Superfeet Insoles Review
-Orange insoles – Full rear support and full forefoot shock pad, designed for medium to high arch feet.
-Green insoles – Full rear support with less forefoot padding, designed for medium to high arch feet.
-Blue insoles – Not as much support as the orange or green insoles and are a lower volume insole, designed for low to medium arches.
MerinoGREY insoles – All of the support of the orange and green insoles with a layer of 90% merino wool on top, designed for medium to
high arch feet.
I have been wearing all 4 of these insoles for a number of months and have logged close to 100 miles with the orange and blue insoles. The green ones I have worn a few times and feel they are so close to the orange ones just minus a little forefoot cushion. I have worn the merinoGREY ones just enough to know this winter they will be my go to insoles in my Crispi Wild’s for later season hunting. I will give you guys a rundown of how each has performed and what types of feet would benefit from a superfeet insole.
Orange: This to me is the best all around insole that I have tested for backpack hunting and carrying heavy loads. The added forefeet cushion help tremendously in keeping foot fatigue to a minimum. I have logged 30+ miles in these with 80-120 lb loads in my Kifaru Timberline and my feet never felt so good afterwards. I will say that you do not need to size your boots up a half a size but I recommend testing them first to make sure. If you are looking at buying a new pair of boots I would take some insoles with you when you are trying them on. They do take up more room in a boot than a standard insole does. I have a medium arch with a low-volume foot, so it didn’t really matter that more volume was taken up by these insoles, and I actually benefitted from it. I would recommend these to someone who carries heavy loads and is going to be on their feet for a week at a time in the back country and needs that added support and comfort from a forefoot cushion. These insoles give you the added confidence when packing heavy loads and are night and day from stock insoles.
Green: These insoles offer the same great support as the orange insoles without the extra forefoot cushion. These still offer some forefoot cushion just not as much and I personally would recommend the orange every time if they fit in your boots and you are planning on carrying heavy loads. If you are a hunter who is using goats, horses or hire a packer to get you meat then the green will work great for you. I just prefer the orange ones for my type of hunting. Either these or the orange would be an excellent insole choice for any hunter’s boots.
Blue: Now I bet you guys are thinking I am not going to like the blue insoles because I like carrying heavy loads and having extra cushion and support? Well you would be right for my hunting boots, but for my summer scouting, lightweight hikers – the Salomon gtx’s – you would be wrong. The blue insoles fit great in a hiking shoe/boot due to the low volume they take up and the lower arch for me. My medium arch can fit in anything and if you have a high arch you may need to stick with the green or orange insoles for all your boots. But for a lightweight hiker that doesn’t have the support of a Crispi Idaho boot, these are an excellent choice. I have carried over 100lbs in my Salomon’s with these insoles in and they performed fairly well, but I would prefer more support from an insole for these types of trips.
If you have a low arch and have tighter fitting boots and are not subjecting yourself to carrying insane loads of meat on your way out, I would take a look at these insoles.
MerinoGREY: These insoles just came out on the market and I’ve logged the least amount of miles with them. I have had probably 10 miles with the insoles and can tell you they feel really close to the orange and green insoles but more comfortable due to the extra Merino wool padding on top. The Merino wool in these really helps regulate the temperature of your feet and keep them dry. They are also a much warmer insole and due to this being the summer time, I haven’t used them too much. They will be going into my Crispi Wild’s for my late season blacktail and mule deer hunt though. The only negative thing on these insoles is they are much thicker than the rest and your boots need to be a ½ size bigger to accommodate in my experiences. For instance I have a size 10.5 in my Idaho’s and an 11 in my Wild’s. The Wild’s fit a little more snuggly with these insoles than the Idaho’s with the orange insoles. Now the Idaho’s have the roomiest toe box of any boot I have worn but still the merinoGREY insoles take up some volume and I would recommend taking these while you try boots on. Or if you have a pair of boots already, just don’t trim them and see if they are going to make the boots fit too tight or not.
If these fit in your boots well, I would recommend them to someone wanting full support and an insole for their late season boots.
A few words of advice when sizing and trimming your insoles, you want a little room in the end of the boots when cutting them. Make sure they can slide back and forth about an 1/8 of an inch. This will decrease the chance of you having some hotspots due to the insoles not being allowed to move with your feet on descents, especially when carrying heavy loads.
What they could do better:
I don’t think there is anything they could do better. Each insole has a purpose and is not going to fit all feet the same. I do not like how the merinoGREY take up so much room in your boot, so watch out for this when ordering. I would rate all of the insoles as a 5 as long as they fit you properly and would rate the merinoGREY insoles as a 4, just because they take up so much room.
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