The next-gen­er­a­tion in­soles that could trans­form your run­ning tech­nique

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Real-time anal­y­sis of your foot strike, com­plete with feed­back and ad­vice, is no longer the stuff of dreams or hi-tech labs thanks to an amaz­ingly sim­ple piece of kit Arion has de­vel­oped – an in­sole.

It may look like a reg­u­lar in­sole but it's packed with light­weight tech­nol­ogy that pro­vides you with all sorts of use­ful in­for­ma­tion. Sim­ply slot it into your shoe and head out for your reg­u­lar run – it's that easy to use – and when you get back you can down­load the feed­back and get to work. While a watch or heart-rate mon­i­tor will pro­vide rel­a­tively stan­dard in­for­ma­tion, the Arion in­sole shows you ex­actly what mus­cles you’re us­ing, how your foot re­acts as you drive off and – more im­por­tantly – great feed­back on what you should do with all this in­for­ma­tion.

We’ve put the in­soles through their paces here at Trail Run­ning and can re­port that this is a pretty high-tech piece of kit that gives you a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight as to how ev­ery­thing's work­ing. That does, of course, get you think­ing: what’s the use? Prob­a­bly, if you have a per­sis­tent nig­gle or are look­ing to move on a level, the Arion is worth in­vest­ing in. But there’s also the counter-ar­gu­ment that even if you’re run­ning smoothly with no prob­lems, it’s worth us­ing one oc­ca­sion­ally as part of a health check

The high-tech de­sign of the Arion com­prises pres­sure-sen­si­tive in­soles that mea­sure the di­rect in­ter­ac­tion be­tween your feet and the ground; along­side ad­vanced foot­pods that in­clude GPS sen­sors, ac­celerom­e­ters and gy­ro­scopes to paint a com­plete pic­ture of your run­ning tech­nique.

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