The Best Resistance Bands Review 2016

Resistance band training provides an ideal entry point into the resistance exercise arena. Training with a band will not only allow you to get a challenging workout in, but it will allow you to do so cost effectively and on the go. With just your band and your body, you’ll never be too far from the gym. In this article we zoom in on the Top 10 resistance bands on the 2016 market.

A Quick Overtop of the Top Resistance Bands

The best resistance band that we found was the Rogue Monster band, which provides the range of resistance to be used as a stand alone exerciser and to be added to squats and bench presses. Made in the USA, these bands are extremely rugged and hard wearing. The Vulcan range also impressed us, offering top quality bands that range up to 200 pounds in equivalent weight.

Our third favorite is the Black Mountain range of bands, which provide 5 stackable tubes, two handles, a door anchor, ankle strap, exercise chart and carry case. Black Mountain also provide a lifetime guarantee.

To make it easy for you to compare the best resistance bands on the market, we have rated the top 10 on a scale of 1-5 based on price and durability. We have also provided an overall score for each product. In the following section, we go in-depth on each band.

The Top 10 Resistance Band Reviews

Rogue Resistance Bands

Rogue Resistance Bands

Rogue Monster Bands are heavy duty resistance bands that are ideal for both beginners and advanced powerlifters. Made from heavy duty latex rubber, they come in a range of strengths that are color coded through seven levels of resistance, from orange through to silver.

Each Rogue band is 41 inches long. The versatility of these bands means that they can be used as stand alone devices for dozens of exercises as well as being added to your bar when squatting and bench pressing. These bands are made in the USA under Rogue’s exacting conditions. They will not crack, and you can expect years of service from them. If you do have any problems, Rogue’s customer service is first class.

PROS

  • Heavy duty latex construction
  • Made in the USA
  • Excellent customer service

CONS

  • Only get one resistance level with each purchase

Vulcan Strength Bands

Vulcan Strength Bands

Vulcan Strength Bands are constructed from rugged 100% heavy duty latex rubber. Each band measures 41 inches in length and has a thickness of three eighths of an inch. The width of the band increases with the resistance level. The lightest band is ideal for rehab and stretching work, providing a resistance of about 30 pounds. This progresses over six levels to the extra heavy band which gives you between 150-200 pounds of equivalent weight.

This Vulcan tension band can be used both for individual work and an additional resistance for conventional weight resistance exercises. They are also great for stretching prior to beginning your resistance work. They are very good quality and you will have no problems with fraying or cracking on your Vulcan purchase.

PROS

  • 100% heavy duty latex rubber construction
  • Provides up to 200 pounds of resistance at highest level
  • Will not fray or crack

CONS

  • Sold singly

Black Mountain Resistance Bands

Black Mountain Resistance Bands

Black Mountain Resistance tubes are a complete set of tubular bands, two handles, a resistance band door anchor, ankle strap, carry case and exercise chart. You get 5 heavy duty bands with metal clips on each end to hook onto the handles. The lateral resistance bands are color coded, from Yellow (2-4 lbs resistance) through to Red (25-30 lbs resistance). All five tubes can be attached to the handles simultaneously, providing 75 pounds equivalent weight.

The stackable nature of the tubes allow for a greater range of progressive resistance than you get from other models. You are able to easily perform descending sets to push your workouts further. Black Mountain Products guarantee these tubes for life, though the quality of their customer service is questionable.

PROS

  • 5 heavy duty bands
  • Exercise chart
  • Stackable attachment

CONS

  • Clips may irritate the wrists

Fringe Sport Strength Bands

Fringe Sport Strength Bands

Fringe Sport bands promote themselves as the toughest bands you can get anywhere. They are made from 100% latex rubber, which are constructed in a continuous layering process that ensures super strength. Every band is 41 inches in length and 3/16ths of an inch in thickness. The width of bands varies according to the equivalent weight level.

Fringe provide 7 different levels of resistance in a color coded system, from XX Light (RED) to XX Heavy (Dark Red). These bands are made in China. You are able to perform a full complement of resistance bands exercises for both the lower and upper body. The heavier bands can also be used as an adjunct to your powerlifting training by adding them to an Olympic bar.

PROS

  • Continuous layering manufacture process
  • 7 resistance levels
  • 100% latex rubber

CONS

  • Can only buy one resistance level at a time

Theraband Resistance Bands

Theraband Resistance Bands

Theraband physical therapy resistance bands are the ‘go to’ brand for rehabilitative exercise. They are recognized as the innovators in resistance training, having provided top quality products for more than 25 years. Therabands are widely used in rehab facilities around the world.Their 100% natural latex rubber flat bands are each 5 feet long and come as a set of three; yellow, red and green.

