The material is entirely too prone to puncture. Other brands I have owned are much more durable. I had this one exactly 24 hours before it punctured, and of course no patching kit is included! I won't buy this brand again.
The ball seems to be of good quality. I can't say as much for the pump. It got the job done for the initial inflation but if there were ever a time that I needed to deflate and pump it up again, I don't know if the pump could handle it. My biggest problem with the exercise ball is that it stinks. No, really. It STINKS. The ball has a horrible rubber smell to it and it clings to everything in the house. At first I kept the ball in a corner of the living room but the smell of it overwhelmed me everytime I entered my house. Next I decided to store it in a closet but then my coats and purses adopted the horrible odor. Now the ball is kept in a seldom used guest room. Needless to say, the entire room and all of it's contents carry it's offensive aroma. The smell does not seem to be fading with use. My next option is to actually wash the ball in hope of lessening the stink.
The exercise ball came in a timely manner, was easy to blow up and it is nice and sturdy. The only downfall was a strong smell to it. I suppose it is a plastic smell but I put it out back for a day or so till the smell subsided and it is fine now. I'm sure it would have been just as easy to wipe the ball down with soap and water as well.
I bought this size because I'm 5'6 and the ball was recommended for people 5'6 to 6'1. However, this ball is way too small! I've taken classes using the exercise balls before and the balls were much bigger than this one. I am uncomfortable sitting on it because my knees are higher than my hip. There is nothing wrong with the ball if you're less than 5'2. But if you are taller, definately get the larger size.
My husband and I had doubts about the exercise ball and our weight but we followed the sizing chart and it has turned out wonderful. We recieved our ball within a week and nervously tried it. The exercise ball is a great work out tool and very reliable too!
How accurate was the sizing? Perfect
Please tell us about the quality of the product. The exercise ball is very durable. We are a very large couple and the exercise ball holds us very well. We are learning the different exercises that can be done with this product and finding it to be very flexible with each exercise.
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? We did not see any defects or flaws from the manufacturer
My biggest fear, based on reviews of other balls, was that the size would be right. This ball came exactly as described. Purple, 65cm. The foot pump works fine, but I ended up using a hevy duty pump to get it all the way full at the end. I don't use this to "exercise," but I use it to sit on and it seems very sturdy. I also plan to use this as a birth ball during labor.
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