The OrthoLite Experience – Part I

Recently, I was contacted by OrthoLite, maker of orthodic insoles. It seems that after reading my blog, and recent leg discomforts, they thought I’d be a perfect candidate to test drive and review Ortholite’s Fusion Insoles. To be honest, I’m not much of an insole person. Mainly because I can never find a pair that fit my sneaker without making it totally uncomfortable. It seems that most of the over the counter models add what seems like an inch to the overall height of the sole of the sneaker making it nearly impossible to shove that dog in there and make ‘er fit. I’d just assume run the sneaker into the ground, until the balls of your feet are feeling concrete than stuff a pair of insoles in there. So, it is probably a plus for OrthoLite  that I’m a skeptic.

 

OrthoLite Performance Insoles

OrthoLite Performance Insoles

Here is what I was told about the insoles.

OrthoLite Fusion insoles are available at ortholite.com or amazon.com for $19.99. Features include:

  • Designed to fit all athletic and outdoor shoes or boots
  • Made with open-cell foam, allowing air to circulate around the foot, keeping it cooler and drier inside the shoe
  • Wicks moisture away from your foot leaving your foot cooler and drier
  • Unique spring-back technology ensures that your insole won’t flatten out and it will retain over 95% of its thickness over time
  • Our patented anti-microbial formulation (approved by the EPA and FDA) fights fungus, bacteria and shoe odor
  • Lightweight and fully washable

I’m going to to a few reviews on this product since to be quite honest, I don’t think just “one” run is going to tell me anything. So, I’ll take you through a handful of runs with them and let you know my final take on these insoles. But I’ll tell you that after just two runs, there is a marked difference.

In fact, just the fact that I even made it through two runs wearing insoles should tell you something.

In my sneakers

In my sneakers

Thursday – Run One

Today I test drove OrthoLite’s Fusion Insoles in my new Brooks Pure Cadence. Now, these aren’t brand new sneakers, but I pair I bought on E-Bay that were worn for two runs (less than 10 miles) and then discarded by the precious owner. Her loss, my gain. It was time to change out my neon yellow Pure Cadence, I believed, because little tweeky things were starting to happen around my calves and shins. Brooks Pure Cadence sneakers (the original, not version 2) are considered minimal by some but I feel they are just a step above. They have more padding than Brooks Launch, which is typically my sneaker of choice, but I decided for the marathon I ran in June I’d switch over to a more padded shoe for training and for the run.

I ran a rather respectable 4.75 miles this day, because it was the final run preceding Saturday’s 10K and I didn’t want to over work anything. I was impressed by the way the insole fit the sneaker with precision. I didn’t have to adjust or squeeze or trim it at all. I was also impressed to still have plenty of room to get my foot in there. I could feel the difference between the insoles that came with the sneaker vs. the OrthoLite’s. The sneaker itself did feel a bit more snug, so I didn’t have to lace it as tightly. This helped the pressure at the top of my foot. Another plus.

As for the run? It was a hot, humid morning, so I took it kind of easy, but it was a nice, comfortable, cushy fit. Not too soft, mind you, but almost like an extra layer of something at the bottom of my feet. When I got home, I didn’t feel the need to foam roll immediately after. The new nagging pain on my right shin (near the inside) was not noticeable as it had been the past week and a half. And the hammy pain on the left leg didn’t even show itself.

But, it was an easy run. Let’s see how it works out Saturday.

Saturday – Run Two

Race Day. I was scheduled to run a half marathon today, but due to the overwhelming heat in Minnesota this past week, the offered the option to downgrade to one of the shorter races for free. This worked out for me because not only was I not prepared for a longer run, but it just so happened my running buddy decided last minute to do the 10K because the friend of a friend couldn’t make the race. I’m kind of digging 10k’s recently anyway, so I took it upon myself to do the shorter distance.

I ran in the new insoles. And I ran well. Actually, I ran great. No, I didn’t PR or anything, but came pretty close. The well part is I had no tweeks whatsoever during this run. And I didn’t run easy. I averaged a 07:29 pace, and even negative split, despite the fact that it was mainly uphill the second half of the race. And I had no cramping at all afterwards.

I’m not sure I mention last Saturday, after the Minnesota Zoo Tracks 5K, I had immediate calf cramping afterward. I wasn’t sure if this was because we were stopped so abrubtly to collect timing chips, or if was because I ran hard. Now I’m questioning the insole-less sneakers. Maybe it was a combination of these factors, but anything that makes those tweeks less apparent after a run gets a thumbs up. So, after two runs, so far, OrthoLite’s Fusion Insoles gets a thumbs up.

Future Plans 

Now that I have most of my paid runs out of the way for a while, I plan to ramp the training back up this month. The weather promises to be cooler, and with nothing race wise on the horizon until October, I’ll have plenty of time to regroup, do some speed work, hill repeats and get into some kind of training groove. I’ll be wearing OrthoLite, and I’ll keep you up to date on the progress and results.

I also plan to put the orthodics into my Brooks Launch to see if I notice a difference in the lesser padded sneakers. Stay tuned!

How would YOU like to try out a pair of OrthoLite’s Fusion Insoles? Well, together we are giving away a pair to a lucky winner. Stay tuned for the giveaway!

 

Note: The opinions in this review belong to me, the author. I don’t accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a sample at no cost to provide honest opinions on such. This post may contain affiliate/referral links per my own discretion.

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