best crossfit speed ropeBest Crossfit Speed Rope  – TOP 5 LIST

We’ve all been through it: the incredibly difficult process of learning to turn double unders. The best CrossFt speed rope for double unders is a crucial item to own for any Crossfit athlete. So much of what makes a good Crossfit speed rope is subject to personal preference, but there are some key attributes we need to look at when deciding which ropes to invest our hard-earned money in.

I’ll highlight the differences of some of the top ropes on the market below. Each one of these could be the best Crossfit speed rope for you, but this will at least give you a great starting point as to which rope you should try. Here’s the criteria.

  1. Handles: Heavy or light is a personal preference. Stronger athletes sometimes prefer a heavier handle for more control, while speedier athletes will prefer a light a quick handle. Ergonomic shape can also be important.
  2. Track record: Has the speed rope been used by high-level athletes?
  3. Function: How does the rope spin?
  4. Resizing: Sizing is crucial to get the most out of your rope. If you’re advanced, then you probably know your length and won’t be making too many adjustments, but if you’re still learning adjustability will be important.
  5. Durability: Ultimately it’s all about how well the cable stands the test of time and use.
  6. Cost: from 2 bucks, to 50, ropes come in all price ranges. More expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better.

best crossfit speed rope1.) Fit Skuad Speed Rope

An absolutely amazing speed rope that has been reviewed very positively by everyone who has tried it since it was released a few months ago. It has a 4.8/5 Average review on Amazon. This rope is well designed, versatile, and an extreme asset to anyone looking to master double unders.

  1. Handles: Light and responsive.
  2. Track record: Currently used by many high level competitors.
  3. Function: Rope can spin very fast, but is smooth and responsive as well, making it good for beginners.
  4. Ease of resizing: Amazing.
  5. Durability: Very durable, although not recommended for outside use. Lifetime warranty on handles, 120 day warranty on cable.
  6. Cost: 29.95

Specs:

  • Weight: 3.7 oz
  • Handles: 6 inch slim aluminum handles with a foam grip. Attach to the cable at a 90-degree angle. Dual ball bearings in each handle.
  • Cable: USA made. Cable comes at 10 feet in length and is easy to adjust with a cable cutter and Phillips screwdriver.

Pros: In my opinion, the best speed rope available for the price. Well made, extremely smooth and balanced, and it comes with a lifetime warranty. Satisfaction guaranteed and they offer 100% money back guarantee if the rope isn’t to your liking. Also comes with a carrying case, extra cable, plus a quick practice guide to mastering double unders. Well worth the 30 bucks.

Cons: Can’t really think of any. For some, this rope will be a bit too fast and the handles may be slightly too light.


elite surge speed rope2.) Elite Surge Speed Rope

An very versatile speed rope that has become popular for speed at competitions. It has been measured at 7 rotations per second. Handles feature a patented ball bearing system that make it very efficient and smooth spinning.

  1. Handles: Very Light and Accurate.
  2. Track record: Is currently being used by a few high-level competitors.
  3. Function: Rope spins VERY fast, not recommended for beginners.
  4. Ease of resizing: Very good.
  5. Durability: Very durable, although not recommended for outside use.
  6. Cost: 21.95

Specs:

  • Weight: 3.4 oz
  • Handles: Machine cut aluminum handles with a foam grip. Attach to the cable at a 90-degree angle. Dual ball bearings in each handle.
  • Cable: USA made. Cable comes at 10 feet in length and is easy to adjust with a cable cutter and Phillips screwdriver.

Pros: This is close to being the best CrossFit speed rope on the market now. The thin handles allow for fine motor control and precision while turning the rope, and dual ball bearing system gives it an extremely balanced feel. Comes with a two year warranty on the handles, which easily accept different weighted cables (from super thin uncoated 1/16 inch cable for competitions to a thick 4 mm PVC cord for beginners). Very durable.

Cons: We have heard that even with the foam grip, the handles can become slick when you sweat. Some people are also surprised by the small/thin handles, which can take getting used to. Won’t do crossing moves well.


R1 Speed Rope3.) Jump N Rope R1 Speed Rope

Summary: The Jump N Rope R1 is used at the very highest levels of speed jumping competition. More of a “speed rope” than a strictly CrossFit rope, but still popular for CrossFit workouts.

