Originally Posted by Yuki
Cheap footbeds .... the $69 variety .... no pain .... after thirty freaking years. The heat molded ones. That was seven years ago.
Interesting comment there Yuki. I bought new boots last year (women's X-Wave 8) and they made a huge difference, went down a size and much better control. However, I've not quite got them right yet this year, maybe it's simply that I haven't worn them for 9 months....
They are 99.9% comfortable, no pressure points anywhere, toes not squished, heel not lifting, no friction so no blisters. I started out with the original footbeds/insoles and they were fine. In Feb I had the Hotronics heaters fitted as at -25 C my feet were getting numb from the cold. I'm just realising I have (long had) a problem with cramp at the base of my 3rd toe on each foot anyway (even in street shoes, I can be walking along or driving and suddenly I get a cramp I can't get rid of). Left is worse than right. Anyway, with the original insoles I had no problem with cramp whatsoever, just cold-related numbness.
This year so far, however, I have had a couple of occasions where I've got cramp at the base of my 3rd toe (hits in the bottom half of a turn and I just have to hold the turn until I can slow and stop, then have to stop to allow the cramp to ease). Also my toes (particularly on the left foot) have felt like I have cotton wool stuffed under and between my toes - no pain, no pins and needles, not even numb really, just very weird - almost as if they're cold when they're not. I also get the feeling (I'm not 100% sure, will pay attention next time out) that the Hotronic insole is moving backwards and forwards fractionally, which I presume it shouldn't do and could be contributing to the problem.
Long rambling story leads to this.... when I was in the city the other day I saw some heat-moulded orthotic footbeds for CHF 69 (can't remember the name now, it was an NZ company if anyone can help?) and I was wondering whether that would solve the problem? You can get a heating element for custom footbeds for the Hotronics, and everything else about the boots is dead comfy.
Any thoughts anyone? (I'll cross-post on Jeff's thread too)