Equipment Recovery Reviews
Is the Roll Recovery R8 worth the steep price?
02/23/2017
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I’m a lazy runner. One of the reasons I run is that it’s so easy to do. I roll out of bed, put on my running clothes, and I’m out the door exercising. I can do this in any city and in almost any weather. I don’t love biking or swimming because of all the extra work involved in getting ready and the limitations of where and when they can be done.

Because I’m lazy, I have never been a dedicated roller. Rolling takes a long time and it’s a lot of work. Even if you aren’t a lazy runner, I’m sure you hate rolling nonetheless. Enter the Roll Recovery R8; a roller for lazy people. You can use it standing up, sitting down, or even laying it bed. But is it any good?

The R8 has not replaced my knobby roller or my lacrosse ball, but it is a tool that I use daily. It does a really great job on your IT bands and a pretty decent job in other spots like your hamstrings and calves. You can’t get every angle of every muscle like you can with a traditional roller, but with a traditional roller you can’t sit in bed and roll. I’ll generally use the R8 on my IT bands and calves and then move to the floor and the traditional roller for the rest of my muscles.

The Good

  • More convenient than a traditional roller
  • Compact and easy to travel with
  • Perfect pressure for IT bands and calves
  • You can use it in bed

The Bad

  • Not enough pressure for hamstrings or quads
  • Can’t reach all the muscles that need to be rolled
  • I still have to use my traditional roller and lacrosse ball
  • Very expensive

Verdict
It kind of worth the steep price. I won’t tell you to run out and buy one, but it has made rolling my IT bands a lot easier. If they made this with knobby or interchangeable wheels and cut the price by $50 then it would be a no brainier. I’m happy I have one but it hasn’t changed my rolling life like I had hoped.

Rating
I could go either way

    

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