Archon Jump: Wireless Skipping Rope Review
Fitness is one of those words that can be difficult to imagine if your job takes up a large amount of your day.....
For example I was getting up at 6am, rolling out of bed to get dressed and then I got into the car and sat on my arse for over an hour in the commute to work. Once I got to work I then rolled out of the car and continued to sit on my arse in front of a computer for 8hours+, before reversing the process on the way home!
Rinse and repeat this for 5 days of the week and it was starting to take its toll...
Granted you need to make the time to get fit, but to be honest Fitness was the last thing on my mind when I got back home from a solid days work. However I’m not stupid and I could tell that my Fitness was suffering as a result, especially as I was becoming more sloth like as the days went by.
Hence the reason why the Archon range of products interested me. The first product I got my hands on was the Archon Jump which is a Wireless Skipping rope and what made this a useful proposition is its portable nature.
The latter meant I could take this device any-where with me and you also have the ability to connect it up to your smartphone in order to take on a range of activities that don’t necessarily take up a great deal of time; which makes it an ideal solution to take to work and be used during lunchtime.
Design & Box Content
Before I get into the nitty gritty aspect I’d best explain what you get for your £29.99. The Archon Wireless skipping rope is packaged in a professional looking see-through style box and the first thing you notice is the lush lime green colour of the handles which complements the black finish perfectly.
Removing the contents you will find a carrying bag, 1 x User Manual, 2 x AAA batteries, a long rubberised rope, the Wireless handles I just mentioned and what appears to be two shorter pieces of rope with small black foam balls stuck at each end.
At first I had no idea what these were until I discovered they were actually included so you could use the Skipping rope indoors! More on this in just a moment.
No they are not Nunchucks!
The actually Skipping rope handles do remind me a touch of Bruce Lee’s Nunchucks, but joking aside the design is something I do like. The handles Lime green colour I spoke of earlier comprises of a rubberised tennis grip style material which makes them easy to hold when the hands get a touch sweaty.
Despite the price tag the handles also feel light but well-constructed and at the top of each handle there is a set of holes where the rubberised rope connects to and this system additionally incorporates a rotation mechanism which is used to calculate each skip rotation.
On one skipping rope there is also a buzzer and a reset button, however during testing I have not heard a peep from the buzzer, so I’m not sure when this is supposed to kick in. I assume the buzzer activates after a program has finished or when you reach your goal, but the manual does not indicate you can enable programs on the device itself without the App. Thus the only beep you get is when using the App and this comes from the Smartphone.
The reset button however is obvious, in that it will allow you to reset whatever is stored on the device’s volatile memory.
With the second handle you get a small LCD screen with a mode button. You use the mode button for pairing and changing the display. For example the device can store how many skips you make, the number of calories burnt, how much fat you burn off in grams, the daily skipping duration, average skipping speed and the time of day.
So even without the attached Smartphone App you can use the Wireless skipping rope on its own quite comfortably.
In terms of setup it took a few attempts at mastering how to connect the rope to the top of the Skipping rope handles, but it’s not long before you are interchanging the indoor and outdoor ropes with ease. You can adjust the rope length to suite your difficulty level.
However the next step was a little more time consuming if you want to take advantage of the wireless aspect.
After installing the batteries you then have to download the Archon App from either the Apple App Store or Google Play Store (which you can do by scanning the QR code on the box/manual).
For me I had the iOS version and I found after installing the App you had to create a user account, which is designed to store all your data in the cloud.
However within the registration process you have to enter your height and weight, but it uses the Metric system and I prefer the Imperial way of entering my height in feet/inches and my weight in stone. Thus I had to convert my weight into Kilograms and my height into centimetres.
Once I got past this hurdle I then discovered that the App is also a universal App, in that it works alongside other fitness products in the Archon range. One of these is a wrist band, which is why it was confusing when the App requested to select one of the later models during setup. In the end I just skipped this screen and finally got to the main menu.
I then decided to pair up the Wireless Skipping rope and if I’m being brutally honest I found the manual could have been more intuitive here, in terms of the wording used to describe the initial pairing process.
To cut a long story short you need to hold the Mode button down for a few seconds on the Skipping rope to turn on the Bluetooth receiver and then go to your phone, switch on Bluetooth here as well and then head back into the App to complete the pairing process via the Settings > Device menu. Once paired the App can then be used as an alternative method of training.