I didn't purposely put this review up after 4/20, but I guess in retrospect it was a good idea. For those recovering from those forgetful activities, you'll have all the time in the world to read this review without forgetting it within the next hour.
During the month of skating these insoles, I found that reviewing this topic was going to be completely challenging. It's a different world than reviewing shoes; with shoes it's always been more cosmetic and you yourself can judge visually how the shoe performed to your standards. This review is going to be strictly from my point of view. I actually accept this challenge willingly after going through countless injuries within this past year. I've been looking for a solution or at least a prolonged fix until the day we all have universal healthcare. While reviewing these insoles, I generated a list of things to do in order to test the protection and promise these companies make with each of it's sales.
Disclaimer: I bought all of these insoles myself so I am not favoring either company and I don't want to hear anything about me working for whichever company I favor at the end of this review. I only mention this because it's happened to a fellow blogger who has his own review on this topic, be sure to check it out: SO TRILL
When I started this review the choice in my head was clear that Remind was easily going to win this war despite the guarantee that Game Changers promise. Remind insoles give you 2 size's in thickness to choose from: 1/16 thin line and a 3/16 cush insole. I appreciate having more than one choice when it comes to choosing an insoles as I'm assuming you will. But don't be taken by those quirky names or numbers, the "cush" insole is thicker in arch and foot bed support, but still carries the same gel insert as the 1/16 "thin line" insole. The technical design of both insoles are similar but have significant differences. The black area serves the same purposes for both types, but the black area surrounding Remind insoles have a stronger and stiffer feel, for what I believe to be for those annoying primo slams. Another advantage to buying Remind insoles are the simplicity of it, you simply slide them in your shoes and you're ready to skate. I found no need to trim these insoles and the break in process seemed effortless, I honestly don't remember thinking "These are uncomfortable and this is lame". Remind insoles are a quality product for those looking to find some comfort in knowing that they may prolong any further injury from skateboarding and at $30 dollars you can't really complain. Plus Tim Tim and Chico are backing them so thumbs up for Remind Insoles.
Footprint Game Changers insoles:
I honestly didn't agree with the marketing that Game Changers had at all. Kids see all of these big name skaters backing a product and of course most kids are going to swarm towards Game Changers and the name alone stated a bit much for me. "Game Changers"? I'm not any better or worse than since I started this review but before I start sounding like I'm blasting hatred towards Game Changers let me start my review.
Regardless of whether I agree with the name and marketing tools, Game Changers bring a lot of important and different elements to the table. I consider myself very old fashion and enjoyed the fact that this is a product that you have to put just as much into in order to get the most out of it. I'm describing the labor needed to fully function these insoles. Sure, you have to watch the video over and over again to please your OCD and make sure you did everything right. After all, you bought these insoles for $50 and if you screw it up, the insoles are going to stay in place (not likely) as is and you're assed out. Overall the actual process isn't as complicated as I'm making it seem. The only thing slowing you down from skating these insoles right away is the fact that there is going to be some trimming involved. It'll be difficult at first but I'd suggest actually taking your time with this process before watering. Obviously, you don't want to take off too much or too little. This to me was probably more important than the watering process because I aimed for comfort the whole time. Once you're done with the watering, mixing and walking around for 3 minutes, it's time to get the skating going. When I started skating Game Changers, I thought that I did screw the process up because I felt a large lump in my arch area and it wasn't necessarily uncomfortable but it was unsettling. But when I thought about it more and more, I realized that these insoles are actually forming to my foot and obviously my foot has an arch that had gone unnoticed for a while. That unsettling feeling at first turned out to be a blessing and actually put my feet back into place. The footbed has a similar thickness as the 3/16 cush insole from Remind and the black "primo" area has a much softer hardness that comforts your foot into shoe providing a settling feeling every time. There is no gel insert for Game Changers and this is probably where this product will lose points but even so, I find the fit and cushioning accommodating enough for a set of stairs.
Both of these insoles will continue to sell and I believe this new trend in skateboarding is most definitely a blessing. Both of these companies provided superior support all around and are worthy of your hard earned money. Truthfully, this review and the combination of both insoles has helped relieve some of my knee problems and the soreness that I'd normally feel after a long day of skating, has drastically disappeared. At the end of the day the choice in insoles comes down to personal preference. Even though both companies are aiming for your almighty 'ollar (for those who get that, you're awesome) I urge you to really think about what insoles are better for you. Hopefully, I provided enough insight and information for you to be able to gather an educated thought about which product is better for you. I've gone to all extents of testing with the exception of doing this but I have skated both insoles with and without socks, walked around more with the recent change of weather and even went as far as going to the gym with both of these insoles. I ran over 30 mins in hopes of finding out which one was better but there is obviously no clear winner.
It's all about your preference, every one skates differently, weighs differently and uses there bodies differently. If you honestly want my opinion which insole I found performed better for me, just know that I hardly skate stairs, it's strictly ledges, flat ground and the occasional gap. I also weigh a bit more than the average skater but you can thank my spanish mother for that. Overall, I found Game Changers a little better for me. Yes, it didn't have a gel insert but after walking in both insoles over a extended period of time I found Game Changers have a little bit more of what I needed personally. No, I didn't feel any weight taken off my back and no, I'm not amazing at skating since skating Game Changers but now that you know some honest true, I hope you can pick an insole that performs for you and still helps you perform to the best of your abilities. Please don't get the impression that I'm going to throw my Remind insoles away. They're an amazing product and affordable at that, which is one of the many reasons for you to pick those insoles, but I'd suggest really getting the most info out of both brands before buying either.
Special shout-out goes to Sal Puglisi for getting hooked up by AMBIG and Lil' Chris for getting put on by Satori Wheels. Good shit guys, we're really proud of you!