I jump loads of rope and I much prefer a speedrope. I find I can manipulate it much more easily so I can mix my skipping up a bit more (crossovers, double unders etc), to make it more interesting. That said they do wear out unbelieably quickly: I get through one every 4-5 weeks.
The only problem I have is with my calves. Unless I'm in a ring, skipping causes my old shin splints to flare up, which is a nightmare.
I skip on judo mats , I have also started doing star jumps on crash mats lol
This has helped produce 'Arnold' like calf muscles
On a friday I skip in the ring which is pretty easy going