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Old 11-25-2008, 10:50 AM   #1
Matt DeMinico
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Higher quality bumpers for competitions (not "official" competitions)

I'd like to look into buying a pretty high quality bumper set for in-house competitions, but can't decide on which bumpers to pick up. Elieko costs about $2500 for their training bumper set (with a bar, bumpers, metal change, and collars), Werksan is right about the same, minus $250 for lack of metal change plates, which I think are pretty important, but either way I can get those from Pendlay.

Others I haven't looked too much into, but what do you guys think? Ivanko sells some "calibrated training bumper plates" but somewhere in their description they say "rubber coated". Yeah, not about to do that.

I prefer colored plates, though if it's like hundreds of dollars difference I'm open to all black plates.

Any suggestions? We've already got hi-temp plates, kraiburg, and RB rubber (the RB rubber are actually pretty good, same with kraiburg minus the brass insert that worries me, and the hi-temp while they look "cheap" are durable as tanks, which makes me love them). Unfortunately, the hi-temp aren't even close to calibrated, and I haven't weighed the kraiburgs, but while the RB rubbers are within .5 lbs each if I remember correctly, I'd like to have closer consistency for in-house competitions.
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:42 AM   #2
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Re: Higher quality bumpers for competitions (not "official" competitions)

have you thought about the colored bumpers Pendlay sells? "Olympia"?

http://store.wfwclub.com/plates.html

Definitely on the cheaper end of the scale, and not sure about accuracy, but thought I'd throw it out there.

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Old 11-25-2008, 01:56 PM   #3
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Re: Higher quality bumpers for competitions (not "official" competitions)

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have you thought about the colored bumpers Pendlay sells? "Olympia"?

http://store.wfwclub.com/plates.html

Definitely on the cheaper end of the scale, and not sure about accuracy, but thought I'd throw it out there.
I don't know much about them, but I don't know how they'd work for our needs, anyone know? If they're durable and accurate, then fine I guess?
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Old 11-25-2008, 04:41 PM   #4
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Re: Higher quality bumpers for competitions (not "official" competitions)

Glenn stopped selling the Olympias, but he's selling colored WFW bumpers. I don't know who makes them for him, but I have this feeling that Wright is making them.
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Old 11-26-2008, 01:28 AM   #5
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Re: Higher quality bumpers for competitions (not "official" competitions)

The garage gym store is coming out with some sweet bumpers. They are basically a colored version of the old MHTY bumpers for less.
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