A strong, smooth option for double-kick players looking to make foot positioning more ergonomic.
Percussion Kinetics developed the G1 single pedal several years ago so drummers could sit at the kit with a more natural outward-turned foot position without having to shift the position of their bass drum or sacrifice pedal response by coming down on the footboard at an angle. Players who’ve had the chance to try the G1 know that this is no gimmick, especially for those of us dealing with nagging knee, back, and leg issues caused by years of forcing our lower bodies into awkward positions at the kit. It works. The company recently designed a double version, which we have for review here.
The Ortho-Kinetic System
The crux of the Vector G1 pedal is its moveable footboard. The footboard comprises an adjustable heel that can slide several inches from left to right, as well as a self-aligning cam that can be moved to any position along the axle independent of the beater holder. There’s also an adjustable hoop clamp that slides independent of the footboard to ensure that the pedal connects flush with the hoop regardless of the beater and footboard positioning. The G1 double pedal features two nearly identical G1s, complete with rotating footboards and separate spring assemblies. The primary pedal has been reengineered slightly to accommodate a small axle that drives the secondary cam and beater. The second beater is fixed in one place on the axle, so it can’t be moved horizontally. But its angle can be adjusted independent of the footboard height. The primary pedal has several inches of horizontal positioning options, depending on how far the main footboard is angled outwards. All Vector G1 pedals come with traditional round felt beaters and a single-chain drive.
The universal joints and telescoping posts that connect the two pedals on the Vector double pedal are highly engineered from lightweight, heavy-duty aluminum, and they exhibit zero lag or give. This results in the auxiliary pedal responding as quickly and powerfully as the primary. Having the ability to angle the auxiliary footboard independent of the bracket allows the baseplate to be positioned more in line with the universal joint, which also helps minimize friction and lag. I also found that the moveable footboard allowed me to easily tuck the second pedal next to the hi-hat or to make minor adjustments to prevent the cam and chain from rubbing against a leg of the hi-hat stand.
Beyond giving the auxiliary pedal a quick, powerful feel, having the spring assembly on the secondary bracket simplified the initial setup process, since I could make minor adjustments to the spring tension while playing the pedal. I’ve been a proud user of the G1 single pedal for a few years; it’s helped eliminate some minor knee pain that I’d been experiencing after playing long gigs with a standard pedal. Now that a double pedal version is available, I think it’s time to finally bring my lagging left foot up to speed.
For more information, visit: www.percussionkinetics.com