Published on — November 19 2015
With the continued popularity of standing desks, many find that an anti-fatigue mat helps ease the pressure of standing for extended periods.
Until Topo appeared on the scene the typical alternatives have been rectangular mats made from high density foam or rubber.
Most are designed for industrial use, not so ergoDRIVEN’s Topo which is specifically intended for standing desk use.
Let’s take a closer look at who will find it beneficial.
Who is it for?
The good news is that this standing desk mat will greatly improve the working experience of anyone who uses a sit stand desk.
There are no size or user weight issues, it literally is a one size fits all solution to increased working comfort for office standers. In fact, it will benefit anyone who needs to stand a lot to work.
And its flexible design also makes it a great leg workout tool too, more on that later – time to look at what sets it apart from other standing mat solutions.
What makes it different?
As can be seen from its appearance it’s totally different from any other mat on the market. All those raised sections and the tear drop riser near the front have all been carefully designed to help you work more healthily when standing to work.
When you stand at your desk you may believe you don't move much, in fact you make lots of subtle micro movements without realizing it.
What Topo does is to provide you with the perfect solution for giving your feet, ankles, calves and upper legs continual exercise as you go about your work. This increases healthy movement while you stand.
Although normal low heeled shoes are great when using your Topo. My personal experience is that using it without shoes is even better as you can connect much more directly between foot and mat to get a more powerful workout.
With a conventional anti-fatigue mat you really only get a cushioning effect between your feet and the floor beneath the mat, there isn’t enough muscle stimulation with a flat surface.
Using this standing desk mat provides so many different ways of interacting with it. This 54 second video will give you some idea of what's possible.
And you needn’t worry about it getting in the way when you sit to work after standing, simply kick it under your desk to slide it out of the way.
Topo mats are made from a single skin of high quality, color dyed polyurethane foam and come in a choice of five colors including:
The mat measures 28” wide at the front tapering to 20” wide at the back and 25” front to back, with highest raised section at the back being 3” high. Overall weight is 8lbs.
A lot of people think it’s healthy to stand all day to work because sitting has had such a bad press in the past few years.
In reality too much standing is little better than too much sitting, it just introduces a new set of problems, like increased risk of thrombosis and blood pooling in the lower legs.
What Topo does is to make standing a highly interactive way of working that keeps all those tired muscles much more active. Standing to work becomes fun and lets you try out all sorts of leg and foot movements.
The rear calf raise shelf section gives an incredibly powerful stretch to all those knotted calf muscles. It’s the most powerful stretch for lower leg muscles I've experienced, the firm foam has just the right amount of resilience to really work those muscles deeply.
Anyone who stands to work at their desk as part of their daily routine will find ergoDRIVEN’s Topo standing desk mat makes a real difference to how they work when standing.
Where to buy
Right now Fully has a great introductory offer on Topo with carriage included for US mainland and a 30 day return period.