The new foot stretcher system of Shimano consists of unclipping shoes that have a stiff sole and a foot stretcher with a Virtual Pivot mechanism (by means of bearings). This virtual pivot mechanism enables the foot to rotate to keep the feet at the optimum power transmission angle as the rower’s posture changes. This improves rowing movement efficiency and gives the rower greater ease of motion. Next to that, the body tension is reduced and timing of the catch improved.
The effect: rowing is more pleasant and the system enables the opportunity to better your technique.
The necessity of sharing footwear is history; you can use your own shoes. This is of course more comfortable and hygienic, but also safe! With the click system, rowers are able to get in and out of the boat quickly, even in case of capsizing.
In summary; the system is an individualization of the rowing shoe and enabler of sport performance improvement. This specific philosophy was used for the development of the system and led to a logical improvement of the foot stretcher, which is proven.
From the beginning onwards the goal was to see rowers deliver great performance at the Olympic Games in London by using the SRD system. Mission accomplished! The Belgian rower Tim Maeyens accomplished to row an Olympic Record. Of course this kind of top performances brings the SRD system into great focus!
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