"Ed Viesturs Ultra-Cushion" - Custom Footbeds


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title "Ed Viesturs Ultra-Cushion" - Custom Footbeds
Manufacturer SOLE
Page By Redwic
Page Type Feb 21, 2007 / Feb 21, 2007
Object ID 2669
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Product Description

Some mountaineering insoles are "better" because they're built with better materials & more support than others. However, nearly all of them - even the top brands - come pre-molded from the factory and are designed to fit feet like yours, but not designed to fit your feet. SOLE Custom Footbeds are scientifically engineered to fit your feet - perfectly. They form a seamless bond between your feet & your footwear - thus making them ideal mountaineering insoles.

SOLE Custom Footbeds help relieve foot pain, soreness, and excess motion in your outdoor & athletic footwear with these "ultra-cushioned", custom-moldable footbeds.


-> Tested in some of the most demanding conditions in the world, including reaching the Summit of Mount Everest, by mountaineer Ed Viesturs.

-> Heat-moldable three-layer design ensures a personalized fit and ample support to help control motion and absorb shock.

-> Can be worn either with or without heat-molding to achieve proper amount of support & custom shape.

-> Wicking, perforated polyester top helps manage moisture and balance friction control with comfort.

-> 3.2mm of SOFTEC open-cell urethane in middle layer delivers superior shock absorption and durability for long-term cushioning comfort.

-> EVA heat-moldable foam base supplies lightweight cushioning and a custom shape.

-> Aggressive arch and deep heel cups offer support and pronation control for a plush yet static fit; hand-wash to clean.

-> Insoles are guaranteed against cushioning breakdown for two years; 90-day "Ultimate Fit Guarantee" ensures satisfaction with cushioning and support.

Fitting Specs

Sizes listed below are Men's sizes. Men's half-sizes should round up to the next nearest size. Refer to the following to determine Women's sizes:

Size 4M = 5.5-6W
Size 5M = 6.5-7W
Size 6M = 7.5-8W
Size 7M = 8.5-9W
Size 8M = 9.5-10W
Size 9M =10.5-11W
Size 10M = 11.5-12W

Easy-To-Follow Custom Fitting Instructions

STEP 1: Warm the footbeds in an oven, set at 200°F, for about two minutes, then remove & place inside footwear.***
***Opti-Therm Molding Indicator assists custom fitting; the indicator turns black when insoles are ready to be removed from oven.

STEP 2: Step into the footwear and stand straight with feet shoulder width apart for two minutes.



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Adamus - Jul 22, 2007 10:20 pm - Voted 4/5

Great insole. Very thick. Rather pricey, but worth it if you want a really good hiking insole that molds to your foot. Make sure to use oversized boots though, as they are thick, and when used with heavy socks they'll fill the shoe pretty good.

fossana - Apr 6, 2010 2:28 pm - Voted 3/5

mixed feedback
I was hoping to use these as an alternative to new custom orthotics. Unfortunately, they didn't quite meet the grade.

- sturdy
- cushier than superfeet
- easy to mold
- 90 day manufacturer's money back guarantee
- 1/10th the price of custom orthotics

- slick top surface (my feet slide around on steep downhills)

Redwic - Apr 12, 2010 10:30 am - Hasn't voted

Re: mixed feedback
Feet sliding around on steep downhills would definitely not be fun. I had not heard of that issue with these insoles, previously, but perhaps you are not the only person who experienced that.

spapagiannis - Sep 18, 2014 3:19 am - Hasn't voted

Re: mixed feedback
I use the same brand and mold style of insoles in by hiking boots - they look different than pictured, but all the same principal. I haven't noticed any feet slippage. Though, it could depend upon a few things:

- molding method: When getting them with my boots, it was adamantly stressed to me to use the natural "body thermal/load bearing" molding approach by just wearing them around for 3 days all day instead of the heating method. Perhaps that heating method adversely affects the surface slickness? Current instructions mention both methods

- fitting: could be the fitting wasn't ideal, though that could also depend upon foot shape - I'd guess a flat foot might slip easier than one with an arch. I happen to have very high arches (2 fingers fit beneath them!), so even though I wear a size 10 boot I got fitted with a size 11 insole for it to cup the exaggerated arch properly, which they then trimmed the edges for a tight fit inside the size 10 boot. My foot's arch, and the SOLE's arch support, seem to offer a solid internal anchor to prevent foot slippage. The ones in the picture look a bit different and non-trimmable. Maybe the product has evolved since then?

Just some ideas on what could be the problem. Though given this original comment on the slick surface was posted so long ago, this might not even apply to the current evolutions(s) of the product.

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