Over the last couple years, given my never ending IT Band problem, I have become somewhat of an expert on foam rolling and the foam rollers. Not that I have daily problems with my IT Band, but I do use the foam roller regularly to keep from having any
1) Traditional foam roller:
I decided I did not want to replace mine that often so I looked for something that would last longer. I ended up purchasing this:
2) TP Therapy "The Grid"
The plastic inside the roller did break about a year into use but I contacted the company and they sent me a new one even though they did not have to replace it. It made me a customer for life!
The third roller I have, I received in February of this year for doing a review of the product. While I don't use it daily, I do use it regularly.
3) The RumbleRoller
I also own "The Stick".(about $28) I'm sure many of you have seen these. You basically roll the stick on your legs where you need to ease the muscle. It works great but I'm not a regular user of it but occasionally there are times when you cannot get the hurt out on a roller and this helps those particular spots.
All of these items are travel size and I have traveled with them on vacation or when I go to races out of town. You can also get the Grid, RumbleRoller and the Stick in larger sizes as well.
So there you have it. Massage options that I know have worked well for me. If you are thinking of getting a foam roller(or looking for a better one) and think you will use it, I would suggest you go with option #2 and/or #3. They have worked out very well for me. In my case, I actually use them in combination and, while they take time to use before and after, they will always be a part of my running routine. They help keep my legs healthy.
Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!