Which Rumble Roller is Best for You? The Rumble Roller is made in two different sizes, and each size is available in two different densities. The following information can help you choose the best model for your particular needs:
Large or Small?
- If you plan to use your Rumble Roller in a single location — e.g. at home or the gym — you’ll love the full-size model, because its extra length makes it more efficient for performing many exercises. It’s long enough to roll the widest part of your back in one pass; you can roll both legs (quads, hamstrings, and/or calves) at the same time; and you can even transition from one IT band to the other without moving the roller. With the Compact Rumble Roller you can still perform almost every SMR exercise possible with the large one but you’ll likely need to roll each leg separately, and will spend a little more time repositioning yourself between exercises or areas of your body.
The major advantage the Compact Rumble Roller has over the full-size model is its portability. At just 12″ in length, it fits easily in your gym bag, backpack, or carry-on luggage. This makes it a favorite of runners and triathletes, who transport theirs from race to race. The Compact Rumble Roller’s smaller diameter (5″ vs. 6″ for the full-size model) allows it to conform better to the curvature of some body parts, such as your neck. The Compact Rumble Roller also costs less than the full-size model, which may be important if your budget is limited.
Original Density or Extra-Firm?
- If you’re new to foam rolling or have gotten positive results from any type of conventional foam roller, you’ll want the original density (blue). Even though this is our “softest” roller, it’s still more aggressive than any other foam roller on the market. The extra-firm version (black) is intended for experienced users with especially dense muscle tissue that doesn’t respond to normal massage pressure.
Rock & Roll
- The Rumble Roller’s massaging action can be further intensified by changing your movement from a back-and-forth rolling motion to a side-to-side rocking motion. That’s because the Rumble Roller’s bumps have an asymmetrical shape that allows them to flex more easily in one direction. During rolling movements (i.e. the most common roller exercises, with the roller moving beneath you), the bumps flex relatively easily, and provide a wiping-type massage pressure. However, if you rock from side-to-side toward the Rumble Roller’s ends, the bumps are forced to flex in a direction in which they’re designed to be somewhat stiffer. This creates a deeper “digging” pressure.
Before creating the Rumble Roller, the inventors spent years studying other foam rollers, and testing many different types of advanced polymers. Their material research resulted in a product that has several times the strength and tear resistance of conventional rollers, has a wonderful feel, permanently retains its shape, and is guaranteed to outlast and outperform any foam roller that you’ve ever used.
The Rumble Roller’s smooth, nonporous surface repels most dirt. It’s also water-proof and latex free, and includes a molded-in antimicrobial additive that helps prevent the growth of bacteria and fungus. To clean your Rumble Roller, simply wipe it down as needed with soap and water or any common household cleaner.
Both versions of the Rumble Roller (original density and extra-firm) have been tested by an independent laboratory in accordance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 for lead and phthalates. All toxins measured below detectible levels, which the CPSIA considers safe for use by children age 12 and under. Although CPSIA testing is not mandatory for sporting goods, this information may be important to you because these toxins are known to negatively impact human health in many ways.