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Backpacker Magazine – August 2012

Gear Review: Improve Fit, Boost Comfort

These after-market insoles control motion, fill excess volume, and more.

by: Dan Larson

Sole Softec Response (Courtesy Photo )
Sole Softec Response (Courtesy Photo )
Superfeet (Courtesy Photo)
Superfeet (Courtesy Photo)
Spenco Polysorb Flow Cool (Courtesy Photo)
Spenco Polysorb Flow Cool (Courtesy Photo)

Sole Softec Response
> Pros Heat-moldable (up to 5 times) for a custom fit; deep heel pocket and high arches improve leg and foot alignment for hikers who overpronate or supinate; excellent underfoot rock protection
> Cons High arch support may be overkill for flat feet
> Price $45
> Info yoursole.com/us

Superfeet Orange (men’s) and Berry (women’s)
> Pros Firm support specifically designed for pronators; high-density EVA and cushy rubber forefoot padding for shock absorption; thin profile is well suited to medium- and high-volume feet
> Cons Not moldable; give feet time to adapt to the arch support
> Price $45
> Info superfeet.com

Spenco Polysorb Flow Cool
> Pros Venting channels and perforations cool feet on hot days (especially in boots that have breathable side panels); low profile leaves wiggle room
> Cons Minimal arch support and motion control
> Price $25
> Info spenco.com



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HikingMike
Feb 26, 2013

It would be nice if the other Superfeet models were at least addressed in some way. I think I have Blue myself.

Ami
Aug 08, 2012

How does the Sole Softec Response insole compare to New Balance's Arch support insole? I'd love to know.

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