When it comes to choosing a training javelin, there’s really two kinds:
- Javelins that are the real deal, but with lower throw distance than you’re trying to work up to.
- Specialized training javelins like the Turbojav or Mini Turbo Javelin that are more focused on being much less dangerous than actual javelins, letting you train in a much wider range or indoor or outdoor areas than you otherwise could.
We’ll cover both of them in this guide, but let me say first, that if you’re looking for an actual javelin to train with for a competition, the first thing that’ll define which one to go for is this:
The states of WA, NJ, ND, and AL require rubber tip javelins for high school throwers. For all other states, and for USATF competitions, you’ll want to go with a steel tip one.
The caveat to this, is that you may still prefer a rubber tipped one for safety, but do bear in mind that if you’re training for a competition that requires a steel tipped one, you’ll have to buy a second javelin to compete with.
Fortunately, rubber tip and metal tip javelins will throw almost exactly the same. That’s because they balance the weight for each tip, you see.
Finally, you’ll want to go for the javelin that’s closest to your throw distance. If in doubt, it’s better to go under distance rather than over, because otherwise it’s likely to land tail-first or fall flat, resulting in a foul.
As for the more specialized training javelins out there, they’re really all about convenience or personal preference. We’ve highlighted the standout choices any why you might want to choose them.
All javelins recommended in this guide are summed up in this table below. If you want to skip all the other talk and you just want to know which specific training javelins are currently the best to go for, then they’re all right here in one place for you.
|Best Training Javelin for Boys||Gill Athletics Boys’ Tru-Flight Javelin|
|Best Training Javelin for Girls||Gill Athletics Girls’ Tru-Flight Javelin|
|Best Value for Money Training Javelin for Boys||4THROWS Training Javelin 800 Gram for Boys|
|Best Value for Money Training Javelin for Girls||4THROWS Training Javelin 600 Gram for Girls|
|Best Indoor and Outdoor Training Javelin (Unisex)||Turbojav 700 Gram|
|Best Mini Indoor and Outdoor Practice Javelin (Unisex, 3 Year Warranty)||Boy’s & Girl’s Track & Field Turbo Javelin 400 Gram|
|Best Javelin Trainer||Gill Athletics Javee Javelin Trainer|
|Best Budget Training Javelin (Also Good for Beginners)||Macticy 600 / 700 / 800 Gram Javelin|
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The Best Javelins for Training With
So, first of all, there isn’t particularly a that much difference between how of one javelin flies compared to the next, as long as they’re not the super cheap kind.
As in, the kind where the stiffness actually doesn’t really make any kind of difference, because they’re not well made enough in the first place to actually produce stiffer versions. They bend pretty much the same regardless of the meter rating.
So, we’re crossing those ones off the list, and just looking at the rest, which are really in a very close contest between one another. It’ll come down to two choices, either:
- The best one overall
- The best one at a lower price point
If you’re looking for a quality option for a javelin to train with that’s certified to comply with NFHS, NCAA and IAAF specifications, then this is the standout choice.
Best Training Javelin for Boys
Best Training Javelin for Girls
Unfortunately, they only seem to be available in steel tip versions, so you’ll actually be better off with going with a 4THROWS training javelin (here’s the boys’ version, and here’s the girls’ version) if you’re looking for a rubber tip one.
Now, you can tell these 4THROWS javelins are one of those “price point” products, designed to be the best bang for your buck. You know the ones. They’re priced lower than they could be, so they become popular very quickly. That’s what these 4THROWS javelins are.
To back that up, they come with a one year warranty and ship in a hard PVC javelin carrying tube. They’re even made of stainless steel (unlike a lot of other javelins at this price point), so they won’t rust.
Best Value for Money Training Javelin for Boys
Best Value for Money Training Javelin for Girls
Finally, if you’re really just looking for a budget option as an absolute beginner that isn’t just terrible, then the javlins by Macticy are easily the best out of all the cheap options. They’re surprisingly good, even.
If you’re a beginner, go with the lowest 35m option. Or just in general, go for the meter rating that’s closest to what you can actually throw. If in doubt, go under rather than over, or you’ll have endless trouble with “not landing it flat or tail-end first.”
Best Budget Training Javelin (Also Good for Beginners)
The Best Specialized “Training Javelins”
These are really interesting. They’re a lot cheaper on the whole than actual javelins are, and you could say that if you practice solely with any of these then you’re going to be at a slight disadvantage compared to someone who’d been training with actual javelins the whole time, due to a lack of experience with actual javelins.
However, what these can do is get your technique absolutely down to a tee. They’re so convenient for training with that you can practice more, and practice more safely, so you’re able to solely focus on improving your technique.
The go-to training javelin is without a doubt the Turbojav. Just so you get the idea about why these are so much more practical than only training with a real javelin, take a look at this:
They’re made from a special medical grade polyethylene body, and have a super soft elastomer nose for safety and durability, that is non-marking for schools’ walls and floors.
They can even be thrown outdoors too. If this is what you’re looking for, the Turbojav is easily the go-to choice.
Best Indoor and Outdoor Training Javelin (Unisex)
Alternatively, there’s the Turbo Javelin Mini, which is obviously a lot less able to replicate the feel of throwing a full length javelin, but is essentially entirely focused on letting you get your technique as best as it can be.
Best Mini Indoor and Outdoor Practice Javelin (Unisex, 3 Year Warranty)
Lastly, is something that goes even more in that same direction. The Javee lets you practice your throws without having to go and fetch the javelin again every time you throw it, because it’s on a leash. If you don’t see the value in that, then I guess you could say you mustn’t be practicing enough!
Best Javelin Trainer
What We Think of Some Other Training Javelins Available
Another decent steel tip budget option, available in a wider variety of weights than most, even down to a super-light 300g.
This is a good option to go for if that’s what you’re looking for.
Gill Athletics’ take on the Turbojav, basically. This one has a metal shaft instead of a polyurethane one.
Still suitable for indoors despite that, but metal is inherently more likely to mark surfaces or walls in the case of a bad throw.
A quality IAAF-certified javelin from Polanik that’s aimed at beginners.
Note: that it’s an unspecified low meter distance rating for this one. It’s less rigid on purpose, so that it’s much more forgiving for beginners to throw.
Polanik also say this about its construction:
“A new duraluminium came into play during the changes. Its modified chemical constitution allows precisely planned grades of rigidness in the javelin shaft. To perfect this javelin, a new javelin cord with a synthetic core in a cotton plait is used.”
We hope this list of the best training javelins has been helpful.
If there’s anything good that you think we’ve missed, or if you have any questions about anything, then let us know down in the comments below.