I purchased the Topo by Ergodriven for two reasons. The first being that standing all day on a hard basement floor, since I work from home, does not feel good. The second reason is, I like to move around when standing by crossing my legs or tapping my feet and a flat surface is just not satisfying my fidgety feet. So when looking for a standing mat that wasn’t flat, there really wasn’t much out there.
The Topo Mat Specs
The Topo mat’s dimensions are 26.2 x 2.7 x 29 inches, weighs about 8 pounds and is made from polyurethane. You can find more information about the Topo mat here.
The mat has a somewhat textured finish, not smooth but not grainy. It can be moved with just your foot on a smooth surface. I have vinyl flooring and am able to grab it with my foot, with some effort, and slide it back and forth.
My Experience with the Topo Mat
It’s been just a few weeks with the Topo mat and I absolutely love it! The mat is great just as a mat. It has a firm feel with just the right amount of give. Granted, I am a stocky person, so the give may be less for someone ‘less stocky’. In providing a comfortable surface to stand on for 8 hours the mat does well. I am wearing my sneakers most of the time, but even barefoot or with socks, it’s quite comfortable.
Where the Topo stands out is in keeping my feet busy with texture and contours so that I can change position or place my feet at different angles while working. It relieves pressure on my feet when I move and can be used to apply pressure whenever I am feeling fatigued. It’s like having a foot massage while standing.
My absolute favorite feature is the large back edge. I use it all the time to stretch my calves and balance on while talking with customers. It’s a challenge to keep your weight centered on it and keeps me focused when talking with customers for sometimes hours at a time.
Here is the one place I find an issue with the Topo mat. It’s hard to compare it to other flat mats since there is not a lot of competition out there. However, other quality mats that are very well reviewed are in the $80 to $100 range. The Topo is more but I guess that’s because it’s ‘not flat’.
So far the purchase has been well worth it, but I sometimes have a hard time justifying it since maybe I could have gotten a mat for $20 or $30 less.
Would I recommend it?
Absolutely! My experience with other flat mats have been positive, however, after a while I need to change terrain even for a few minutes. The Topo mat addresses that by putting that change of terrain in it’s few square feet.
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