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    5 10 Impact High ? extra ankle support

    Anyone used the High's?
    I'm looking for extra ankle support following recovery from a serious ankle injury.
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    I would just give it a rest and there is no point injuring it while you are healing

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    You misunderstand. I need ankle support long term.

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    Look into good flats and some hiking boots.

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    Thats not a very helpful reply. I have hiking boots.
    I want a good flat shoe for biking with spike pedals.
    I have a long history of ankle issues and have always needed extra ankle support when on uneven ground.
    Instead of buying a low top shoe I saw these and wondered if anyone tried them before.


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    I have found to have anything near "supportive" for the ankle means something more akin to a boot than a shoe. I bike in hiking boots all the time on my pinned flats for the same reason you mentioned. I also have some 5ten dirtbags that I'll use on shorter or less intense rides where I'll mostly be on the bike. These offer no ankle support though they do protect them from impact a little.

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    I've used them for about 7 years. I assume they give more ankle support, but that doesn't mean they will stop you from being injured.

    I broke my ankle a few years ago while riding with them.

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    Yea just need little extra support like a good hiking boot. However I want the sole to match up well for bike pedals like crampons or spikes.

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    Ever tried an ankle brace? I wear one when wakeboarding.. might start wearing it while MTBing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cloead View Post
    Ever tried an ankle brace? I wear one when wakeboarding.. might start wearing it while MTBing...
    An ankle brace is not helpful for my particular situation, but thanks for the idea.

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    Height of the shoe's collar on it's own has little/nothing to do with ankle support.
    Ankle support primarily comes form supporting the arch and calcaneus.
    A higher top with full lacing may help with ankle support in a good fitting shoe, but it won't do anything for an ill fitting shoe.
    When you twist your ankle, the rotation starts from below the ankle joint complex. This is the area and support where you need to get the fit right.
    Look in to to a good orthotic-custom or off the shelf + a good fitting shoe that laces up snug over the instep.
    For shoe fit and support, start from the bottom and work upwards.
    Impact Highs are pretty simple shoes. They're certainly not putting R&D $ in to the last and fitting component of that shoe. Maybe take a look at it with the addition of a footbed/orthotic-Superfeet, Sole, Montrail, etc.
    Would be interested to hear why an ankle brace is not helpful for your situation.

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    I rolled my foot/ankle while stepping down on pile of a soft moving uneven surface (pillows) in the dark and sprained my ankle which partially tore my anterior talofibular ligament.
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    My ankle has rolled this way many many times on uneven surfaces.
    This was mostly because I have a pronounced bunion, and my big toe is "missing" from it's support role.
    My big toe is out of place and This creates an extra opportunity to roll my foot often.
    Bunion XRay:

    The ONLY way I have been able to prevent rolling my foot when hiking in very rough terrain, is to wear very tall boots, like the old military style ones.
    Like the Corcoran Men's 10" tall boot.


    The leather was thick and when laced tight formed a perfect support system for my ankle when hiking.
    These boots also limits how far I can roll side to side.
    They also help a lot to stabilize when from landing a jump or even when climbing up.

    So those are the qualities I want to add to my biking shoe/boot.
    I do not think I can get this from a boot that is less than 8-10" tall.

    Maybe I should just get one of these type of boots, even has an External Ankle Support reinforcements.


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    The only thing you are going to find it impact resistance for ankles in the MTB world. What kind of support are you needing? The only time I see ankle protection in terms of rotation/twisting is for motorcycle boots. Look at SIDI Vortice boots for further ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkidd_39 View Post
    The only thing you are going to find it impact resistance for ankles in the MTB world. What kind of support are you needing? The only time I see ankle protection in terms of rotation/twisting is for motorcycle boots. Look at SIDI Vortice boots for further ideas.

    interesting idea, overkill for my needs, and not sure how well a boot like that would peddle.
    There's the XM- - Fox Comp 5S Boot $135



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    Re: 5 10 Impact High ? extra ankle support

    I wear the impact highs with a brace, it works pretty well.

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    Tall military boots with 5-10 resole kit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail_Blazer View Post
    interesting idea, overkill for my needs, and not sure how well a boot like that would peddle.
    There's the XM- - Fox Comp 5S Boot $135


    I wasn't proposing that you run the sidi boots for MTB'ing. Just displaying what is out there for protection. I can't think of any options out there that would meet your demands.

    I'd say an ankle brace and some 5-10's.

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    Sorry all for the unusual thread. I think one of the military style boot with built in ankle reinforcements, will be the answer for me.

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    Ya a MX boot would not pedal well at all.

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    Re: 5 10 Impact High ? extra ankle support

    Quote Originally Posted by rustybkr View Post
    I wear the impact highs with a brace, it works pretty well.

    What brace do you use with the 510 impact high ??



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    Multiple Type 2 Sprains in both ankles over the years for me.
    You'll likely need a brace that utilizes lacing. Several low profile types are designed to fit inside shoes.
    The standard sleeve/compression ankle braces won't do much for you.
    Look in to a good foot-bed in conjunction with a quality lace up brace.

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    I just tried on a nice hiking boot that felt like it would support me perfect. Not sure how well it will peddle though. I think I am going to pick up a pair though.

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    I pulled the trigger on these boots, on close out sale too.
    They were on sale and I tried on about 20 pairs of boots and these are the best bet for me I think.

    UNDER ARMOR RIDGE REAPER 8.5 HUNTING BOOTS (Black/Grey)


    They hold me firm but have just a little give in the right place, they have the comfort of a running shoe from the inside, but feel as supportive (or more) as my oldschool military boots.
    I will report back if there's any complications riding with them.
    Otherwise, I should be good for the season, until I can have surgery in two months.
    I may even keep using them after the surgery, depending on the results.

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    I ride 5-10 impact high's. I broke the spur off the back of my Tibia a few years back and the extra support seems to help it. I have a pair of 5-10 Sam hill's and they are pretty much the same shoe but its noticable how much less support there is around the ankle area from 1 to the other.
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    The brace is a leather lace up style with some metal or plastic reinforcement. Like you get from the doc for a sprain, just heavy duty.



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