Product Type: Adidas Fitness
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My childhood skipping rope had more performance than this from Adidas
Adidas Speed Rope
Member Name: k444tmc
Adidas Speed Rope
Advantages: Very durable
Disadvantages: Have to cut the rope to size (not good to share between different sized people) - rope too thick
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
Summary: I would recommend investing in a cheaper / not as thick skipping rope
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