SHOCKDOCTOR ULTRA2 INSOLES APPLICATION
Please accept my application to test the ShockDoctor Ultra2 Insoles.
Although my feet measure US 8½EEE, my shoes generally are a US 10W.
I would need the insoles based on my shoe size to prevent gaps
between the edges of the insole and the inside of the shoe. I have
read Chapter 5 of the BackpackGearTest Survival Guide, version 1202,
and will follow all requirements.
Name: Chuck Kime
Height: 5'8" (172 cm)
Weight: 229 lb (104 kg)
Email address: ckime AT nelsononline DOT com
City, State, Country: Upper Darby (Philadelphia suburb),
Additional Information applicable to this test:
Shoe size: 8½EEE (US)
Found at end of application.
Our Boy Scout troop camps monthly. Almost all of these outings
include a minimum of 2 nights of camping, with temperatures expected
to be from lows around 25 to 30 ºF (-4 to 1 ºC) to highs around 95
to 100 ºF (35 to 38 ºC). Elevations will range from sea level to
approximately 2,000' (610 m).
I also wear Spenco brand full-length arch support insoles in all of
my shoes (other than my Asics athletic shoes), including lightweight
hikers from Target, military issue combat/jungle/jump boots, and a
variety of western boots. I have worn the Spencos in this way
every day since 1984 (which makes me
older than I thought).
I hate cold feet. In cold weather, I wear U.S. military issue combat
boots far more waterproof than my mesh-insert Target boots that
have no insulation or padding at all. While moving I usually have no
problem with cold, but standing around is both cold and
uncomfortable, as they have a hard sole that transmits cold fairly
well. In warm weather, however, my feet tend to sweat fairly
significantly, even in my lightweight boots. ShockDoctor claims that
their insoles keep feet "cooler when it's hot and warmer when it's
cold". This would be a good thing.
My everyday shoes are my Target hikers, which I have worn almost
daily for the past 20-21 months. I would wear the Ultra2s in these
every day to work throughout the test period, as well as on all scout
trips. My daily commute includes several walks of several city
blocks (I work in Philadelphia), plus a 3-4 block walk every day at
lunch time. Scout trips generally involve a few miles over the
course of a weekend, and will include 12- to 15-mile (19- to 24-km)
days for a week of summer camp in August.
I also plan to replace the sandals I wore out at the end of last
summer. I generally changed into these at home in the evenings and
on some weekends, and am considering getting a pair that could be
used with insoles. If I do, I will certainly use the Ultra2 insoles
in them at least for the duration of the test.
I have been meaning to get to the store to buy another pair of
Spencos lately. If selected for this test, I will definitely do so.
I would then spend a day with one type of insole in one shoe and a
different type in the other (and probably a day with the opposite
combination) to see if I notice any difference from my "normal"
I will be attentive to and/or test the following:
· Fit. Do they fit me/my shoes? Is the sizing on the web site
accurate? I don't actually see product size listed, only a size
· Fabric. Is the friction-reducing top cover durable (I have
no prior experience with the fabric)?
· Warmth/cooling. How cold can it get and still keep me warm?
How warm can it get and keep my feet cool and dry?
· Washability. Do they wash well? Do they dry well? Do they
hold much dirt in the first place? Any stink factor?
· Arch. Is the arch high enough? Too high? Just right
(Goldie! Babe! How ya doin'?)?
Previously Written Reports:
Deuter Futura 32 Day Pack (September 30, 2003)
Tektite Trek (was Micra) Lithium Survival Light (October 17, 2003)
AntiGravityGear Mama's Kitchen Cook Set (January 6, 2004)
Aquamira Water Treatment (February 19, 2004)
Currently Testing Other Items:
Hot Chillys Bio-Silver Bi-Ply Top (Field Report uploaded 1/6)
Integral Designs Denali Pants (Field Report uploaded 1/8)
Snugpak Softie 3 Merlin Sleeping Bag (Field Report Uploaded 1/14)
Gregory Z Pack (Field Report Uploaded 3/2)
Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain High Packcloth Gaiters (Field Report
LEKI Pathfinder Jr. Trekking Poles (Initial Report Uploaded 2/12)
Outdoor Research Sahara Sombrero (Not Started Yet)
Big Agnes Seed House 3 Tent (Not Started Yet)
Medium ALICE External Frame Pack (March 13, 2003)
Victorinox Climber Swiss Army Pocket Knife (March 14, 2003)
Leatherman PST Multi-tool (March 26, 2003)
All of my reports/reviews may be found here:
Tests Currently Monitoring:
Exped Down Air Mattress (DAM)
"The Hiker's Guide to Preparing Home-Cooked Meals on the Trail" by
Tests Previously Monitored:
I started car/trailer camping with the family when I was about 5. I
enlisted in the Army Reserve during my first year of college and
spent 17 years fine-tuning my packing methodology - by the time I
separated from the service, I was down to what I thought was a
respectable 75-80 lb (34-36 kg) load. When my son started Cub
Scouts, I brought my 60 lb (27 kg) ALICE pack for a weekend. We got
to Boy Scouts in the Spring of 2002 and now camp monthly in locations
ranging from the Chesapeake Bay area (flat and lightly wooded), to
the Pocono Mts (flat spots hard to find and very wooded), and in all
Lightweight (and ultralightweight) web sites, along with a day hike
up Pikes Peak in July 2003, have led me to seriously rethink my gear
choices. I plan to start doing more hiking/backpacking on our
monthly scout trips, taking along as many scouts as are willing, to
a) get in shape (yeah, yeah, I know
round IS a shape), and b)
determine what I really need to take along. I am relatively
confident that I will be able to reduce my 3-season pack to 20 lb (9
kg), before food, fuel and water, by the time this season is over.
Thank you for your consideration,