Product Review: Addaday Pro Roller

Disclaimer: I received an Addaday Pro Roller to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Foam rolling. A necessary evil. We runners love to hate it (while secretly loving it). But as I contort myself, flailing around on the floor, trying to target a specific area while holding up the rest of my body, I can’t help but feel that there has to be a better way. I shouldn’t have to sacrifice my dignity to massage my muscles. Enter the Addaday Pro Roller.

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When I learned certain BibRave Pros would get the opportunity to test the Addaday Pro Roller, I immediately submitted my name, and crossed my fingers and toes. I’ve mentioned before that I had major shin issues during my Legally Blonde jumping rope stint, and I’m sad to say that they continue to plague me on and off, in spite of new shoes and continued use of compression socks. From what I’ve read, tight calves can be a cause of shin splints or shin pain, and I know without a doubt that I don’t roll out my calves anywhere near as much as I should. It’s just too much work. But with the Addaday roller, I can sit on the couch and roll out my muscles while watching TV, instead of flopping around on the floor.

About the Addaday Pro Roller (From the Addaday Website):

The Pro features both the soft and medium density Surface Skin Technology (SST) and also includes a pinpoint precision gear. It allows for a versatile massage with three different levels of gears. The SST on the Pro is both soft density and medium density versions.

I was intrigued by this “SST” and what it meant, so I did a little more reading around on the website. Basically, the surface of the Addaday gears is supposed to feel like skin-on-skin contact, so that it’s ultra comfortable, and doesn’t pinch or grab your skin.

My Experience with the Addaday Pro Roller:

I will be the first to admit that when I received my Addaday Pro roller, I only had a vague idea of how to use it. Just roll it over my muscles, right? Sure, ok, that’s the basic idea. But Addaday has a YouTube channel with dozens of videos detailing exactly how to get just what you need out of your specific roller. Jackpot!

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Creemee and Rocket are intrigued by the Addaday Pro.

As I described above, I am not a fan of the foam roller. It’s a pain to do, so in the past I haven’t done it as often as I should have. As a result, I’m often sore or tight after longer or harder runs. But since I got my Addaday Pro, I’ve been rolling after almost every single run, and I have noticed a significant difference. For instance, I had a tough, hot, humid hill repeat run that ended up being about 5.5 miles all told. I was beat after this run. But I went home, did some light stretching, and then thoroughly rolled out both legs–quads, hammies, IT bands, and calves. The next day, I didn’t have any soreness or tightness at all. My legs felt totally fresh.

Because the Addaday Pro is so easy to use, I actually use it, which makes all the difference. I leave it in my living room, and I can just reach for it and do a quick roll out while watching TV. It’s also light and compact enough that I will be able to easily bring it with me while travelling, which is a great feature. I never bring my foam roller because it’s just too big and awkward. At $47, it’s not cheap, but it also didn’t cost much more than my foam roller, and I use it far more often, so it’s worth it for me.

In addition to the Pro, Addaday has many other self-massage tools, so you can find what works best for you. My local Fleet Feet carries a lot of Addaday products, and you can also find a list of retailers on the website.

If you’re curious about the Addaday Pro roller and would like to hear some more opinions, check out these reviews by my fellow BibRave Pros:

Tom | Erica | Samantha | Laura

You can also connect with Addaday through their various social media accounts if you still have questions:

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16 thoughts on “Product Review: Addaday Pro Roller

  1. dgobs says:

    I have The Stick too, but it doesn’t have the SST and can be a bit pinchy. I like the sound of this one! I’m not the best with foam rolling either, for the reason you mentioned… it’s super awkward and uncomfortable trying to roll out on the floor and I can never seem to do it right. It’s a good thing there are other options! 🙂

    • DarlinRae says:

      I couldn’t agree more. Having a stick type thingy is ideal for me. Foam rollers might be cheaper and just as effective, but if I never use it, it’s worthless to me.

  2. SuzLyfe says:

    I’ve considered getting a roller like this for the tops of my legs particularly. I’m a roller and lacrosse ball girl, but I know many people who swear by these things. We have some at the store that I coach out of so I should probably just try them out there! That way I can recommend them to clients!

  3. Fallon @ Slacker Runner says:

    I have a stick and a foam roller and I ignore them both more than I should. I really need to be better about rolling especially now because I am having some calf tightness again. That roller looks really interesting though, thanks for sharing!

    • DarlinRae says:

      It can’t help you if you don’t use it! My calves are always tight, and I’ve been having some weirdness in my right hip too, so I need to be even better about stretching and rolling.

  4. allisonfiorini says:

    You are always trying out the coolest things! What a great review of an interesting product. I am really into foam rolling and I have a stick but I rarely use it. Maybe I’ll break it out today…except your stick is way cooler!

  5. runsaltrun says:

    The best thing about this post? That you actually use it. I have two different stick rollers and a foam roller and I suck at using any of them. This thing sounds amazing. 🙂

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