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QUICKRELEASE SYSTEM

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Is my shoe alignment ok on the ShoePlate Top?

Most shoes should and will line up nicely with the ShoePlate Top, however, the plate is designed to support shoes that overhang the front or rear of the plate and even shoes that may sit with their heels slightly to the inside or outside of the heel of the ShoePlate Top.

The ShoePlate Top has a large and stable base at the heel so even if the shoe overhangs this on either side or is too long for the plate, within reason, it should function well and your foot should feel stable.

How far can the shoe overhang the end of the ShoePlate Top?

An overhang of up to 2cm is generally fine. This can be dependent on how supportive your rowing shoe is. On our Project B shoes with a carbon sole this will be fine.

We have a small sized Plate that is usually made to work with shoes up to a size 10 US/44.5 EU, yet in some boats where hull space is at a premium a small plate may need to be used on larger shoes to clear the hull. This will be fine up to approximately size 14/50 EU.

How much can the shoe overhang the side of the ShoePlate Top?

As long as the center point of the heel, that is the part that you feel your weight through when standing, is still making contact with the ShoePlate Top heel the fitting should be fine.

What is the difference between the QuickRelease System and a standard flat board?

The QuickRelease System provides the following over a regular flat board: improved foot stability, connection, heel loading and enhanced use of the gluteal and hamstring muscles.

This gives you a better body position, enhanced power and reduced injury risk factors Vs. a flat foot board which is not designed specifically to optimize your stroke.

TheQuickRelease System has been designed from biomechanics and sports medicine research to get the most out of your body.

Click here for a more detailed table comparing the 2 boards.

AttributeShoePlate Pro QuickReleaseStandard Flat Foot Board
QuickRelease Feature Use your own shoes every time Easily swapped between boat and ergometer• Increases hygiene through individuals having their own shoes• Easily swapped within the boat Slow and tricky adjustment of shoes and settings – you are stuck with generic setups or need to take time to adjust
Power Conducive to higher power outputs due to heel wedge and stability• Less taxing on the body as stabilizing muscles are needed less and injury risk factors are lower than a flat board if used correctly Good power can be produced but is done so more through the toes and with less stability
Injury Risk Reduces injury risk factors by biomechanical and anatomically considered design• Increased stability and connection make for a safer base to produce power from- just like a good cycling cleat Many injuries and injury risks recorded in rowing• Not designed biomechanically/anatomically like the ShoePlate Pro QuickRelease
Heel contact 4 degree heel wedge to help earlier, more stable and stronger heel load• Heel connection occurs earlier and allows better muscle use and power No specific heel support• Doesn’t promote heel loading• Heel contact comes in approximately 3/4 through leg drive in most cases
Foot stability Shaped for foot stability and reduced stabilizer muscle use – leads to decreased fatigue• Improved contact and loading gives improved stability, boat balance and confidence Often feels unstable• Promotes toe based contact only• No specific foot support
Foot contact Higher % foot contact throughout stroke due to heel and toe wedge• Helps with feel, stability and reduced injury risk No shape to support the foot through the stroke• On-off feeling at points of stroke
Comfort Highly functional and designed specifically for comfort and performance No specific fitment/comfort design.
Body position Body is more solid due to better gluteal contraction and foot stability/connection• The ability to apply high forces is dependent on maintaining postural position (Soper & Hume, 2005). Body has to contract and compensate for lack of stability and toe based connection through stroke
HygieneOnly your feet will ever be in your shoes, no sharing of foot bacteria with other sweaty athletes, change your shoes from boat to
boat and seat to seat with a click.
Shared shoes with every other rower’s bacteria, to change shoes takes a long time and is a pain! 25% of the population carry Athlete’s Foot Bacteria.
CustomizationCan integrate seamlessly with the CustomPack for a fully custom fitting for leg
length discrepancies, comfort and improved
performance, allows you to carry these settings with you every time you row.
One size fits all, no integrated system of customizing available.

Click here to view the QuickRelease System Benefits Video.

What if my boat hull wont allow the Large ShoePlate Top to fit?

We have a small sized Plate that is usually made to work with shoes up to a size 10 US/44.5 EU, yet in some boats where hull space is at a premium a small plate may need to be used on larger shoes to clear the hull. This will be fine up to approximately size 14/50 EU and give you more space.

What size do I need?

The ShoePlate Pro QuickRelease comes in 2 sizes; small for US shoe sizes 6-9 and large for US shoe size 10 upwards. You can check your exact size needs in the table attached.

