The Intelligent & Relentless Pursuit of Muscle™
T-Jack Reports: Try it - Review it - Keep it!
 
BNS Wrist Roller Strap
1
 

T-Jack Admin
Moderator

Join date: May 2004
Posts: 118

With the BNS Wrist Roller Strap you can turn any revolving barbell into a great forearm blaster! Just attach one end to an Olympic barbell and the other to a dumbbell and roll your way to a crushing grip and Popeye forearms! For more info, checkout Big-n-Strong.com.

T-Nation has spoken! See the new reviews below!

Questions? Read the T-Jack FAQ.


Try It - Review It - Keep it!


  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

biltritewave
Level 3

Join date: Feb 2003
Posts: 890

Pro's:
Its very easy to use.
It works well as advertised.
Its easy to bring to the gym.
The thick grip of a olympic bar is a bonus for forearm development.
Con's:
No real cons per say, but I do think that it was probably a little overpriced, and that you can probably make one at home with the similiar materials for cheaper. ($30)

You dont get the same shoulder workout you would get with other ones that you have to hold up.

Seems like something that many people would rather use at home. Things like forearms are better worked often, so to do this at the gym every sessions seems a bit much. I would rather have it at home and do it 3-4 times a week while watching tv or such along with other ancillary stuff, but thats not possible unless you have a home gym or have an olmypic bar and rack sitting at home.
How was the quality of the material and construction?
Very High Quality Material. The carabiner was high quality and the strap itself was made out of seatbelt material so I imagine it will last forever.
How did you test it and what did it feel like? Did it work well?
I tested it with myself and my gym partner. We did switched off on it in real quick succession doing multiple sets at a time, both forward and backward rolling. I was using a 50 pound weight which is alot more than I usually would do with the kind I have made at home. It gives a great pump to your forearms and definite soreness the next day.
It works well. Its a little hard to switch from one motion to the other because you have to get the fabric to "grab" in the other direction before rolling up the weight, but setup is a snap and it works as advertised.
Would you recommend that T-Nation readers pick up a BNS Wrist Roller Strap?
Yes
Overall rating:
Comments:
Overall I think its a good solid product. Its as good as advertised but dont expect anything more. It performs as expected but by its nature its not a 'bells and whistles' product and those who are inclined to save money could probably make it for a few bucks or jerry rig one from stuff already in their gym.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

jtd72
Level 4

Join date: Oct 2002
Posts: 48

Pro's:
-Compact and easily transported to the gym.

-Removes the shoulders from the exercise.

-Easy to use
Con's:
-Wrist rollers are easily made. With a little ingenuity you might be able to construct a duplicate of this model.
How was the quality of the material and construction?
Good quality.
How did you test it and what did it feel like? Did it work well?
Performed several reps in both direction with static holds in mid-rep.
Would you recommend that T-Nation readers pick up a BNS Wrist Roller Strap?
Yes
Overall rating:
Comments:
This product is a great addition to my gym bag. I recently bought a set of Heavy Grips and coupled with the BNS Wrist Roller I have great start for my grip training.

I carried to product in by hand, along with my keys, ID card and PWO drink. The wrist rollers size makes it fit any bag or even your pocket. I set up an Olympic bar on the squat rack on the top rung with a 45# on one end for counter balance.

The BNS Wrist Roller set up really quickly and changed over for reverse directions quickly. I really like the fact that I could overload my forearms without being limited by the amount I can front raise.

I let two other guys from my gym to try out the Wrist Roller. They agreed with me that the product is well worth the investment. They were most impressed with T-Nation and BNS for sending this product for review. Thanks T-Nation.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

tinman915
Level 5

Join date: Nov 2002
Posts: 272

Pro's:
Does exactly what it is supposed to do. Ingeniously uses the sleeve on an Olympic Bar as the "handle" so it takes virtually no space (you could carry it in your pocket). Is a strap instead of a rope so it winds on top of itself completely smoothly. Is long enough you can set the bar at any reasonable level.
Con's:
I dunno, maybe the price. I'm sure they could sell these cheaper and still make a nice profit on each one.
How was the quality of the material and construction?
Excellent, a very simple device. I'm sure I have a wrist roller for life (or until my dog chews it up).
How did you test it and what did it feel like? Did it work well?
I put the bar on the rack at about chest level and did reps with a 25 lb dumbell. Up and down for one rep. I did sets of 5 and then did sets rolling in the opposite direction. Also did some speed work, winding it up as fast as possible.
Would you recommend that T-Nation readers pick up a BNS Wrist Roller Strap?
Yes
Overall rating:
Comments:
I do a pretty good bit of grip training. I have some COC grippers, and Ironmind's Titans Telegraph, and use at least one pretty much every time I work out. I'll bet I use this pretty much every time I work out too. Makes a great finisher because it pumps up the forearms hard as stone. If you are interested in hand and grip training, and a believer in the benefits of the "pump" order one today. Train with this thing a while and I bet you will be the go to man when nobody else can get the top off the pickle jar.

