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BOA 2000 Jump Rope
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The BOA 2000 jump rope is a weighted jump rope with a variable size cord. The cord or "rope" is side weighted so you can generate faster rope speeds. The handles are foam for a secure grip and contain anti-friction ball bearings for speed and smoothness. For more info or to purchase one, checkout the Accufitness site.

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creed
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Join date: Sep 2003
Location: England
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Jumping the gun on this one but I already own one of these 'super-ropes' and they really are all that. Nothing I have ever tried goes so fast!

The only problem I have with it is its not easily adjustable. I am a shade under 6' and so I bought the longer rope but it was too long and annoyed the hell out of me. So I got the shorter one and its maybe a tad too short. But other than this great product.

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AnnaD
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Join date: Mar 2003
Location: Illinois, USA
Posts: 39

Pro's:
- I like the ball bearings, makes it real smooth.

- Length, I got the nine footer which is recommend for people under six feet, I am 6'3" and had no problems with it though. I usually have to hold most ropes by the very end of the handles to give it a few extra inches so it can clear me, I didn't run into this problem with the BOA.

- Seems more solid than the plastic ropes I'm used to. I haven't had it for long but from the feel of it, I think it would last a good while even with extensive use.

- Handles, the form did provide a better grip and at no time did it seem like it was going to slip from all the sweat.
Con's:
- Faster weighted rope means it hurts more when you screw up and it snaps back at you.
How was the workmanship and overall quality?
Good.
How did you test/use the BOA 2000?
I used it during short cardio sessions either in the morning, prior to working out as a warmup or for a few minutes after lifting.
Was it really faster and smoother than other jump ropes you've tried?
Yes
What are the pro's?
See above.
What are the con's? Any drawbacks?
See above.
Would you recommend that T-Nation citizens purchase a BOA 2000 rope?
Yes
Overall rating:
Comments:
I seem to trip less with the BOA, I think it's because the weighted sides caused the rope to open up more. It was much easier to run with the rope and do things like double skips than with other ropes I've used.

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jeffmayhugh
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Join date: Aug 2003
Location: Illinois, USA
Posts: 2

Pro's:
1. The ball bearings make it jumping rope very smooth.

2. The sturdiness of the rope makes it more forgiving than a flimsy cotton rope when trying tricks like crossover jumps.

3. The weight of the rope causes the rope to increase speed with a flick of the wrist.

In summary, it's a smooth, sturdy rope that easily gains speed. Sound good? Well...
Con's:
1. There's a drawback to that. If you mess up, this rope will let you know. It hurts like a mother if you happen to catch it on your calves or back. It's worse than a cotton rope in that respect. But, being flogged by the BOA 2000 just makes you focus on technique.

2. Muscle memory from prior ropes takes a bit of relearning if you have poor technique. For example, I'm used to really using my arms on the reverse jump, which doesn't work well with this new rope.

3. This will sound dumb, but there are no instructions. I'm not talking about a notecard saying "How to use: Jump Rope". But if it included a printout of the Renegade Rope Training article from T-Nation or a workout chart, that would increase it's value.

This wouldn't be necessary for a member of T-Nation who already has their workout schedule, but it would be useful for someone brand new to jumping rope.
How was the workmanship and overall quality?
1. The plastic caps on the ends of the handles don't fit in quite the whole way. They're made to look like they should be flush but when you push down one corner it halfway pops out again. Not a big deal and doesn't effect the utility, but it was the first thing I noticed, like "huh, this cap is coming out".

2. The middle of the rope became knicked up very quickly as I jumped rope on concrete. The rope was initially slick and smooth but a large portion of it is now very rough like sandpaper. It should hold up though.

3. The "sweat-absorbing" grips weren't as soft as they look. They look foamy but are pretty tough.

Also, I always had to fiddle with the handle to get my thumb in the right groove. You can tell that there's a right and a wrong way to grab hold of the handle, so I think the ergonomics could be improved a bit. These are minor gripes, though.
How did you test/use the BOA 2000?
I used my own variant of Renegade Rope Training by Coach Davies. One minute rope training, one minute of sprints or GPP.

I also did all the jumping tricks that I could think of -- double jumps, side-to-side jumps, crossover, running in place, jogging and jumping, single-leg, weighted jumping, etc. All easier to do than with my old ropes.
Was it really faster and smoother than other jump ropes you've tried?
Yes
What are the pro's?
See above.
What are the con's? Any drawbacks?
See above.
Would you recommend that T-Nation citizens purchase a BOA 2000 rope?
Yes
Overall rating:
Comments:
Get one of these if you need a new rope or want to learn new tricks.

