Picking the right battle rope might be challenging if you’ve never used or bought any before. There are so many different brands, materials used, lengths and diameters. What’s up with all that?
Well, in this post we are going in-depth through all that as you can go out and laser target the best battle ropes for you particularly. Additionally, we reviewed the top 5 of the best battle ropes you can buy in 2017.
You can check out our findings down below.
Why Use Battle Ropes
Battle ropes are a great addition to any (home) gym. They are awesome for getting your heart rate up and make you break a sweat really fast. Faster than a simple jog would. You will get a good cardiovascular and respiratory training by incorporating just a few minutes of battle rope exercising in your workout routine.
So you can definitely use battle ropes as a replacement for your post-workout treadmill run or HIIT session.Depending on what your goals are and how advanced you are, you should use the right battle rope for you.
For example, if you are looking to use a battle rope for a cardio session, you should pick a rope which is less heavy and allows you to do more reps. So maybe go with a 1.5” x 30‘.
On the other hand, if you are looking to develop your shoulder muscles, for example, you will be better off with a rope which puts more stress on the muscles. So a long, 2” rope which is heavier, will actually activate the muscles more. You will do fewer, but harder reps.
Apart from burning fat, battle ropes are great for toning up your upper body, arms, and shoulders in particular. They are also great for finishing up your weight training and really burn off your arm muscles.
Athletes in pretty much any sport can use them to spice up their workouts and build their endurance.
What to Look for When Buying Battle Ropes
Here are the top characteristics you want to consider before buying your battle ropes.
If you will be using these indoors you want to make sure you have enough space. So you’ll need a room which is at least 20 feet long to fit the smallest rope which is 30 feet long. Divided by 2 you get 15 feet of rope and on top of that, you will probably need at least 5 more feet to move around.
So if you don’t have at least 20 feet from one side of your room to the other, you can’t really use any battle rope.
The size of the rope will determine its weight, hence the intensity of the workout. Here are the common sizes:
- 1.5” x 30’/40’/50’
- 2” x 30’/40’/50’
Here’s the approximate weight of a battle rope based on the size:
- 1.5″ x 30 feet – 12 lbs
- 1.5″ x 40 feet – 18 lbs
- 1.5″ x 50 feet – 24 lbs
2” ropes are approximately 35% heavier than 1.5” ropes.
You want to pick a weight which is challenging at first, so you have room to grow and improve your performance. Otherwise, you will end up with a rope which is too easy for you to use after just a couple of months.
Obviously, you will need something stable enough to attach the rope to. Some of the battle ropes have an anchor included in the package, but most don’t. So if you don’t have something heavy enough to use, go with a rope which comes with a wall mounted anchor or buy one separately.
Almost all battle ropes are made out of Poly Dacron which is a pretty tough material, but eventually, your rope will start to fray over time. All depending on how well it is built and how much you abuse it.
Some battle ropes come with a nylon cover which will prevent any faying, so definitely try to get one of those. Especially if you will be using it on a hard surface such as concrete which will damage the rope more.
If you can’t get a rope which is covered in nylon, at least get one which comes with a 600D Oxford sleeve to protect the anchor point. That’s the most vulnerable part. And try to use in on a smoother surface.
Lastly but not least you want to take a look at the handles. These should be long enough and have a texture which allows you to get a good grip. You might want to avoid the ones which use heated shrink caps as they tend to be a bit slippery.
2017’s Reviews of the Best Battle Ropes
#1 Power Guidance Battle Rope
With this battle rope, you get to choose from a wide variety of sizes. They have the 1.5” x 30’/40’/50’ and also the 2” x 30’/40’/50’ which is more than you’ll ever need.
The rope itself is made out of Poly Dacron which is covered with a nylon sleeve that runs through the entire length of the rope. This will keep your floor clean since any fraying will of the Poly Dacron will stay inside the sleeve. It will also prevent any dirt from getting inside the 3-strand twisted design. So that’s a big bonus point. You can really use it on any kind of surfaces without any issues.
The sleeves are 6 inches long so you have plenty of grip options there.
This battle rope also comes with an anchor you can attach it too, so no need to spend extra money on that. It is however priced a little bit higher than the competition, but it’s one of the best in its category.
#2 Titan Fitness Poly Battle Rope
The Titan Fitness battle rope comes in pretty much all the sizes you will ever need. From 1.5” x 30’/40’ up to 2” x 30’/40’/50’. So no matter how intense you want your workout to be, you will definitely have plenty of options to choose from.
However, if you have less space in your home gym you might want to go with the 30’.
The handles are long enough and will allow you to get a solid grip on this battle rope. The texture of the handles feel just right and it’s not slippery, even if you get sweaty hands.
The Poly Dacron doesn’t fray out too easily. If you really slam it hard there will definitely be some bits and pieces left on the floor. But that’s pretty normal in all battle ropes when you use them a lot.
All in all, it looks like a study, heavy-duty battle rope which you will be using for a long time. We would’ve liked to see it coming with a bag or strap to carry it around, but unfortunately, that’s not included.
#3 NexPro Battle Rope
The NexPro is a lighter battle rope as it comes in just 1.5” x 30’/40’/50’. So if you want a more intense workout you will need to get the 50 feet one. But you will need the extra space obviously.
The rope is made out of 100% Poly Dacron material which doesn’t really do such a great job at keeping it from faying. Especially if you are using it on hard surfaces. On top of that, there’s no cover to keep it all together. So you are very likely to get bits and pieces of it on the floor. If you can, use it on softer surfaces such as mats or gym flooring.
One thing we liked is that it comes will a small sleeve at the anchor point. That will reduce the friction and it will make this battle rope live longer. Speaking of the anchor, you will need to buy one separately as it is not included in the package.
The handles are pretty good. Long enough and they have a good grip, so no issues here.
#4 Garage Fit Battle Rope
This one comes in 1.5” x 30’/40’/50’ and 2” x 30’/40’/50’, so you are covered regardless of how advanced you are or how intense you want to train.
As all the above it is made out of Poly Dacron material which seems to be very well put together. There will be very little faying if you are using it on smoother surfaces.
At the anchor point if has a 600D sleeve which will prevent it from tearing apart over time. The package also includes the anchor which is actually just a strap with a hook. So you will still need something to attach it too.
The handles are a little bit slippery though, so you don’t get a really good grip. Maybe use gloves as well. Additionally, the handles are not very well stitched to the rope, so they might come off over time.
One particular thing that we liked about the Garage Fit battle rope is the design. It comes in a variety of different colors which look really cool when you’re using it.
#5 Zeny Battle Rope
Lastly but not least, we have the Zeny battle rope which gives you all the sizing options you will need: 1.5” x 30’/40’/50’ and 2” x 30’/40’/50’.
The Poly Dacron material will fray a little bit faster than you would want it too. Not using it on concrete will make it last longer. Several users reported this battle rope to be a bit stiff, so maybe go with the 1.5” instead of the 2” if you want to avoid that problem. This way you will not have to wait to break it in.
You will get the 600D Oxford sleeve protect, but you will need to buy an anchor separately.
The handles are really good, you will get a solid grip, so they really nailed it from this point of view. All in all, if you use it on softer surfaces you should be fine with the Zeny battle rope.
There are definitely plenty of options to choose from. At the end of the day, it’s a matter of personal preference and personal needs.
But if you still can’t make out your mind, here’s a hint.
The Power Guidance Battle Rope will probably be the best pick because of the nylon cover which runs throughout the entire length of the rope. So zero fraying issues here. Additionally, you get a solid wall mount anchor included in the package.
And you have all the sizing options you will need so you can pick the right length and the right workout intensity for you.