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pennc94 07-31-2012 06:19 AM

Kevlar Footbeds?
 
Anyone ever try these?

http://www.exoarmor.com/footbeds

Apparently Bogomolov endorses them.

scotus 07-31-2012 07:40 AM

Yes, I have.

They are okay, but I prefer Sorbothane.

If you want to try those, buy one size larger than you need. Unequal's foot insoles run small.

pennc94 07-31-2012 07:56 AM

What did you like about the Sorbothane over the Unequal footbeds?

Do they add alot of weight? Sorbothane has alot of mass, do they weigh more than the Unequal footbeds?

WildVolley 07-31-2012 09:10 AM

So, they are bulletproof? Why does an insole need kevlar, to keep it from tearing?

Since I now go barefoot as much as I can, I have healthy feet and the regular insoles with my shoes work just fine.

scotus 07-31-2012 12:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pennc94 (Post 6765502)
What did you like about the Sorbothane over the Unequal footbeds?

Do they add alot of weight? Sorbothane has alot of mass, do they weigh more than the Unequal footbeds?

Sorbothane has been in insole business much longer, so there are many more products to fit your needs. They come in various thicknesses, durometer and shape. Some "Air Sorbos" are the most cushiony insoles I have ever worn.

Unequal's Kevlar products tend to be more rigid, and this has its own benefits.

Both add significant weight. Shock absorption advantage goes to Sorbothane.

scotus 07-31-2012 12:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WildVolley (Post 6765725)
So, they are bulletproof? Why does an insole need kevlar, to keep it from tearing?

Since I now go barefoot as much as I can, I have healthy feet and the regular insoles with my shoes work just fine.

Kevlar is a great shock absorber.

I don't think these products are designed to stop bullets, just like the old ProStaff isn't going to stop bullets.

Ronaldo 07-31-2012 12:38 PM

My custom orthotics are made with Kevlar. As hard as a tennis racquet.

WildVolley 07-31-2012 01:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scotus (Post 6766215)
Kevlar is a great shock absorber.

I guess I'm mostly familiar with Kevlar tennis string and Kevlar weaved into a fabric. It is extremely hard to cut or tear, but I didn't realize it was good at absorbing shock.

tlm 07-31-2012 02:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WildVolley (Post 6766345)
I guess I'm mostly familiar with Kevlar tennis string and Kevlar weaved into a fabric. It is extremely hard to cut or tear, but I didn't realize it was good at absorbing shock.


Well I think it is good at absorbing shock considering that they make bullet proof vests out of it.

WildVolley 07-31-2012 04:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tlm (Post 6766431)
Well I think it is good at absorbing shock considering that they make bullet proof vests out of it.

I thought the advantage of Kevlar in a vest is that it doesn't tear and let the bullet through and is very strong for the weight. If you get shot wearing a thin vest, you're going to be bruised unless you have a trauma plate under the impact point.

I'm not certain that's the same sort of shock absorption we expect with a footbed that flexes and dissipates impact given I don't have any really pointy pressure points on the bottom of my feet. I guess it won't tear or stretch.

charliefedererer 08-01-2012 09:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pennc94 (Post 6765277)
Anyone ever try these?

http://www.exoarmor.com/footbeds

Apparently Bogomolov endorses them.

Have you tried the Superfeet Orange?

Good support and with a thin footpad under the forefoot and a thicker heel cup they provide reasonable cushioning as well.




[Kevlar can be quite flexible if thin. An example is Kevlar tennis strings. Not sure you need Kevlar for the supporting material unless you have a history of breaking the plastic inserts in Superfeet products.]


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