What Run Oregon is Trying: ROLL Recovery R3

Roll, roll, roll, your feet! Gently down the heel… 

(cue groans)

Bad song aside, I was given the chance to “Roll Out” with ROLL Recovery‘s R3 Foot Roller. This thing hurts so good, and I am rolling my feet right now as I write this review. As runners, we all know how important recovery is even for our feet — if not especially for our feet. I personally get pretty sore after running on hard-packed trails or technical (rocky) trails. If this is something you experience too, this could be just what you need just to cure those sore feet.
The number one claim from ROLL Recovery is that it helps cure Plantar fasciitis. This specific roller was designed to help runners with this common, but painful, ailment. Its unique shape allows you to roll the inside, outside, or center of the foot and put pressure where you most need it. Treating Plantar fasciitis is the R3 Roller’s number one focus and goal. When trying the Roller, I immediately thought of a friend of mine who is suffering from Plantar Fasciitis at the moment and I thought, “Hey, this just might be the what he needs.” I have had Plantar fasciitis before and it is no fun.

You can roll wearing socks or barefoot. The surface of the R3 Roller is pretty soft, but has just enough variation in the texture to keep it from slipping away as you roll. You can roll your foot while seated (at your desk or while relaxing) or stand to apply more pressure. If standing, you may want to hold the back of a chair or be within reach of a wall to steady yourself if you are indeed in serious pain

If you’re currently running on happy feet, the R3 Roller can help prevent Plantar Fasciitis before it even starts. Rolling my feet out on the R3 really works on the muscles in your feet and rolls the knots in them. It’s like using a foam roller on your tight leg muscles, but on a potentially much more vital body part for us who are hitting the pavement every day. It might hurt a little, but that’s what you can expect when rolling out the lactic acid that builds up in your muscles as you run.

The R3 is specifically meant for you feet but will work on other parts of the body, just covering less area. It’s very compact and great for travel. If you don’t have room for your big foam roller or even a stick roller, this is a possible alternative that you can take with you on your next trip, campout, or relay. In fact, I may take this with me to Ragnar and roll out the muscles in my foot or legs between legs. The ROLL Recovery R3 Roller is worth a try, so if you roll that way give it a try here.

Price: $26.99

The specs:

  • Outer body is TPU soft-touch material.
  • Engineered ABS core.
  • Non-slip and works over any surface.
  • 5.5″ x 2.5″ x 2.5″ (Box 7″ x 4.5″ x 3.25″).
  • 0.875 lbs


Thank you to ROLL Recovery for providing us with samples. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

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