6 Jump Rope Cable Options
Oct 08, 2023Matt Hopkins
Maybe you jump rope for fun or simply for a casual workout. Maybe you compete at CrossFit or even at the National or World jump rope competitions.
The most important decision you’ll make when purchasing a jump rope is the type of cable you choose to go with it.
Handles are important, but using the correct type of cable makes all off the difference when jumping rope. This guide will help you pick the correct cable for different types of jumping and skill levels.
|Ultra Thin Cable
|Non-Coated Bare Cable
|CrossFit athletes and competitive speed jumpers
|Nylon Coated Cable
|Anyone already proficient in double unders
|PVC Coated Cable
|Learning double unders
|Double unders or speed jumping on outdoor surfaces
|Beginners, freestyle jumpers, and single under fitness
Diameter: 1.1mm or 1.3mm
Recommended for: Competitive athletes (CrossFit & Jump Rope) who need speed above all else
This is the newest and fastest of all cables on the market. When you first try the ultra thin cable you'll have a sensation that you're turning an invisible rope. The cable is very difficult to feel. However, the top jumpers in the world are using this cable to set speed and double under records (with much practice).
Diameter: 1/16” (1.6mm)
Recommended for: CrossFit athletes and competitive speed jumpers
This is the mostly widely used cable in speed and multiple under competitions around the world. The bare cable has been the mainstay for high level athletes at competitions for over a decade. As it turns, the cable has a very light and responsive feel. This is a very fast cable.
Diameter: 3/32” (2.4mm)
Recommended for: Anyone already proficient in double unders
Nylon coated cables are commonly seen being used by CrossFit athletes doing double unders. This cable is slower that the Ultra Thin and Bare Cables, but still is plenty fast. There is a greater "feel" to this cable when spinning the rope than that of the previous two cables, which leads to greater control and less misses. We need to make note that most companies coat this cable with PVC, which causes the cable to wear much faster. Look for nylon coated speed cable.
Diameter: 1/8” (3.2mm)
Recommended for: Learning double unders
The PVC coated cable is becoming extremely popular of late with freestyle jumpers and CrossFit athletes. Freestyle jumpers love this cable due to its quickness and ease of turning. Yet, the cable is flexible enough to easily do crossing and power moves. Athletes learning double unders find this cable super helpful because it turns quickly and has a good feel to it. This will decrease the double unders learning curve. We find many double under workshops are using this cable exclusively for teaching purposes. The PVC Coated Cable is also being used as the cable in speed double dutch competitions.
Diameter: 1/8” (3.2mm)
Recommended for: Double unders or speed jumping on outdoor or abrasive surfaces
We designed this tough cable for the athletes who have no other choice but to jump rope on rough or outdoor surfaces. Any other type of cable will last only a very short time on outside surfaces. The Outdoor Cable has a super tough nylon coating, which makes it stiffer than the PVC coated 1/8” cable. It has the heaviest feel of all of our cable ropes.
Diameter: 4mm or 5mm
Though not technically a cable, I'll discuss these cords as a possible choice for your jump ropes. Typically PVC cords are used for beginning or casual jumpers. They provide a good weight allowing the jumper to have excellent control of the speed and manipulation of the rope. The top jumpers in the world are combining the PVC cords with simple short or long handles to do their freestyle routines. Beginner jumpers will be able to get the rhythm of jumping quickly with these cords. The 5mm cords provide more weight for those who desire the heavier feel.
You can jump rope, but you're not whipping out big sets of double unders or crazy freestyle moves. This is most of us. If you're a casual fitness jumper, the following cords will give you better control of the jump rope and get a better workout. These cords are heavier and thicker, which both slows down the speed of the rope and gives you more feedback through your hands.
You work out hard at home and or belong to a gym and jumping rope is a core part of your workout or warm up. You can string together sets of double unders and longer periods of jumping. The following cables allow for greater speed during your workouts:
In order to be the best, these athletes use cables that combine speed and control. It does no good to go fast if you are going to miss. In addition, many of theses athletes need to jump for very long periods of time. The weight and speed of these cables are all important.
About the Author
Matt Hopkins is a former competitive speed jumper and jump rope coach. Matt has won numerous national championships in speed jumping, and his athletes have won several national speed and freestyle titles and have broken world and national speed records. He also taught middle and elementary school PE in Leavenworth WA for 23 years.
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