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This rope is the standard speed rope that you might buy for fast skippig technique that you see in boxing gyms, having training and boxing myself I bought one of these skipping ropes myself a while ago. You generally have two types of rope in a boxing gym at least, a heavy leather rope, possibly with wooden handles. The ideal being that they are weightier to use and warm you up more and improve muscle endurance, where as a spped rope has a light plastic rope with plastic grips and is there to improve coordination and fitness.
The rope comes in a nice black box with the Addidias insignia on it. The rope is adjustible, which is good, I have had other ropes that you cant adjust, so you just have to make sure that you bought the right size otherwise the rope would hit the back of your head, or it would be too lax. The skipping rope allows you to manually adjust the rope length to make it comfortable for you, depending on your size, im six foot so I didnt need to reel it in much, but shorter people may have to. The rope length is 3 meters anyway which should be enough for taller people.
The skipping rope also has a comfortable foam grip with the Addidas logo imprinted on both ends, which is a nice stylish touch, but unnecessary. The foam grips help to absorb sweat, and mould to your fingers , rather than the wood grips you see on other skippig ropes that keep the sweat from your hands o the surface and become slippery (see my other review of the wooden Everlast hand grips) and so therefore imcomfortable.
To adjust the rope it is pretty easy, you simply take the end of the handles off with a screwdriver or a butter knife, pop them off and remove the inner clip in each handle that keep the rope at that length, take in or take out the rope length from inside the handles and then reclip the rope back to the handle to keep it in place. After this you simply need to repop the lid of the handle back into place and you will notice that they are pretty sturdy so as long as you do not lose the clips. You will also not need to trip the rope to fit into the handle container if you are shorter, because the rope can be coiled up inside the handle as there is enough room. This is great because a taller person can siply uncoil the rope if they want to then use it, my girlfriend and I do this little relay because I am 8 inches taller then her, so it comes in handy. It should take only a few minutes to adjust the rope once you know how and have a sharp implement to get into the handle, which is a bit annoying, but at least you know the rope clip and the handle are sturdy and will not fall apart.
The rope itself is black laminate plastic and quite thick so you know it is robust and durable, I have whacked it on a radiator in my flat by mistake and a small cut appeared in it, but really this has not been a problem and has not gotten bigger or started to slice its way through the rest of the rope.
You should be able to pick this bad boy up from any online retailer such as Sports Direct or Amazon for £8
This skipping rope seems to separate the users when it comes to whether or not it is a good product, and I think something like this needs to be extremely subjective when making a decision. If you want skipping to be durable and to practise for a long time, then this may not be the rope for you. For intense, short workouts then it may be worth getting. A lot depends also on how you like your grips and the force of the rope going through the air.
As a speed rope, the concept is to try build up momentum and then its weight guides the pace, increasing as the momentum is regular. All black, it's aesthetically pleasing, and easy to see where it needs a clean. Many standard colour ropes brown bit by bit over time and you don't actually realise just dirty they're getting. I'm not saying it's particularly easy to clean, nor would you necessarily want to do this, but it's noticeable and for one prefer this.
It has a good feel when you first hold it. The foam grips are hard but have a bit of give in them, and after using them a good few times your fingers start to create a mold for them to make it more personallised. This is good for me, but I can see how this may not be ideal for multiple users, or if you want to use one that belongs to someone else. A second hand one of these, for example, may not be ideal, so if you've seen one advertised as such, have a look at the grip.
It's weighty and thick, and more like cord than anything else. This does slightly affect the flexibility of it, and it doesn't have perhaps the same looseness as other lighter ropes would do. It does therefore make it slightly harder to get the momentum going, you have to be more aware of the need to lift your legs and familiarise yourself with the bends and twists the rope may store if not kept in the right way. If you bundle it and leave it for a good few days, for example, then the next time you go to use it give yourself a few mins to straighten it out. The best way to do this is by skipping using it and push yourself!
Once you have built up speed and momentum using this though, you really can feel the workout it gives you. The heavier cord certainly allows for a build up of speed and after this is achieved the rope and gravity do a lot of the work, leaving you to control the power. I find that a lengthy session with this really makes me ache, so warming up and down is particularly important with it. Of course, the foam grips are great for this, but after lengthy use you may find that friction has a bit more of a say in how your hands are feeling, so it may be worth investing in some fitness/exercise gloves if you're planning on using it this way.
One concern I would have if I was shorter would be the adjustable length of rope. This doesn't entail feeding the rope through to find the right length, it actually requires you to chop off the length you're not using. Accessing the interior of the handles to do this isn't easy, and there's just no room for manoeuvre once you're in either. This then makes it less useful for a couple, for example, one short and one tall, who'd both like to use the rope. It doesn't affect me, but as a general point to note it may be relevant for many.
Overall, it's a decent skipping rope. I like the extra weight and how it affects your routine, allows for bulkier workouts. There are a few flaws and it's not perfect, but it works great for me as an individual skipper. You can get it for just under a tenner or so, depending on where you look, and you can be reassured that the design and quality of matieral used ensures its durability, so long as you look after it reasonably well. Recommended, just make sure you know your reasons for buying a skipping rope before you take the plunge.
This was a replacement rope after the one I had got damaged and was beyond repair, I paid £7.99 for it and was attracted to the fact that it claimed to be ideal for speed training and the grips looked nice and comfortable. Buying this online meant that I did not get to see the product befgore I bought it and if I had I may not have gone ahaed as the rope was a lot thicker than I expected it to be however despite my initial misgivings I decided to give it a try as the cost had hardly broke the bank.
