Harpenden Skinfold Caliper – Measure Body Fat
Skinfold Calipers pinch the fat directly under the skin away from the muscle with the caliper tips to measure body fat which is painless in contrast to other invasive techniques. The devices gauge then records the thickness of the ‘pinch’.
In 1958, the Harpenden Skinfold Caliper was designed in collaboration with D. J. M. Tanner; a prominent force in the use of skinfold measurements for body fat measurement. The Harpenden Body Fat Caliper has set the industry standard for over 40-years since. It has a 99% accuracy level, as a result, you can always trust the reading provided. All over the world, Harpenden Calipers are used for diagnostics and research, in fields such as sports performance, nutrition/malnutrition, obesity, eating disorder assessment and juvenile growth disorders.
Harpenden Skinfold Caliper Technical Information
The Harpenden Skinfold Caliper is CE marked in compliance with the medical Devices 93/42/EEC for class 1 Device with measuring function and calibrated using masters traceable to national standards.
- Range: 80.00mm
- Resolution: 0.20mm (defined as the minimum graduation of the instrument and is not the same as the expected accuracy)
- Repeatability: 0.20mm
- Accuracy: 99%
Durnin and Womersley Conversion Booklet
Harpenden Skinfold Calipers from HaB also include a book that contains conversion tables allowing easy body fat calculation. This conversion is based on the Durnin and Womersley system; a four-measurement-site formula that takes skinfold measurements from the Biceps, Triceps, Subscapula and Iliac Crest. The book also provides information on:
- The evaluation and meaning of body composition
- How to set-up and use the Harpenden Skinfold Caliper
- How to take body fat readings
- Maximum preferred/desired fat levels
- Conversion tables for body fat % vs skinfold thickness in people of all ages
- Body density equations
Material & Cleaning
The Harpenden Skinfold Caliper is made from high-quality stainless steel, rubber, plastic and glass. 1. Keep the Calipers clean using a lint free cloth and ensure that they are stored in dry conditions to prevent corrosion. 2. Do not use any spirit based cleaner on the Caliper as it may cause damage to the plastic materials.