Why does the western hunter need an after-market footbed (AMF)?
This is a question that we get asked constantly. Because of this, we here at Lathrop & Sons, foot-care-experts and developer of the High Country Synergy footbeds, want to provide some insight into this topic.
According to our research, more than 60% of the western hunters we interviewed were not aware of how much more performance they could achieve from their footgear by utilizing the correct AMF.
All after-market inserts are designed to help, but most just take up room and break down after a couple of months of use. These are designed to be sold to the masses and there lies the problem. All AMF's are NOT created equal! Western hunters require a specific type of AMF for the environments your feet tackle while hunting the West. This is much different than someone who is walking to their treestand.
What Makes a Good Footbed?
At Lathrop & Sons, we set out with a very clear idea of how an AMF should work, why you should use an AMF, and what problems should this AMF resolve for the western hunter:
• We have determined that most western hunters seek out an AMF as a result of either a horrible experience on the mountain with their feet, or the hunter was concerned that his or her hunt was going to be jeopardized due to foot failure.
• After much research, we realized that the need for arch support from an AMF WAS NOT NEEDED in most cases and if the boot remained torsionally stable in aggressive terrain and under real loads, then the foot really didn't require more arch support.
• So what foot issues were plaguing western hunters' feet? Problems that seemed to come up constantly are as follows: Blisters, hot spots, a tender or bruised feeling under the ball of the foot or heel, a lack of shock absorption resulting in knee, hip, ankle, and lower back pain were the leading causes of shortened hunts according to our studies.
With this in mind, we created the High Country Synergy footbeds. This footbed is the answer for the western hunter! By combining a medical-grade polymer (that reacts and feels like the fat pad in the human foot), and blending our new Kinetic Topcover, the test results were amazing. Total mold-ability matching every contour, unreal shock absorbing and dampening ability, and true shear protection cap it off. We had truly transformed the boot to someone's foot and it worked flawlessly inside many tested brands!
To summarize, DIY western hunters are a different breed. Foot comfort must never be taken lightly; nothing will ruin a hunt faster. Your boots are your foundation - let them do the work. Interface your foot with a soft tissue supplemental footbed like the Lathrop & Sons High Country Synergy footbed. They are easy to trim and they don't take up extra room within the boot. Transform your boot's fit today and increase your hunting performance.