Product Type: Adidas Fitness
Newest Review: ... 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 ski... more
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Adidas Speed Rope
Member Name: pmcds
Adidas Speed Rope
Advantages: Good for individuals, heavier rope different workout, colour
Disadvantages: Awkward to adjust length, may need gloves for longer sessions
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.
Summary: Decent skipping rope depending on what your skipping purposes are