The Best Foam Rollers Reviewed

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Searching for Foam Rollers? Take a look at the best Foam Rollers for 2017, Pros & Cons and what to be aware of before buying them online or in a store.

There are so many things to love about running: the challenge, the struggle, the health benefits, the competition, the feel of your stride, the fresh air and of course the runners high. But with all these benefits comes a cost, or costs. An unfortunate number of runners have experienced these costs in the form of injuries. And beyond injuries there is simple wear and sore muscles that can affect you day in day out. Smart runners know they have to take care of their bodies if they want them to perform, and that means using every tool available to make sure you stay in tip top shape.

Top 3 Picks

TriggerPoint GRID
  • TriggerPoint GRID
  • 5 out of 5
  • Original GRID design
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OPTP PRO-Roller
  • OPTP PRO-Roller
  • 4 out of 5
  • Soft Density
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Bodygear Grid Roller
  • Bodygear Grid Roller
  • 4 out of 5
  • Firm high density
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Now the average runner can enjoy some of the same recovery benefits of pros. Below we’ll review and discuss some of the best foam rollers on the market in 2017. If you have any interest in happier muscles read on.

Exous Bodygear Grid Foam Roller

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Light and easy to transport with you, the Exous is a great foam roller to get you going. Its external grips are perfectly designed for feet and if you are ever uncertain it comes with access to an accompanying instructional video. Great roller for those starting out.
Pros
  • Made from high density EVA foam
  • Good for feet
  • Medium sized
  • Light and portable
Cons
  • Challenging to use around head/neck

The Original Tiger Tail Muscle Roller Massage Stick

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Technically not a foam roller, but is effectively producing the same results in many ways — the Tiger Tail is simply too good not to mention. Many of you will be familiar with this product, those who aren’t are in for a treat. This slim and easy to use massage roller is a great way to work your legs over post-run. 500 Amazon great reviews don’t lie.
Pros
  • Great for preventing or reducing sore muscles
  • Comes with easy to use pamphlet
  • Rubber hand grips allow you to put good pressure on desired area
  • Durable, quality manufacturing
Cons
  • Limited functionality when using by yourself

Rolling With It Eco-friendly foam roller

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Don’t let the slightly cheesy name fool you, this is a simple yet highly effective foam roller. It’s constructed with an eco-friendly EPA approved foam material that will hold its shape well over time. With this roller you won’t need to worry about flaking or chipping either. Available in two sizes, depending on your body type and needs.
Pros
  • Made with eco-friendly EPA  approved foam
  • Budget friendly
  • Has multiple size options
  • Durable
Cons
  • May not last as long as some of the higher priced options

Foam Roller, LuxFit Premium High Density Foam Roller

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If there is such as thing as a market standard for foam rollers this is probably it. This is a great roller for physical therapy, before or after running or post-yoga workout. Constructed to be extra firm this is the answer for sore and worn out muscles. The extra firmness helps to apply stronger pressure and give you something akin to a deep tissue massage. Comes in three different sizes and includes a one year warranty, it’s hard to go wrong with the Luxfit.
Pros
  • Extremely well reviewed
  • Extra firm
  • Affordable
  • Comes in 3 sizes
  • Has a solid warranty
  • Great for stabilizing muscles and improving balance
Cons
  • Somewhat generic looking

OPTP PRO-Roller Soft Density

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A great foam roller for beginners. The OPTP Pro Roller is comes in different sizes including a quite long 36 inches and is softer composition than many foam rollers. This makes it easy to position the body on and a softer touch for those unfamiliar with using this type of equipment. The tagline here is more relaxation than deep muscle work. If you know what your needs are the user feedback is almost unanimously positive. Give it a shot today and see the difference it makes!
Pros
  • Large variation in sizes
  • Light textured finish for a nice tactile touch on the skin
  • Closed-cell cross-linked foam technology, high quality
  • Easily washable
  • Good cost-to-value ratio
Cons
  • Higher priced
  • A bit soft

TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller

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If you want performance and a bit of high octane massage from your roller the TriggerPoint Grid is probably one of, if not your absolute best bet. Although there is a bit less actual foam on the body of this roller it won’t let you down. The ribbed rolling surface of the Grid promises a targeted massage that hits just the right spots. This roller is also constructed in a way that is meant for heavy use, so it keeps it shape nicely even years down the line. Depending on the type of density you’re after there are a few different options from this manufacturer. All of them are quality.
Pros
  • Compact size
  • Delivers targeted massage
  • Highly Durable
  • Trusted by massage therapists and trainers
Cons
  • Slightly pricey

Foam rollers are simple devices that allow you to perform massage or self myofascial release on yourself post workout. Some key benefits are: this process generally helps to relieve muscle tension , increase the flow of oxygen to the muscles.,decrease recovery time and improve range of motion. In the past these techniques and devices were left to the world of professional athletes and trainers.Recent information, technology, and availability of affordable products have introduced foam rolling to a wider audience.

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