Author Topic: Footbeds for teenagers; forefoot pain  (Read 1476 times)


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Re: Footbeds for teenagers; forefoot pain
« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2013, 04:52:39 pm »
People either seem to love the Aline footbeds or hate them.  The complaints I've heard are that they are bulky, cold, and make it more difficult to get your foot in the boot (since they add a high degree of friction against your socked foot).  I'm also trying to remember if they're heavily posted - to the point of locking out some useful medial ankle motion.

Nonetheless, a happy skier is a skier who will actually ski, so it's definitely a good thing to be able to ski without pain, but still maintain sufficient control through the boot interface.


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Re: Footbeds for teenagers; forefoot pain
« Reply #16 on: January 21, 2013, 05:19:29 pm »
HA -- she got the RTS model, which has a soft flocked topsheet.  Pretty easy to get the boots on and off.  I looked at the regular RT model, and you are quite right in that it has kind of a rubbery surface which would likely stick to a ski sock.  The RTS is not bulky; has a thin forefoot area; and does not seem heavily posted, although the heel and arch areas are pretty solid.  I am no expert in footbed design, but in my mind they are not nearly as rigid as some posted custom ones I have been shown in the shops.  They have a distinctly rounded edge profile at the heel area, if you can visualize that.  The upper layer in the arch area, and extending toward the metatarsals, is some sort of dense foam, which does have some give to it and would allow some movement of the foot. 

In any case, she is more than happy with their feel and performance.  Re. the latter, by the way she was throwing her Progressors around on Saturday, I'd say her confidence is up a notch just from this simple change.  Two thumbs up!

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