ICEBUG CYCLING INSOLES -LONG TERM TEST REPORT
ICEBUG CYCLING INSOLES – SLIM
Last year, we here at Bike Test Reviews performed a comprehensive insole test rating all cycling specific insoles currently on the market. When the test was complete, one clear winner emerged – the ICEBUG SLIM insoles for Cycling. The test can be viewed by clicking here, (PART I; PART 2).
- How do these insoles feel and do they really work?
- How are they holding up to daily use in the rain and the sun?
What About Custom Insoles?
These processes require the cyclist to stand either on a heated insole which is placed onto a molding pillow, or, step into a box of crushable foam which takes the impression.
The problem with these processes is that normally, a cyclist doesn’t stand much. We do A LOT of sitting, but not too much standing so there appears to be an inherent error built into the custom cycling insole molding process.
Couple this with the fact that many custom insoles start at $250 and go up from there. Go to a podiatrist and you should expect to pay $500-$600 for an insole that is really more geared for a running/walking/golfing shoe than a cycling shoe.
As of 6/15/2016, I’ve been using ICEBUG’s for 10 months. It’s been fairly dry in SoCal this past winter so I’ve only had about 6 rides in the wet. During this time, I’ve logged a good 5,000 miles on the ICEBUG’s and about 3,500 combined miles with the other insoles.
So far, the ICEBUG’s have been the most comfortable insoles I have ever used, and that’s right out of the box. Not only that, as you can tell from the pictures, they are holding up very well! ICEBUG got everything right with this design including the extra-large metatarsal bump. Prior to ICEBUG’s, my feet would go numb from time to time. As mentioned in the previous article, this was due to the crushing of some of the nerves and artery that feeds the front part of the foot. Adding the metatarsal bump was ingenious as it solved my numb feet immediately and completely.
HOW DO THEY PERFORM?
WHAT DO MY CUSTOMERS SAY?
- Those I do bike fits for and who usually need new insoles. Not only are they using their original 4-5 year-old non-supportive pieces of floppy thin foam, but their insoles have numerous holes worn all the way through.
- Those that are seeking out a solution for numb feet. Every customer that has purchased ICEBUG’s from me has been extremely satisfied and happy. So far, every customer has reported back with no more numb feet.
Support, Comfort and Performance. Well worth the price. They did everything well and are highly recommended.
I have always enjoyed bicycling and, through a series of coincidences, became a Bicycle Industry Consultant and Product Tester. I continue to test prototype products for companies and publish only off the shelf production products on biketestreviews.com.