Posted by Snowman on 16th Feb 2013
I put these in skate ski boots after trying a bunch of other ones that all raised my heel too much, causing me to lean back, putting most of my push into my toes. I have narrow, pronating feet with high arches and the Downunders match my foot profile perfectly. The arch portion takes up all the room under the inner part of my foot and distributes my weight very evenly. All the other types of super duper insoles I tried had nothing like the arch support these do, even though they were supposed to. For the first week or so as my feet were getting used to being evenly supported, they hurt badly and cramped periodically, but now, I can ski faster, my balance is better, overall form is improved and I can feel my heel pushing for the first time. In fact, overall feel of my skis is vastly better and it's easy to tell if I'm pushing at the right angle or not. I was also able to reduce the canting adjustment on my boots, since pronation is not a big issue anymore because Downunders rotated my feet outward enough that they are now almost flat, instead of being tilted inward. Maybe it's just me and my weird feet, but the Downunders truthfully made a huge difference in my skiing, making it more fun, too.
Posted by Unknown on 31st Jan 2012
Quite a different design and fit compared with the other trim to fits out there! The deep heelcup I feel is key to comfort and steering control. They molded to my feet in a matter of a day or two. Really comfortable but super supportive at the same time. Downunders are a great year round insole.
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