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Is it Worth it?
on November 12, 2011
Unless some manufacturer decides to start encrusting diamonds into the handles of their jump rope, this will probably be the most expensive jump rope on the market for the foreseeable future. So why is this jump rope so expensive?
First off, it's a "brand name" jump rope. I don't mean brand name as in Everlast or Nike, but as in the Buddy Lee brand name. If you don't know who he is, I'd recommend checking out a couple of his videos on Youtube. Also, the Discovery Channel has a very interesting documentary about his jump roping abilities and physical conditioning that is also worth a watch. He has influenced a number of top atheletic trainers to implement jump rope training into their programs, and has made it a career of spreading the gospel of rope jumping.
Second, Buddy Lee actually owns a patent on his bearings system. Does that automatically mean it's the best jump rope on earth? Not necessarily - but it means you probably won't find a similar bearings system on any other rope for the next 10-15 years.
So is this rope worth the money? Yes and no. There are other jump ropes that will perform as well, if not better, than Buddy Lee's Hyperformance jump ropes. For instance, buyjumpropes.net offers ultra speed cable ropes that have been used to set several jump roping records, and cost significantly less than Buddy Lee's ropes. However, in the end, it all comes down to preference. I happen to really like the feel and design of Buddy Lee's ropes. Because I jump rope as part of my regular fitness plan, I'm willing to spend a little extra money on something that works well for me. If you jump a lot of rope, I'd say give it a try. If not, go with something less expensive before trying a Buddy Lee rope.
One negative thing I will specifically mention about this rope, is that when I first received it, one of the foam grips fell off during my very first session. After spending this much on a rope I was pretty pissed about the quality. I almost sent the rope back, but instead, decided to get handy and super glued the grip to the handle (used Gorilla Glue). No problems since. If you happen to run into the same problem, make sure you don't use just any glue - check the packaging to make sure it's designed to bond with foam.