I am a huge believer in use-it-yourself recovery tools when it comes to injury prevention and overall recovery from races and workouts. My favorite recovery tools that I own are a foam roller, Stick, Roll Recovery R8, and Foot Rubz. So when EvoFit offered to send me their new enso roller to try out and review, I was happy to put it to the test.
The enso roller looks like a crossbreed of a foam roller and the Roll Recovery R8:
Here is what the website says about the enso roller:
The enso roller has eight independent discs that feature customizable positioning—with the ability to be removed altogether—so the roller can conform and support to meet the demands of any body types or needs.
- Elongates muscles, relaxes tight muscles and aids in breaking up scar tissue, increases circulation and flexibility
- Customizable design supports and works targeted areas without pressure to surrounding muscles and bones
- 8-disc design can create a one-of-a-kind fit for your body shape and training needs
- 13in proves to be the most versatile length for most body types
- Rollers are constructed with a lightweight EVA foam and are supported by durable molded plastic discs and an anodized aluminum core
- Grooved notches on tube position rollers to not slip out but adjust without friction for a micro-tuned disc arrangement
To be totally honest, I really love this product. It’s small enough to be portable and pack in luggage for travel, it’s customizable (you can move the discs around or remove them), it’s easy to use, and it’s effective. The enso roller is a lot more intense than a foam roller and feels like it gets deeper into the muscles. So if a foam roller is intense for you, be warned that this will be even more intense. Personally, I like the deeper pressure because it typically takes less time to get the same results as with a foam roller. But there are also some more sensitive areas that a foam roller might be better for.
I also like that this product can be used for any muscle group. Like the foam roller, it can be used for the back, glutes, quads, IT Bands, calves, hamstrings, etc. Comparing it to the Roll Recovery R8, which has similar pressure as the enso eoller, I’d say the enso roller wins here. The R8 can’t be used on the back and is difficult to use on the glutes and can be painful on the shins if you are trying to target the calves. The Enso Roller is more versatile of the two.
My only complaint with the enso roller is that, like the foam roller, you have to get on the ground and often get in awkward positions to target the muscles you want. My favorite feature of the R8 is that you can use it while you sit on a chair or couch and it takes little effort. But I guess rolling on the ground and getting in strange positions is the price you pay for a good recovery self-massage. Since most of us can’t afford to get a professional massage every day, this, in my opinion, is the next best thing.
The enso roller retails for $89 on their website and pre-orders will be shipped out on Friday, December 6th. So if you want to get your favorite runner a tool they are guaranteed to not own already, this would make a great Christmas gift.
While EvoFit sent me the enso roller for free to review, the opinions expressed here are solely my own and are my true, honest, opinions.