5 Stars By T. Luna on 2016-06-30
Real Review from a Real Guy who didn't get paid or a discount
I just got the Halter standing desk for my work space and my office has concrete floors with an extremely thin layer of carpet. My legs were fatiguing throughout the day and I would have to take breaks to sit again. I did some research and came across the Topo mat. My first reaction was "dang, I need to spend $120 on this mat?" But then I started watching the videos and seeing all the different benefits of this specific anti-fatigue mat. I loved the idea that I would have multiple options of stances throughout the day. I was looking at this mat and the varidesk "ultimate mat" which is $95 itself. Between the two choices I decided to take the plunge and spend the $25 extra for this mat and I couldn't be happier. I used to work for guitar center in sales and we always had a saying "buy right the first time" you may spend a little more but at least you are happy and don't want to upgrade later or exchange and purchase a different product.
If you are someone who works Monday through Friday in an office and want to use your standing desk as much as possible in the standing position then I recommend spending a little bit more and getting a mat that will allow you to do so.
What the manufacturer says is true, the terrain of the mat is so comfortable in multiple positions that you will find yourself switching throughout the day because they all feel so relaxing. The teardrop in the middle is amazing on the bottom of your foot. You can also use the back edge of the mat to stretch your calf throughout the day which is nice.
If you already made the investment in a standing desk and now you are looking at anti-fatigue mats I can tell you from the two weeks that I have had this mat it is well worth the $120. It's a one time buy that you won't regret.
I was kind of skeptical if this mat was the real deal since there were TONS of great reviews but most of them said "disclaimer I received this product at a discount/ or free for my review". Well I can tell you that I honestly did NOT receive ANY discount and most certainly did pay the full price of $120 because my wife came up to me asking what the heck did I spend $120 on a mat for? But after I showed her the video and the product came in and she stood on it she completely understood and let me live to write this review.
Hope this helps in making your decision.
5 Stars By Matthew Medina on 2015-12-15
Topo = A standing mat for healthier feet!
I was one of the Topo "early adopters" previous to it's release on BTA-MALL, and I have to say as a full-time barefooter this standing mat is amazing. I'd been wanting to swap to a standing desk for the numerous benefits but two things held me back. One, was the conflicting research that said that standing all day wasn't necessarily much better than sitting all day - the reality is that we humans aren't built for any sort of lengthy "static" activity, and two, the standing mats I saw on the market were all flat and highly cushioned, providing a boring surface that was too soft for someone with highly developed and conditioned feet.
Topo addressed both of these concerns for me - because of the contoured surface and the varied angles underfoot, Topo is virtually begging you to move around on it. I often describe it to people who are curious when they see me at my desk as a "playground for my feet" and that is a pretty literal truth. The good side of that is that this constant shifting of one's feet encourages constant lower and upper body movement as well - I'm frequently bouncing, leaning, sliding my feet back and forth and just generally subtly moving almost all the time. And for bare feet, the surface is a joy to experience, with plenty of give and grip for your toes and soles to enjoy. If you love going barefoot, you'll love this mat, period.
And on top of that, the surface is not soft - it's got cushion to ward off fatigue but not enough to take away from the amount of work your legs and feet need to do to keep you upright and stable. It's a great mat for people who crave minimalism and want to strengthen their feet and legs, in the same way that going barefoot is better for strengthening and rehabilitating your feet and legs as they're designed to function.
My one caveat to recommending this mat is that it may not be right for those who wear cushioned footwear consistently and have adapted to needing that level of support. I've been a barefooter for most of the past 25 years and so my feet, calves and legs have had lots of time to become strong and not need support, and I definitely feel this mat challenging me if I have a long day with few meetings and need to stand on it for extended periods. So it might require some time to switch to a minimalist shoe or going barefoot more to build up the structures of the feet more before trying a mat like this, but it'll be well worth it if you do.
As a real world example of how much it encourages you to move, I'm standing on it as I type out this, and I've probably touched every inch of its surface in that amount of time. It's just so much fun to explore with your feet, that I can't speak more highly of it.
5 Stars By Ben on 2017-11-22
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Crazy Funpad for Feet
I switched to a standing desk a few years ago on a whim, just BOOM—all in, cold turkey. Okay, let me level with you: the first six months were hard, because I had no mat. I went home, and my feet hurt like a waiter's, even though I'm an effete knowledge worker. So I used my work workstation to look at The Wirecutter, and they recommended a flat mat. It was a revelation! I'd go home, and my feet were happy. But stay with me, this gets better.
I was so happy, I told my colleague "get a mat! Get the one The Wirecutter recommends!" But listen friends, this is where the twist is. She ended up with THIS mat, because The Wirecutter changed their recommendation. It set my mind reeling. If The Wirecutter recommendation can change, what can you even trust in this crazy world? After I got over the death of objective Truth, I tried this mat for a day. Boys and girls, my life changed again.
Now when I go home, not only are my feet happy, but my back is happier. And I'm less tired. How does this magic happen? I don't know, I don't ask questions, I just freestyle on this mat like a tiny foam skate park for your feets. Needless to say, I ordered a Topo and never looked back, until TODAY. Now that I've told this story, let us never speak of flat mats ever again.
