Flyby F1Pro Review: Can A Massage Gun Under $100 Do The Job?

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The Flyby F1Pro Massage Gun is one of the newer massagers on the market. At a price that comes in well under $100, you could say it’s a real bargain!

But at such a low price point, is it powerful enough to do the job?

Is it tough enough to last?

And how does it compare to more expensive models?

The Flyby is advertised as being an excellent choice for anyone who wants to get better and faster relief from muscle tension, pain, and stiffness.

We’re going to find out if it really IS up to the task. This Flyby F1Pro Massage Gun review will cover its design, its features, how well it works on various parts of the body, as well as some other factors that you should keep in mind when deciding whether or not to buy one.

What is the Flyby F1Pro Massage Gun?

The Flyby F1Pro massage gun is a portable percussion massager designed to relieve muscle tension, pain, stiffness and other issues. The Flyby is advertised as being a good pick for athletes as it can help to relieve sore muscles after a tough workout and also helps to promote tissue repair. As well as being great for using after a workout, it can also be for everyday use such as in the office to soothe the aches and pains associated with sitting at a desk all day. The Flyby should help to relieve pain, improve blood circulation and release muscle tension all while leaving you feeling relaxed at the end of a long day. Pretty much the same as every other massage gun on the market!

So what’s different about this one?

Mainly the price. It’s VERY cheap (you can check it on Amazon here).

While the price would make me more cautious, it certainly wouldn’t put me off. Especially seeing as I know that many of the massage guns on the market are overpriced.

My own first impressions

When I first held the Flyby I have to admit I was impressed. It’s about the same weight as most massage guns of its size and has a nice matte black finish that makes it look more expensive than it is. In fact, it looks just as good as any I’ve seen (some up to $300). It comes in a nice travel box with 6 different attachments and although there isn’t a separate case, the box is more than sufficient for holding everything (even has a handle).

Using the Flyby Massage Gun

With 3 speeds of 1800 RPM to 3200 RPM, an amplitude of 10mm and a stall force of 50 lbs (you can apply 50 lbs of pressure) I’d expect it to be as good as most other massage guns on the market. 10mm is a bit lower of an amplitude alright – most would be 12mm – but otherwise the speed and stall force are comparable.

The main reason I use a massage gun is for deep tissue massage after a workout. Although not miracle machines, they do work to reduce soreness the next day. I also sit for long periods of time at work, so I like to use a massage gun now and again just to loosen up my muscles and help prevent back pain.

After testing the Flyby I think it’s capable of doing what I need it to. The 3 speeds provide plenty of power, the stall force is good, and although I’d like a little higher amplitude, it’s more than ok for the price. It’s not the best massage gun I’ve ever used, but it’s certainly better than I expected. Mine works well enough, but I do have some comments on durability and longevity later based on researching other users’ experiences (check the customer feedback section below).

At 45dB it’s pretty quiet (similar noise level to an electric toothbrush). You could use it while watching TV and it wouldn’t really disturb anyone. It’s quieter than more expensive models such as the Hypervolt for example.

The battery life of 4+ hours is plenty to get a good few massage sessions in before you have to charge again. At a medium to high speed I definitely get a few hours between charges.

Attachments included

The Flyby has 6 attachments so you can target the different parts of the body. They’re really easy to use – just pull one out, and push the next one in.

The round standard ball head is good for massaging the neck, shoulders, back and most parts of the body. It’s for general use and is the one I use the most on any massage gun. There’s also a large ball included.

The hammer head is for flat muscle groups that need a deeper massage. I would usually use this on my hamstrings.

The wedge is mainly for around the shoulder blades and for the IT bands. Can be used in a kind of scraping motion along the IT bands.

The spinal head is “u” shaped and sometimes called a “fork” head. Works best for the spine, achilles, neck and shoulder areas.

The bullet is for targeting deep tissue trigger points and is good for loosening muscle knots.

Pros

  • The Flyby massager is battery-operated and portable which makes it good for travel. At just 1.8 pounds it is lightweight and easy to carry so you can easily slip it in your suitcase when you’re traveling or bring it with you to your office or to the gym.
  • 6 attachments included that help you to target any area of the body that needs treatment.
  • The price! This is one of the cheapest massage guns on the market, and although I wouldn’t normally give one at this price point a second look, it actually has some pretty good features and specs for what you’re paying. As long as it works…

Cons

  • No instructions or case included.
  • Amplitude at 10mm is quite low (this is how deep the massager pushes into the muscle). As someone who exercises regularly, I prefer a massage gun with at least at 12mm amplitude e.g. the Ekrin B37. It doesn’t seem like much, but the 2mm really makes a difference.
  • While the overall rating seems pretty good, if you look at the most recent reviews there are quite a few 1 star reviews. We’ll address that in the next section where we talk about the customer feedback.

What is customer feedback like?

There are thousands of Flyby F1pro reviews and overall they are positive. Many people HAVE had a good experience with it. However, it’s not all good, because there are quite a few negative reviews too – particularly if you check out the “most recent” reviews.

Here’s a few of the things that are going wrong:

  • Battery won’t charge or battery won’t hold a charge
  • Fully charged but won’t turn on
  • Making a rattling sound as if a piece fell off inside
  • Unit won’t turn off

Comments like these are coming up way too many times for my liking. It’s kind of what I expected though for a massage gun at this price point. It’s quite a bit cheaper than the massage guns I’ve tested and loved, so I did wonder if durability and production quality would be as good. I’m not surprised to find that it isn’t.

Would I recommend the Flyby F1PRO?

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When it comes to finding a powerful, yet affordable massaging device for your pain and muscle relief needs, the Flyby F1Pro would seem to have it all. With features that are similar to more expensive models we’ve tried in the past, and plenty of positive customer reviews, it definitely LOOKS like a bargain.

However, we’ve done a lot of research for this Flyby Massage Gun review, and there seem to be plenty of negative reviews too. People talking about the massage gun making a rattling noise, battery not holding a charge, and the massage gun giving up after only a few uses. It also doesn’t come with instructions and doesn’t come with a case (although it does have a travel box that’s sufficient).

While there are lots MORE positive reviews than negative, I’d be wary about purchasing a massage gun at this price because it’s clearly not as well made or as durable as more expensive models. Even if it works great in the beginning, chances are it could stop working within months. And once it goes beyond the warranty time (1 year) you won’t be able to get a replacement.

So while you might get lucky and get a Flyby that works amazingly for a long time, we wouldn’t recommend taking a chance on this massage gun. There are many that are MUCH more reliable and aren’t that much more expensive.

A good Flyby F1PRO alternative

Ok so it might not be quite as cheap as the Flyby, but at around $100 it is still a good affordable price. We have had a great experience with the Lifepro Sonic Massage Gun and highly recommend it. It’s excellent value for money, has great features and specs, and is very well made and reliable.

Check it out here and get 10% off with our exclusive coupon code EXTRA10

What if I still want to buy the Flyby F1PRO?

Want to take a chance and give the Flyby a go? It’s super cheap, so why not – you might love it! Do read the reviews on Amazon before you buy though – the negative ones as well as the positive ones. I would caution against giving it as a gift when the reviews are so mixed, but you may want to try it out for yourself.

It is currently only available on Amazon. Flyby do have a website, but for some reason their massage guns aren’t listed on it. You can find it here if you want to check it out.

If you have any questions or comments on our Flyby F1Pro review please leave them below.

About James Hall

James H is the main author of Handheld Massager Guide. He is a self-confessed "fitness freak", currently spending his time blogging and training for a marathon. He is passionate about the benefits of massage for muscle recovery and loves testing & reviewing gadgets to improve performance.

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