Ah, the simplicity of this little strap is divine. About 65 inches long, it has a patented loop system the entire length of the nylon webbing. No matter whether sitting, standing or lying on the ground, you can stick your toes, feet or hands into the loops for anchoring a limb or holding and pulling on the strap. Without having to focus on gripping a strap or tensing muscles to keep a cord in the right place, you can now use the cord literally to tow your limbs into different positions for a great stretch in all directions.
Sure, we've tried a lot of stretch cords and ropes with all types of gizmos designed for grip or comfort. A couple have a thicker rubbery section that add bulk but may increase comfort if you've got it around the ball of a foot, for example, or are trying to stretch barefoot. And if you have a larger foot, you may even find it a little difficult to get your toes into a loop. We also really like how compact it is, as well as how light it is so you can easily pack it in an overnight bag or suitcase to use while traveling.
When it comes to simplicity, though, the Stretch Out Strap wins our all-around nod -- even from a reviewer who doesn't like to stretch.
You can get it with a simple booklet, a poster, a video or some combination of the above.
SNEWSÂ® Rating: 4.5 hands clapping (1 to 5 hands clapping possible, with 5 clapping hands representing functional and design perfection)
Suggested Retail: $15 (strap and instructional poster), $18 (strap and booklet), $30 (strap, booklet and video)
For more information: www.optp.com,