Having used various things as foam rollers in the past, from Lemonade Bottles to Beer Bottles, squidgy rollers, hard rollers and a mixture inbetween, which feel like hard rollers, but end up being very soft and quite ineffectual, my eye was caught by the Trigger Point "grid".
In most advertisements it is presented as a luridly coloured hollow tube with various nobbles and lines, making it seem part technical gym equipment, and part small childs toy.
At £40+ a throw, unless you have a fair amount of wedge to chuck about, its quite an investment, especially if you aren't entirely sure what you are getting for your money.
My Grid arrived today, in somewhat of a smaller box than I was expecting. The rollers I have been used to using are generally about 45 to 60cm long. This box certainly wasn't that long, maybe 35, 40cm at a push. Interesting. Have I been sent the wrong thing?
Scissors out, and a quick work was made of the sellotape, nope, looks like I have been sent the right thing, its just a little shorter than I was expecting. No harm there, just a mis-conception on my part.
And, its quite a circumspect Black, with an inner of lurid green. Not that colour really enters into whether the apparatus works well or not, its simply a bit less "kids toy" and a bit more "gym tool". (with a hint of fun on the inside)...
The outer foam is about as squidgy as the white (less dense) roller that I have already, but with the hard plastic core being as solid and as unyielding as a drainpipe- hence creating the trademark "soft with a hard feel" feeling from Trigger point. I noticed this with their TP ball, and still have no idea how they do it, but with the Grid, its a little more self evident.
I wasted no time in jumping on the roller to see what it felt like. It didn't take much time to get used to the diminished size of the roller, seeing as its the same size as the lemonade bottles I used to use. The longer rollers just seem like a bit of a luxury anyway.
Immediate impressions, its not as hard (or as cold) as a fully pressurised Lemonade bottle, nor does it feel quite as hard (though it does have some solidity) as the Black polystyrene foam roller. It certainly isn't quite as soft and forgiving as the closed cell white roller.
|Squidginess of the Grid|
|Squidginess of my White roller|
|Squidgyness of my Black roller|
If nothing else, the box it came in makes quite a nice cat nest for a medium sized cat.