Rogue Resin Plyo Box Review
I love the resin box because it’s free of sharp edges when I accidentally biff my landing (which happens often) and offers more stability than a foam box. The textured grip landing base provides more confidence when engaging in difficult jumps, and it is offered in a variety of different sizes that are perfect for newbies to experts. Below, I wanted to dive into the details that make the Rogue Resin Plyo Box worth checking out!
Various height options available
Easy to assemble
Free of sharp edges
Textured base for added stability
Lightweight and easy to move as needed
Unable to adjust the box to a lower or higher setting
Screws are not corrosion resistant
This box is composed of super durable resin materials that hold up incredibly well over time. The plastic used for this design is 100 percent recycled, so you can feel good about the overall environmental impact when using this box. It is compression molded, which means that it is resistant to cracking or chipping over years of continued use. Overall, the resign design is one of Rogue’s more resilient boxes. It’s slightly less durable than the metal, but I will dive into some of the disadvantages of the metal boxes a little later.
One important thing to note is that the screws that hold the sides of the box together are not corrosion-resistant. While the strong resin frame is resistant to the elements, the screws holding it together are not. If you are using your box outdoors, be sure to bring it back inside once your workout is over! Users that left their boxes outside or stored them in a super-damp basement or garage were the only ones to notice the corrosion on the screws.
While in your mind you may feel like you are clearing quite a bit of ground, your jump may not be as high as you thought! I learned this the hard way. That’s why I love that these boxes come in a wide variety of heights that are sure to include newbies to expert jumpers. On the lower end of the spectrum, the shallow box measures to be 12 inches off of the ground. The tallest box that they offer measures to be an impressive 24 inches tall! If you are just starting out, I would recommend the 12-inch box. As your training improves, you can slowly graduate to higher and higher boxes.
Don’t know what size to get? Rogue also sells all four boxes in a single set. I love that these boxes are meant to work together, and stack on top of each other for compact storage. You save a little bit of money when buying them as a set as opposed to one at a time, and also save a bit on shipping. The downside to the set is that they have a hard time keeping them in stock, so be prepared to join a waitlist.
You have to put a good deal of trust in these boxes when pushing yourself to higher heights. If the box has a slippery top or isn’t connected to the ground, you risk slipping and falling. I love these resin boxes because they feel firmly planted to the ground (much like other Rogue equipment) and have a textured base for a secure grip. The base of these boxes boasts a square grooved pattern that is primed and ready to grip the resin materials. I recommend wearing a good pair of sneakers with a grippy rubber outsole to really enhance your stability and grip to the top of the box.
One thing that I noticed about these boxes is that the feet don’t have grippy rubber pads to help secure them to the floor. I was a bit apprehensive at first, but the overall weight of these boxes really help anchor it to the ground. Even the 12-inch box boasts a weight of 21 pounds, which helps to really anchor it to the ground. While it works well on hard cement floors, I would recommend placing your box on an exercise mat for a little added stability as well as impact absorption.
Sure, it’s a simple box, but it can be used in a myriad of ways to help you get the most out of your workouts. It can be used for basic jump training where you push off with both feet and land at the top. I love using it for weighted step-ups. I grab a pair of dumbbells and struggle through a set of at least 20 step-ups until my quads are screaming at me to stop. It can also be used for incline push-ups or any dumbbell lift where you need a slight incline (I love using it as a knee rest for standing rows).
It’s also a great tool to have on hand to stretch out all of the affected muscle groups at the end of your workout. It helps me to dig deeper into a hamstring stretch, or to work out all of those kinks in my back!
PUTTING IT TOGETHER
This box ships in a compact flat box with all of the sides disassembled. It includes a plastic bag with all of the screws needed to assemble it yourself. Many users found that they were able to completely assemble their box in about 20 minutes, and Rogue includes the Allen wrenches needed to really tighten the screws in place, so no toolbox is needed!
I did find, however, that some users ran into a little bit of difficulty really tightening the screws with the wrenches that were provided by Rogue, In some cases, you may have to dig into your toolbox for a wrench that will really help screw those bolts tightly in place. If the bolts aren’t tight, your box will suffer from a serious case of the wobbles.
For a humble box, this design from Rogue packs a pretty steep price tag. However, the stable features and quality of materials used make it worth every penny. You may feel tempted to opt for a more budget-friendly box, but it won’t offer the same level of safety and stability as a Rogue box. If you are looking to build a full set, I would suggest investing in the full set of 4 to save a little bit of money instead of paying for shipping each time you upgrade to a new box!
Be prepared, however, that Rogue has a hard time keeping their plyo box set in stock, so you will more than likely have to sign up for their waitlist when more box sets become available.
Comparisons to Previous Versions
The foam design won’t kill your shins if you miss the landing, but it doesn’t provide you with the same level of stability as the resin box. The foam helps to absorb impact on your landing, but I always feel a little wobbly at the top when landing on a soft surface.
What I love most about this box is that it is super easy to assemble, and is made from quality materials that hold firm in place as you struggle through your set of 100 jump-ups. I prefer the resin finish as opposed to the wood or metal because it’s easier on my shins with a stumble, and alternate boxes stack on top of each other for quick as easy storage.
And in true Rogue fashion, this is one of the toughest plyo boxes out there on the market, making it well worth the slightly higher price tag when comparing it to more budget-friendly designs.