  1. Handles: Light, but fairly long allowing a variety of grip positions and styles.
  2. Track record: Used by many high level competitors.
  3. Function: Rope spins fairly fast, but can still be slowed down enough for novices.
  4. Ease of resizing: Very good.
  5. Cable quality: Somewhat durable, although not recommended for outside use.
  6. Cost: 27.95

Specs:

  • Weight: 5 oz
  • Handles: About 5 inches long, attached to the cord at a 90 degree angle.
  • Cable: Comes with a standard 3/32 (USA made) coated cable, but can hold larger cables or PVC cords if the articulating eye at the end is popped out. Different colored cables are available for purchase.

Pros: Dual-bearing, pivoting-eye technology that allows for the hands to be held at any angle. Cable made in USA. Handles made of an ultra-durable nylon. Lots of cable size and color options.

Cons: The articulating head where the cable is attached is made of plastic and is known to break off. Handles will get very slippery when you sweat.


usi rope4.) USI Ultimate Fitness Rope

Summary: A fairly solid design that doesn’t particularly stand out amongst the ground. It may in fact be the best CrossFit speed rope because it is well rounded. It is a very solid choice that works for many athletes. It’s also a lower cost option that offers good quality.

  1. Handles: Light/Moderate Handle Weight
  2. Track record: Not used by many high level athletes, but is new to the market so that may change.
  3. Function: Rope spins extremely fast. Not for beginners.
  4. Ease of resizing: Okay.
  5. Cable quality: Very durable, although not recommended for outside use.
  6. Cost: 14.95

Specs:

  • Weight: 3.68 oz
  • Handles: Articulating swivel bearing. 6″ long with a tapered end for sure grip. 4 high-grade metal ball bearings in ballistic plastic handles.
  • Cable: USA made 3/32″ coated cable that can be easily adjusted with a cable cutter and a small Phillips screwdriver. Comes at 10 foot length.

Pros: As one reviewer commented, this rope is “F-A-S-T”. If you want an extremely fast rope, this is the best CrossFit speed rope for you. Metal articulating eye at the end that allows the cable to change angles while jumping. Ultra-durable ballistic plastic handles. Easy to adjust length. Addition of extra ball bearing in each handle (2 vs 1 in each handle) promotes faster turning of the rope and longer durability.

Cons: This Ultimate’s biggest fault is that it does not accept different weighted cables, which limits its versatility. A relatively new design, we haven’t yet seen it being used as speed jumping competitions and we hear it’s not a great rope for beginners, who will find it tough to keep up with the speed. Handles can become slick when you sweat (but the tapered end helps mitigate slipping – add handle grip tape for extra grip).


5.) Rx Jump RopeRX Jump Rope

Summary: The RX Jump rope has been a staple in the game for a long time, for good reason. It has long been know as one of the best Crossfit speed rope. It is a reliable, solid, durable design that differs in approach from the latest releases on the market. Used by a plethora of high level competitors, the RX has heavier, non-adjustable handles that stand out amongst the crowd.

  1. Handles: Heavy Handle Weight
  2. Track record: Used by many high level competitors.
  3. Function: Depends on cable choice. Accepts a variety of cable sizes that will give a slow or fast rotation.
  4. Ease of resizing: None, have to buy a whole new, presized cable.
  5. Cable quality: Moderately durable. New cable required about once every 9 months.
  6. Cost: 30.00

Specs:

  • Weight: 6 oz
  • Handles: 6 inches long and 1 inch in diameter. Ergonomic shape. Comes pre-wrapped in grip tape of your choice.
  • Cable: Comes is a variety of weights. Vinyl coated. Not adjustable.

Pros: This was absolutely the best Crossfit speed rope on the market for a long time. Very fast and has perhaps the smoothest spinning handle of all the ropes we reviewed (handles have a multi-directional swivel axis bearing system that produce a near frictionless rotation). We like this rope because of all of the color choices of the cable and handles. The best thing going for the RX ropes is that you can order different weighted (USA made) cables to help in matching your jumping ability. Grippy ergonomic handles won’t slip when you sweat.

Cons: Fairly expensive, and the rope length is not adjustable. Cable is coated with vinyl, which is less durable than nylon coating.


Make Your Own

We recommend trying different ropes available at your CrossFit gym and find the one you like best. Order one of those, and see how it goes. Experiment with different lengths and cable gauges until you find a good configuration. You may even need to make your own hybrid rope, from one manufacturer’s handles and another’s cable.

So, What is the best CrossFit speed rope for you?

Ultimately, you’re probably going to need to try a few of the best CrossFit speed rope before you find “the one”.