My point is that it appears that many potential adopters are curious about the Normatec gear but are so hesitant to pull the trigger on the purchase (value judgement) based on cost and empirical effectiveness.
Normatec hasn't produced any data or objective information on the effectiveness of their product and many of us are genuinely curious if it works. If it was the 'cat's meow' it'd be a smashing success at any cost.
Anecdotally, it doesn't work for me. the argument against my anecdotal experience is that "If you'd only used it religiously, you'd see the benefits". Perhaps true but if I only used my $12 massage stick regularly, i'd see the same results is also true.
There's just no proof that Normatec works empirically.
I think you would be surprised just how many people have bought boots, but how many people look at this thread / replies mean very little IMHO in regards to sales. Now with that being said, and I had a massage stick, and used it occasionally (I sold it), but never like I used boots and the reason why is because boots are a passive experience. It is really enjoyable to sit in boots and watch Sunday Football, or read, or watch Netflix, or catch up on emails. You actually look forward to the sessions. And the massage stick is quite a bit different than boots. The idea of boots is all about the lymphatic system, which overlaps somewhat with a massage stick, but mostly I would quickly use a massage stick say at a race site, after car travel, to quickly get the body loosened up a bit and it did an adequate job at that. But it doesn't work in a controlled and consistent bottom to top motion like boots.
I think everyone would like to see more studies. Myself included, but much longer studies following people for years and looking at things like total volume, injury risk, reoccurring injury risk etc. There are studies on Normatec btw. Here is one on increased range of motion
Regardless the things athletes spend money on, hotels at the race venue, that are not going to help you have a better race are much bigger waste both in absolute and relative terms. And so is equipment. I am in the process of selling my Trek Speed Concept and it has lost like 80% of its value over a few years. Same thing applies to wheels and many others. They just don't hold their value well. I think what I am surprised by the lack of Normatec units used on eBay but the price they do command. It tells me people don't sell them.
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