Every snowboarder has had foot pain and knows that it can completely ruin a days shredding. Good fitting boots, not doing your bindings up to tight, the right socks and cutting your toenails properly (yes you Nathan) all help, but sometimes you need extra support. Having been riding with them for over a decade this is my review of Superfeet supportive insoles for snowboarding.
I first came across Superfeet about two weeks after I bought my first snowboard boots on a season in Whistler. My mostly comfortable Northwave Legends had packed out – this means stretched and is to be expected – and felt a bit loose and sloppy. I also started to get pain in the arch of my foot, particularly when holding the toe edge for a long time.
The answer, I was told, was to get some supportive insoles for snowboarding. They will counteract the ‘packing out’ by taking up more room in the boot and provide more support for the arch of the foot. A friend recommended Superfeet and I have been wearing them for snowboarding – and hiking – ever since, so I thought it’s about time I shared my experience with a review of Superfeet.
What are Superfeet supportive insoles?
With a basis in podiatry, Superfeet have designed insoles that adapt the flat, two dimensional interior of your footwear to your foots three dimensional shape. They not only set the standard for support but as the first of it’s kind they effectively launched the industry. With over 40 registered patents, Superfeet supportive insoles are always one step ahead of the rest of the industry.
The shape of the Superfeet supportive insoles helps to stabilize the foot through arch support and a deep structured heel cup. They have foam running the full-length to add comfort and shock absorption. They come in different fit profiles that take into account the level of support you require and the volume of the shoe they will go in. Combined with a trim-to-fit system Superfeet supportive insoles are adaptable to all types of footwear, foot shapes and sizes.
Superfeet launched in 1977 with the promise to “Create a first class product with as much medical knowledge as could be built into it and that could truly, affordably, help people”. That promise holds true today, as you can buy them for between £27 and £45 a pair. Plus they offer a 60 day comfort guarantee – so if you don’t like them you can take them back.
Review of Superfeet Green
My first pair of Superfeet was the Green – their original and most famous insole which still has pretty much the same design as it did when it launched in 1977. Providing professional-grade orthotic support and heavy-duty shock absorption to make your shoes fit and feel better all at an affordable price.
For ten years I used the same pair of Superfeet Green insoles in both my snowboarding boots and my hiking boots. I swapped them back and forth until one day I threw them out by mistake when getting rid of my old snowboarding boots. If I had not thrown them out I expect they would be still going strong as these they are built to last.
Apart from the first couple of days to break them in, I found the Greens to be spectacularly comfortable. Providing just the right amount of support in the heel and arch, they turned a pair of packed out and slightly too big snowboarding boots into a pair I could board hard in from first to last lift. They also helped me break in a pair of Salomon hiking boots that were incredibly uncomfortable until I replaced the existing insoles with the Superfeet.
And just in case things could not get any better the Superfeet Green insoles are not just green in colour and name but also in the environmental sense. They are completely vegan (not that I would eat them – particularly after I had boarded in them), free of latex, nickel sulfate, formaldehyde and preservatives. Plus they use an organic, odour eliminating, natural coating to stop the stinky bacteria from getting a foothold.
Review of Superfeet RedHot and HotPink
After the runaway success I had with the Superfeet Green, after I accidentally threw out the old pair I replaced them with two pairs of Superfeet supportive insoles. I got another pair of the trusty Greens for my hiking boots but for my snowboarding boots I decided to get the new RedHot insoles that are specifically designed for snowsports.
Before creating the Green innersole the Superfeet laboratory had been creating custom insoles for ski boots and the RedHot is the direct result of that experience. They use Outlast® Adaptive Comfort® as part of dual thermal layers to create a responsive temperature control by absorbing, storing and releasing warmth.
But they are not just there to keep your feet warm, using a biomechanical design to stabilize your foot they provide better control when snowboarding. With a snug fit there is less shifting of the foot and fewer pressure points to create discomfort. It also evenly distributes your weight across the foot reducing stress on feet, ankles and knees.
I have been riding in the RedHot Superfeet supportive insoles for about 20 days now and feel they make a big difference. My packed out boots that had started to feel sloppy are now snug again and they do as good a job as the my old Greens whilst adding some extra warmth.
Superfeet also makes a ladies version of the RedHot called the HotPink. Based on my recommendation my wife bought a pair of these for her ski boots. She used to get pain in the ball of her foot which has been eliminated since she started skiing in the HotPink’s. She has also complained less about cold feet.
As with the Greens, Superfeet RedHot and HotPink are vegan and free of latex, nickel sulfate, formaldehyde and preservatives. They use a natural odour preventing coating to eliminate bacteria and help stop stinky feet.
Review of Superfeet for snowboarding: Conclusions
If you snowboarding boots have packed out or you get foot pain when snowboarding don’t splash out on some new boots until you have tried Superfeet. Get the version that will fit you correctly and give them a go – you won’t regret it.
The best thing about this review of Superfeet supportive insoles for snowboarding is that you don’t have to take my word for it. With their 60 day money back comfort guarantee you can buy a pair and give them a go. Just one pair will last you a very long time and give you comfy feet whether you are snowboarding, skiing, hiking or just for everyday wear.
Superfeet can be bought from many UK retailers and prices range from around £27 up to £45. If you would like to find out more please visit: www.Superfeet.com