Play SIL-X Juggling Ball (78 mm)
This Play SIL-X Russian ball is made with a rotomolded PVC shell, which is much thicker and heavier than the blow mold Polyethylene shell of the Radfactor Thin Shell Russian ball and the Fill Yourself Russian ball. The heavier weight of this ball makes it better suited for outdoor juggling. This ball has a less pronounced Russian effect because it is partially filled with liquid silicone rather than sand, millet, micro-glass beads or bird seed. The silicone moves down to the bottom of the ball much slower than any of the solid fillings. The ball does not wobble as much when thrown with a slight spin or unevenness, so some jugglers prefer this type of ball over the thin-shelled ball.
The SIL-X ball comes in 4 sizes: 67 mm, 75 mm, 78 mm, and 100 mm.
- 67mm (2.64 inch), 110 grams: Comparable to the size of a tennis ball with a weight of 110 grams. This is a good sized ball for numbers juggling more than 5 balls, or for small jugglers. It is the most common size ball we sell.
- 75mm (2.95 inch), 130 grams: This is a good sized juggling ball if you are around 6 feet tall and have big hands.
- 78mm (3 1/8 inch), 150 grams: This is a good sized juggling ball if you are over 6 feet tall and have large hands.
- 100 mm (3.94 inch), 300 grams: This ball is most commonly used for contact juggling. The silicone filling slows the rolling of the ball and makes some contact juggling tricks easier to learn. It also is easier to balance the ball on your head or arms, as the silicone increases stability. Also, the ball will not roll much when dropped. While this ball could be used for toss juggling if you are over 6 feet tall and have large hands, a normal 100 mm stage ball would be better weighted. 300 grams is too heavy for toss juggling.
The SIL-X balls come in 2 shell thickness, the normal SIL-X ball and the SIL-X Light. The difference is that the thinner and lighter shell of the SIL-X Light makes for a much softer ball with a smaller total weight. The SIL-X Light ball therefore has slightly more of a Russian effect than a normal silicone-X ball, but not as much as a thin-shelled Russian ball like the Radfactor ball.
As with all SIL-X juggling balls, care must be taken in assuring that over time the plug does not work its way out of the ball and leak silicone. The plug stays in by friction, there is no glue. Before juggling, check that the plugs are pushed in flush with the ball. If the ball starts to leak, remove the plug and carefully clean the hole with a pointed paper towel, and then insert the plug back into place. This should stop all leakage.
For more help selecting the correctly sized juggling ball, check out our “Juggling Guide and Tips" section listed in the bottom footer of our website.
size 3 1/8 inch (78mm)
weight 5.3 ounce 150 grams
silicon non-toxic (used in the food industry as a lubricant)
made in Italy by Play