It’s been over a year since I first got my hands on the original CrossRope Jump Rope System.
I remember it like it was yesterday.
Cracking open the box. Wrapping my hands around those rugged handles. Clipping the cable loops in and out. Holding on for dear life as the weighted ropes turned wildly around my body.
It was love at first sight, but it was also just the beginning.
Earlier this year, I was fortunate to be one of the few who had the honor of test driving the new and improved CrossRope 2.0 Jump Rope system.
And let me be clear – it was like falling in love all over again.
This post highlights some of the biggest improvements made to this powerful jump rope training system.
Let me show you.
What is the CrossRope?
In my original review of the CrossRope 1.0 system, I gave a full description of what the CrossRope system is. For those who haven’t had the good fortune of coming across this incredible training tool, let me give you a bit of a recap.
The CrossRope Jump Rope System is an interchangeable, weighted-cable jump rope training system.
There are some key words in that definition that should be clarified.
Interchangeable: the system has a patent-pending clip-in design that allows you to switch between a number of different cables quickly and effortlessly.
Weighted: the cables come in a variety of weights, ranging from 1.9 ounces (54 grams) to 3 lbs (1.36kg).
Jump Rope System: the key word here is system. This is not just any other jump rope. This is a completely revolutionary training system that can help you build strength and endurance by allowing you to increase the resistance you use. Just like you would never lift one weight all the time, why should you jump rope with one weight all the time?
Here’s the new jump rope system in action:
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The New and Improved CrossRope 2.0
While the original CrossRope system was an innovative product, it did have a few subtle design flaws that I thought could have been done better.
The very first time I tried using the original set was actually somewhat uncomfortable. The handles were a little bit awkward to hold, the connection was really bulky, and I kept getting whipped across the knuckles.
It wasn’t bad, but it definitely took some time getting used.
This is why I was really happy to see some of the following design changes come through in the new 2.0 re-design. These simple improvements will make a drastic impact to your overall jump rope experience.
Let’s take a look at some of these changes…
Connection Length Reduced
I would say that this is probably the most important design change made to the CrossRope 2.0 System.
One of the issues I had with the original CrossRope was the clunky connection between the handles and the cables. It was necessary in order to facilitate the interchangeability of the system, but it made the handles feel awkward to hold during jumping and it wasn’t uncommon to get whipped across the knuckles by the large clips.
The new CrossRope 2.0 has a completely new connection. The large, bulky clips have been replaced with smaller gate snaps and the over-sized loops on the ends of the cable have been replaced with smaller eyelets.
What does this mean for you: this design change makes the jump rope experience feel much more comfortable and natural. The reduced length of the connection will give you more control and an overall better feel for the handles. This also eliminates the painful knuckle whipping that the original system was often guilty of.
Lighter, More Streamlined Handles
The next area that has seen the biggest change is within the handles.
There are two types of handles that come with the full CrossRope set: the quick handles and the rugged handles. The quick handles are designed to work with the lighter and thinner cables, while the rugged handles are designed to work with the heavier cables.
Both handles have seen some pretty interesting design changes.
The logo labeling on the handle has been repositioned and the quality of the wrapping has been improved to allow for a better, more comfortable grip. Also, both handles have gone through a reduction in length and weight (by roughly 20-25%).
I think the biggest difference, however, is one that you can’t see. The ball bearings that lie inside the handles have been nicely upgraded. These new tight, highly lubricated encased bearings are now better equipped to handle the high stress and friction of the heavy ropes, while remaining smooth enough for even the lightest ropes in the system.
Personally, I didn’t have any issues with the length or weight of the original handles, but these new ones are definitely more comfortable to work with.
What does this mean for you: this design change will make the handles more comfortable to grip and easier to control no matter whether you’re doing speed work or heavy rope training. The reduced weight of the handles will also make your jump rope experience feel more natural.
Improved Cable Labeling
This may not be a major design change, but it’s definitely a nice added feature.
The original CrossRope cables didn’t have any labeling and it took a bit of time to remember the weight and length of each rope. But with the 2.0 set, you no longer have to do this.
Each cable now has a label that identifies its weight and length.
What does this mean for you: this design change means you won’t have to remember the weight or length of any of your cables. All you have to do is check the label!
Yes, that’s right! You can now pick and choose from a handful of different colors for your handles: blue, green, yellow, orange, and red.
I’m still a fan of the original black handles, but this is a pretty neat addition to the CrossRope lineup.
What does this mean for you: it means two things: 1) you can add a bit of color to your jump rope workouts, and 2) you’ll be less likely to misplace bright colored handles (it still happens).
Compatibility issues with the original set
While it would have been nice to be able to mix and match handles and cables between the original and new set, the design changes outlined above, unfortunately, do not allow for full compatibility between the two versions.
If you have the original set and are looking at upgrading to the 2.0 set, keep these guidelines in mind:
- Original CrossRope quick (thin) and rugged (thick) handles are not compatible with the CrossRope 2.0 cables. The ropes will connect to the handles, but it is possible for the connection to come undone during skipping;
- CrossRope 2.0 handles are compatible with the original Sprint, Speed, and Stamina cables, but the loops of the four largest Original CrossRope cables are too large to fit into the redesigned, smaller clips of the CrossRope 2.0 handles. Also, keep in mind that using an old cable with the new handles will shorten the effective rope length by about 2 inches.
