M80 Roller at Swing This Kettlebell and Strength
First off, he sent us two to try at Swing This Kettlebell and Strength. (Of course the back and white one kinda stayed at my house to use when I need it.)
The green camo one stayed at the gym to be used by the members.
It was popular. It is still popular….
In fact it’s so popular this handmade in a garage in the USA tool is so popular and durable that Rogue Fitness now carries it online and M80 roller just received a new large warehouse home. Congrats!
1st impression of m80 roller….
It comes in a lot of sweet colors and patterns, I mean back with white stripes, neon green and black, blue camo, you get the picture. Plus they said it got DEEP and was efficient at loosening adhesions on many layers of the tissue. As you know I’m a sucker for checking out all mobility and tissue health tools. It was also touted as super durable. So, I emailed em and exchanged a promise of an unbiased review for one.
The m80 roller arrived in a few days and immediately it was put to use at the gym. He’ll I rolled my back on it and received a near chiropractic adjustment. It was solid.
With an inner core of what seems to be like a black PVC pipe, the material on the outside, while still dense, gives a little bit. Feels more like the midsole of an old Saucony jazz running shoe.
The normal M80 roller is close to 16 inches long while the big one is close in length to the larger 3ft foam rollers of old. (I would like to get my hands on one of those too……)
What sets the m80 roller away is its solid, sturdy, and simple design. I’ve seen people snap foam rollers before and I’ve seen many of the white and black closed cell foam ones really start to squish especially if used a lot or by larger people like myself.
Horizontal Grooves around 1/4 inch deep run across the length of the m80 roller. These same lines can miraculously appear on your body after doing some intense 5-10 min work around the latissimus area of your body…… These lines create a very good shearing and stretching effect of the tissue it is applied to. This really helps move the skin and underlying tissue instead of just being rolled over smoothly such as normal foam rollers do. This multidirectional movement of the tissue really is efficient at getting the tension to release. Such is the point of Kelly Starretts mobilitywod products. To Create Shear.
Keep it Simple Stupid.
I recently read some other reviews on the m80 roller. One started with ” Just how many times can the foam roller be reinvented?” I’ll go ahead and field that question. BASICALLY AS MANY TIMES AS YOU CAN MAKE IT BETTER OR WORK MORE EFFICIENTLY.
I try nearly every mobility tool out there. I love massage and tissue manipulation as much as I love to train. I love off days. That just means I get to fix my beat up tissues! The M80 roller probably won’t blow you out of the water as some other fancier tools but IT IS ONE DAMN FINE PIECE OF ROLLER HEAVEN, and if you own a training center where a lot of people use the rollers, the M80 roller may just be one of the best choices you can make. It’s that durable . It will outlast several regular foam rollers.
And for some facility owners you just may be able to customize your own bulk M80 rollers…..
M80 roller vs Rumble roller
The man difference between the Rumble Roller and the M80 roller is the feeling. Both get deep action to your tissues if need be. The M80 roller is smooth, and precise. You can really tell where you’re going with it for detailed release work if you have a lot of experience with this sort of thing.
I really like the rumble roller but the raised bumps are spaced about an inch or so part from each other making it better in my opinion for a general rolling session vs a detailed one. That spacing on the bumps of the rumble can make it hard to pinpoint small spots in the tissue you’re looking for.
As I said before the durability if the M80 roller is beyond what I expected. Especially the one left at the gym. Since its camo, it doesn’t look dirty. The foam on the outside is taking a beating and is in great shape. You can’t even see a seam unless you look very close. Adhesive seems great for having it over a half a year with people using it all day.
The one at my house gets used a lot and it looks brand new. My toddler even uses it when she’s not throwing it around the room…….
around 39$. In same proximity as most higher end rollers. Well worth it in my opinion.
Did I mention its handmade in California? Even worth more now. Sorry China…..
I think the M80 roller should be a huge hit on the market of recovery and massage tools.
I’m a fan, and so is Swing This Kettlebell and Strength.
Let us know below what you think of the roller if you decide to get one.