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Old 04-10-2007, 09:18 AM   #1
Nick Cruz
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I have seen a few different types of bumper plates and some seem like they might be solid rubber (really thick and black) and others seem like they are coated iron (albeit with a very thick band of rubber on the edge, still suitable for dropping). The coated ones that I am talking about are always the right diameter and are colored.

What is the norm?
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Old 04-10-2007, 09:32 AM   #2
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Bumpers typically come in 1 of 3 flavors.

Solid rubber - kraiburg, hampton, york composites, etc..

Rubber with metal center discs - eleiko, uesaka (sp?)

Rubber coated iron as you have descibed.


What is the norm? Really they all work fine. My preference is for solid rubber or rubber w/ metal center discs. I don't like the coated iron ones b/c they tend to be harder on platforms and can wear the thick band of rubber if they are heavily used.

Gravity works the same for all of them :-)
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Old 04-11-2007, 06:32 AM   #3
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We recently brought in some rubber coated iron plates for some distributors. These are known as the Flexgard Line. You can see them on "". I agree with Mike, that the solid rubber are best for platforms and for schools where weight room supervision is always suspect. But we are sure shipping a lot of 2.5 and 5 lb'ers out. Finally this I can't explain, Some claim a 45 lb solid rubber plate with the larger mass feels lighter than the 45 lb Rubber coated plate. Go figure.
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