While I'm no orthopedic professional, I do consider myself a footwear insole 'user expert', as I have chronic cartilage degeneration in both of my surgically-repaired joints, commonly referred to as knees. Point of the story... I need insoles. Period.
When the Remind Cush Travis Rice ($34.99) Insoles came across my desk and made their way into my snowboard boots, I was impressed. Strong construction, great cushioning, and effective self-forming technology left me satisfied. Before snowboarding, I walked around in my boots and immediately noticed the posture alignment and cushioning improvements over the stock inserts – key features that define any good insole.
Once on the mountain, I was impressed with the performance as well. I experienced no loss of firmness or contact with the bottom of my boot. When applying the brakes for quick stops the inevitable chattering and "whap-whap-whap" impact that transmits up the heel to the knees was noticeably reduced. And while I'm not sending mega-airs, impact at landing was also a more pleasant experience.
My only knock on the insole was making a lacing adjustment with my BOA-equipped boots. The Remind has a beefier construction than the stock issue insoles, so I couldn't tighten down the instep laces as much as i could previously, which I was ultimately okay with. Overall, I'd recommend them – certainly an upgrade on standard issue insoles, and don't cost nearly as much as many other options on the market.
Remind Insoles come in three different models and price points, based on medical need or type of rider you are - and are available in a spectrum of athlete-inspired graphics.
Product: Remind Cush Travis Rice Model
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