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Old 05-22-2007, 02:05 PM   #1
Brent Jaciow
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After spending about 2 hours looking for what kettlebells to buy i was plauged with question of whether to get on with a smooth surface(dragon door) or one that looked more textured ( On on hand i would think the textured would have a better grip, but then again that textured surface looked like it would rip the heck out of my hands. Any insight would be much appreciated. Also, anyone know of a reliable source. I have seen ranges from $59 to $150 for a 1.5 pood, what is the difference if they are all once piece cast iron - kettlebells look seemingly like a homogenous product but then again let me know if im wrong.

thanks in advance
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Old 05-22-2007, 02:17 PM   #2
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I have been very happy with the 3 kettlebells I have purchased from here (SFW)
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Old 05-22-2007, 03:52 PM   #3
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Actually, the dragondoor isn't that smooth nor that rough. It's a pretty good middle ground. Their russianreds, however, are more "slick" and slightly thicker (epoxy paint vs powder-coated IIRC).

This is mainly a concern with high-rep snatches...for me anyway. If you aren't going to do those almost any will do.

If you are going to learn the snatch, the americankettlebellclub uses competition dimensions for theirs and they are all the same size (i.e. the 1pd is the same size as the 1.5pd which is the same size as the 2pd). They are very nice. They might be considered smooth, but chalk seems to alleviate that.

Hopefully Catherine or Tom will chime in and give their opinions on a variety of brands.

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Old 05-22-2007, 06:30 PM   #4
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Drop Jon Gilson an email at He's an active poster, great guy.

WF safe

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Old 05-22-2007, 09:50 PM   #5
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No matter what KB you get, I would take the paint off of it and chalk it. Its much nicer on your hands for my money.
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Old 05-24-2007, 05:01 PM   #6
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It really depends on how you plan to use the kettlebells. If you plan on just doing swings, the texture won't matter as much. If you plan on snatching, cleaning, jerking, ect texture will be everything and so will the dimensions.

My personal favorite are the Professional Bells from Valery Federenko. They are hard to come by. My 2nd recommendation would be the KBs from Lifeline USA. They are good quality (like DD but cheaper and less glossy)
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Old 05-25-2007, 07:53 AM   #7
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Brent, I agree with Catherine, it depends on your intended use of them
My personal favorites are KBC(Kettlebell Concepts)
I use mine a lot and have never had a problem with them being painted. All my clients use them & really like them, too.
All of us use gym chalk when we train with them.
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