Fluidstance Springboard review: Give your body a break

I’ve worked in a home office for so long I can’t remember when I started standing up at work. It was likely about 10 years ago, when I reviewed a standing desk for the first time. They are a boon to productivity and wonderfully healthy.

In recent years, I switch between sitting and standing during the day, and I found a new product that is downright essential to those who like to stand during the work day.

The Fluidstance Springboard is like a breath of fresh air for those who love ergonomics. Made of a bendable, pliable wood material, the Springboard gives you a literal bounce in your step during the day. As you stand and move around, you can feel your joints relax. It’s almost miraculous, because those of us who do stand don’t realize how much we are putting pressure on our legs and whole body during the day. 

In my tests, I felt more relaxed and vibrant during long work sessions, able to shift around a little and not feel so much pressure. Fluidstance is more well-known for their Balance Board product which comes in all shapes and sizes (and colors), like this newer model. They also make anti-fatigue mats that stay mostly flat. What I like about the Springboard is that it’s unique and provides a way to move around but without requiring you to have good balance.

I found that I could focus more on work and not as much on whether I have good balance. I have size 13 shoes, so I also appreciated the larger mat size (it’s 23.5″ long x 20″ wide x 1.25″ tall). Another perk is that the Springboard is grippy and won’t let you slide around during the day — again, a bonus for those of us who don’t have the best balance.

After several long work sessions, working at an IKEA standing desk I bought many years ago, I realized it has been a while since I found a product that enhanced my productivity like this and that didn’t annoy me with any features that seemed pointless.

Since this is a brand new product, Fluidtsnace hasn’t broadened out to a large number of extra styles, colors, sizes, or features quite yet. I even noticed there is an option for a darker color at their website, but it’s grayed out and I imagine it is not available quite yet. I could see expanding to other materials, making a smaller version, and even experimenting more with the springy-ness. About that — I found it to be just about right. The Springboard doesn’t feel like a trampoline, but also isn’t so subtle that you don’t even notice the spring.

Products that debut like this sometimes take a while to catch on — meaning, we me and with other reviewers. I don’t think there will be a ramp up period like that. 

The Balance Board takes a little while to adjust to over time, but I adopted the Springboard as a big part of my day almost immediately. It became a product I would use almost constantly while standing, and I don’t think I will go back to standing on the carpet anymore.

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