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    The best jump ropes

    The best jump ropes
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    • Jumping rope is a great way to include cardio exercise into your fitness routine, and can easily be done either from the comfort of your home, at the gym, or while you’re traveling — so long as you own your own. 
    • The best jump ropes are built to last, come with plenty of extras, include replacement parts, and are backed by a lifetime warranty.
    • Our top pick, the WOD Nation Speed Jump Rope, features each of these benefits, as well as a smooth bearing system and a cable long enough to accommodate even the tallest athletes.

    Everyone has at least one memory or another about jumping rope growing up. Be it a jump-a-thon contest to raise money for your school or a grueling junior high workout, the humble jump rope’s been a part of almost everyone’s upbringing. Despite whatever negative feeling you have about them today, the fact remains that jumping rope is an excellent cardio exercise. 

    But forget about those bulky, segmented jump ropes of day’s past. Today’s jump ropes are precisely engineered to cut through the air with the slightest flick of your wrists — tangling is virtually unheard of, too. The best jump ropes also feature a coated steel cable attached to comfortable, lightweight handles with ball bearings that allow for seamless rotation of the rope. In the world of jump ropes, this is considered high-tech. 

    What makes this exercise even more appealing is that it’s easy to get done no matter where you are. Whether you’re at home or on-the-road, a few minutes of jump rope gets your heart pumping and lets you break a quick sweat — so long as you have your own jump rope on hand. 

    How to shop for a jump rope

    Before we get into the best jump ropes to own, let’s cover how to find the right fit. You’ll first want to make sure the jump rope you’re using is sized properly to your height. Too long of a jump rope gets in the way of your workout while too short a rope can easily catch on your feet and send you tumbling.

    To size your rope, start by standing in the middle of it with your foot. Next, adjust the length so the handles are at your armpits. From there, test out the rope and decide if you want it to be shorter or longer. Once you have a length you’re comfortable with, we recommend using a wire cutter to clip the ends of the cable so you don’t have annoying and unnecessary lengths of cable hanging off. 

    Based on proven performance, affordability, durable design, and the trustworthiness of the manufacturer, we chose five jump ropes that were the best in various categories.

    Here are the best jump ropes: 

    Updated on 8/5/2020 by Rick Stella: Updated the section on how to shop for a jump rope and finding the right fit, made the Crossopre Get Lean Set our pick for best overall jump rope, checked the availability of each recommended products, and updated the prices and links where necessary.

    The best overall

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    Crossrope


    Crossrope reimagines the tried-and-true jump rope by offering multiple weighted rope options, an easy-to-use handle clipping system, and a companion app with workouts and insight. 

    At $99, Crossrope’s Get Lean Set isn’t exactly inexpensive but it’s not just any traditional jump rope. Rather, the brand specializes in a few features that set its jump ropes apart from the pack (and give it that premium price tag). 

    First are its ergonomic handles. Lightweight and easy to hold, the handles feature a quick clasp system that makes it easy to swap them in and out of the ropes. Each handle also has a soft grip that won’t slip out of your hand, even when you start sweating — we’ve tested this in the humidity of NYC and the comfortable, tacky grips are a very welcome sight.

    The other feature that makes a Crossrop an attractive choice is its variety of rope weights. The Get Lean Set, specifically, comes with both a 1/2-pound rope good for advanced cardio exercises and a 1/4-pound rope that works well for HIIT routines and endurance training. As mentioned above, the handles just click in and out of the end of each rope for easy swapping. 

    Crossrope also offers a companion smartphone application that comes standard with workout inspiration and routine guidance. The Lite version is completely free whereas premium access runs $10 per month. 

    Pros: Ropes come in multiple weight options, easy-to-swap soft handles, companion app has great workout guidance

    Cons: Expensive


    $99.00 from Crossrope


    $99.00 from Amazon

    The best for speed work

    wod jumprope



    WOD Nation


    When speed and long-lasting performance are your main concerns, the WOD Nation Speed Jump Rope is your best option.

