Karakal Gel Performance Sport Insoles?

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  1. VeritasC&E

    VeritasC&E Regular Member

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    Is anyone using these? Would that be a significant improvement over the Yonex factory insoles in it's high-end shoe line?

    These would allow me to test the "insole hype" without getting ruined, but to make myself a fair opinion, I'd rather buy insoles that are the best ones or close to be the best. Are these?

    If I can get 80-90% of the improvement between stock insoles and the best insoles out there for 25% of the price, I'd be happy to try it out.
     
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    I will be playing with mine tomorrow so I can report back.
    Have them fitted in my Asics gel blade 6's first impression is my feet feel higher but wouldn't be hard as the insoles were worn flat.
     
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    Yonex insoles are pretty thin and it is hard to find replacements of the same thickness. I wear Aerus 2 and found the yonex insoles were sliding about in the forefoot area and ruined them in a few weeks not to mention the discomfort of having the insole wrapped around a foot mid rally.

    I am currently testing out Sorbothane Full Strike and Sorbothane Sorbo Pro.
    Full strike are the thinnest and least supportive. Well, no support at all. They are almost too thin. They are quite narrow with no arch support or heel structure at all.
    Sorbo Pro are a little thicker but not as much as some and my heel only just fits into the shoe without slipping out. They have arch support and a heel structure.


    The Full Strike insoles are thin enough to replace the yonex insoles without compromising on the fit but as they are completely floppy and have no sort of structure or support it is hard to say they are an improvement. They merely fit and as the underside is slightly tacky they don't slip. They are probably not intended to be used as replacement insoles.

    The Sorbo Pro insoles are 4mm thick around the toes and 21mm at the heel. I would prefer the heel to be thinner but with the same cup shape around the heel and arch support. I might remove the gel pad under the heel to see if that helps. They work well as replacements but the heel does not feel as secured as it did with the old insoles.
     
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    ^ that can't be 21mm at the heel when you wear it... your heel perhaps is only at most 10mm higher from the ground when you stand on it.

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  5. VeritasC&E

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    How was your impression? Compared to the stock insoles: Did you play any better / bounce more? Does it feel like your feet are taking much less of a hit? Do the shoes feel less or equally stable?
     
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    First impression is they are too high compared to the original insoles.
    Original insoles or very thin and when these are fitted makes me feel I'm too high in the shoe and have no support in the ankle but that may be down to the shoe being low.
    They are comfortable and feet definitely took less punishment absorbed the impacts well.
    It was my first go back in a few years so will take me a while to get back into it, definitely felt more bounce which was nice.
    I do have an ankle injury and wearing these made me more aware that I could roll my ankle but again could be the shoe, needing new shoes I think. Will keep trying them and see how I go before I buy new shoes.
     
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