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Old 07-17-2009, 04:53 AM   #1
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Favorite Jump Rope?

Hello all . . . am new to CF, and am putting together my basic starter gym. What are everyone's favorite jump ropes, and where did you get them?

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Old 07-17-2009, 04:55 AM   #2
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Re: Favorite Jump Rope?

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Hello all . . . am new to CF, and am putting together my basic starter gym. What are everyone's favorite jump ropes, and where did you get them?

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Not to seem harsh, but scroll down to the bottom of this post and there are several like it with good answers. Search first, ask questions later
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Old 07-17-2009, 05:31 AM   #3
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Re: Favorite Jump Rope?

Bo,

No trouble. I actually did try to make my way through most of the 271 pages of equipment posts, but wasn't finding what I needed. I did find a post from 2003, but wondered if Rogue or CrossFit or another true sport-fitness company had developed what was considered the "gold standard" for a rope.

I did check some links in some previous posts, but www.jumprope.com is very heavy on the "double-dutch" and performing arts crowd -- I don't think that's what CF is all about.

I also checked the Buddy Lee "hyperperformance" jump ropes (http://estore.websitepros.com/122029...ump+Ropes+Only), but there are 5 ropes ranging in prices from $39.95 to $12.

An additional consideration is that I am 6'3" and have LONG arms . . . ideally I'd like to avoid spending more money than I need to in trial-and-error.

Bo, what do YOU use for a jump rope?

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Old 07-17-2009, 05:36 AM   #4
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Re: Favorite Jump Rope?

Ahhh, some qualifying information on your height. Now we're talking.

I actually do not own a jumprope yet (I started doing main page WOD's about 3 weeks ago, and I will buy one when DU's come up).

I have heard many good things about the Buddy Lee ropes and "Speed rope" brand. If you're 6'3, you may want to opt for the longer ropes of the spectrum.
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Old 07-17-2009, 09:19 AM   #5
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Re: Favorite Jump Rope?

I just got one of these from amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/BALLY-BA4104RE...7847524&sr=8-1 WFS

It's pretty sweet. Apparently it's just like the buddy lee but costs half as much and is branded Bally's. Plus it's adjustable, initially. I totally recommend it.

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Old 07-17-2009, 09:29 AM   #6
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Re: Favorite Jump Rope?

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I just got one of these from amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/BALLY-BA4104RE...7847524&sr=8-1 WFS

It's pretty sweet. Apparently it's just like the buddy lee but costs half as much and is branded Bally's. Plus it's adjustable, initially. I totally recommend it.
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Old 07-17-2009, 12:03 PM   #7
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Re: Favorite Jump Rope?

Mark:

I blamed my initial incompetence in jump roping on my equipment, and wound up getting a Buddy Lee rope. Amazingly, I was still incompetent, and jump about as well with the BL rope as I do with my $5 cheapie speed rope (although I like the longer BL handles a bit more).

So I guess the short form is you don't need an expensive rope (which you've probably guessed). You do need one that is adjustable, and I do sorta like the BL handles. I think the BL rope is overpriced, but I like it OK now that I have one. If it breaks, I probably wouldn't replace it (although if just part of it breaks, some parts are replaceable, which is nice).

Some people on the boards (search!) swear by a type of rope that has a wire cable attached at 90 degrees to the handles; they are cheap and fast as hell, although I can't remember where to get them at the moment.
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Old 07-17-2009, 12:37 PM   #8
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Re: Favorite Jump Rope?

i like these one's from Rogue:
http://www.roguefitness.com/store/product372.html

Some folks do, some don't. Once you get a hang of these it takes the least amount of time to do double unders with minimum effort (they're really light so it doesn't really beat up your shoulders).

I'm 6'3 and the ropes work well for me.
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Old 07-17-2009, 01:20 PM   #9
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Re: Favorite Jump Rope?

The problem with that wire rope is that it's so fast and so thin that when you miss you can get some pretty wicked welts or slight lacerations from it. A friend of mine went out to practice double unders the other day and came back looking like a cutter.
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Old 07-17-2009, 04:26 PM   #10
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Matt, Leonid, Steven & Victor,

Thank you for your recommendations -- that's just the been-there, done-that info I was looking for!

I had been replacing low box-jumps or air squats for double unders, but I'm getting to the point where I feel I'm getting cheated out the true WOD pain without the right rope to use.

I'll research your recommendations and get one very soon.

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~Mark
Male / 33 / 6'3" / 196 lbs / Newbie
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