E.C. "Ned" Frederick, Ph.D.
Exeter Research, Inc.
80 Haigh Road
Brentwood, NH 03833-6418 (USA)
603.772.1099 (office) 603.658-0210 (Fax)


adidas AG
adidas America, Inc
Advanced Polymers Intl..
ASICS Tiger Corp.
Asolo SpA
Avia, Inc.
Belleville Shoe Mfg, Co.
Brooks Sports
Columbia Sportswear
Converse, Inc.
Consumers Union
Easy Spirit
Edo Sports
Fila USA, Inc.
Fila Sport SpA
Dr. Scholls
Li Ning Sports Goods
Lotto SpA
Mayo Clinics
New Balance
Nike, Inc.
Nordica SpA
Rollerblades, Inc.
Rossignol Ski Company
Rubatex Polymers
Sampson Sports, Inc.
Sims Trading Co.
Sole Technology, Inc.
Sorbothane, Inc.
Spenco Medical Corp.
Stride Rite Corp.
Timberland, Inc.
USA Natick Soldier Center
US Olympic Committee
US Biathlon Team
Wally Research
Wilson SG, Inc
Wolverine WW, Inc.

Exeter Research was founded in 1987 as a research and development consulting firm. We perform research, testing, product design and development, litigation support, and marketing support services for companies in the sports and fitness industry. A current focus of our efforts is the design, manufacture, and marketing of specialized test equipment for the athletic and casual footwear industries. Our current line of test equipment is listed below. Contact us directly for more information on our consulting services.

Test Equipment

In the course of providing services to our sports footwear clients, we have developed numerous special test instruments and custom software. We now offer three of those products for sale to the research community, to footwear and surface companies and independent laboratories.

CompITS - Computerized Impact Testing System

ImpPlus 3.6 now available!


S2T2 - Shoe and Surface Traction Tester: Portable


Shoe Flexer - Dynamic Shoe Flexibility Tester


Biomechanics Resources
Footwear-related links.
  • Research on Footwear Biomechanics - selected abstracts and an extensive bibliography. Particular attention is paid to papers incorporating impact, friction and/or flex test data
  • Footwear Science - Journal devoted to publishing reports of original research in the disciplines of biomechanics, ergonomics, physiology, clinical science, kinanthropometry, physics, engineering and mathematics. The use of footwear or footwear components, or application of the results to footwear is a major component of the research published in this international, peer-reviewed Journal.

There are many excellent resources for biomechanics on the web. Here are a few of our favorite links:


site last updated 2/10/2011