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Which footbed ?

post #1 of 11
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I plan to be fitted with a footbed while in Beaver Creek. I understand the DFP is a good one - recommeded to be fitted unweighted. As such with falling arches is this OK? I've also read of the Surefoot footbed but they seem to have problems. There's also the Superfeet. Anyone have recommendations as to which type is best and maybe someone in Beaver Creek that is good? Thanks
post #2 of 11
My experience is with the Superfeet cork(unweighted fitting). I noticed a difference (for the better) first run down. No more wiggle room and immediate transfer of intent from brain to foot to boot to ski. I like. Others will have feedback re other footbeds.
post #3 of 11
The most important part is who is doing the foot bed--I do wieghted and align hip /knee mass and foot with neutral talas--but how I grind the the bed can change a lot,also on superfeet,I had an expert make me a pair and he made them 1/2 " too short--so this year I had him make me a new pair & I ground them and will try them next week--chose expierenc.
post #4 of 11
I've never had really nice footbeds. I've always had trimmables because I don't have the money for corks. But as far as they go, I totally recommend superfeet corks. I've heard tons of great things about them. Ultimately its what you prefer.
post #5 of 11
I have superfeet cork footbeds and am very happy with them. However if you search the Epic archives you will find some discussions supporting the proposition that certain footbeds work better for certain feet. At all events the person making the footbed is pretty critical to the process so check around before you put your money down.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ February 11, 2002 05:49 PM: Message edited 2 times, by Lostboy ]</font>
post #6 of 11
As they say, "the wrench is only as good as the nut on the end of the handle." I think a very good bootfitter will make you a good footbed, using whatever materials and system he/she likes to work with.

That said, the best footbeds I have ever had are the Superfeet Corks, molded to an unweighted foot with a vacuum-bag system. They have very deep heel pockets, which are important in stabilizing your foot--although once again, the position they stabilize your foot IN is critical. They are also good for someone with flexible feet that tend to pronate, like me (and it sounds like you too). And they will last a VERY long time--mine are nearly 20 years old!

There are other unweighted systems out there that can also be very good. "Instaprint," as used by Bob Gleason and his Masterfit University boot fitters, is a good system, if expertly applied.

I like Surefoot as a company. I like the way they do business, and their genuine devotion to excellent customer service. But I am not sold on their footbeds. The computer imprint is "neat" and colorful, and has the advantage that they can make you another pair at any Surefoot shop anywhere. But I don't think the footbeds they make are substantial enough for someone with feet like mine, and being a weighted system (you stand on their computer-platform), I think you will sacrifice some of the "neutral" support of an unweighted system.

Good luck!

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #7 of 11
just to clarify what bob said about surefoots orthotic system. Surefoot's system has the ability to do non-weighted, partially weighted or fully weighted orthotics. Depending on the persons needs determines what method will be used.
post #8 of 11
Just back from Telluride and skied my new "corks" unwieghted foot beds for 3 days. In comparison to my Peterson full wieghted no difference. Both were made by very expierenced people.
post #9 of 11
My experience with the new Superfeet cork footbeds was similar. Not as supportive as the ones they used to make with a higher content of cork instead of rubber, and the heel cups have taken a definate step backwards. They are easier for a less experienced technician to make than the old ones, but at a price.
post #10 of 11
got my surefoot beds done in keystone colo. they did a semi weighted & they worked well these are the first I ever had ,we had to trim down the arch support on my right foot & it took a couple of days to get used to them & my new boots ,the only thing I saw I would try was some they made at precision ski.the differance was they were not solid under the arch they had a space under the arch & could give a little on a hard landing.the surefoots are pretty solid,also they are expensive they cost me about 200.00 bteddy
post #11 of 11
I've had excellent results with DFP. I've skied them 4 or 5 yrs. now, and they've held up well. I blew my facia in my left foot and the bed stabilizes the foot. Good luck in your ventures, and I'll reiterate that it's the skill of the fitter that will make the most difference.
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