G8 Performance principal David Lee has taken a slightly different approach to cycling insoles. Rather than rigidly support the arch, Lee opines that your foot transfers power more efficiently when the arch can move more naturally.
Recently debuting were the running-focused Archtech 1800 Series and the more cycling-specific Archtech 2600, with a fully heat-moldable model set to ship in a few days.
Much like the better-known eSoles footbed, the Archtech 2600 features a modular arch with different heights to match the rider's foot. Five sizes are included with each kit, with two additional sizes available for riders whose feet fall further outside the bell curve.
The arch in G8's insole, however, is also adjustable for position, with up to 20 locations. Interestingly, Lee recommends that you place the arch 'cookie' further forward than would typically be considered standard. Even if you get it wrong at first, it's easy to make adjustments with the handy snap-fit interface.
G8's arch inserts are surprisingly flexible, for gentler support than that offered in many other aftermarket footbeds. This might appeal to riders who have found other options too restrictive. "We want the foot to flex under load," Lee told BikeRadar.
The insoles feature interchangeable and repositionable arch 'cookies' to fine-tune fit
We've taken delivery of G8 Performance's higher-end Archtech 2600 Pro model, which retails for a US$115/£75 premium. While it's certainly too early to tell whether they improve pedaling performance in any way, they're certainly comfortable and highly tunable.
We suppose the individual adjustability might prove handy for riders with different left-to-right needs, too.
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