When browsing around the various articles linked in answers here, I keep stumbling over rope jumping in articles or blog post.
I was never good at rope jumping, at least that's what I thought. Actually I never tried to do it. The last time I did it, I was a kid and gave up pretty quickly.
Looking around on amazon gave me the expected results, far too many variations, far too many decisions to make for an item I don't even know how to use properly.
There are different materials for the rope, I've seen nylon, leather and steel.
Also of course different lengths, how do I know which length is right for me?
Some ropes are called speed ropes, is this just another name or is it really a difference?
There are weighted grips available and grips that explicitly mention that the grips are not weighted. I am somehow reminded of jogging with ankle weights here, which supposedly isn't useful.
Does it matter how the rope comes out of the grip: straight or sideways?
Some grips have ball bearings for the rope, sounds reasonable. To take a break just because the rope is twirled wouldn't be motivating, but is this really a concern?
Last thing I spotted was that there are indoor and outdoor ropes, I would definitely start indoor, but I would want to go outside, are there ropes that can do both or should I simply buy one for each purpose? They aren't that expensive after all.