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, "Emma Eyeball"
> Carol, thanks for your suggestions & edits. i've made all the
> changes you suggested, and here is the revised FR. let me know if
> you think it's ready for upload.
> Field Report
> Shock Doctor UltraCustom Footbeds
> February 15th, 2005
> Manufacturer: Shock Doctor
> URL: http://www.shockdoc.com/
> MSRP: $49.95 US
> Year Model: 2004
> Listed Weight: n/a
> Measured Weight (women's size 6.5-7.5): 6.1 ounces for the pair
> ounces for the left, and 2.9 ounces for the right)
> Tester: Colleen Porter
> Tester Shoe Size: women's 8
> Tester Background: I have never used any kind of insoles or
> before, other than cheapo $2 foam cushions from the corner
> drugstore. But at the tender age of twenty-nine my feet have
> to show me less and less mercy, so I'm ready to see how much of a
> difference a good pair of insoles can make. I think my feet are
> normal, but I do have high arches. I have broken both of my pinky
> toes in my lifetime - not recently, but they do occasionally ache
> sometimes react strangely to some shoes. For a more complete
> biography of me & my backpacking style, see the end of the report.
> Product Description: The UltraCustoms are insoles with at least
> different features. These features include: SR Foam, I-Shock
> in heel and forefoot, Control Bar to stabilize the heel and
> pronation, Adaptive arch for all arch heights, metatarsal support,
> multi-layer composite foams, an anti-microbial Air/FX top cover to
> reduce friction & control odor, and Shockdome Technology to absorb
> impact. For a more detailed description, see my Initial Report,
> for some really nice photographs of the UltraCustoms, don't miss
> Jason Boyle's Initial Report.
> Field Conditions: The UltraCustoms have been exclusively used in
> southern California, mostly in low-lying coastal areas and with
> excursion into the upper Mojave Desert. They didn't get a whole
> of trail use in the last two months, but they have seen a lot of
> around-town use on dirt, cement and asphalt. I have plodded
> Disneyland (a local hazard - we live 20 minutes from it and
> inevitably end up getting annual passes) in them several times.
> Temperatures have ranged from just above freezing into the mid
> (around 35º C). Weather has ranged from torrential rains and high
> humidity to dry, windy and uncomfortably warm.
> Results So Far: This is an extremely difficult report to write,
> for the first time in my history with BGT I am not sure what I
> of the product. Due to an annoyingly long illness (basically, two
> months of "morning sickness"), I didn't get in a lot of trail time
> the last two months, so I'm not sure that at this point I can
> an honest review of them in a backpacking or hiking context. All
> can tell you is my experiences with and opinions of the Ultra
> so far.
> The Ultra Customs do not fit in most of my casual shoes, and in my
> athletic shoes which do not have removeable insoles (like my
> Teva Wraptors), they simply fill the shoes too much to allow for
> comfortable use. However, they do fit in all of my
> shoes with removeable insoles (all of my Merrells, my New Balance
> 804's, and other department-store-brand running shoes). The
> immediately noticed is that they have more volume than the
> insoles, which requires that the shoes be laced more loosely or
> I wear thin socks.
> There were times when I only wore an Ultra Custom on one foot and
> factory insole on the other, in order to see if I could detect a
> difference. When I pay attention to my feet, I can feel a
> between the two, but so far I have not noticed any significant
> difference between the two when I reflect back on the day. I have
> not yet had an experience where at the end of a day testing like
> this, one foot felt more beat up than the other.
> I can say that during the test period so far, I have had days when
> did not wear the Ultra Customs and my feet felt like tenderized
> that night. But on days when I did wear the Ultra Customs, I have
> never had sore feet at the end of the day.
> During a warm period, I left the Ultra Customs in the car. When I
> removed them, still very warm from the car interior, the
> Dome pieces on the bottom of the Ultra Customs were peeling off
> had migrated slightly from their proper places (on both halves of
> pair). I was able to remove them completely, but re-attached them
> place. Once the Ultra Customs had cooled, the Metatarsal Dome
> seemed just as securely attached as ever. But this served as a
> caution to not leave them in a hot car, especially in warmer times
> the year.
> Conclusions: So far, so good, but I'm not completely sold on them
> yet. But now that the unfortunate effects of first-trimester
> pregnancy have worn off, I'm hoping that the next four months will
> see me back on the trails and living it up before I get a little
> big-bellied for my own good. And even then, late-term pregnancy
> some heavy demands on feet! I hope to have more definitive
> for BGT readers in my Long-Term Report.
> Tester Name: Colleen Porter
> Gender: female
> Age: 30
> Height: 5'8"/1.73 m
> Weight: 150 lb./68 kg
> Backpacking Experience: I have been hiking for fifteen years,
> backpacking for eight. I've only been serious about it in the
> two and a half years. I mostly hike on established trails
> bushwhacking is rarely planned. I like gear to be simple and
> and I do make some of my own equipment. On my own 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 and the weight usually doubles. My 3-season
> haunts are the San Gabriels, the Sierra Nevada, and the Grand
> and winters find me in the Mojave and Colorado deserts.