Trail Running Orthotic Insoles - Improve Your Comfort & Performance

by Mark Paigen December 05, 2018

Running orthotics for efficient trail runs

Trail Runners Need Strong Arch Support

Trail running is a demanding sport. Long miles, steep verticals and rough terrain. Your feet take a beating. The best running orthotics make a huge difference.

Into Thin Air

Back in the day, the only footwear on these trails were lugged hiking boots. Carrying full backpacks. Lots of gear. Now, you are running in one day what used to be an overnight trip. It feels powerful to cover serious distance in a short amount of time. You depend on your strength, judgement, and stamina instead of gear and redundancies. Slow and steady is not your ticket. Fast and steady is more like it.

Trail running is adventure. Self-reliance is key. Making sure your footwear meets your needs is critical. The lighter your gear, the stronger you need to be. And the faster you will go. Increase the capabilities of your footwear with strong, supportive, semi-custom running orthotics from Tread Labs.

The Power of Running Orthotics for Trail Running

Trails can be hard on feet. Roots. Rocks. Off-camber surfaces. The descent can be especially challenging. Having the right footwear is important. You're always trying to find the optimum balance between light-weight, high-traction, and long-term durability. Boost the performance of your trail running shoes with best running orthotics from Tread Labs.

Great running orthotics for your trail footwear should:

  1. Fit Properly: Guaranty strong support and great comfort with a perfect fit. Tread Labs' orthotics are available in more sizes than any other insole. Four arch heights ensure a fit for any foot shape.
  2. Support Your Arch: Trail conditions are rugged. Your running insoles must be built for the challenge. Molded resin arch supports will not deflect or break down over time. We ran over an insole with a car to check it's durability. No damage.
  3. Maintain Proper Biomechanics: Prevent your arch from collapsing. Control pronation. Proper biomechanics will keep your feet anchored in your shoes with less lace pressure. Toe banging is minimized. With less friction, there is less heat, more comfort.
  4. Ensure That Shoes Flex Only at the Forefoot: Mountain footwear used to be heavy and stiff. Weight has no advantage. But the strong shanks of mountain boots did prevent foot fatigue. Tread Labs' semi-custom running orthotics act like shanks in your lightweight shoes. Add rear-foot stability and limit flex in the back of the shoe for a more stable ride.

The Road Less Traveled

Sandy canyons in Utah. Alpine trails in Colorado. The woods at the end of the road. Very different places but similar as well. No cars, few people. The freedom to run in beautiful places. Places that demand respect. Don't skimp on gear. There isn't much gear involved in trail running and it all needs to perform. Learn more about Tread Labs' running orthotics for flat feet and high arches. Try them in your trail running shoes and feel the difference they make.


Mark Paigen
Mark Paigen

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