How do I Choose the Best Inversion Boots?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari
Some inversion boots have buckles like the ones found on ski boots.
Some inversion boots have buckles like the ones found on ski boots.

Inversion boots, also known as gravity boots, can help a back pain sufferer alleviate undue stress on the spine as well as improve circulation throughout the body. By allowing the weight of the body to hang down toward the ground, inversion boots give a user an opportunity to stretch in a way not possible in the upright standing position. Choosing the best inversion boots is not complicated, but it takes a bit of research and patience. You will most likely have to try on more than one pair to get the best fit and comfort, though the biggest challenge may be finding stores that stock the boots.

Like an inversion table, inversion boots are purported to alleviate back pain.
Like an inversion table, inversion boots are purported to alleviate back pain.

The best inversion boots will have more than enough padding around the ankles and top of the foot. Remember that all the body's weight will be hanging from the ankles and foot, which means inversion boots with too little padding will more than likely cause enough discomfort to render the boots unusable. The best inversion boots are lined with closed-cell foam, which is a soft, forgiving material that still provides sufficient support under load. A good set of boots will have a hard plastic shell around the foam for stability.

People who experience chronic back pain as a result of working a physically demanding job may benefit from using inversion boots.
People who experience chronic back pain as a result of working a physically demanding job may benefit from using inversion boots.

Be sure to examine the fastening mechanism on any boot you are considering purchasing. The mechanism should allow you to adjust the tightness of the boot easily, and it should allow for plenty of adjustment to get the best fit. Buckles similar to those found on ski boots are common because they are easy to use and offer enough adjustability to stabilize the foot. Adjustability is vital because the size of the foot changes throughout the day: your ankle, foot, and calf will be thinner in the morning after getting out of bed than it will be at the end of the day after standing or sitting for long periods of time. As blood flows downward in the body, the foot can swell, meaning you will have to adjust the inversion boots accordingly.

All inversion boots feature hooks from which you will hang when inverted. The hooks should be securely fastened to the strongest part of the boot — i.e. the plastic or composite shell — and it should be positioned directly forward on the boot. The best versions of the inversion boot will feature hooks that are made of some sort of metal that will not bend easily, and the hook will be coated with a protective sheath to prevent damage to the hook itself and to the bar from which you will be hanging.

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Discussion Comments

discographer

I think inversion boots are one of the best investments I have made in terms of exercise equipment. It's absolutely fantastic, my spine has improved so much since I've started using it.

Safety is definitely the most important thing to pay attention to when investing in a pair because it's not something you can afford to buy over and over again. Aside from that, if anyone has weakness in their knee, ankle or foot joints, it's a good idea to look for inversion boots that offer more support in that area.

I have issues with my knee joints, so I picked gravity boots that have calf loops. These are straps that go around the calves and attach to the bar and / or door. It provides extra support and takes the pressure off the knees which is exactly what I need.

bear78

@burcidi-- How much do you weigh?

If you weigh over two hundred pounds, you definitely should use heavy-duty inversion boots. And what I mean by that is inversion boots made with extra strong materials and with multiple buckle and straps.

The one I use has two straps and two self-locking buckles. The buckles don't release unless you open the lever arm and then press down on the release tab. It's also made of really strong materials. The company who manufactures the boots tests each and every one and makes sure that each hook can take the load of about six people.

Some people also use an inversion table to help them get back down. That's also a good idea if you have trouble with that. But I recommend that you get a better pair of inversion boots first.

burcidi

I bought some inversion boots a couple of months ago. I use them pretty regularly and I have seen an improvement with my back and flexibility. But I'm a little worried about safety.

There have been a couple of times where one foot unhooked while I was trying to get down whereas the other didn't. I'm not worried about falling but I seem to have difficult unhooking / hooking the boots at the same time.

Each of the boots has one buckle and strap that I'm attached to. Is this bad? Do you think I need something more heavy duty?

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    • Some inversion boots have buckles like the ones found on ski boots.
      By: Gary Blakeley
      Some inversion boots have buckles like the ones found on ski boots.
    • Like an inversion table, inversion boots are purported to alleviate back pain.
      By: Laurin Rinder
      Like an inversion table, inversion boots are purported to alleviate back pain.
    • People who experience chronic back pain as a result of working a physically demanding job may benefit from using inversion boots.
      By: CandyBox Images
      People who experience chronic back pain as a result of working a physically demanding job may benefit from using inversion boots.