Improvements are being made to the Skier’s Manifesto to make it easier to find posts on subjects you are interested in.

Drop down menus are being added under menu items such as INDEX OF POSTS that list categories that when clicked on, expand to the right to extend a menu that, when clicked on, will produce all posts associated with the category, in this example, all posts on the SR STANCE.


I have added an SR Stance Index to the right of the SR STANCE menu. If you click on the index, a list of posts will drop down. You can scan the list to find posts of interest as opposed to having to scan through all the SR Stance posts. If you see a post or posts of interest, click on the 2nd submenu to the right of SR STANCE called Sr Stance Posts. This will bring up all the posts listed in the SR Stance Index.



  1. Hi, I came across your site while searching around for insole information. I can appreciate that the ski boot and the skate boot are kindred, in that both lock the foot in and have a somewhat similar shape.
    Anyway, here’s my question – it seems like your article about the hockey skate smacks down was taking about how the custom insoles and orthotics that one can use in their skate may not be the optimal performance for all, meaning that the stock insole may actually be the best for some. Especially those with flat feet. Which I have.
    I’ve tried every color Superfeet and every single other insoles geared for arch or heel support.
    What I found was that anything other than the stock insole simply made my fooot feel twisted or imbalanced. Skating and maneuvering with the stick insole just felt so natural and effortless.
    So I’m guessing that that would also translate into skiing or snowboarding as well.

    So I guess what I’m asking is your opinion based on your findings if even if one pronates or supinates a bit one may. It necessarily need anything corrective in their boot? That if you have flat feet your whole foot is basically in contact with the sole, and anything pushing up on the arch or forefoot, or even a heel wedge on either side of the heel, would CL just create an uncomfortable barrier to the reactionary forces necessary for your foot to control the skate and blade.
    I know this is wordy, but I immediately locked in on what you said about the pushing of the belief that if you buy a skate and don’t buy a custom insole you are not going to be able to skate properly.

    Thx, Eric

    1. Hi Eric, when I was asked to retrofit a number of hockey skates with the footwear of which I am the principle inventor, the first thing I did was correct the sole structure of the skate.

      Like most skaters, you probably assumed that since skates have been made for centuries the sole structure is optimal. But this not the case. The major issue is too much toe down ramp angle. In addition, the base is dished under the met heads and the sole has toe spring. I also did not believe that the sole had good vibration characteristics. So, I infilled it with Bondo and sanded it flat so the surface was monoplanar and perpendicular transversely to the blade. I left the surface somewhat rough because studies have shown that dense surfaces under the foot with low resilency (does not recover rapidly after being compressed) potentiate the small nerves in the sole of the foot responsible for balance. I also stretched the skate in the forefoot area to allow the foot to sit properly and expand in length and width.

      These changes resulted in a dramatic improvement in performance. A small module added later using my technology took performance to unprecedented levels with quantifiable improvements of 100 to 280%.

      If you are interested in trying these simple changes, please get back to me and I will send you details including photographs.

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