    The WOD Nation Speed Jump Rope comes with an extra cable, replacement hardware, and a nylon drawstring carrying bag. The cable is 2.5 millimeters thick and is made of coated steel. It comes at a length of 11 feet, which you can easily adjust. The handles are 6.75 inches long and are made of a nylon resin that tapers at the end for a better grip.

    This speed rope uses a patented four-metal ball bearing system in the handles. There is a bearing on the tip of each handle to hold the cable and another bearing in each handle for smooth rotations. This model is currently available in nine colors, including black, grey, purple, and orange.

    WOD Nation says the jump rope comes with a “100% lifetime guarantee,” but we were unable to find the specifics of this policy. On its website, WOD does state that it doesn’t offer exchanges or refunds if fourteen days have passed since your purchase. Of course, if you order through Amazon, you get 30 days.

    Pros: Comes with an extra cable, features a smooth bearing system for speed work

    Cons: Susceptible to wear when used on hard surfaces


    $18.98 from WOD Nation


    $17.97 from Amazon

    The best for beginners

    fitskuad jumprope



    Fitskuad


    The Fitskuad Jump Rope comes with a lot of extras that are ideal for someone just getting started with jump rope workouts.

    Much like our top pick, the Fitskuad Jump Rope comes with an extra cable, additional attachments, and a carrying bag. It also comes with a free ebook titled “The Secret to Mastering Double Unders” for people new to jumping rope. The cable is ten feet long and coated with a PVC sleeve for durability. Meanwhile, the handles are six inches long and feature comfortable foam grips.

    Fitskuad has a lifetime warranty on this jump rope. The company will send you a new unit if there is ever a problem with yours for any reason.

    The biggest concern is that the screws that keep the cable attached to the handles can easily become loose. We recommend checking the screws before each workout to make sure they’re tight.

    Pros: Durable coated cable and long, comfortable handles

    Cons: The screws may not stay tightened


    $19.98 from Amazon

    The best for double unders

    survival cross jumprope



    Survival and Cross


    The Survival and Cross Jump Rope was designed for speed with its right-angle ball bearing construction and lightweight handles.

    The Survival and Cross Jump Rope is the one I own. I bought it ten months ago to get a good cardio workout when Mother Nature made running or cycling unbearable. When I ordered it, I was a little surprised that Survival and Cross reached out to me multiple times to provide me with various resources to improve my workouts. I didn’t use any of the resources, but it was a nice touch for users starting from scratch.

    The Survival and Cross rope doesn’t come with an extra cable, but it does come with extra hardware, a carrying bag, and plenty of online manuals and ebooks. The cable is ten feet long (good for people up to about 6’4″ tall), and the handles are five inches long.

    The only issue I’ve had with the rope is that the bearings don’t move smoothly all of the time. This caused the cable to wrap around a handle while I’m jumping, eventually forcing me to stop and unravel it.

    Pros: Excellent ball bearing system for speed

    Cons: Handles may be too short, history of handles breaking


    $15.55 from Amazon


    $12.00 from Survival and Cross

    The best for those on a budget

    XYL Jump Rope



    Amazon


    When you’re on a budget yet want a high-quality rope to up the intensity of your workouts, the XYLsports Jump Rope is your best bet.

    The XYLsports Jump Rope may be the most affordable option on our list but it doesn’t skimp on features. This model has premium-quality bearings in the handles to allow for smooth swinging and a cord that’s thick enough to stand up to the elements yet nimble for speed workouts.

    The rope is 9’8″ long at its longest, which makes it great for taller people, and you can adjust it to fit your frame. Compared to most cable ropes, the XYLsports model is slightly thicker, which helps avoid tangling and doesn’t hurt as much when you whack your shins.

    The company also offers a 100% money-back guarantee and a lifetime warranty.

    Pros: Affordable, smooth rope swing, durable, comfortable grips, lifetime warranty

    Cons: Difficult to adjust


    $11.99 from Amazon

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