Will the toe wedge make me row short or stop me getting to my full catch position?

No, the toe wedge will give your feet more control and touch coming into the catch and create better stability when pushing off the catch. The centre of the foot is at the same angle as the footboard- so no difference.

As you would with a normal footboard; If you find it tight at the catch, either slightly reduce the foot stretcher angle or slightly lower the feet.

How heavy is the QuickRelease System?

The QuickRelease System is under 190 grams.

This is even lighter than the previous non-QuickRelease ShoePlate Pro.

Will the heel wedge with the earlier connection and increased gluteal, hamstring and quad load mean I fatigue faster?

No, in fact the opposite.

The glutes, hamstrings and quads are all meant to be used as power producing muscles. They are designed to contract then switch off and repeat this powerfully, unlike the stabilizing muscles in the front and side of the shin that are designed to produce low power but contract over long periods of time.

The ShoePlate Pro QuickRelease will reduce the use of stabilizing muscles to produce power and draw more on the major power producers more effectively via better stability, connection and the improved heel loading.

Click here to view the Heel Loading & Stability Gain video

Why are the angles 7 degrees and 4 degrees?

The shape and angles of the ShoePlate Pro QuickRelease have been specifically designed after years of research in biomechanics, anatomy and on water testing.

They have proven their worth with 4 Golds in London and numerous other world medals as well as the research we have conducted with federations and universities alike.

The heel on the QuickRelease has grown 1 degree based on testing from over 2000 athletes with the original ShoePlate Pro – this is designed to increase heel support and further unleash your potential.

 

AttributeShoePlate Pro QuickReleaseStandard Flat Foot Board
QuickRelease Feature Use your own shoes every time Easily swapped between boat and ergometer• Increases hygiene through individuals having their own shoes• Easily swapped within the boat Slow and tricky adjustment of shoes and settings – you are stuck with generic setups or need to take time to adjust
Power Conducive to higher power outputs due to heel wedge and stability• Less taxing on the body as stabilizing muscles are needed less and injury risk factors are lower than a flat board if used correctly Good power can be produced but is done so more through the toes and with less stability
Injury Risk Reduces injury risk factors by biomechanical and anatomically considered design• Increased stability and connection make for a safer base to produce power from- just like a good cycling cleat Many injuries and injury risks recorded in rowing• Not designed biomechanically/anatomically like the ShoePlate Pro QuickRelease
Heel contact 4 degree heel wedge to help earlier, more stable and stronger heel load• Heel connection occurs earlier and allows better muscle use and power No specific heel support• Doesn’t promote heel loading• Heel contact comes in approximately 3/4 through leg drive in most cases
Foot stability Shaped for foot stability and reduced stabilizer muscle use – leads to decreased fatigue• Improved contact and loading gives improved stability, boat balance and confidence Often feels unstable• Promotes toe based contact only• No specific foot support
Foot contact Higher % foot contact throughout stroke due to heel and toe wedge• Helps with feel, stability and reduced injury risk No shape to support the foot through the stroke• On-off feeling at points of stroke
Comfort Highly functional and designed specifically for comfort and performance No specific fitment/comfort design.
Body position Body is more solid due to better gluteal contraction and foot stability/connection• The ability to apply high forces is dependent on maintaining postural position (Soper & Hume, 2005). Body has to contract and compensate for lack of stability and toe based connection through stroke
HygieneOnly your feet will ever be in your shoes, no sharing of foot bacteria with other sweaty athletes, change your shoes from boat to
boat and seat to seat with a click.
Shared shoes with every other rower’s bacteria, to change shoes takes a long time and is a pain! 25% of the population carry Athlete’s Foot Bacteria.
CustomizationCan integrate seamlessly with the CustomPack for a fully custom fitting for leg
length discrepancies, comfort and improved
performance, allows you to carry these settings with you every time you row.
One size fits all, no integrated system of customizing available.

What should I feel?
  • Better connection*
  • Strong heel engagement*
  • Increased stability*
  • Possible hamstring and gluteal tightness and/or gym-type pain for the first 2-3 rows:
  • This is good as it means these muscles are working harder = more power & speed!*

* Each of these will be different for all athletes.

Click here to view the Heel Load & Stability video

Is there an adaptation time?

Adaption is different for every athlete. We have tested over 2000 athletes at all levels, using the ShoePlate Pro QuickRelease and the longer you use it the greater the muscle adaption.

