- Proper foot support
- Increases pedaling efficiency
- Reduces or eliminates hot feet
- Improves foot comfort even on long rides
- Inexpensive solution for “happy feet”
Price: $39.99 MSRP
How obtained: Purchased from LBS
Available: Online, retail, Trek’s website
RBR advertiser: No
Sizes: 36-38.5, 39-41.5, 42-43.5, 44-45.5, 46-48
Arch Index: 1 (Low Arch), 2 (Mid Arch), 3 (High Arch)
Materials: EVA foam and hard nylon cradle
Time Tested: Over 1 year
Proper Foot Support and Alignment
I have flat feet and wear custom orthotics. I transfer them from shoe to shoe, including cycling shoes. It’s a pain. Then in 2017, Bontrager came out with cycling-specific inform BioDynamic Insoles. I bought my first pair weeks after they hit the stores and have bought additional pairs since. Yep, I’m lazy. It’s easier to have multiple pairs, than to move them from one cycling shoe to the next.
Partnering with Superfeet, a company with 30+ years of insole making expertise, Bontrager designed an insole that provides complete support across all three arches of your foot. Using a dual density design made from EVA foam with a hard nylon cradle, it provides support across the transverse, lateral, and medial arches for proper knee alignment. Bontrager’s proprietary 3D Arch aligns and stabilizes the foot for more even pressure distribution and maximum energy transfer.
If you suffer from hot foot, these insoles have a footrest metatarsal pad that helps to reduce or eliminate hot foot. Note that not all foot issues can be resolved with an insole, bike fit including cleat placement might be in order, too.
Bontrager suggests you visit a Trek store to be measured for the proper insole arch height. There are three arch heights to choose from; low, mid and high. They are numbered 1, 2 and 3 and corresponding colors. Each arch height comes a variety of sizes from 36-48.
Since cycling shoes are all shaped a little different you may need to cut the insole. To get a custom fit, remove the insole that came with the cycling shoe, trace it over the Bontrager insole and cut to size. I use the #1 low arch insole and have yet needed to trim them. But your experience could vary.
Like all Bontrager products, the insoles are backed by their unconditional guarantee. So, if after 30 days you decide they aren’t right for you, take them back. For a good visual and more information, checkout Bontrager’s short video on their inform BioDynamic Insoles.
If you are looking for an inexpensive way to have better performance and happier feet, try Bontrager’s inform BioDynamic Insoles. They were introduced in 2017 in partnership with Superfeet and are designed to be cycling-specific. The insole supports all three arches in your foot, preventing arch collapse. Proper support translates to increased comfort and better performance. I’ve purchased a pair as soon as they were available at my LBS and my feet definitely feel better supported.
Dave Minden says
I’m a bit concerned that you seem to be confirming Bontrager’s claims for what they do with this footbed without any real testing besides how it felt to you. Perhaps some expert could have commented on their claim:
“Partnering with Superfeet, a company with 30+ years of insole making expertise, Bontrager designed an insole that provides complete support across all three arches of your foot. Using a dual density design made from EVA foam with a hard nylon cradle, it provides support across the transverse, lateral, and medial arches for proper knee alignment. Bontrager’s proprietary 3D Arch aligns and stabilizes the foot for more even pressure distribution and maximum energy transfer.”
I am sure your experience in cycling makes you a good judge of what works for you, but without some kind of independent confirmation of the product claims it sounds like you are advertising for them, which I don’t think fits with your role of independent reviewer.
Sheri Rosenbaum says
I want to assure you I am an independent reviewer. The policy of RBR is to share reviews of products we would buy and use ourselves. There are many products I’ve tested over the years that I would not review because I wasn’t happy with how they performed. (Trust me I have a box of these items.) Instead I provide feedback directly to the company and have seen future versions of these items leveraging our suggestions.
I have used Superfeet years ago during my triathlon training. I switch to them when my custom orthotics were too big for my running shoes. They were a life saver for someone like me with totally flat feet. When Bontrager came out with cycling inserts, I immediately bought a pair and felt a difference. My foot was definitely better supported.
I know first hand that Trek/Bontrager does a tremendous amount of R&D around developing their products. So partnering with Superfeet with over 30 years experience with insoles, I feel they developed a great insole. But yes, I don’t have any expert data outside of Superfeet and Trek/Bontrager. I can only go by what information is available to me and how the product worked for me personally..
I hope this addresses your concerns.
Jack Lockwood says
I wear custom orthotics (insoles) to prevent the recurrence of plantar fasciitis. I’m wondering if the Bontrager BioDynamics would serve the same function?
Hugh Caggiano says
I have been using the Specialized equivalent product for several years with good results. These are “Body Geometry” footbed developed with the help of Andy Pruit. They are also about half the price of the Bontrager product.
The insoles came with the bontrager shoes , are the same sold separated as InForm BioDynamics Bontrager?
Or the separared insoles are better ?