Svartz Anatomic Performance Footbeds
Walking Accessories and Gift Ideas
Product Review / Walking Gear Test
Anatomic Performance Footbeds
Walking Accessories and Gift Ideas
SRP: £24.99 for Anatomic Absorber, £27.99 for Ortopedix Stabliizer
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Features to Note:
- Comprising the Anatomic Absorber & the Ortopedix Stabilizer
Ortopedix Stabilizer - for those with tendency to over-pronate
- 3 dimensional rear foot with high sided re-enforced cradle
- Kevlar centre aligning heel cradle
- absorbing micro porous footbed covering
- full heel support
- extended inside arch
Anatomic Absorber for those with Supinating type feet.
- multi layered footbed cushioning base
- Meshtext breathable/absorbent footbed covering
- 3 dimensional contoured rear foot
Because I've already been 'diagnosed' as an over-pronator, I'm already converted to the notion that a more technical footbed can really make a difference to comfort when walking.
So I was very interested to look at the Ortopedix Stablilizer, which is the product in the Svartz range of footbeds (launched in the UK by Alt-berg) designed to deal with over-pronation - and to compare it with others I've tried in the past.
The classic symptoms of over-pronation are a lengthening of your foot after a short period of running or walking, your toes hitting the front of your shoe, excessive heel movement and possibly also a lower arch.
From a first quick look at the Svartz footbed I noted that whilst it appears to have the same general stiffness as other footbeds I've used, the cradle at the back of the sole is noticeably deeper. Another difference is that on the underside, there are also several cut-away sections through which you can see the Kevlar fabric. I gather that the cut-away sections are designed to enable the foot-bed to respond better as your foot flexes when you walk. Kevlar is a high-strength fabric which, it is claimed, provides strength plus cushioning.
I've tried out the footbed now in both lighter weight walking boots and in trainers. I've worn both types of shoes all day and (in the walking boots) walked 10 miles or so.
I thought the footbeds were better cushioned than other technical footbeds I've tried plus the arch support seemed more substantial. Over the course of the day I did sense that my feet were not lengthening towards the front of the boot - one of my biggest problems with just a standard footbed. The bottom line was that my feet ( and legs) felt very comfortable throughout the day - and that for me is the most important consideration.
If you experience the symptoms of Pronating (or Supinating) feet and/or your feet or legs feel tired or ache after a day's walking then before ditching your boots, consider a technical footbed. The Ortopedix Stabliizer or the Anatomic Absorber from Svartz are certainly a good place to start.
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