- Ultra-compact design allows you to bring Pocket Monkii anywhere you go – it’s also surprisingly durable (straps and handles)
- Virtually effortless setup process
- Integrated foot straps for ab exercises and workouts
- Fairly affordable
- Hundreds of exercises and workouts can be performed with Pocket Monkii – they even have a very helpful YouTube channel with all sorts of workouts, exercises, and tutorials available for free to everyone
- Limitations with regard to pull-ups and dips (there’s a way, but it’s not that convenient)
- User weight limit of 250 lb
Pocket Monkii is the company’s best product yet, by far. It’s compact, portable, durable, useful, and easy to setup. It makes for a great gift and should be a staple for anyone that travels frequently.
Monkii is out with their 3rd product and it is their best yet, by a long shot. They’ve taken everything that they’ve learned in the past four years and created a product that is truly attractive to the mass market. I could genuinely see this product selling (very well) at REI, Any Mountain, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and the like. As of this post, Pocket Monkii is only available through Kickstarter, but here’s a link to their campaign where the first 2,000 backers get 35% off (i.e. $99 as opposed to $150+ at retail).
So what is Pocket Monkii?
It’s a personal, portable, compact, suspension training kit. Think of TRX, only smaller and more portable. Pocket Monkii only slightly taller than an iPhone and weighs less than a pound, making it perfect for travel, camping, and trail running. Here’s a GIF demonstrating just how small Pocket Monkii is.
We’ve been able to fit it easily into the back pocket of jeans as well, which means you’ll have no problem finding room in your luggage, messenger bag, or CamelBak to fit Pocket Monkii.
How does Pocket Monkii work?
This is the genius of Pocket Monkii; it’s incredibly easy to setup and use. All you do is unroll the kit, throw the door stop over a door or pull-up bar/branch, make sure things are secure, and you’re good to go. It has only one strap to adjust if you want it to be shorter or longer. And it uses lower-third triangles for the handles and foot straps, which are ideal for stability and balance. Here’s shot of those handles.
A few tips and tricks to help you get the most out of Pocket Monkii. First, always make sure the door stop is secure. Give it a good pull before you throw a good portion of your body weight on it. Second, make sure you are pulling against the way that the door opens (i.e. the door should not pull open if you’re on the inside). Third, hold the straps together if you’re trying to put your feet in the foot straps—that will make your life a lot easier.
What can you do with Pocket Monkii?
There is a virtually endless list of exercises and workouts that you can do with Pocket Monkii, but here’s a few of our favorites:
- Chest press
- Chest flys
- Reverse flys
- Split squats
- Ab tucks
- Mountain climbers
- Single-arm rows
- Bicep curls
- Overhead tricep extensions
- Rear delt flys
As you can imagine there are a dozen or so variations of each one of those exercises. For example, you can do chest flys, but you can also do single arm chest flys or straight-arm chest flys. The only exercises that are sort of omitted with Pocket Monkii are pull-ups, proper dips, and muscle-ups. And to be clear, there is a way that you can do all three of those, it’s just that the unit has a 250 lb weight limit so it’s not exactly advised.
Also, I mentioned split squats and ab routines. Yes, you can perform these with Pocket Monkii, as you’ll see in the GIF above. All you do is move the handle off to the side and place your foot into the strap. The system works like a charm—it’s a very clever design.
How is Pocket Monkii different from Monkii Bars 2?
Pocket Monkii is essentially a miniature version of Monkii Bars 2. You can do everything on Pocket Monkii that you could on MB2. In fact, we think you might actually prefer the thinner, smaller handles on Pocket Monkii. They’re easier to grip if you have smaller hands and yet they still feel extremely durable and tough.
Pocket Monkii vs TRX Suspension Training Kit
These are similar products, as I’m sure you’ve already unearthed. However, Pocket Monkii focuses more on travel and portability, whereas TRX is slightly more gym-focused. Therefore, Pocket Monkii is smaller, lighter, and easier to bring around, but TRX feels more hardy and possibly even over-engineered.
The big advantage that Pocket Monkii has is that it can be attached not only to a pull-up bar (as TRX can be), but also to a door, which makes it the hands-down winner for travel. It basically becomes your in-home or in-hotel gym…as long as you have a door. Pocket Monkii also has the more space-efficient design in the sense that you don’t have a separate hand and foot section—as mentioned before, you move the handles out of the way to reveal the foot strap. With TRX you have a upper handle and a lower strap.
Final verdict on Pocket Monkii
It’s not a must-have product for everyone, but we do think that it’s the best portable suspension training kit available to date. If you love to work and need a companion for your trail runs, hikes, camping trips, and work travel, Pocket Monkii should be on your short list of products to try out.