Ski boot inserts can improve the fit of your boots and make a dramatic difference in your skiing ability and your comfort. Shop the best ski boot insoles and footbeds today. Ski better, feel better.
Ski gear is not cheap. Add lift tickets, transportation, and a quick lunch, and the cost of a day on the slopes can be substantial. Enjoying what you paid for can be difficult if your feet are uncomfortable. Good ski boot insoles can transform your day from one of suffering to one of pure enjoyment.
Any professional ski boot fitter will tell you that upgrading your ski boot insoles will make a dramatic difference in both your skiing ability and your comfort. There are two reasons for this:
It’s not complicated. A simple exercise will demonstrate what happens to an unsupported foot in the middle of a turn:
It has collapsed, leaving your foot in an overpronated position. There is no strength in your foot when it is in this position. Imagine a real ski turn where the force is multiplied, and you can see why arch support makes such a difference in skiing ability.
Supporting the arch and eliminating overpronation with proper ski boot inserts puts the foot in a powerful position, enabling it to exert optimum pressure on the edge of your ski.
Ski boots have a difficult job. They must hold your feet completely still while allowing your toes room to move. They must allow your ankles to flex forward, but not side to side. Finally, they must keep your feet warm and comfortable in cold weather. They do this with a hard, molded shell and firm, foam liner. The hard shell closes with high-leverage buckles that clamp your feet in place. Here’s the rub:
Strong arch support lets you reduce buckle pressure without losing performance. In addition, arch support in your ski boots reduces foot fatigue. The muscles in your foot do not have to try to hold your arches up during each turn.
Spreading the pressure over a greater area on the bottom of your feet also adds to your comfort. Ski boot insoles can do wonders for your comfort and ability on the slopes.
There are a number of ski boot footbeds and inserts available. Like any piece of gear, investing in quality will pay dividends down the road.
Avoid soft, foam insoles or inserts that are heat molded to your feet. While these types of insoles feel good initially, they do not have the structural integrity to support your feet during rigorous skiing. Purchase ski boot insoles that have a firm arch support covered with a layer of foam for comfort. Look for the following features:
Some people have foot abnormalities so extreme that custom (or prescription) orthotics are the best solution. A fully custom pair of ski footbeds is often $250 - $400. If this is the solution for you, make sure to pick an experienced technician who knows both feet and ski boots. Make sure that modifications are included in the base price. It can take more than one try to get it right.
For less than the cost of most lift tickets, you can improve both your technique and your comfort. Do your feet a favor and give them the Tread Labs experience.
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