Application to Test Shock Doctor UltraCustom Insoles
- Here is my application to test the Shock Doctor UltraCustom insoles.
I have read the current BGT Test Requirements/Survival Guide and
agree to comply with the requirements as specified. Thanks for
Name: Colleen Porter
Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
Weight: 140 lb (64 kg)
Email address: tarbubble at yahoo dot com
City, State: Irvine, CA
Date: September 29, 2004
Shoe Size: Women's 7.5 or 8 (8 on average)
Backpacking Experience: I have been hiking for fifteen years,
backpacking for eight. I mostly hike on established trails
bushwhacking is rarely planned. I like gear to be simple and light,
and I do make some of my own equipment. On my own or with other
adults, I pack pretty light (about thirteen lbs/6 kilograms base
weight) and am always trying to get lighter, but I am often on family
trips with my two-year-old son, so then the weight usually doubles.
My usual backpacking haunts are the San Gabriels, the Sierra Nevada,
and the Grand Canyon. In winter, lots of car camping and day hikes
in the Mojave and Colorado deserts.
Field Information: If chosen to test the UltraCustom footbeds, I will
be wearing them primarily around southern and central California. We
can expect hot weather for another three months or so, then the
blessed cool months begin, so daytime temperatures can still reach
100 F/38 C. Once winter kicks in I can expect occasional drops below
freezing, depending on where I go. My only trips specifically
planned are a November volunteer trip to Anza-Borrego Desert State
Park (to help undo damage from recent mudslides and flash floods),
and a snow-camping trip to Yosemite National Park (dates uncertain).
I will probably visit Joshua Tree NP, Mojave NP, and Death Valley
this winter as well, which will involve sand, rock, lava beds,
scrambling, trail hiking, and wide ranges in temperatures. Closer to
home, the insoles would be used on day hikes, trail runs, jumping
rope, bike riding, and for street/pavement running.
Test Plan: to use the UltraCustoms in every shoe I wear, on as many
different types of terrain that I can get to. I have absolutely no
experience with aftermarket insoles not even so much as a pair of
Dr. Scholl's, so I will be evaluating the soles from that
standpoint. Will I determine that specialty insoles are necessary?
The shoes that the insoles will be used in are: Merrell Sonora
Ventilators (cross-trainers), New Balance 804's (trail runners),
Merrell Motovator Mid Gore-Texes (for snowshoeing), Spaulding running
shoes, Merrell Chameleon Ventilator Lows (for backpacking), and any
other shoes that I feel the insoles would be appropriate in.
Apparently what makes these "custom" insoles is that the top layer of
foam molds itself to your feet and will eventually permanently take
on the shape of your foot, so as to be a perfect fit. This sounds
really cool, but does it work? How long will it take for the insoles
to "set?" I recently began having trouble with pronation - I think
due to some stress injuries my feet got this summer. These insoles
are supposed to help control pronation will they? Or will the
custom-fitting nature of the insoles only serve to reinforce the bad
habits my feet are learning?
Will they make walking and running easier? More comfortable? Will
my feet hurt less at the end of a long day? The insoles have a
feature called "shockdomes" that are supposed to absorb impact
shock. Will this result in less pain when I run? I have been able
to go quite a few years without ever having much in the way of foot
trouble, but my feet took quite a beating this summer and I find
myself wondering if insoles might help with the problems I have begin
to notice (mild pronation, occasional pains in the plantar fascia,
occasional toe aches).
Shock Doctor makes a lot of claims about these insoles and what they
can do. I think I'm a good candidate to evaluate how well the
UltraCustoms deliver the promised performance. I have nothing to
compare them to, so I can examine them on their own merits and not be
unconsciously comparing them to any other models.
Thanks again for considering my application.
Current Test Series
Bozeman Mountain Works TorsoLite Pad (IR)
Vargo Triad Titanium Stove (IR)
Red Ledge Cirrus Lt. Jacket (IR, FR)
Keen Newport H20 Sandals (IR, FR)
Red Ledge Full-Zip Pants
Tikka Plus Headlamp
I am also a BGT Mentor.
Completed Test Series
Gregory Electra Pack
Insul Mat Max-Lite Women's Edition
Wilderness Press PCT Guide, Southern California
Teva Womens Wraptor II Running Sandal
Kelty Kangaroo Child carrier
- --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "Emma Eyeball"
> Here is my application to test the Shock Doctor UltraCustominsoles.
> Test Plan: to use the UltraCustoms in every shoe I wear,(snip)
I notice you're not planning to wear them in your Keen Sandals...
Something to do with the "beating" your feet got this summer?
(Anyway, probably a good choice!)
- --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, André Corterier
> I notice you're not planning to wear them in your Keen Sandals...LOL, very perceptive of you! i didn't want to point any fingers,
> Something to do with the "beating" your feet got this summer?
> (Anyway, probably a good choice!) ;-)
especially since i'm partly to blame for placing so much trust in
them. i am afraid my test of the H2s is over - after mutilating them
the way i did, i don't think further testing would be very fair to
Keen. i've already half-finished my LTR, anyway. ;)
- At 01:31 PM 30/09/2004, you wrote:
>I notice you're not planning to wear them in your Keen Sandals...Or not being a Pom :-)
>Something to do with the "beating" your feet got this summer?
>(Anyway, probably a good choice!)
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- --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, Andrew Priest <apriest@b...>
> Or not being a Pom :-)And that would be ... ?
who is not a native speaker
(and who stopped looking for new entries for his English dictionary
of derogatory terminology at the end of 10th grade)
- At 04:02 PM 1/10/2004, you wrote:
>--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, Andrew Priest <apriest@b...>English person ... how to spot a Pom ... look at "his" feet ...
> > Or not being a Pom :-)
> > Andrew
>And that would be ... ?
It is a very common term used in Australia and is generally not considered
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