Footprint Gamechangers 2020 - 2014 Review by The Good Ride
The Footprint Insole Technology Gamechanger, along with the Gamechanger Low Profile, is the best heat mold-able insole I have found under $50. It’s hard to do much better unless you go with far more expensive custom orthotics.
The Footprint Insole technology Gamechanger is one of those insoles that accomplishes a few pretty special things that you really wouldn’t expect for this price point.
- It is heat-moldable and it really can change its shape to conform to most feet. For example, I have a semi-high arch, and when heat molded the middle rises up to meet it. Most insoles in the sub $100 price range that I have tried won’t conform to your foot’s shape like these. A good fitting insole can even help improve response a little but most importantly, improve the comfort factor.
- It offers up some pretty exceptional shock absorption. If you are looking at upgrading some boots for more shock absorption I would get these first before paying a grip of cash for new boots. When I ride with very reduced sole snowboard boots I find that the Footprint Gamechangers double the shock absorption. What we also love about these is they don’t have hard plastic anywhere in the boot so they work with the shock absorption in the sole of your boot to increase it. There is nothing worse than having a plastic heel cup that seems to work against what is already there. That is great for skiing but it isn’t ideal for snowboarding.
How This Review Happened: We kept these insoles, heat molded them, and use them almost every time we snowboard.
Size: 9 and 8.5
Days: 6+ seasons at 80-120 days a season. Usually, we replace the insole every season but it isn’t necessary.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs), Grant (Size 11 6’ 160lbs), Zobel (Size 11.5, 6’ 180lbs), Nick (Size 10, 160lbs, 5’8”), Stephen (Size 12.5, 215lbs, 6’3”)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton Imperial, Adidas Response, Burton SLX, Burton Rover, Burton AMB, Burton Almighty, Burton Ion, DC Judge, Burton Ambush, Burton Hail, Burton Ruler, Burton Driver X, Adidas Acerra, Vans Implant, Vans Aura, Vans Sequel and soo many more.
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Strata, Union Contact Pro, Union Superpro, Union Falcor, Union Force, Union Ultra, Salomon Highlander, Burton Genesis X, Burton Cartel, Burton Genesis, Burton Mission, Burton Malavita, Salomon Quantum, Salomon Highlander, Salomon Hologram, Salomon District, Now O-Drive, Now Drive, Now Pilot, Now Select, Now IPO, and soo many more
Boards: Capita Spring Break 158 Powder Glider, Capita Spring Break 161 Tree Hunter, Jones Mind Expander, Burton Skeleton Key, Gentemstick Mantaray 156, Korua Dart, Korua Pencil, Yes Optimistic, Rome Pow Division MT, Endeavor Scout, Prior Legacy, Weston Backwoods, Jones Hovercraft, Yes Pick Your Line, Burton Flight Attendant, Gnu Mullair, Jones Flagship, Never Summer West Bound, Rossignol XV, Lib Tech BRD, Korua Otto, Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker, Capita Mercury, Endeavor Pioneer, Jones Exlporer, Jones Mountain Twin, Endeavor Ranger, K2 Manifest, Yes Typo,Lib Tech TRS HP, Never Summer Proto Type Two, Nitro Fury, Yes Greats, Lib Tech Hot Knife, Stone Message, Prior Wildcard, Marhar Darkside, Rossignol Jibsaw, Lib Tech Box Knife, Yes Jackpot, Never Summer Funslinger, Ride TwinPig, Signal Park, and many many many more boards.
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The Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers are a pretty unique well designed insole made for the skaters and snowboarders. A reader of The Good Ride strongly recommended that we review them so I grabbed a pair of these and now I’m hooked. I’m not even sure the game changers are the best fit for my feet out of the other models but the Bear print called to me.
Boots- Burton Imperial, Burton SLX, Burton Ion, Salomon F3.0, Burton Fiend and Burton Fiend LTD. Basically I’m putting these in any boot I own.
There are many insoles that are heat mold able but they generally have a preset design so the inserts don’t completely conform to your feet. The Footprint Game Changer is completely heat mold-able so after the oven they mold to your feet like a custom orthotics. They show up as planks and without the oven they don’t work. I was amazed at how much they changed after the oven/boot fitting. The heel pocket dropped and the arch lifted and each insert was molded perfect to each individual foot.
So far I’m having a better experience with these insoles than many custom orthopedics that I’ve had in the past. These were compared with some of my personal favorites like the Montrail, Montrail LP and Remind Cush. It actually bumped out the Montrail out of my insert rotation. Here are the positives and negatives
Deep Heel pocket and Low Profile- It’s often hard to fit shock absorbent insoles into boots because often times it can cause new pressure points in the boot. The Footprint Game Changer feels almost no different than the standard insoles that come with the boot. With my 2014 Imperials they took a little time to break in to allow me to use the full size Montrail but it still caused a little more pressure on the roof of my foot. However these felt very close to the super thin inserts that came with the boot but offered up a lot more support.
Great Shock Absorption- These felt almost as good as the Montrail insole that has more padding than almost any other insole on the site. It really feels like it bonds with the padding in the boot to augment it where many insoles like superfeet feel like they reduce the padding in the feet with the hard plastic going all the way to the end of the heel.
Didn’t need to trim them– Most boots usually need a trim job but the size 9 fit almost as well as the insoles that came with my boots. It’s amazing how much they change after they mold to your feet so trim them afterwards.
Best fit I’ve had with my feet- Many get close but this conformed exactly to the arches of my feet. It’s better than any custom orthotic that I have bought.
There aren’t any real negatives that I have found yet. The main thing is you have to heat mold them to use them. Many you can buy, throw them in and they will eventually mold to you but these need to be molded before use.
So all in all the Footprint Insole Technology Game Changers
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Footprint Gamechangers User Reviews
A definite help for my strange shaped foot. Make sure you remove the square pad in the front...odds are you don't need it. Makes a good boot better but won't save a set that doesn't agree with you.
These insoles reassure that you will get a great day on the hill. It will benefit in the way that it can help get rid of pain and prevent impact injuries. Ridingwise , they make for a great ride. Your time for effective riding increases , your session will definitely last longer.
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