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Old 01-21-2010, 06:41 PM   #1
Gonzalo Fernandez
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Rogue S-25 Sled Review

Thanks to Bill Henniger's generosity last week, I received the new Rogue S-25 Sled to review. For those of you who may not know, I was one of 2 lucky people who responded to Bill's post about trying a new Rogue Sled on Jan 8th. Within an hour of posting a reply on Crossfit, I had received an email with the order and reference number and the sled arrived via UPS on the 13th. I have ordered from Rogue before and continue to be impressed with their customer service.

If you do not want to read the extended review, here's the short and sweet...this is an excellent sled at an incredible price. Having had a chance to play with it for a while, I would not hesitate to buy one, and for those of you looking for some variety and excitement in your workouts, this is the ticket.

Now that that's out of the way, let's get on to the extended review.

There is quote by Leonardo da Vinci that describes this new Rogue sled perfectly..."Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication". To look at it, you would think, what the hell? It's just a metal pan with a post on top. But herein lies the beauty of this sled. It is not only well made, tough as hell and able to take a beating, but, very affordable for the average crossfitter. For those of you who don't know me, I am the ultimate DIY. I have built my own reverse hyperextension machine, dip station, technique plates and a host of other stuff. In preparing for this review, and out of my own curiosity, I actually called a friend of mine who is a welder and inquired what it would cost to build something comparable, and after taking into account the cost of the supplies, labor and straps, it was more expensive than to just buy it directly. The price did not even include applying any sort of finish, which is essential if you don't want any rust. That's what I call a good deal.

So, let start with some basics. The sled weighs 23.4 lbs and consists of a metal base plate that is a tad thicker than 1/4" and measures 12" x 20" with a 2" lip at one end. There are 2 runners on the top of the plate that extend the length of the sled and are 1" square whose sole purpose is to support (and make it easier to load and unload) however many plates you can load on this thing. I was impressed with the quality of the welds on both the runners and the 13" post. Because of the 1" runners, there are only 12" of usable post to load weights on, but that should be more than enough unless you also like to pull small cars for fun. There is a 1/3" thick u shaped rod welded on the front for the strap to pass through. The sled is finished in a very durable black powder coated finish. The Rogue sticker, on the other hand, peeled off very easily, and I can't see it lasting more than a few tough workouts before coming off. The straps were 2" thick and similar to seatbelt material, very tough and built to last. The logo on the strap, unlike the Rogue sticker on the sled, was much better quality. What surprised me though was just how comfortable the arm loops were. They were also easy to hold onto if you decide to pull this thing with your hands instead of strapping it on.

Now for the cons.

It would be nice to see some accessories offered with the sled, the first being some sort of a waist belt. Having said that, it would not be too difficult to just loop it to a power belt, or rig it around your torso some other way.

If you live in a neighborhood and have neighbors who would frown on you dragging this thing up and down the sidewalk or street (it's quite noisy), it would also be nice to be able to install some rubber type runners on the bottom. As a DIY'er, I could see putting in something like a piece of stall mat or perhaps 4 hockey pucks or something similar. This would not be too hard to do, but would add to the cost of the sled.

It would also be nice to see some sort of attachment to push this sled, but due to the compact size, I can see where this might be a problem with the sled tipping forward. You would have to have a longer sled to make this feasible.

Overall, I think Rogue has done it again. The sled is built like a tank, is very competitively priced and would work well for the average crossfitter who works out at home or at a crossfit facility. I can't really see where you could wear it out, even if you dragged it on concrete day in and out. I would recommend this product without hesitation.
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:27 PM   #2
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Re: Rogue S-25 Sled Review

Cool. Thanks for the review. Have you tried to use it on Grass? Does it mark up the driveway/sidewalk/street? Is there much difference in friction if you're dragging it in the grass vs pavement?
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Old 01-22-2010, 07:47 AM   #3
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Re: Rogue S-25 Sled Review

We spent like 6 months getting all of our decals changed over to a high grade piece with special 3M backing. I am going to put a hurt on my decal guy!!!

We may have not let it bond in house because we were trying to get it out so quick - I am on it!

We have been working with Louie at West Side and he is going to be offering this sled as well. He hooks his sleds to weight belts so for CrossFitters this is a very easy solution for rigging it to belt height.

Great Review - Thanks!

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Old 01-22-2010, 11:07 AM   #4
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Re: Rogue S-25 Sled Review

If you need it smooth & quiet, you could easily drill & tap 3 holes along each underside edge and use replaceable UHMW polyetheylene runners with countersunk holes & allen bolts.

Part of what I do for a living is design & sell waste handling equipment. UHMW poly is used for rub strips in highly abrasive applications like the drag chains along the edges of conveyor belts which feed trash balers. A 1" thick strip, in continuous use, lasts 2+ years.

Of course, it would also decrease friction & make the sled easier to pull. Not sure that's the point of the thing...
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Re: Rogue S-25 Sled Review

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Cool. Thanks for the review. Have you tried to use it on Grass? Does it mark up the driveway/sidewalk/street? Is there much difference in friction if you're dragging it in the grass vs pavement?
Hi Matt,
In my experience, there is a tradeoff between grass and pavement - while I find the sled slightly easier to drag on grass, I tend to have less traction on grass than pavement.

Yes the sled will tend to mark up the driveway and sidewalk, and to a lesser extend asphalt. This is especially true the first few times you use it and the paint wears off of it. I had emailed Bill a few weeks ago about possibly using a few pieces of UHMW polyetheylene runners so it would not mark up the concrete or make as much noise, but I have not tried this yet. In part because if I decide to use it on the grass, I would have to remove the runners every time. I could, I guess, get one big 12" x 18" piece of UHMW polyetheylene to cover the entire bottom and that would allow me to use it on both concrete and grass. I imagine one would offset the decreased friction of the plastic by adding more weight to the sled.

Hope this answers your questions
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:05 AM   #6
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Re: Rogue S-25 Sled Review

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If you need it smooth & quiet, you could easily drill & tap 3 holes along each underside edge and use replaceable UHMW polyetheylene runners with countersunk holes & allen bolts.

Part of what I do for a living is design & sell waste handling equipment. UHMW poly is used for rub strips in highly abrasive applications like the drag chains along the edges of conveyor belts which feed trash balers. A 1" thick strip, in continuous use, lasts 2+ years.

Of course, it would also decrease friction & make the sled easier to pull. Not sure that's the point of the thing...
Where's a good place to get UHMW PE material?
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Re: Rogue S-25 Sled Review

Just Google "UHMW polyethylene" and I'm sure something will come up in your area. Plastics shops, marine supply stores, material handling & hardware places (like Grainger), people who repair forklifts... its not hard to find.
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http://www.ptreeusa.com/uhmwproducts.htm (W/F/S)
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Just Google "UHMW polyethylene" and I'm sure something will come up in your area. Plastics shops, marine supply stores, material handling & hardware places (like Grainger), people who repair forklifts... its not hard to find.
Yeah, I'd seen stuff online, but was more wondering if places like Home Depot or whatever carried it. I see that it's white though... would that kinda mark up asphalt even more though? Anybody have experiences with that?
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Yeah, I'd seen stuff online, but was more wondering if places like Home Depot or whatever carried it. I see that it's white though... would that kinda mark up asphalt even more though? Anybody have experiences with that?
Most woodworking stores like Woodcraft also stock this. They may be higher priced than what you can find online. If you want it in black, try the link I submitted above.
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