The Original, as it’s name suggests, was the first heavy bag in the Wavemaster line. This bag is similar to the XXL except it’s smaller and a little lighter. The bag features 7 height settings that range from 47 inches to 68 inches. The adjustable height allows you to practice a variety of striking drills at different levels. Of course, since the bag itself is smaller than the XXL, you may need to adjust it’s height during the actual drills to hit different level targets.
The diameter of the bag is 13 inches and it comes equipped with a durable foam layer that does a pretty good job at absorbing blows. This is perfect for those who want to avoid any injuries to their hands (of course gloves should definitely still be worn when striking the bag). However, the bag definitely isn’t as thick as the XXL, so it you have particularly powerful blows you may end up feeling the base.
The bag weighs 250 pounds when filled with water or sand, so it is 20 pounds lighter than the XXL. While this isn’t a huge weight difference, it does mean the bag moves around more when hit with powerful kicks or punches. We generally didn’t find the padding or the lighter weight to be that huge of a problem, but there is definitely a difference so you may want to consider a larger bag if you are bigger or have powerful strikes.
The bag holds up well to repeated shots and as long as you aren’t hitting it too hard it won’t move that much. This makes the Original a great bag to work on and develop your cardio.Also, since the bag is free standing you can place it in the center of the room and work on your footwork as you will have access to the 360 degree surface area of the bag. The bag is also very convenient to move due to its round base. This makes it great for taking out during a training session and then rolling to the side when it’s not in use. In addition, if you fill the bag up with water it is pretty easy to empty it and transport if needed.
While it isn’t as good as some other bags, the Original is a decent choice if you are on a budget. It is much cheaper than the XXL so if money is a concern then it is definitely worth considering. If you are just looking for a bag that you can have a decent work out with and don’t plan on hammering it with power shots then it can be very good option to consider.