If you're looking for an introduction to jumping rope in general, get this and do some extra reading because this product is simply a jump rope in a bag.

It may seem like I have a lot of negatives here, but I'm still giving this 5 stars for these last points:

1. $20 is not a big investment for this piece of equipment.

2. I can do tricks now that I couldn't with flimsy cotton ropes. I'm a relative novice but with a couple hours of practice I'm pretty smooth.

3. Mixing in jump rope training into your GPP is an awesome workout. If you dismiss it as something for little kids, you're missing out. Jumping rope humbled me at first but my conditioning and skill improved quickly.

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sniper1
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Join date: Mar 2004
Location: Texas, USA
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Pro's:
This is definitely the fastest jump rope that I've ever used. The tapered, weighted rope is perfectly balanced, and the bearings in the handles are a great idea. The handles are shaped well for a comfortable grip.
Con's:
I would like to see a heavier model, I was expecting it to weigh more. But I will admit that after a few 3-minute sessions, I was feeling it pretty good.
How was the workmanship and overall quality?
Excellent.
How did you test/use the BOA 2000?
I used the jump rope for 4-3 minute sets, then my son did the same thing.
Was it really faster and smoother than other jump ropes you've tried?
Yes
What are the pro's?
Very smooth, very fast.
What are the con's? Any drawbacks?
I thought the handles could be heavier for a better workout.
Would you recommend that T-Nation citizens purchase a BOA 2000 rope?
Yes
Overall rating:
Comments:
Overall, I really like the Boa 2000 jump rope, and it will replace the more expensive leather one I already have. My son's speed camp spends 5-minutes every morning jumping rope, so he is going to use the Boa 2000 for that as well.

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Chris Shugart
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One guy didn't meet his deadline so I'll add my review to this.

Although this is a "weighted" rope, don't mistake it for one of those 15-pound monster ropes popular back in the 80's. The BOA is precision weighted for faster rope speed and is only a little heavier than a standard leather rope.

Basically, the rope is thinner at the handles and in the center, but thicker on the sides. This side weighting is supposed to allow for better control and faster speeds. Does it? Yeah, it does! Not only is it fast and smooth, the weighted sides make it easier to learn slaloms, shuffles, and other patterns of movement.

Along with the weighted sides, the BOA uses sweat-absorbing foam handles and anti-friction ball bearings. It's as smooth as butta. So far, this is the best rope I've used. Highly recommended.

The BOA is made by the AccuFitness folks and can found at their site for about $20. Need a good jump rope program to go along with it? Check out T-Nation's "Renegade Rope Training" article by Coach Davies.


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T-Jack Admin
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Had a hiccep with the PM system for Stronki's review. I'll post it below for him.

Pro's: Ball bearings make an immediate difference. You're not fighting the handles to spin the rope. Heavy cable "rope" gives it some weight to spin. Better than a light leather rope.

Con's: Handles were a little short and thin. Maybe an inch longer would have been better. However the difference didn't effect the workout. The longer rope would have been better as I am 6'6".


How was the workmanship and overall quality? Very good durable jump rope.


How did you test/use the BOA 2000? I used it as part of my warm-up before my sprint workout. I also had several of my "athletes" use it before their weight training. All liked it very much.

Was it really faster and smoother than other jump ropes you've tried? Yes


Would you recommend that T-Nation citizens purchase a BOA 2000 rope? Yes

Overall rating: 4 stars

Comments: When I first took it out of the bag it was coiled up pretty tight and took a few workouts and hanging the rope from a hook when not using it to straighten it out. Much better rope for faster spinning. Much better than those heavy rubber ropes. High quality rope that should last for years and years.


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dev
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Join date: Aug 2004
Location: California, USA
Posts: 186

I bought an "Ultimate Speed Rope" from WalMart for 5 bucks. They had a cotton junk rope for $2.50, the speed rope for $5 (plastic rope with foam handles and a ball bearing) and the weighted speed rope for $7.

My question is about the weighting of this rope, is the weight on the rope itself or in the handle? Is it good to have a jump rope with a weight in the handle? Thoughts on the weighted speed rope from walmart? Thanks!

I just can't justify over $20 for a jump rope. :(

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