April 17, 2014

Ortholite review and giveaway

As a runner, you buy into some things because they are cool, like these dolphin banana snacks I found at the Oak Mountain 50K. 

I made them practical by also eating the jelly bean in the dolphin's mouth. Not just for show.

Then you buy into some things because they are practical, like this hydration pack that I resisted for so long but now cannot live without. 

Fist pump for hydration.

Today's post is about the practical, something you can't even see while you're running: your insoles. 

Ortholite sent me these Fusion insoles to try out for Boston Marathon training.


I honestly don't spend very much time thinking about my insoles. Although I wear several pairs of shoes that already come with Ortholite insoles, like Salomons and Nikes, I don't notice them because they work. Meaning that if they didn't work, I would be annoyed and ripping them out and wondering what was wrong with them. 


In fact, the one time I had an issue with drainage in a pair of Salomons was when I put a different (non-Ortholite) pair of insoles in them. After we crossed a couple of creeks, those other insoles felt like running on soggy sponges the rest of the race. 


When I read this packaging, that light of understanding past mistakes went off in my head. Ding, ding, ding. No wonder those shoes didn't drain. The other brand of insoles I used didn't have moisture management like their distant, more functional cousin Ortho. 


Ortholite also offers the following: 


Unfortunately, I really need the antimicrobial more than anything else on this list. Sister's gotta get some odor eaters, or just some more Ortholites. For this reason alone, I was happy to freshen up the insoles of my older shoes. 


If you are looking for a basic (meaning not with built-up arches) insole that will drain well and keep your foot dry and smelling better, these are the insoles for you. Ortholites have proven time and time again, across millions of pairs of shoes, that they stand the test of time and wear that runners throw (or stomp) at them. 

You can purchase them online, or you can win one of three pairs that Ortholite is sending to three of you. Check out the Rafflecopter below for entry details and get to entering!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway ends on Boston Marathon race day. Happy winning!

23 comments:

  1. I currently use whatever insoles come with my shoes. But since I've started doing a lot more trail running, having breathable and drainable ones would be great!

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  2. I haven't used anything other than what was in my shoes when I bought them! I guess I've always been scared to mess something up!

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  3. I have never tried insoles other than what comes in my shoes but I know I need to and have been told many times it would greatly affect how my feet feel.

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  4. I have never tried different insoles, although I hear that those that use them love them.

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  5. I currently don't use anything other than what comes in the shoes I buy. But would love to try some anti-stink and moisture wicking insoles!

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  6. I've never tried insoles, but my ortho (ha! coincidence?) said they may help my groin... (Tanya)

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  7. I've never used a specific insole...just whatever is in the shoe already.

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  8. It's never even occurred to me to use something other than the insoles that came with my shoes. That said, I trail run and shoes that don't drain are a real drag.

    I've also been considering hydration options for my new long run goals this year. My current waist pack feels uncomfortable, so I've been debating handhelds and packs. I'd be interested to hear about your favorites and if you have any tips. (I'll also admit that my waist pack also feels dorky with it's two 10 oz bottles.)

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    1. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00437V8N4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00437V8N4&linkCode=as2&tag=yomoru-20

      This is the hydration pack that I use. There are definitely fancier ones with more pockets out there, which I might upgrade to when I do my 100, but this one is great for 10-12 miles. It holds enough water for me for that distance. 50 oz. It was the smallest one at the store I went to. I have a waist pack too, but it gets harder to use on trails when you are twisting more. The waist isn't the ideal place to have your pack in that scenario.

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    2. Ah! It didn't occur to me that perhaps my waist pack isn't working because I'm on trails rather than roads. That makes sense though.

      I like the look of that pack a lot. It's simple. It seems like most have so many pockets and features. Do you find that there's enough room for some food, too?

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    3. Mine only has one small pocket. It's fine for shorter long runs, but after my 50 miler, I decided that anything over a 50k, a pack with more pockets would be very useful.

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    4. Thanks so much for your advice!

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  9. I've never used anything other than what comes in my shoes. Help me change my ways.

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  10. I never even thought about wearing anything other than what comes in my shoe. I've seen different brands in stores but have always been to cheap to try them out!

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  11. I use the SuperFeet insoles with arch support - they just feel so much better than the ones that come with my Saucony's.

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  12. I never really thought about it, I just use whatever comes with my shoe.

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  13. I was using some Dr Scholl's insoles in the past but today on a long run I realized I never got any new ones when I bought my new shoes today and boy did I need them!

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  14. I wear Super Feet insoles for my non-existent arches!
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  15. My Coach just told me I should get these. I replace my sneaks every 300miles - but he told me to replace the soles 1/2 way through.

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  16. I don't us insoles at all right now

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  17. I use Dr. Scholl's for plantar fasciitis.

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  18. I have super feet insoles but I only used them for a couple months. I didn't love them

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