Published at Monday, June 18th, 2018 - 15:44:43 PM. . By Celina Marsh.
Other companies will advertise an orthopedic belt that has either additional layers or a thicker top layer that helps cushion the foot fall. Once again, our big problem with these belts is heat problems and the fact that many of these belts can weigh as much as 3 to 4 times as much as a regular 2 ply belt. The heavier the belt, the harder the drive system has to work to keep moving the belt around. Combine that with the heat problems inherent in a thicker belt - remember, its’ better insulated - and you can quickly see why we arent big fans of the orthopedic belts.
There is much confusion about layers of a walking belt. Most companies advertise a 2 ply belt but some claim as many as 4 plies. The confusion arises because more layers is not necessarily a better thing. As Health Rider found out several years ago, a very thick belt can be a disaster. Health Rider took a standard 2 ply belt and then glued a layer of carpeted neoprene to the top of a standard belt. The result was a 3 ply (or 4 ply depending upon how you interpret the final addition to the belt) which now had a nice insulation layer of neoprene that did an incredible job of holding in heat and emphasized the potential problem of using a multi-layered belt. Even in a residential setting, the Health Rider belts simply fell apart from the wide variance in heat they experienced. Fortunately for the consuming public Health Rider stopped using these belts a few years ago.
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