With the TRX Bandit up to two bands can slide into each handle at a time, creating an easy-to-grip resistance band system with up to four resistance strengths…
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TRX Bandit kit
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$49.95 / £69.95 / amazon.co.uk
Band quality: 4.5/5
Resistance range: 3.5/5
- Portable and lightweight
- Comfortable to use
- Won’t be for heavy strength training
- Much pricier than four individual bands
The TRX Bandit system is incredibly simple, but it’s also very effective and user-friendly. It consists of two light bands and two medium bands, as well as two handles and a quick-start guide.
Up to two bands can slide into each handle at a time, creating an easy-to-grip resistance band system with up to four resistance strengths. Tension ranges from 5lbs (one light band) to 60lbs (two heavy bands). The Bandit handles also work with heavier TRX bands too.
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TRX has applied a light lubricant to the bands, which are made of natural latex. This feels a touch greasy on first use, though minimises friction between bands and handles to reduce wear. Don’t worry about durability, though, as each set ships with a six-year guarantee, just like the RIP Trainer.
While it won’t be for anyone looking to put on serious mass, the Bandit can still help most people get a tough, muscle-building workout in higher rep ranges. As with traditional bands, increase tension to up resistance. So if the bands are looped around your feet, widen your stance and you can take the strain from a five to an eight in seconds.
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While you might struggle to add meaningful resistance to squats or deadlifts, you can load up your single-leg lunges, and if the resistance is too low, add a tougher orange or yellow TRX band, which can be bought for roughly £20 each.
What makes the Bandit more versatile than larger, pricier options like the Gorilla Bow Travel is the fact its handles can be oriented any which way. So whether you want to switch to a neutral grip for a hammer curl or supinate for a bicep curl – or transition from one to the other – it’s just a case of twisting your wrist.