5 Stars By Adam Z. on 2017-11-17
I've been anxious to get my feet on this mat for quite some time and I'm glad I finally did
Been standing while working for a few months now and I was previously using an anti-fatigue kitchen type mat. I've been anxious to get my feet on this mat for quite some time and I'm glad I finally did. It offers a ton of comfort -- more than what I had before -- and also some great "rails" and variations to keep you moving during the day. You can move both your feet into different positions and angles and even do calf raises off the back. It's super solid and easily slips under the desk when you don't need it. So glad I picked this up. My feet are happy.
5 Stars By A Reader on 2017-01-25
Most fun I've had at work
Bought this mat for work based on the Wirecutter recommendation for best standing mats. I also own the previous Wirecutter top pick (the Cumulus Pro) and I agree with Wirecutter making this their new recommendation: this mat is simply too much fun :)
While the Cumulus Pro presented a great surface to stand on, it's flat monotony doesn't encourage movement. The Topo's varied "terrain" somehow makes my feet hungry for movement and I find myself doing something new with my feet (and body) every few seconds. The only downside to this is that sometimes I get so distracted moving about on the mat that I stop whatever else I'm supposed to be doing because it's so much fun.
I notice I've ended both paragraphs above with "fun". Moving aronud on this mat really is fun. Kudos to Ergodriven for succeeded so admirably at what they set out to do: making a mat that encourages you to move.
5 Stars By Roxy on 2017-11-10
Highly recommend this product, WORTH EVERY PENNY!
I purchased a standup desk a few months back and immediately noticed my lower back starting to hurt when I was standing directly on the carpet. I did a ton of research and I am BEYOND happy with this mat. I love the different angles that this mat provides opposed to the other flat mats I tired. I've noticed that I am able to stand for hours without getting fatigued and NO LOWER BACK PAIN. My feet are able to shift to the different areas of the mat to give me better support. I highly recommend this product, its worth the extra money and is very thick.
5 Stars By Alan on 2017-07-22
Topo, from Ergodriven; A Standing Mat Like No Other.
Tested the Topo Mat based on an ad/review from the E-Newsletter The Hustle. I bought it for my wife who has a (manual) sit-stand desk at work, and has had issues with her comfort while working. For many years she has been a fan, and a past retail salesperson, of ergonomic back products including Temperpedic mattresses, Ergonomic Desk Chairs, Anti-Gravity chairs and other tools tools for comfort and pain relief. She liked the Topo immediately, and felt in her leg muscles that the mat works for her within a day or two of trying it. As we read up on it more she decided that she wants the Topo Mini, which we will order tonight.
We had recently purchased an electric sit-stand desk from Ikea, and have brought our original purchase, the standard larger Topo mat, home, where we will share it. Thank you for this design, and for the opportunity to review it.
A thought as I complete this review; it seems that a kitchen floor mat, and or a garage/shop floor mat might be a good follow up.
5 Stars By Sarah C. on 2016-03-31
Makes standing MUCH better
I was diagnosed with a herniated disk in January - from sitting too much. So in addition to working on my workaholic tendencies, I also have to stand for work. While i'm healing (10 weeks so far) I can't sit for more than a few minutes every few hours.
Moving to a 100% standing day was hard, and the Topo is making a HUGE difference. I've started grabbing people who pass by and offering them a chance to try it. I would go back and choose a brighter color though, because it's a tripping hazard when I am not standing on it. It slides under the desk, but a little more visibility would probably help.
Added in late June: I'm back to work full time, and bought another Topo for home (in blue). The difference when I'm in meetings or away from my mat for a portion of the day is still noticeable. I can stand comfortably for up to 10 hours on the mat (that workaholic thing is still in progress), and I'm out of physical therapy. Things are looking up and I cannot stress how much the Topo helped!
4 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2017-03-22
Comfortable but expensive
Comfortable but expensive. Did notice a bit of the chemical smell other reviewers complained about right after I opened it but it dissipated within a few days. It does actually get you shifting your weight around a bit more than a flat mat does, but as you get used to it it seems to be less effective at that. You find a few comfortable positions and kind of stand there for longer stretches with less frequent shifts between them. That said, much more comfortable standing on it for a few hours than on the floor.
I don't know that I would buy it again at the price, but setting that aside I'm pleased with the purchase.
5 Stars By T. Moore on 2017-11-28
Watch Worthy Product!
I'm 66 years old and stand daily at my office desk (often 7-9 hours) for the past 10 years. I did it originally for my back but have found that overall, standing seems to help everything. Just got this mat a few weeks ago but I can testify that it already makes a huge difference in how I feel at day's end! I rotate it around every hour or so and find that I am much less fatigued and also my leg muscles are better toned. I do a variety of exercises with it while standing in position answering emails. I encourage you to try one and also to be careful at first because it's much different than a flat mat, and so it's easier to trip until you get acclimated to the various elevations and contours.....
Very worthwhile investment!