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No pain or pressure points, do I need custom footbeds?

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Everyone from expert bootfitters to highly experienced skiiers seems to say that custom footbeds make their boots more comfortable and are worth every penny. I just got a pair of new Nordica Ignition's and they are really comfortable, so I'm not sure whether or not I should get custom footbeds. I've skiied 4 days now in them and the liners are decently packed out. I don't have any noticeable pain or pressure points that are bothering me at the end of the day.

 

Ignoring the financial aspect and considering that my boots are pretty comfortable, would a custom footbed still be of benefit to me? I'm going to Vail this weekend so I won't have time to test them out and have adjustments made before I leave.

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Greg Hoffman has his shop at the summit at Vail next to Chair 4, and in Lionshead Circle.  If a footbed is of interest, I would wait to arrive there. I'm sure Greg would honestly advise you and steer you to an appropriate solution ranging from pre-made (mass-produced) footbeds to a custom solution.  If you pull the footbed out of your boot you will find it is basically a floppy, flat piece of cushion.  Any footbed will better support your arch and give your heel something to support it and improve transmission to the boot.  The right solution should come from an assessment by a pro.  You'll never know what you're missing, or if you'rre missing something without that hand's-on assessment.

 

gregfits
Greg Hoffmann
Ski Boot Fitting,Inc.
Lionshead Circle and Skier Enhancement Center
Vail, Colorado
802-379-1014
hoffmann.greg@gmail.com
www.skibootfitting.com

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Definitely visit Greg while you are there, he is one of the best.

 

realize a well made footbed serves two purposes one is increased comfort the other is improve performance.  One is for improving the fit the other for optimizing your alignment inside the boot.  You may have some foot anomolies that are affecting your skiing performance yet not your comfort.   Have Greg take a look see!

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