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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. www.arion.run