In terms of bang for your fitness buck, there are few pieces of exercise equipment that offer a better value than a jump rope. An excellent cardio workout, jump-roping burns the equivalent calories to running a 7:30 mile yet is something that most anyone can do. Plus, ropes are inexpensive and easily stashed in a gym bag. After spending 30-plus hours researching, measuring, shortening, boiling(!), and jumping ropes, we’re confident that the XYLsports Jump Rope—with its smooth rotation, comfortable handles, test-topping durability, and value price—is the best rope for most people.