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Shock Doctor Hotbed Insoles

 

What is it used for?

These shoe insert retain warmth in cold conditions and insulate from the heat in hot conditions.

 

What's nano about it?

This technology uses a material with high surface area and pores of around 10 nm. Aerogel is a silicon (Si) based solid that is 99.8% air and 1,000 times less dense than glass. The insulating properties of aerogel fabric (pyrogel) can protect against extreme temperatures in close proximity with limited material.

 

How does it work?

The aerogel material is very porous and has a very high surface area which traps more air and gives the material excellent insulating properties. The trapped air helps reflect the energy that your body gives off. The inserts offer lightweight support for your feet and is rated to be twice as effective as an insulator made of other materials used for insoles that is the same thickness. An inch of aerogel is more than 4 times more efficient than an inch of fiberglass and 2 times better than foam as an insulator.

 

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