Most athletes will have an instant change but to start changing muscular adaption and build gluteal firing it will vary enormously.

The longer you use it, the better the effects with muscle adaption – as seen with research on medal winning Olympic crews.

How should I rig my new BAT Logic equipped foot stretcher?

Angle

Most boat foot stretchers are set at 42 degrees* as standard. We recommend you start with your footboard at between 40-42 degrees when you first use the ShoePlate Pro QuickRelease.

(*Note the angle is taken off your boat’s foot stretcher not the ShoePlate Pro QuickRelease)

Height

Factory standard settings can be adjusted to your comfort and body type as needed.

Stretcher Position

You should rig yourself to match the same handle position at the finish or work through that you have without the ShoePlate Pro QuickRelease.

The ShoePlate Pro QuickRelease is 8mm thick at the attachment point, so to achieve your normal position you’ll need to account for the extra thickness and move your stretcher 2 notches towards the stern.

Note

We recommend that initially you keep within the above range, unless uncomfortable. However, after testing hundreds of athletes we have found a number of different angle/height etc combinations work very well long term.

Your body and style will dictate what suits you best.

How do I fit my QuickRelease System?

View the fitment guide video for the QuickRelease  System or download the QuickRelease System Fitment Guide

https://youtu.be/Tkrq6XZ6_6Q

How does the QuickRelease Function work?

The Quick Release functions allows you to clip in and out of any boat/seat/erg and enjoy the benefits of your own shoes, ShoePlate and settings for every row.

The QuickRelease function is not a safety feature.

Click here to view the ShoePlate Pro QuickRelease gains in action for the individual and for the whole crew.

Do I still need to use heel ties and how will I release in a roll-in?

Yes, heel ties are mandatory for racing and the QuickRelease function is for convenience in swapping seats/boats and onto the ergo, it is not a safety feature.

To exit the boat you must still use the release strap on your rowing shoes, just like you would with a standard foot board system.

There are many different sorts of heel ties from shoelaces to clips and we recommend you fit these before every row for safety.

CUSTOMPACK & LEG LENGTH

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What size do I need?

The CustomPack comes in 2 sizes; small for US shoe sizes 6-9.5 and large for US shoe size 10 upwards. You can check which size you need using the blue full sizing chart link above.

What does the CustomPack do?

Used properly the CustomPack will give you performance gains and can reduce your risk of injury. It will do this by:
Improving leg length discrepancies
Catering for inflexible ankles
Increasing heel load
Improving timing and symmetry between legs
Improving comfort

The CustomPack explained:

Why are the white shims not like my orthotics?

The white shims are one single width through their entirety, whereas your orthotics will have thicker and thinner parts, depending on their function, for controlling your foot movement.

The reason for this difference is that the white shims are simply used for evening out leg length and need this consistent shape, whereas the control of your foot arch and contact with the footboard is done by the ShoePlate Pro QuickRelease – almost like a rowing orthotic.

The ShoePlate Pro QuickRelease and shims have different curvature and shaping to your everyday orthotics because in rowing, the foot moves differently to the way it does in the walking or running gait.

What are the white CustomShims for?

White leg length CustomShims come in 2 sizes: 1.0 mm and 2.0 mm. The shims are placed under your shorter leg to even out your functional leg length in the boat – just like an orthotic or heel wedge does when walking or standing.

What are black CustomHeel shims for?

The black heel shims are for athletes with poor ankle flexibility or for those who want to engage even greater heel loading earlier in the drive phase.

The heel shims can be great for athletes with a history of back injury.

The CustomHeel increases gluteal activation and control over the pelvis and lower back. This control occurs when you load the heels i.e. more heel load equals better gluteal firing which means a more stable pelvis and lower back.

How do I attach the black CustomHeels and white leg length CustomShims onto my foot stretcher?

The shims go between your rowing shoe and ShoePlate Tops and shoes.
These products were designed to fit together perfectly.
You will need to remove your rowing shoes and screw the appropriate shims between the ShoePlate Tops and your Rowing shoes
CustomPack Fitment Guide

How do I know if I have the correct amount of shims under my leg?

Increase the accuracy by video taping yourself side on at the left and right side of the body while erging/rowing to see if one leg sits higher than the other, then adjust with the shim and see what difference this has made.

Generally the higher leg will sit up higher. You can also have a trainer or health care professional measure your seated leg length on the erg at the catch and finish from the base footplate and observe your pelvis symmetry.

Relying on your own feel is also useful.

