I’m not sure there is the perfect rope, I use a couple of different ropes because they’re all different, and to be honest you can’t go too far wrong. This is the first rope I bought and has some quality features.
The handles are wooden and shaped well for your hands, with metal cuffs that spin at a 90 degree angle to the handle. These are very solidly built, but were extremely squeaky on first use. It’s not a tight squeak as the cuffs are quite loose, but the metal on metal didn’t feel good to me. I just took out the end screw and applied a good layer of grease under the cuff, and that’s done the trick – they now spin quietly and smoothly.
The rope itself is a real leather rope, with a strange brown ‘painted’ coating. Unfortunately the coating offers no protection and is purely to make the leather look more appealing. The paint soon comes off the middle of the rope with general use, but the leather should last for a while.
It’s described as a weighted rope, but it’s really the rope that is heavy. The handles are wood, but not too heavy – nothing compared to the weighted handle ropes you can get that normally weigh in at around 5lbs. Note: the weight is not adjustable, it is the rope’s length that is adjustable.
Setting the correct rope length
The length of the rope is adjustable and you should adjust it to suit your height, don’t try and skip with a rope that’s too long, take the time to adjust it to the correct length and enjoy the benefits of skipping. To find the correct length you can either: add 3ft to your overall height, or place one foot on the rope and pull the handles straight up, the rope should end at the middle of your chest (around nipple height).
Is it the right rope for you?
If you looking for some general exercise and don’t mind spinning a heavier rope, then this rope would be fine. I don’t regret buying it, and at around £10-12 ($20) you can’t really go wrong. However I’m not sure this rope is as ‘profesional‘ as it claims to be, but until I find a better heavy rope, I’ll continue to use this one.
A word of warning
Always avoid skipping on concrete, this will damage both your body and your rope. If that’s the only space you have, try skipping on a mat, an old piece of carpet or an old yoga mat.
Since buying this rope, I have also purchased a lighter ‘Speed rope’ which you may want to consider.