Let’s review the i-Box Speed Bag Platform from Balazs Boxing.
Here’s the items we are covering in this review:
Let’s review this speed bag platform.
Balazs i-Box Speed Bag Platform Review – YouTube
Words can’t do a speed bag platform justice – you’ve got to see it – so here’s our review on our YouTube channel:
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We also used the i-Box platform for our Title Lightning Fast Super Swivel review:
Let’s now focus on the details…
Balazs i-Box Speed Bag Platform Review – Overview
Let’s talk about what makes this unit great.
First of all, a speed bag platform’s reason for existence is to support the drum – the part that the speed bag rebounds against.
The i-Box has a 24″ diameter drum made from high-density manufactured wood.
That’s a great size, because you can accommodate just about any size speed bag – and you have plenty of room on the backside for “Speed Bag Bible” style punching (where you punch from all sides of the bag).
The drum has a semi-gloss finish, holds up well over time, and is 1 1/4″ thick.
There’s also an option to upgrade the drum to a maple unit – if you desire.
Secondly, this unit is height adjustable.
This is a critical and sometimes overlooked factor in a speed bag platform.
If you are going to be punching different size bags you need to be able to adjust the height up or down.
The i-Box has 12″ of vertical adjustment range. And that’s a continuous adjustment – raise or lower precisely where you want it to be.
These platforms use a star shaped knob – and it’s very easy to adjust.
The swivel that comes with the unit is middle of the road – to be honest.
It’s big and long (and therefore slow) and it’s noisy.
Having said all that, that is the easiest part to upgrade.
Check out some of our swivel reviews for ideas.
Balazs i-Box Speed Bag Platform Review – Assembly
What’s in the box?
Everything you need to get started – except for a speed bag.
Assembly is easy – anyone can do it with simple hand tools.
Hanging on the wall is definitely a 2 person job.
This is one thick, beefy unit – so it is heavy.
Check out the part that supports the drum – it’s THICK and SOLID.
The adjustable part of the platform (the base of the V frame) is 9″ in height.
Balazs i-Box Speed Bag Platform – Durability
How does it hold up over time?
This is a photo of a 10 year old i-Box – and the swivel has been changed out A LOT.
As you can see the drum has held up well.
My only real complaint about the i-Box – if you change swivels frequently, you’ll eventually have to drill more holes.
But, most people stick with a single swivel.
Balazs i-Box Speed Bag Platform Versus Everlast Speed Bag Platform
Everlast sells a speed bag platform (formerly called the “elite speed bag platform”) that is eerily similar to the i-Box.
What’s the difference? About $20.,/p>
They are actually one and the same – made by Balazs in their Honeybrook, PA facility.
You can usually find the i-Box for slightly cheaper.
Balazs i-Box Speed Bag Platform Review – In Summary
This is not a bare-bones, budget speed bag platform.
But if you are serious about speed bag punching – this is the platform I’d recommend for your home or garage.
It is a quantum leap beyond the cheap units – and it is nearly pro level quality – for a great price.
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