This is a great jumprope - the handles rotate easily on a ball-and-hip joint. The handles have a thick black neoprene foam for comfort.The 'rope' part is weighted. I have the 4 pound version, which is the orange, heaviest one. It's bright and chipper-looking to make up for the extra kick of a workout you get. You really do get a killer upper body workout from a short amount of jumping activity.Since it's so heavy, you can't really do a long cardio routine here - you have to treat the rope as a "weight" and do sets, gradually adding more revolutions over time.I also like to fold the rope in half and use it as a resistance band of sorts for stretches.The downside to this jumprope is the price. 35 dollars is a lot for a grownup version of a child's toy. However, the key to fitness is actually *using* your gear - you have to like your fitness tools and enjoy using them. This jumprope is nice in the hand, rotates smoothly and a pleasure to use. I was a little wary of the price but I am glad I bought it.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]