Being tested on an Instrumented Foot Stretcher that will measure the difference between left and right foot is the gold standard.

Contact the BAT Logic team if you are interested in having your club assessed.

How do I know what white CustomShim I need for my leg length?

The two white leg length shim sizes are adequate for most leg length issues.

You would never place 1cm of shims under a 1cm shorter leg – this is too extreme for the body to adjust to. The settings are always as least invasive as possible e.g. 8 mm longer right leg, 2.0mm shim may suffice to give you an adequate effect.

The following table is an average case estimation based on our work with over 2000 elite and sub-elite athletes. If you feel that the shim advised below is not suited to your individual case then please contact your health care professional for further advice.

Measured Leg Length DiscrepancyCustomShim Indicated
1 - 4 mm1.0 mm
4 - 8 mm2.0 mm
8 - 15mm1.0 + 2.0
= 3.0mm stack"
15mm + Multiple shim packs needed

Shim choice will be dependent on the cause and effects of the large discrepancy, guides are only relative and based on our consulting experience fitting these.

To measure the effect of your shim choice it is advised you are re-measured on the erg/in-boat from the base footboard up to your hips as well as looking at video again to identify any changes. Relying on your own body feedback is also useful.

Like any boat rigging change, the effects will take time to get used to and will become clearer with more use.

Click here to learn more about leg length discrepancies.

Click here to view some basic leg length assessment methods.

Click here to view more detailled methods of assessment.

How do I know when to use the black CustomHeel shim?

You should use this shim if:

  • You are still struggling to get heel contact early enough, or at all, even with the ShoePlate Pro QuickRelease (this may be due to rowing style or in most cases very inflexible ankles)
  • You feel that you would like a further heel wedge on top of the 4 degree heel wedge on the ShoePlate, to build even more heel use or support the heel more (may help in back injuries, achilles strains or other calf and ankle injuries)
  • You would like to row on a very steep foot stretcher setting but still maintain early heel contact
  • To raise the height of the heel only, rather than the entire foot
How do I know what black CustomHeel shim I need?

There is only one size of black shim available – a 5mm heel raising wedge.

How do I fit my CustomPack?

View the fitment guide video for the CustomPack or download the CustomPack Fitment Guide PDF.

ERGADAPTOR

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What Ergometers does the ErgAdaptor fit?

The EA will fit all model D/E and Dynamic Concept 2 ergometers – these all have plastic foot bins, rather than the flat metal plates for their foot stretchers.

To fit the Dynamic you just need to use the lower strap holes on the plate – see the ‘Fitment Guide’.

There is also a BAT Logic ErgAdaptor available through RowPerfect3 for their system.

Do I need to bolt this to my Ergometer?

No this system is designed to clip on/off with now modification to the erg and it is fully portable so you can carry it with you to any erg.

Can I use any shoes with the ErgAdaptor?

Yes, as long as they have the correct drill pattern, the ShoePlate Pro QuickRelease and ErgAdaptor are designed to work with most shoes. You can fit a range of compatible shoes by clicking the compatibility tab.

Is the ErgAdaptor Legal to race with?

In the majority of ergo competitions – yes.

The ErgAdaptor is fully endorsed by Concept2 and all world records on it have been verified by Concept2 as well. It has been used for a number of school, college and national team records and is legal in these settings.

All BAT Logic equipment is FISA approved. Approval from the Crash-B’s is pending.

We recommend you ask the organiser of your race event and have them contact us if there are any queries.

How do I fit my ErgAdaptor?

View the fitment guide video for the ErgAdaptor or download the ErgAdaptor Fitment Guide.

BASEPLATES

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Why do I need extra BasePlates?

A pair of BasePlates comes standard with each pair of the ShoePlate Pro QuickRelease. This allows you to use the ShoePlate on one foot stretcher. For clubs and teams that have more seats than individual athletes or for athletes with more than one boat, extra BasePlates allow each foot stretcher to accept the ShoePlate.

How do I fit my extra BasePlates?

Fitment of the BasePlates is covered in the QuickRelease System fitment guide video or you can download the QuickRelease System Fitment Guide which covers this.

Will my BasePlates wear out like bike cleats?

The BasePlates and ShoePlate Pro QuickRelease have been created with a revolutionary and patented design that allows both parts to be made from the one material – so unlike a bike cleat that has a metal part working on a plastic or other part, there is no friction of one material wearing the other down. The entire system is designed specifically for rowing and is used as standard fitment by boat builders, as such it is very robust.

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