Custom Footbeds for Hard Shell Boot?

georgertgeorgert Posts: 28 Baller
edited April 16 in Skis Fins Bindings
I am a seasonal full-time alpine ski instructor at a Utah ski resort. I have three pair of ski boots and they all have custom made foot beds to provide arch support under load. I would never consider skiing a boot with the standard foot bed sold stock with new boots because support is minimal and results in over pronation of the foot in the boot. On the waterskiing side of things this summer I am transitioning from a Radar Vector Boa front boot to a Syndicate hard shell boot and release binding. Is anyone out there using a custom made foot bed in a hard shell boot and has it enhanced their comfort and performance?


  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 3,814 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I’ve used custom footbeds in my binders since the 1980’s and wouldn’t consider skiing without them. When you get them fitted, however, stand on them in a slalom skiing stance. In my case, they mold slightly higher in the arch for water skiing than snow skiing.
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  • MastercrafterMastercrafter Posts: 388 Crazy Baller
    ^^^ nothing connects you to your ski like moving and rolling around in your binding.
  • georgertgeorgert Posts: 28 Baller
    edited April 16
    Dean, that’s what Harald Harb told me when he built me some orthotics for my alpine boots. After a week I put them in my running shoes because my foot was slipping around in the boot and I couldn’t buy an edge.
  • lundberglundberg Posts: 125 Solid Baller
    I use these inside my liners.
    Shoe Insoles Arch Support Inserts Orthotic Insoles for Plantar Fasciitis, Flat Feet, High Arch, Pronation, Heel Spurs & Foot Pain
  • jipster43jipster43 Posts: 1,464 Crazy Baller
    edited April 20
    I had custom footbeds in my radar strada years ago but they disappeared after a fairly spectacular yardsale. I walked the shoreline dozens of times looking for them but they never emerged.
  • DWDW Posts: 2,516 Mega Baller
    @georgert - What resort? Good question.
  • DeanoskiDeanoski Posts: 1,134 Crazy Baller
    @georgert Most of the Wc racers don’t use much or any foot beds
  • gsm_petergsm_peter Posts: 845 Crazy Baller
    My 2 cents FWIW

    Advantages using Ortho in alpine boots
    - Foot stand with 'equal pressure' and help improve blood circulation
    - Less fatigue. I can ski more relaxed
    - Help me with my terrible pronation

    I use one in my Reflex, FF for tricking. Same reasons as above.

    I sometimes use 2 in my slalom boots. Semi stiff Radar Pulse boots.
    Provide better stans (pronation).
    Reason for sometimes is since I cant squeeze them in with the neoprene socks.
    Socks are more important (we start skiing in well below 40F)

    Life is too short not to enjoy every day!
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