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Old 12-11-2006, 04:21 PM   #1
Rod Gates
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Not to beat a dead horse or anything but I am still having trouble finishing my plyo box. All I need to purchase still is the mat for the top. So far I have found a so-so version in a 2 x 3 ft size for $25, a bit more than I was hoping to spend. A better quality mat can be had in 4 x 6 ft size for $40. I could cut down the big one and use the remainder somehow, yet I really have no need for it at present. So, where have people had success finding these mats, or is the $25 one the best I can hope for? I have no remnants like many of you mentioned and I hate to almost double my construction costs for this last item. Thanks...yes AGAIN!
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Old 12-11-2006, 04:35 PM   #2
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Mine is topped with...nothing, besides the top. Seems to work fine.
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Old 12-11-2006, 04:50 PM   #3
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I'm also not sure if you really need a mat. If your concerned about slipping, you could put some of that tape they use on steps on it. It would be a lot cheaper. If you do go with a mat, the 4X6 might pay off, as you will have a lot left for other projects.
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Old 12-11-2006, 07:29 PM   #4
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Yes, the top is where you have to get the most creative with supplies. I used spare pieces of stall mats but not everyone has those lying around.

Maybe you get some yoga mats and carve them up? Sometimes sporting goods stores sell interlocking sections of rubber flooring, maybe that would work.
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Old 12-12-2006, 06:42 PM   #5
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I think Eugene posted this in a previous post. Go to Home Depot in the Paint isle. They have grip tape (like on skateboards). You can get some for like ten bucks and cut as needed.
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Old 12-12-2006, 08:03 PM   #6
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grip tape dude. YES! Any skate shop.
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Old 12-12-2006, 08:24 PM   #7
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Owen is correct and it's called "Tread Tape" and is indeed in the paint area of Home Depot. Hope this helps.
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Old 12-15-2006, 08:06 AM   #8
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you could just mix sand in some paint. If you ever wear the grit off just paint it again.
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Old 12-15-2006, 09:10 AM   #9
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Rod,
I made five plyo boxes from Lincoln's plans in the CrossFit Journal. I used a stall matt to top them with, turned upside down so the rough side was up. I wasn't sure how I would like that, but it turned out to be awesome. Everyone that sees or jumps on the boxes makes a comment about how nice the rubber feels on the top. Also, the rubber dampens most of the sound from impact. This will prolong the life of your box tremendously! I would say it's worth it to get the stall matt, even though they're spendy. You will find ways to use the rest of the matt, and your box will hold up longer.
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Old 12-15-2006, 05:49 PM   #10
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Thanks for all of the great ideas! I finally broke down and bought a stall mat this afternoon. I'm sure I'll find a use for the big leftover piece somewhere. Now to finish that box...
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