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Apr 23, 2017

RumbleRoller Gator review

About six weeks ago I received the Rumble Roller Gator for review.  As many of you may know, I'm a huge fan of foam rollers.  Over the years, I've graduated from a simple foam roller to a much more structured foam roller.  While more expensive (typically $40-$150), a quality foam roller last a lot longer and give you better massage than a regular foam roller.  I've used numerous over the years as seen below.
You can see my obsession with foam rollers and there are lots of choices on the market
The RumbleRoller rollers are very solid, high quality rollers that should last you for your running career.  I will say that these rollers are not for the faint of heart as they really dig into your muscle, as they should, compared to a simple foam roller.
Big knobs versus small knobs
As shown above, in comparing the original RumbleRoller to the Gator, the knobs on the original are much larger.  They provide a much deeper massage into the muscle.  While i think the original is a great roller, many probably cannot handle how it feels until you get used to it.  The Gator is much better in this regard.

While the Gator also has knobs that give a nice massage, they don't dig into you so hard.  You can really slow down on the roller when using it so that you can work on a particular area.  The Gator is also better suited for home use and is not really travel friendly like the Original.
Smaller knobs
The roller itself has the same high quality materials from the original roller.  I think that it will stand up for years of abuse.  I've gone through numerous other brands and RumbleRoller has yet to wear out on me.  To give you an idea of use, I use a roller before and after every run and I also use it every evening before going to bed.  I also use it each morning that I don't run and sometimes more after marathons or longer races.  I use it even if NOT injured.  I'm sure I use a roller much more than your average runner but I also feel it helps keep me running healthy.
Quality product
RumbleRoller suggests rolling normally or holding the roller stationary while shifting your body (Cross Friction as they call it) against it to create shear forces.  This allows the roller to help pull tissues apart.  In my opinion, this helps you recover quicker.  I've always felt that the roller helped me get out the following day even if I didn't feel like it.
Close up of the knobs
If you have not used a foam roller before and are considering getting one, I think the Gator is a great option to try out.  For me, there are not a large amount of products that I feel I can't live without for running.  A Roller is one of them.  Interested in learning more?

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Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!

Disclosure:  I received a Rumble Roller Gator in exchange for this review.


  1. I've gotten lazy, need to get back to rolling...

    I have a smooth roller and I don't know the brand!

    1. Rolling regularly has always helped me but it is easy to stop doing to.