If you have a question about this product just pm me and I will try to clear it up.

Oh yeah, T-boys thanx for the chance to try this out. I really like the product and think it will make a nice addition to the arsenal.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

Kai Zen
Level 5

Join date: Mar 2003
Posts: 214

Pro's:
1) Good quality construction.

2) Lifetime warranty.

3) Use with either free weights or dumbbells.

4) Eliminates shoulder fatigue as a limiting factor.
Con's:
1) Price.

2) You need both an olympic bar & a power rack or a pipe/stick.
How was the quality of the material and construction?
Very good quality and the label states that the maximum weight limitation is 100 lbs.
How did you test it and what did it feel like? Did it work well?
Tested the strap on an olympic bar as well as my home-made "pipe bomb" wrist roller.
Would you recommend that T-Nation readers pick up a BNS Wrist Roller Strap?
Yes
Overall rating:
Comments:
This is an excellent product for blasting your forearms. It's simple to use and effective. Shoulder fatigue has always been my problem with wrist rollers since my shoulders will give out way before my forearms. With the strap cinched down on an olympic bar in a power rack, shoulder fatigue is eliminated.

If you don't have a power rack & olympic bar, you can still use the strap after a trip to your local hardware store. A foot long 2" diameter pipe with threaded ends & and 2 end caps cost me less than $20 (your price may vary). The end caps will allow you to use a neutral grip instead of being limited to a supine or prone grip (ie. Ironmind's yo-yo grip tool). Purchase all three items together at your own risk because I won't be held responsible if a cop or the clerk asks why you're building a pipe bomb.

The only reason I'm not giving this product a 5 is the price. $29.95 is alot if you consider the price of the materials but the warranty also inflates the price.

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

Arioch
Level 5

Join date: Apr 2004
Posts: 1135

Pro's:
1) Light weight
2) Sturdy material
3) Easy to store
4) Easy to use
5) Can be used on any type of bar.
Con's:
1) Needs to be removed to change rolling direction. (See comments)
How was the quality of the material and construction?
Very good quality and seems sturdy.
How did you test it and what did it feel like? Did it work well?
I tested it a couple of times during the week for some forearm work. Works well unless you are trying to do work for a set time (see comments).
Would you recommend that T-Nation readers pick up a BNS Wrist Roller Strap?
No
Overall rating:
Comments:
I was only able to use this a couple of times during the week but it worked very well. I was able to just toss it into my gym bag since it takes no room at all (it will fit in your gym shoes).

However, I like to do some timed sets where I alternate the direction that I roll up the weight. With this strap, you have to remove it, turn it around, put it back on the bar and then start again. It only takes a few seconds but that is some time for your arms to rest.

A couple of people in my gym even used it and they thought it was a good tool also. Although, they had the same kind of comment I did about having to change the direction.

Overall, it is nicer than making your own out of PVC pipe and then trying to find one of those broom handles people use to stretch with in the gym, but at $29.95, it seems way over priced for what you get. If you get it as a gift, you'll love the thing, but I can't see paying that much for just a couple of nylon straps and a connector.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

MikeTheBear
Level 3

Join date: Mar 2003
Posts: 3975

This may be a stupid question, but do you actually need to remove the strap and turn it around to reverse direction or could you just stand on the other side of the bar? From the diagrams on the site it looks like you could just stand on the other side, but those diagrams aren't all that detailed so I don't know.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

mikeberry
Level

Join date: Sep 2004
Posts: 7

MikeTheBear wrote:
This may be a stupid question, but do you actually need to remove the strap and turn it around to reverse direction or could you just stand on the other side of the bar? From the diagrams on the site it looks like you could just stand on the other side, but those diagrams aren't all that detailed so I don't know.


You're right! To reverse directions you can simply stand on the other side of the bar; providing there is enough room behind the bar to do so.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

tinman915
Level 5

Join date: Nov 2002
Posts: 272

You're right Mike; you could just stand on the other side of the bar.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

mikeberry
Level

Join date: Sep 2004
Posts: 7

In response to reviewer input and comments I have put the BNS Wrist Roller Strap on sale at 20% off the regular price. All your input and comments have been greatly appreciated. Thanks! ...Mike Berry

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

ZEB
Level

Join date: Sep 2003
Posts: 19363

That looks like a great tool!

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

Arioch
Level 5

Join date: Apr 2004
Posts: 1135

OK, I could just stand on the other side of the bar if I had the room to stand with my arms in a comfortable position. However, when I was using the wrist roller, I could only stand on one side of the bar and be comfortable so I had to remove the strap and turn it around.

I should have pointed that out.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

jtd72
Level 4

Join date: Oct 2002
Posts: 48

Once again I am impressed by this website and the merchants they associate with. Thanks for listening Mr. Berry, your product is great.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
1
Topic is Locked
This thread has reached its maximum number of replies. Click HERE to start a new topic.