When first using this skipping rope I certainly found the foam grips to be very comfortable, even after a bit of use I found the grip to be excellent even if my hands started to get a bit sweaty. The grips are black in colour as is the rope itself. There was no risk of the grips slipping or twisting in my hand. The only real downside is that the sweat does tend to soak into the grips and I guess this means they could begin to smell after a while but that is not a problem so far. One way around this is to wear exercise gloves which I do if I'm working with weights but not when doing cardio.
The rope itself is 3m in length so there is plenty of slack in it when in use, if anything for me it is too long however I was not worried as the rope is adjustable. However to adjust the rope length you need to pop off the ends of the handles and you will need soething to lever them off as they are rather securely slotted in, this means it is best to adjust it before going to the gym as I needed a screwdriver to act as a lever the first time I opened them. Inside the handles are a clip that secure the rope to the length you want. The problem with this is that any excess rope has to be removed as there is no where to store it in the handles, this means that once adjusted to suit a shorty like me it is of no use to my other half who is over 6ft.
The rope itself is durable and well made, it is quite thick however I soon adjusted to this and it was not an issue for me. It is easy to use and is good value, the only gripe I have is that it can only now be used by someone my height as the cutting of the rope is rather terminal with regards to any adjustment in the future.
If you are looking for an affordable exercise rope then this could be one that is worth considering in my opinion.
In recent months, getting older I have been getting a bit more health-concious in terms of eating better and doing more exercise - something I wasn't too worried about when I was younger... I like going out for a run but with the cold miserable rainy weather setting in up here in the Lake District I wanted to look into other exercising options for something to do on one of these said days!
I loved skipping as a child and was forever playing skipping games with my friends and had a skipping rope out constantly in the playground... in recent years I loved skipping on the Nintendo WII - so on a trip to Argos a couple of months ago I spotted this skipping rope at half price around £5, so snapped it up... I had high hopes due to what a great Adidas is over a range of products... my mum was also so impressed with the price from such a great brand that she reserved and bought the only one left in store the same day... After this the Speed Rope seemed to dissapear from Argos so I can only assume they discontinued them which was the reason for such a low price...
The speed rope comes nicely presenteted in a medium sized black cardboard box with the three well known adidas stripes through the black towards the base - there is also a transparent section in the front of the box where you can partially see the rope through.
In the top left corner it gives you the brand name - Adidas Performance and in the bottom right it tells the the product type - Speed Rope - it also gives you the translation of the name in french.
The top of the box is sealed with tape which can easily be broken using fingernails or a pair of scissors.
The back of the box tells the the specification of the skipping rope in english and a range of other languages from French to Arabic to Korean, which is the norm for a range of Adidas products.
The specification gives you the simple terms of the rope as follows :
* Adjustable rope length
* Comfortable foam grip
* Integral bearing for speed training
In the bottom right corner you also get a full image of the skipping rope and you are told the length of the rope is 300cm.
When I hear the phrase "Speed Training" I think of constant hard exercise so I had great confidence that I would love this skipping rope.
The Skipping Rope
When you get the skipping rope out of the packaging you notice the attractive appearance of it. Just like the image shown on the back of the box it is all black in colour (including the rope) and the handles are a hard foam material with the adidas logo stamped on to the end of the handle in a white font.
When I "tried the skipping rope out for size" the first thing I noticed as even though it was the smaller rope I had opted for it was way too long - I am around 5'4 in height... but remembering back to the packaging and how the length can be adjusted I popped off the end of the handles on the hand grips eager to ge the length adjusted so I could test it out! The ends of the hand grips can be popped open using a knife - I remember this being quite difficult to open them it took me around 10 minutes to do but in a way this gives you confidence that the product is well made and will not fall to bits.
Upon opening the hand grips you then notice a clip inside which holds the rope length in place to stop it moving around when in use. As long as you don't lose these little clips the skipping rope should never move. When I was going to adjust the skipping rope length I had hoped I could fold the excess rope up inside the grips that I didn't need - so this way if a taller person wanted to use the skipping rope the grips could just be opened again and easily adjusted... unfortunately it seems due to the thick hard plastic rope you don't actually have the room inside the small space in the hand bars to do this so sadly I had to take a pair of scissors to the rope to cut off the excess I didnt need...
So finally when you are finished adjusting the rope length you are ready to skip!
For a short time the "comfortable foam grip handles" are pleasant to grip on to whilst using the rope but I find after constantly skipping for half an hour your hands really start to feel a bit sore... so I can't imagine how people feel who are in training who skip for more than half an hour. It got so bad for me that I had to purchase some fingerless exercise gloves to relieve the pain on the palms of my hand which helps.
Another gripe for me on this rope is the thickness of the rope - I'll hold my hands up and say its very durable and less likely to be damaged or fall apart however it also causes the issue of being non flexible which can make skipping difficult - ie. it gets caught on your legs ect.
Personally I don't think someone in speed training could use this rope constantly due to the thickness of the rope in particular and I have seen other exercise ropes where the thickness is nowhere near as awful as this one.
I found my mum - as mentioned above she also bought this - had the same issues with it as me, and she used it once and it then got thrown into the back of a cupboard for the forseeable future.
I am continuing to use the rope (with some difficulty) although I am getting used to its faults. However in future I think I will be buying an Argos own brand rope due to the lower price and the fact that they are much easier to skip with. I wouldn't particually recommend this rope to anyone if I'm honest.
Although discontinued from Argos you can find the same skipping rope on Amazon for £7.99 including delivery