You can find more information about compatibility issues on the CrossRope website.
What about the price?
If you recall from my original review, I mentioned that one of the biggest drawbacks to the CrossRope system was the price.
Well, the price hasn’t changed for the new system. A complete system will still cost you about $150.
That may sound a little bit crazy when, in truth, you can get a simple PVC jump rope at Walmart for $7.
That was my thinking at first as well. But, after more than a year of working with this training tool, it becomes clear why the pricing is what it is.
The first thing to look at is the durability of the system.
I’ve personally gone through a number of the mentioned $7 ropes. You can actually see one getting destroyed in action here. When you push the pace, the inside edges of the handles eat away at the rope until it eventually snaps. Of course, the lifespan depends heavily on frequency and intensity of use.
In comparison, I got the original CrossRope set over a year ago and have been using it extensively. All the cables and handles are still in tact. Some of the PVC coating has been worn through, but the cables are still fully usable (as long as they’re being used on proper flooring).
The second thing I like to look at is the quality of the handles.
Cheap(er) ropes don’t necessarily allow for efficient turning of the rope. If there is any friction, the rope starts twisting in your hands and impacting the arc the rope makes as it turns around your body. My cheap PVC ropes twist up all the time, especially the ones I had to tape up to improve durability.
In comparison, the CrossRope handles use a very high quality ball bearing system that eliminates this problem, even with the heaviest of ropes. It offers a much smoother jump rope experience.
The third thing I like to look at is the weight of the cables and the impact this has on your training.
You’re not just getting a collection of ropes of the same size and weight. This is a full system of ropes that allows you to progress with your jump rope training as you would with any other form of training.
No matter whether you’re working with kettlebells, dumbbells, or barbells, you’re always looking to progress to heavier weights. You’re always looking to improve your strength. You never work with just one weight all the time. So why only train with one size and one weight of jump rope?
Having the ability to go up and down in weight adds a completely new element to your jump rope training.
There’s something beautiful about training with heavy ropes that one can only understand after trying to rotate a 3lb rope around their body at a fast pace. Heavy ropes introduce power, strength, and explosiveness into the equation.
And to make this possible, the handles had to be designed in a way to sustain the centripetal forces while still allowing for smooth, efficient turning.
It’s not rocket science, but the engineering of this product is just as incredible (sorry, that’s the engineer inside of me talking).
So taking all of this into account, let’s look at the actual breakdown of the price per cable.
Let’s take the CrossRope Complete Jump Rope Set as an example.
For $150, you get 7 cables (one of each weight) and one set of each style of handles (quick and rugged). Even if we take the handles out of the picture, we’re looking at roughly $21 for each cable. Compare that to the $7 PVC rope and you’re looking at paying three times as much, but getting at least 100 times more in durability, effectiveness, and efficiency.
From that standpoint, the system is well worth every penny.
But, of course, not everybody can afford $150 worth of jump ropes. That’s where the different combos come into play.
Let me show you what options you have.
The Combo Sets
Apart from the complete set, there are three more CrossRope 2.0 combo sets you can choose from. Each is a unique combination of cables and handles, depending on what your training goals are.
The Double Under Domination Set
The Double Under Domination set is actually a relatively new combo set that, in my opinion, offers the best of both worlds in terms of speed work and heavy work.
This set comes with a set of quick handles, the all-purpose 5 Oz Stamina cable (blue), the 0.75 lb Explode cable (red), and the 1.25 lb Power cable (yellow). You get three powerful jump rope cables all in one set.
Whether you’re an athlete, a Crossfitter, or just someone looking to get lean and stay in shape, this combo set has everything you need to take your training and jump rope skills to the next level. With the purchase of this set, you’ll also get a complete 8 week Double Under Domination training program to help you improve your DUs.
The Brute Set
The CrossRope Brute Set is purely for the heavy rope enthusiasts.
The Brute Set comes with a set of rugged handles, the 1.25 lb Power cable (yellow), and the 2.0 lb Strength cable (black).
It may not sound like a lot, but that’s a lot of weight moving around your body. If you’ve never tried heavy jump rope training before, then you’re in for a pleasant surprise.
Training with heavy ropes helps you develop upper body strength, improves your conditioning, increases your work capacity, and helps you build power and explosiveness.
The Swift Set
The CrossRope Swift Set is one of the original combo sets that I like to classify as a great beginner set. It offers a great speed cable and a great introduction to heavy jump rope work.
The Swift Set comes with a set of quick handles, a 3 Oz Speed cable (orange), and the 0.75 lb Explode cable (red).
This set gives you the perfect combination of speed and power. The reason I say it’s a great beginner set is because the 0.75 lb explode cable offers really great feedback when you’re jumping. Your pace will slow down, but you’ll know exactly where the rope is at all times. You’ll actually be able to feel it rotating around your body. And that makes a huge difference.
So there you have it my jump rope ninjas.
I hope you’ve found this review of the new and improved CrossRope 2.0 Jump Rope System useful.
I feel really fortunate to have had the chance to be one of the first to test drive this system and I’m excited to see how far I can push it, particularly with the heavy ropes.
If you have any questions about the system, feel free to leave a comment below or shoot Dave a message.