The weight level on these bands is lighter than you might get from competitors, as these are primarily designed for rehabilitative purposes. They will safely improve strength, mobility and function, while also reducing joint pain. Studies have shown that exercising with the Theraband produces benefits on par with barbell and dumbbell exercise.

PROS

  • Established international reputation
  • Ideal for rehab
  • Safe way to improve strength while protecting joints

CONS

  • Not as thick as older versions of the same product

DynaBand Resistance Bands

DynaBand Resistance Bands

DynaBand resistance bands come as single bands and are offered in a range of resistance levels. The bands are flat rubber made from 100% latex. The heaviest band on offer is the 6 foot purple product. It is very durable and does offer a challenging level of resistance. In order to preserve the life of the band, it is recommended that you store it in a self sealing plastic bag when not in use.

The length of the band allows you to double it over when you need more resistance, such as when you are doing leg presses. You don’t get any accessories, such as a door anchor or exercise chart, but the price is very competitive. This is a solid, reliable form of exercise.

PROS

  • 6 foot long
  • Flat 100% latex rubber
  • Very sturdy and reliable

CONS

  • No door anchor

Everlast Shadow Boxer

Everlast Shadow Boxer

The Everlast Shadow Boxer is a one piece design that provides a tubular exercise band that is threaded through a pair of soft foam handles and a thick rubber protective sleeve. The blue tube provides a medium level of resistance when performing exercises like biceps curls, chest press and overhead triceps extensions.

Everlast Shadow Boxing resistance bands really come into their own when used as a shadow boxing aid. It allows you to practice your boxing rounds with added resistance, similar to holding dumbbells in your hands. However, using the tubes more directly recruits the deltoids and latissimus dorsi, to give you a more complete training experience. This allows you to develop the power of your jabs, hooks and straight punches.

PROS

  • Ideal shadow boxing aid
  • Medium resistance level for upper body exercises
  • Soft foam handles

CONS

  • Tubes is a little long for effective hooking

Cayman Fitness Premium Resistance Band Set

Cayman Fitness Premium Resistance Band Set

The Cayman Fitness system provides you with everything you need to get in a great workout. You get five color coded resistance tubes with clips attached to connect to the two handles that are provided. In addition, there is a door anchor, a pair of neoprene lined ankle straps, and a convenient carry case You also have access to two downloadable exercise guides and a huge online video library.

Cayman tubular bands are made from high quality latex rubber. Each band is approximately 47 inches long. This is considerably longer than most brands on the market, providing more workout versatility. The handles feature soft, comfortable cushioning and the ankle straps are also cushioned for comfort. A sturdy door anchor allows you to perform pull-down type exercises.

PROS

  • 47 inches long
  • 2 x exercise guides
  • Access to video library

CONS

  • Band clips not as sturdy as the rest of the unit

SPRI Ultra Toner Resistance Band

SPRI Ultra Toner Resistance Band

The SPRI Ultra Toner is a Figure 8 type loop resistance band that features soft rubber handles on each end and thick rubber protective sleeve around it’s middle. It is available in a range of color coded resistance levels, from ultra light (lavender) to super heavy (purple).

The patented figure-8 design used by SPRI offers a unique way to hit your muscles that intensifies the effect of your training. It is especially effective for double arm exercises such as upright rows and shoulder presses. The exercise bands are not gravity dependent, meaning that you can move through any plane of movement. You can even use it while sitting down, if you have limited mobility.

PROS

  • Patented figure 8 design
  • Soft, comfortable handles
  • Can be used in a seated osition

CONS

  • Only get one level of resistance

Kinzi Resistance Band Set

Kinzi Resistance Band Set

Kinzi Resistance bands come as a complete set, consisting of 5 color coded resistance tubes with clips on the ends, a door anchor, ankle strap, exercise chart, and a carry case. These bands are 48 inches long, which are about 7 inches more than most other bands on the market. This enables you to perform more exercises and get a greater resistance level.

The tubes range in equivalent weight level from two pounds to thirty pounds. The door anchor comes with a metal jacket that will keep both the door surrounds and the band safe. The carabiners on the end of each band are high quality, providing assurance that they will perform consistently. The exercise chart is useful, providing a range of exercises to perform.

PROS

  • 48 inches long
  • Heavy duty carabiners
  • Exercise chart

CONS

  • Bands are too long for short people

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Conclusion

Our favorite band was the Rogue Monster, which are made from heavy duty latex rubber and provide 7 levels of equivalent weight. This makes them suitable for beginners and hardcore powerlifters. We were also very impressed with the Vulcan range of bands, with up to 200 pounds of resistance and very sturdy, stretchable bands.

The Black Mountain bands provide a complete set of 5 bands, which can be stacked together or used individually. They come with a lifetime guarantee.