Thursday, July 25, 2013

Gear Review: currexSole Runpro Performance Insoles


currexSole RUNPRO Performance Insoles



    Being an adventure racer, most of my running is done on trails, or off trail jumping and sometimes tripping over logs and rocks. I was having issues where my feet were moving around too much in my shoes, causing some discomfort and irritation, so I was excited to try out the currexSole inserts, hoping this would solve my wiggly foot problem. 

The Insoles:

Currently four types of insoles are available. The RUNPRO is made for running, walking, or triathlons, and they can also help you transition to minimalist shoes. The ACTIVEPRO is good for multisports such as running & hiking, racquet & nets sports like tennis or volleyball, and ball sports including baseball, basketball, rugby, and football. The BIKEPRO is for bike shoes, and lastly, the EDGEPRO is strictly for ski and snow sports which are perfect for ski, snowboard, alpine boots and skates. When you select which type is best for your needs, you will then have to determine the profile that is right for you, high, medium or low. Don't worry, it's not complicated. If you're buying them from a running store, they might have a footdisc that looks like a gel pad you can step on, which will reveal the shape of your foot so you can determine the shape of your arch as high, medium, low or flat. You will also need to determine your static leg axis which means you are either bow-legged, straight-legged, or knock kneed. Confused? No need to be. Their site demonstrates step by step instructions on how to do this at home. It's easy, I promise! Check out the following example and click on the link...  



  • A: High arched foot - Only the heel and ball of foot are visible.
  • B: Medium arched foot - The foot is evenly balanced.
  • C: Low arched foot - The inner arch is sunken, the imprint in the middle is wider compared to a medium arched foot.
  • D: Flat arched foot - The inner arch is almost flat, so that you can see the total foot imprint.


The Test:

As I mentioned before, I was having issues with the toe box of my shoes being a little too wide for my skinny feet. I was wearing thicker socks to help keep my foot in place, but it wasn't working to the full extent. I yanked the original insoles out of my trail runners, and slapped in the RUNPRO. I decided a 5.5 mile hilly trail run would put these to the test....not too short, not too long in case my feet didn't agree (the walk back wouldn't be too far), and hilly trails are where I would notice the issue the most. As soon as I took off on the trail, I immediately encountered a limestone covered downhill. This was the perfect scenario for the first test since downhills on loose footing is when my feet take a beating. To my surprise, my feet didn't budge! Did these insoles actually do their job? I wasn't convinced yet, I had plenty more hills to see if they succeeded in supporting my complicated feet. I kept on charging through my run, and I noticed not only were my feet staying in place, the insoles were crazy comfortable. I felt like a gazelle, like I could run all day without any pain. Did these insoles meet my expectations? Heck yes, above and beyond! I didn't expect them to be so comfortable along with keeping my feet from sliding around my shoes. I'm very impressed with the currexSole insoles! I seriously want a pair for every type of shoes I own! 


5 comments:

  1. if i am a neutral, a B2...why do i go with the high profile? thx

    yes, neutral shoe...

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    1. Not quite sure. Is that what yours came out to be?

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  2. as opposed to the medium profile...thx

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