Rated 4 out of 5★ by 1reviewer.
Rated 4 out of 5★ by CoachDad1 Good Ball, Just Not 9 pounds I have a second hand classic Everlast TE-9 that weighs 7.6 lbs. My young son really likes that ball as it has just enough cushioning for him to be able to catch it without too much discomfort. We use Medicine balls for toss and throws and also for medicine ball squats. We needed a heavier ball to increase resistance for the squats so a new 9 lb TE-9 made since. The price was right so I figured this was the right choice. The new ball feels well made with some cushioning and give and a soft leather cover, although it is a little harder than the second hand ball we already have. That is probably due to it being brand new. The problem I have is that the new ball only weighs 8.5 lbs brand new and it is advertised as 9. If this was my first ball, I wouldn't fret the half pound however, I'm building a set of balls with increasing resistance and I don't appreciate paying 35 dollars for less than a pound of increase.If you don't need an exact 9 lb ball, I highly recommend the classic Everlast TE-9 which this ball is over the new Powercore Elite TE-9 although I wouldn't do slams with this ball. This ball has a nice feel and absorbs impact as well or better than any 9lb 10" ball you will find on the market, and I personally believe that is the most important feature of a medicine ball. Most balls these days are way too firm in an attempt to maintain shape, but that seriously takes away from what medicine balls were originally designed for: catching and throwing. This ball will deform and eggshape somewhat in order to absorb some of the shock, but this unbalanced feel is one of the advantages of using a good classic leather ball. It really enhances your workout forcing you to compensate for the unbalanced load just like in real life. I like the ball, but Everlast needs to work on their quality control. and consider than some people are a little more exacting, particularly someone investing in building a set of med balls with increasing resistance. I would have been happy if it weighed a half pound heavier, but a half pound lighter just won't work.My son and I both use the second hand Classic TE-9 a couple of times a week, but I returned the new one in order to make room for a ball that has a significant increase in weight. Now if I can just find one that is suitable for catching and throwing, I'll be happy.Incidentally, the first Powercores are significantly more impact absorbing than the new Elite Powercores which feel extremely solid and are replacing the first Powercores. I don't know why Medicine ball Manufacturers are abandoning the cushioned designed just to retain shape. Most of the balls I have shopped for are just down right dangerous for catching and throwing. If I wanted a solid ball, I would buy a rubber bouncing ball. 12/27/2012