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.