Hyperice employs powerful heating and vibration technology in the Venom, but one of the standout features is the belt.
On the inside of the belt, designers used a blend of neoprene and nylon, which makes it feel smooth and gives it stretch. The outside of the belt is a felt-like material that ensures a secure fit with the grippy hook-and-loop closure.
The belt’s stretchiness also helps create a snug fit. Rather than using holes that would give the belt pre-determined sizes, the belt stretches then attaches anywhere. The benefit of the closure is the ability to fit a wide range of body shapes and cinch down for a tight fit.
To operate the Venom, Hyperice integrated a touchscreen into the belt. The hockey puck-like control center has a well-lit screen and easy to understand options. Plus, it locks once you make your choices so it doesn’t accidentally switch (you can unlock it to change your selections whenever you want).
The touch screen is responsive and sleek, giving the Venom a high-tech look. But it also works exactly as you expect it to; Fleet Feet reviewers didn’t have any problems with the screen missing taps or not responding.
“It’s a premium piece of recovery gear,” one tester says. “The belt is soft and comfortable, the controls are clear, and it’s easy to wear while you’re doing other things.”
Engineers also packed the Venom with an impressive battery. On the highest heat setting, the Venom will pump out about an hour’s worth of power before needing to be recharged. It will last longer on lower settings.
Each cycle lasts 20 minutes by default, and the device will shut off automatically. But you can tap on the timer to reset it during the massage.