October 04, 2004

Soft Dance mats

Gaaa…

Given I have just ranted about soft dance mats elsewere, I thought I'd clarify exactly the problem I have with them.

Dance mat society = good
but
Soft Dance mats = bad
Soft dance mats…

  • Move underfoot, often walking across an entire room
  • Crumple underfoot, ending up mis-shapen
  • Slip away, allowing injuries
  • Often (in the majority of cases) have a completely non-arcade sensor area
  • Require considerably different forces to activate to arcade-quality mats
  • Break far more easily than quality hard mats, or foam-lined ones

If soft plastic mats are to be used, they should always be mounted securely to a wooden base. This ensures that they do not slip underfoot and that they do not walk.


- 2 comments by 1 or more people Not publicly viewable

  1. Soft mats suck. I really can't think of a more interesting way of putting it.

    08 Oct 2004, 17:48

  2. you can use soft mats with bare feet tho – without getting your toes cold !

    09 Oct 2004, 20:02


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