[pct-l] Superfeet and Ponchos

Jim Bravo jimbravo2 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 17 22:30:52 CST 2011

Shroomer, Diane, et all:

I got severe PF in April last year and could only hike a short distance
on the PCT. Not whining, just a fact. About 2 months ago I got tired of the
injury not healing and got rid of the store-bought arch supports the doctor
had recommended (sorry, they were Superfeet) and put in a flat Spenco, plus
the factory insert....thought I needed a lot of cushioning. Some improvement
was noted, albeit minor.

Recently I started using just the Spenco and the arch wasn't as sore after
hikes. Well.....I just read "Born to Run", based on Shroomer's review, and
I'm a convert...to what I don't know...but I took the Spenco out. Now I'm
just using the shoe with no lining. It's a solid stability model with little
motion control. Essentially flat. Today I hiked 10+ hilly miles in the CA
foothills with an 18 lb pack in a cold rain/snow storm and my foot is no
worse for the wear. I am kind of surprised, but happy! There may be
something to this....I think I've been babying (and weakening) my feet for
years with deluxe footwear! BTW, Born to Run is a great, great read for a
hiker, runner,or someone who just likes a crazy, well-scribed adventure. For
many there may be an educational aspect there also.

I'll report back later with more feedback on this experiment.

Somerset, CA

On Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 3:04 PM, Diane Soini of Santa Barbara Hikes <
diane at santabarbarahikes.com> wrote:

> I tried superfeet and couldn't figure out what all the fuss was
> about. They appear to be nothing more than a piece of hard plastic
> and some very thin foam. And they charge how much for it? I thought I
> could do as well or better to protect my feet from rocks by just
> cutting a section of plastic out of a milk jug and sticking that in
> my shoe.
> I've gone more minimal since my hike, making my own shoes that have
> no molded foot-bed, no inches of EVA foam, no raised heel or arch
> support, no tapered shape at the toebox to blister my outer toes and
> deform my feet. I can hike just fine in simple footwear.
> Diane
> On Feb 17, 2011, at 10:00 AM, pct-l-request at backcountry.net wrote:
> > I should have mentioned in my post that many folks love superfeet,
> > and swear
> > by them.  It was late when I finally got to email.  For me however,
> > after
> > years of hard training and lots of pack trips and no PF, it was
> > clear that
> > putting them in my shoes caused an injury, as they were the only thing
> > different in my routine.  The stretching is very important, and calf
> > machines that allow you to really strengthen the foot.  Once they
> > had flared
> > up however, I think the distances and the mileage on trail would
> > not let
> > them really heal properly.  It was still worth hiking the trail
> > anyway.  The
> > real surprise has been the almost instant relief I got from taking
> > out all
> > the pads and arch support from my shoe two weeks ago.  We'll see if it
> > lasts, but I sure hope so.  I'm running and hiking on flat shoes
> > and it
> > feels great.
> >
> > Shroomer
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