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I've seen a lot of posts referring to footbeds... excuse the noob question but I assume these are used in boots to give more support and therefore greater control?  How does this work?  Do boots not come equipped with these things, and if so, do the footbeds you can buy simply replace existing ones in the boots or are they in addition to what is provided by the boot maker?

 

I bought Salomon Mission 5's. They were hell the first few hours I wore them, but now I've got them adjusted the right way they are fine - tight but comfortable.  I can wiggle my toes...feet don't get cold, however I notice now that after 4 or 5 hours of skiing that my heel lifts very slightly when I'm really pushing forward...is this because the lining is packing out...and would footbeds help with this?

 

I was in a shop in London over the weekend and asked them and of course they said "yes sir...you really need these and they will improve your control significantly....and by the way a good set will cost around 60GBP"  ... true or sales blurb?

 

To be fair to them they gave me an unbelievably good deal on a new jacket (Schoffel Saturn GTX)... I had been looking at the Arcteryx Sidewinder but the Schoffel had better features (in my humble opinion) and was a good bit cheaper.

 

Alen

post #2 of 10

Repost this in "Ask the Boot Guys"....I could answer, but you will get a better answer there.

post #3 of 10

After market foot beds are custom fit to your feet. In other words they are shaped to be the mirror image of the bottom of your feet. For example this means the custom foot bed's arch support is exactly  the shape, size and position as your arch.

 

Custom foot beds offer superior comfort and tend to lock your foot in place. They replace the generic foot beds that came with your boot, last for years and can be reused in your next pair of boots.

 

You usually get a better price for the custom foot beds if purchased along with a new pair of boots. They are well worth having.

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks DanoT!

 

and Skidude72.... I should have thought of this!  DOH!!!!

post #5 of 10

Alen,

 

A good foot bed fills up the spaces between your foot and the boot.  This allows you to more easily transmit forces from your foot to the boot and then to the ski.  Also, a good fitting and adjustment will get your skis flat on the snow when you are in a neutral stance.  This all makes skiing easier and more enjoyable.

 

The difference of skiing with skiing with stock, paper thin, "foot beds" and a custom fitted foot bed is like the difference between manual and power steering.  Once you get them you won't go back.

post #6 of 10

Alen, if you are going to ski a lot get footbeds.   Positives; custom fit, comfort and control, you can keep them for many years and just transfer to new boots when you buy a new pair.  I've had my present pair for 12 years now.  Basically they will warm a footbed, you will stand on it while it is warms, they will put a plastic b ag around your whole foot and then draw all the air out, vacuming the footbed right into your foot.   I can feel the grooves for my toes in the bottom of my boots.  

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Pete, T-Square,

 

Thanks for the advice!  Appreciate your input to this.  I'm now sold on the idea of footbeds but still undecided about off the shelf or custom.  Big price difference between the 2.... and if I am realistic I will probably ski around 25 to 30 days per year.  Having said that... its a small price to pay for absolute comfort...  Question for me now is do I get them now or wait until nearer next season??

 

As usual I made the beginners mistake of not getting footbeds at the same time as my boots... so I guess it will cost me more.  Funny thing is when I was buying the boots (and I tried on loads!) the guy in the shop said nothing about footbeds...but with hindsight he was a sales guy (albeit very knowledgable) and not a bootfitter! You live and learn... just wish I had found this forum before taking the plunge and buying my gear!  Maybe I can pursuade her indoors that I have 'outgrown' my current boots (Salomon mission 5's) as they have a low flex rating of 60...and I now need a stiffer boot

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Originally Posted by Alen View Post

Pete, T-Square,

 

Thanks for the advice!  Appreciate your input to this.  I'm now sold on the idea of footbeds but still undecided about off the shelf or custom.  Big price difference between the 2.... and if I am realistic I will probably ski around 25 to 30 days per year.  Having said that... its a small price to pay for absolute comfort...  Question for me now is do I get them now or wait until nearer next season??

 

As usual I made the beginners mistake of not getting footbeds at the same time as my boots... so I guess it will cost me more.  Funny thing is when I was buying the boots (and I tried on loads!) the guy in the shop said nothing about footbeds...but with hindsight he was a sales guy (albeit very knowledgable) and not a bootfitter! You live and learn... just wish I had found this forum before taking the plunge and buying my gear!  Maybe I can pursuade her indoors that I have 'outgrown' my current boots (Salomon mission 5's) as they have a low flex rating of 60...and I now need a stiffer boot

 

Alen, get the customs made footbeds, shop around in Austria you should have a pretty good choice.  Maybe a little cheaper in the summer.  No need to wait for winter especially if you can save some beer money.

 

post #9 of 10

Actually what usually happens is they sell you the boot at a big discount and charge almost full price for the footbed.  If you're just buying the footbed, maybe you can get a discount.

 

Buy an off the shelf footbed if you have off-the shelf feet, if your feet weren't used for the mold that made the off-the-shelf footbeds, then get some custom-made ones.  The better the boot fits  your foot, inculding the bottom part of your foot, the better the skiing will be.

post #10 of 10

Get the custom footbeds. Don't waste money on generic footbeds.

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