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Old 03-04-2009, 09:50 AM   #1
Adam Schumacher
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Whats Best Type of Kettlebell

What is everyones opinion on the best type of kettlebell:

Which is best:

1. Smooth Handle Vs. Rough Handle:

2. Entirely Black Painted vs Vinyl Dipped Ball:

3. Black Painted vs. Powder Coating vs. Grey Hammerton

4. Thin handle vs. wider handle

5. Rubber Bottom vs. no protection rubber flat bottom
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Old 03-04-2009, 10:23 AM   #2
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Re: Whats Best Type of Kettlebell

Tough question to answer...

You could always sand the handle down however you like it if it is too rough. As for the rubber bottoms, I think they are usually removable. They are nice if you are working out in your home and need to protect your floor.

If you are interested in kettlebell competition, you should get competitive grade kettlebells from the American Kettlebell Club. I also believe that performbetter now has a line of competitive style kettlebells that would be a cheaper alternative. As far as for use with WODs, you don't necessarily need the competitive grade.

I think most of the questions you ask come down to personal preference. For instance, I wouldn't by vinyl-coated, because to me that seems like something that would be used in some type of kettlebell aerobics class. (No offense) I like my kettlebells to look all "manly" and therefore just prefer big chunks of iron.
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Old 03-04-2009, 12:57 PM   #3
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Re: Whats Best Type of Kettlebell

My personal preferences:

1. Smooth Handle

less to abrade my hands while snatching, smooth handles rotate in my hands better.

2. Entirely Black Painted

the KB will get dinged up, so don't bother with being pretty

3. Black Painted

same as #2

4. Thin handle

thick-grip handles really challenges your grip strength, you can do a hook grip on thin handles.

5. no protection rubber flat bottom

those rubber plates on the bottom just make the KB tip over easier, and they really dig into your shoulders when doing clean & presses

The comp KBs are all the same physical size regardless of weight, and are all larger than normal KBs which makes racking them easier (at least for me), and the technique stays the same regardless of weight (size). I'd get competition KBs if I was buying for home.

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Old 03-05-2009, 05:14 AM   #4
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Re: Whats Best Type of Kettlebell

I moved to africa last august and shipped my set of kettlebells from MuscleDriver.
I have some with flat and rubber and they are all great. Handles feel just right, too.
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:12 AM   #5
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Re: Whats Best Type of Kettlebell

here is an article regarding the leading KB brands and their differences.
Depending on your budget and how much room you have to store them, it's
good to have a few different bells to work with- for warm up, for heavy days and for endurance days. Keep in mind that a thinner handle will place more of the bell's weight in the body and therefore create a different velocity than a thicker handle. All are good, it just depends on your personal preference.
Good luck!
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Old 04-03-2009, 08:57 AM   #6
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Re: Whats Best Type of Kettlebell

This discussion is helpful. Thanks, Lorna, for the review There are so many different KB makers out there!

This site here has some links to different KBs, and articles about KB that look like they might be interesting.
w/f safe

I have two Apollo KBs that I got from play-it-again sports. They have a funny flat spot on the side and the handle on the 16 kg is not round in cross-section -- I'm getting some ugly calluses. But, the handles are thick and the base is wide enough for renegade rows.

Dick's and Sports Authority have some bells in their local stores, but they are mostly pretty little things. Anybody know any other stores in Colorado that tend to carry kettle bells, esp. competition-style? The shipping charges really suck.
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Old 04-03-2009, 07:38 PM   #7
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Re: Whats Best Type of Kettlebell

i just bought a CAP kettlebell from Christian's Fitness Factory and I really like it.
It is painted black. the handle is relatively thin, wide, and smooth. it has a rubber bottom which i don't really care for, but doesn't make a big difference to me.

mainly, the handle and the balance feel great.

i got the 1.5 pood and am planning on buying the 1 pood.

and the price was reasonable.
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Old 04-03-2009, 09:07 PM   #8
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Re: Whats Best Type of Kettlebell

Muscle Driver USA has the best prices I've seen around and they are of good quality. Muscle Driver is affiliated with Pendlay and they make good quality equipment. I have their Gray Series Kettlebells and I am pleased.
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Old 04-03-2009, 10:35 PM   #9
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Re: Whats Best Type of Kettlebell

I have a 20 kg CAP, 24 kg US Kettlebell and a 32 kg Muscle Driver Gray. They all are good for swings, snatches, and juggling. Muscle Driver USA has the best prices so far.
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Old 04-07-2009, 08:34 PM   #10
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Re: Whats Best Type of Kettlebell

i really like my muscledrivers. i have a 16,20, and 24 and am very pleased with both the quality of the bell and the price that i got them for. i got them at play it again sports for $59,$69 and $79.
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