put into my Randonee boots. I recently bought some new boots and I had surefoot inserts made in Park City. These are great (footbeds are made using a computer and a numerically controlled milling machine). They are more expensive but the fit is better and I needed no iterations to get a great fitted support (i.e. no initial cramping and no need for fine tuning the footbed). The guys at surefoot also adjusted the canting on my boots and analyzed my knee/ankle relationship. I was told I needed the left boot ground a bit so that I am flat on my skiis. This is great info to have. In my mind, getting footbeds is a no brainer as having the proper foot alignment is mandatory for optimum fun skiing. As much money as we spend to travel to ski, a proper fitting boot is a small expense in order to maximize fun and performance! Besides, now I have no excuse if I can't turn my skiis properly!

God Luck
post #6 of 8
I also went to Surefoot. I use the footbeds in my blades too so they do get used a fair bit. Money well spent I think.
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
I'm convinced-

Does anyone know how much the surefoot insoles cost for a ski boot?

Since I am also a fairly serious cyclist, I think I might try the cycling footbeds also. How much are they?
post #8 of 8
Biker, I don't know where you are but in Australia Surefoot beds cost $250, that's about US$130. On the wall in the Sydney outlet were signed photographs from some of our top cyclists, so they obviously cater for that area too. Surefoot promote a policy that if you ever have any problems with the footbeds you can take them to any store around the world and they will fix free of charge.

You may try contacting Surefoot directly the link is http://www.surefoot.com/ and maybe they could provide a price for your area, I'm sure it varies from location to location.
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