SHIMANO performance engineers took what they have learned about effective energy transfer based on their many successful years leading the cycling industry and then worked with elite members of the rowing community to design the SRD system. The SRD System consists of the SRD Foot Stretcher and one of several models of SRD sport specific shoes for rowing.
Rowing is an energy transmission sport. SRD shoes facilitate effective rowing through a Rigid Sole which provides instant power transfer. The Virtual Pivot on the SRD Footstretcher maximizes power transfer, especially during the critical 1st 15% of the leg drive. The Virtual Pivot makes it far easier to achieve proper shins vertical full compression at the catch. This full compression can be achieved with no foot dorsiflexion thereby reducing muscle fatigue and energy loss. More time and comfort at the front end (catch) also allows for more efficient blade placement.
The SRD System allows for full adjustability including heel depth and foot stretcher angle. The system allows for wide stance which facilitates maximum power application combined with excellent stability. Custom fitted shoes are available in sizes 5 – 16 (Euro 38 - 52).
The SRD system is extraordinarily safe. The system has been reviewed and approved by FISA and USRowing. It is very easy and fast to unclip by raising the feet vertically. Not only is SRD safer than conventional systems, it is far more hygienic. Each rower can have their own individually fitted shoes which easily clip in and out of each of the SRD Foot Stretcher. Other than rowing, in what sport must an athlete share his/her shoes with another athlete?
The SRD system fits into all RESOLUTES. In addition, it also fits into most other brands of boats. The system is available through RESOLUTE at the same price as it is from the SHIMANO SRD website.
Several world class male and female Olympic and World Championship medalists use SRD including Marcel Hacker.
The SRD Foot Stretcher is somewhat heavier than some foot stretchers, but the shoes are about the same as any other structured shoe. We suggest that you compare your best times over a known distance with your current system and with SRD. Despite being slightly heavier, most experienced rowers feel that the performance gains far outweigh any weight difference.
You may experience some or all of the following benefits when rowing with SRD:
• Rowing with Less Fatigue
• Reducing Boat Heave
• Reducing Boat Pitch
• Reducing Blade Slip by 10%
• Maximizing Initial Leg Drive
• Increased Control During Recovery
• Achieving More Effective Power Transfer
• Attaining Superior Adjustability
Medium vs heavy is determined by shoe size, so that a wider foot can fit into the heavy size stretcher.
R-600 stretchers are 1300 grams
Material is aluminum and stainless steel. We test all materials in a simulated, heated salt water environment in addition to natural testing in natural salt water environment. We have top clubs all over the country using this equipment in salt water.