Why are more and more runners starting to choose carbon fibre insoles?

Since the launch of Nike's Breaking 2 programme, running shoes with built-in carbon fibre panels have started to attract more and more attention in the running shoe market. On 12 October 2019, Kenyan marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge accomplished the feat of "Breaking 2" (completing a marathon in 2 hours) in the Austrian capital Vienna. This achievement made carbon running shoes even more popular.

Carbon plate (carbon fibre plate insoles) has become a highly sought-after and innovative material. So why are more and more runners and athletes choosing carbon running shoes? In this article, we will introduce the role of carbon plate in running shoes in detail.


1. Lightweight

Carbon fibre is a lightweight material, weighing only 1/4 of steel, which makes carbon running shoes much lighter while maintaining structural strength. Lightweight running shoes allow athletes to reduce fatigue and improve performance during long runs.


2. Force Feedback

Carbon plate insoles have good energy rebound, which can effectively re-transfer the energy generated during running to the athletes. When the athlete's foot touches the ground, the carbon plate will bend and store energy; when the foot leaves the ground, the carbon plate will rebound quickly and release energy. This energy rebound effect helps the athlete to improve the efficiency of their stride, provides effective thrust, improves reaction time and reduces the risk of injury.


3. Stability

Carbon fibre insoles are highly rigid and five times stronger than steel. After the rigidity of the shoe is increased, it can provide good support and stability. This makes the carbon plate running shoes effective in reducing foot twisting and rolling and keeping the foot stable during running. This is very important for the prevention of running-related sports injuries.


4. Durability

Carbon fibre has high abrasion resistance and aging resistance, making carbon plate running shoes have a long service life. Compared with traditional foam materials, carbon plates are less prone to deformation and wear, and will not break and deform during strenuous exercise, thus protecting the feet from injury and maintaining good performance for a longer period of time.


5. Expandability

Carbon fibre plates can be customised to suit the needs and preferences of different runners. For example, parameters such as thickness, curvature and hardness can be adjusted according to individual needs to provide the best running experience.

All in all, carbon board running shoes have become the first choice for more and more runners and athletes due to their lightweight, stability and durability. With the continuous development and popularity of carbon plate technology, Onemix has also joined in this running shoe material revolution and launched its own self-designed ONEMIX Carbon Insole Plate.Onemix has given this carbon insole plate the function of self-adaptation, which enables runners to better be able to easily grasp the feedback force when speeding up and maintain the running rhythm.

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