Over the many years of writing this blog, I’ve been offered a ton of products to review. Some I love and tell you about instantly, a lot I don’t care for and never ever mention.
The R8 is one that falls in a weird category in the middle.
Many runners ADORE this product, which lead to tons of you asking for my opinion. Following I’ll breakdown how it works, who might like it and honestly why it didn’t work for me.
Roll Recovery R8
After posting a picture on Instagram when KindRunner (no longer in business) sent me the R8 Recovery Roller, I got a flurry of requests to know if this little rollerblade looking tool actually works and is worth the $120 price tag.
As with all products that I review, I tried to give it a fair shot by using it frequently and at different times. Unfortunately, I actually felt like this one was causing me IT band pain and thus I only used it a few times a week.
The hard rollers (just like those on roller blades) squeeze in from both sides when placed over your leg to creates a very deep massage. I’ve talked in depth about using foam rollers on our fascia, this felt like it wasn’t so much working it as tearing it up to me.
But it’s expensive, so that’s good…right?!
At over $100, I felt compelled to really love this tool. Surely it had to be better than the $30 foam roller…but even after a few weeks I just couldn’t get on board.
It’s also heavy and there is no way I’d pack it in my luggage for a race…though it takes up less space than a foam roller because it can lay flat.
Now there are a LOT of other runners out there who really like this device because it does indeed dig deep. But as I shared in how to foam roll correctly, beating the hell out of your IT Band is NOT how to make it feel better.
- You cannot dig in to your glutes the way I’d recommend with a cheaper PT ball
- You cannot work your TFL which is part of what causes many IT Band issues
- There is not adjustment to the amount of pressure
So yes, I’d rather you get one of these foam rollers for runners and use the left over money on a great pair of running shoes.
So what’s the upside?
- Definitely better to use something like this to work on your arms and possibly to get deeper in the shoulders, though it takes some maneuvering.
- If you have limited mobility and can’t get down on the floor to roll, then this would allow you to still work those tight muscles.
- If you’ve been going too easy with the foam roller to get benefits, you might find yourself working through issues here that had been overlooked.
**Note: David said he really LOVED this roller. For folks who are less flexible or dislike holding a plank to use the foam roller this really allows you to hit all of those spots. He felt he was able to get deeper in the muscles. As always glad to have a second opinion!!
For half the price you could try out this Reflex Pro which is similar to the R8.
How often do you roll???
Have you tried anything besides the standard foam roller?
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