Many people ask the question Why Gel and not Sheepskin, Synthetic Sheepskin or Foam? The Gel Ovations product line of accessories is the best solution for padding Durable Medical Equipment. The comfort and quality come from both the covers and GELS used by Gel Ovations™. No type of product is ‘the best for everyone’ and yet high quality GEL may be the exception. Gel Ovations™ product line are usually the most comfortable for most people.
A GEL is neither liquid nor solid. When a hard object is pressed into a solid GEL, the GEL conforms to the shape of the hard object while simultaneously continuing to provide support. That combination is why solid GELS are so comfortable. Imagine resting your chin on your elbow and your elbow on a wooden desk. The pointed end of the elbow bone has little padding. This quickly leads to discomfort and can even cut off the blood circulation. To relieve the discomfort, the surface needs to be ‘softer’ and the pressure needs to be spread out over a larger area as happens with GEL.
Neither foam nor sheepskin has the ability to both soften and spread out the pressure. In addition, the number one complaint we hear about sheepskin is that it compresses and quickly looses its ability to cushion and pad. The next most frequent complaint is that sheep skin is so hard to keep clean and fresh looking. In many products, especially foam, the cover will crack, adding a sharp scratchy plastic edge that also can be very uncomfortable. The flexible, woven nylon / rubber covering of Gel Ovations™products is guaranteed to never crack. The cover also adds and extra layer of SOFT comfort that does not scratch and feels good to the skin.