Ride's wedgie footbed - does it work, and can it help to reduce knee stress?
I posted this question embedded in a different thread (k2 indy or ride ex), but thought I would get more feedback if I just started another thread. I did a quick search, and there is some stuff I could find, but wanted to see if I could drum up more. The stuff I found didn't really answer my question.
So, Ride advertises that the wedgie footbed helps to create a more 'natural stance'. It supposedly helps comfort, control, and pop. I asked the guy at one of the local shops regarding this, and he said it is kinda gimmicky. It might help; at best, it's subtle and not a big thing to consider when choosing bindings. I am assuming he meant all aspects of what it is supposed to help (comfort, control, pop). But, another guy at a different shop said his buddy got something similar (had a custom footbed made though), and it really helps his knees when riding.
I am just wondering what you guys/gals who ride Ride bindings with a wedgie footpads think. I really don't care about the pop aspect. The control aspect, well, that would be extra benefit. It's the comfort aspect I am after - especially reducing knee stress. Any riders out there who can confirm this? I get some knee stress/strain, but notice it the day after I ride, not really on the hill. But, cutting down on this would be great cause I don't want bad knees one day. I know getting a custom footbed would probably be best, but does the wedgie footbeds reduce knee strain/stress?