Ergodriven Topo Mat

Sure, sitting in one place all day is terrible for your body. But standing in place can be just as bad. The Topo Mat from Ergodriven is a perfect gift to get the blood pumping for those upright folks at work.


December 1, 2017

the story

Ergodriven was started in 2014 by a small team with a passion for office ergonomics. After quitting their startup jobs, they hit the road on an extended camping trip. Once they returned to the city, they noticed the stark change in topography between the concrete jungle and say, the actual jungle.

After doing some research, they realized that humans don’t do great on flat surfaces and are instead designed for movement and “postural variety” (their words). Basically, the opposite of a sedentary 9-5.

Their first product, the Topo Anti-Fatigue Mat for standing desks, showcases this need for motion with cushioned terrain as compared to the other, flat mats on the market that simply provide cushioning.

why we like it

The best way to describe the Topo Mat is that it’s like a massage gym for your feet. Whether it’s doing toe lifts on the outside ridges or standing on the little mountain smack dab in the middle, it feels like you’re standing on some new-age foot playground.

If you have a standing desk at work or find yourself on your feet in the same place for an extended period of time, the Topo Mat provides a dynamic element that we haven’t seen from other products.

It’s simple, it’s easy, it works.

the competition

On Amazon, the Topo Mat comes in scoring a tremendous 4.7/5 from nearly 800 reviews. Other similar mats include the TerraMat Standing Desk Mat and the VARIDESK Anti-Fatigue Mat, but neither have nearly as many reviews.

If you aren’t buying into the whole “jungle gym for your feet” thing, Imprint’s CumulusPro has similarly priced flat mats with some texture on top to keep things interesting.

Flat makes sense for use in a common area like a sink where people are moving around as the raised topography is a tripping hazard and a half. But for those who use a standing desk, give your arches a rest with the Topo.

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