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Old 01-17-2006, 11:30 AM   #1
Paul Findley
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I am shopping for bumpers. It is hard to find good reviews, at least reviews that are not scattered among many on-topic and off topic threads.

Would it be possible to build a thread of focused reviews of bumpers that you have had direct experience with? (Not looking for SPAM)

Like along the lines of:

Manufacturer:
Cost per pair:
Place of Purchase:
Your experience:

Example:

Manufacturer: Generic Bumper Co
Cost per pair: 10# $50, 20# 60$,..., free shipping.
Place of Purchase: www.gbc.calm
Your experience: Used them once and they split in half or flawless and I would buy them again.
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Old 01-17-2006, 02:47 PM   #2
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biggerfasterstronger

5lbs. pair starts at $59, 10lbs. $69 etc.
Full set in black $499, colored $399

biggerfasterstronger.com

Great for the O-lifts, seen and used this brand in a few gyms too so they can take a beating.

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Old 01-17-2006, 10:17 PM   #3
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I just got a set of solid rubber bumpers from Hi-Temp. 92 cents per pound. I haven't used them much but they seem pretty solid to me.

45lbs pair = 82.80
35lbs pair = 64.40
25lbs pair = 46.00

I didn't order the lighter plates because they are smaller diameter than the 3 listed above.
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Old 01-18-2006, 01:05 AM   #4
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I haven't bought any bumpers because they cost a freakin fortune out here but i get to use the ones at the Burwood weightlifting gym.

Mostly Eleiko stuff, pricy but nice sums it up.
The 15s and above seem to hold up almost for ever but the 10kg training plates can get a bit beaten up over time (but then they are used for something like 30 hours a week)
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Old 01-18-2006, 10:08 AM   #5
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Bret,

Can you give me a link or ph. # of "Hi-Temp" ? A pair of 45 lb solid rubber bumpers from BFS costs $139 currently (they were on sale last summer but not anymore!).
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Old 01-18-2006, 05:14 PM   #6
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Kim Terry (a guy) is contact person.

> Hi-Temp, Inc. Contact
> P.O. Box 478
> Tuscumbia, AL 35674
> Phone: 800-239-5066
> Fax: 256-383-5175
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Old 01-19-2006, 03:54 PM   #7
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I am getting a pair of 25# bumpers from Jesup Equipment (Jesup, IA) for $70/pr this weekend. I will let you know how they work out. They also sell 45# bumpers for $90/pr. Doing a little happy dance on the inside.

Joe
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Old 01-20-2006, 01:05 PM   #8
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Anyone have the type that consists of a rubber ring around what appears to be an iron weight. Hampton appears to be this design. Any input on this style of bumper?
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Old 01-20-2006, 01:43 PM   #9
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Paul, my school's gym has the hampton bumpers. They're used for I think 4 or 5 periods every weekday with drops ranging from waist high to overhead. There hasn't been any noticable damage to the plates or the bars.
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Old 01-20-2006, 04:30 PM   #10
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Can anyone comment on the quality/relibility of the CAP version of the "rubber band" design. They look similar to Hampton, in photos.
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