Originally Posted by Michael James
Is there any reason to buy a full set of bumpers if I already have a full 300 pound set of non-bumpers?
In theory one would only need to use the bumpers for the weight with the biggest radius to protect the floor, right?
You might wear out the bumpers prematurely if they are minimal relative to the weight. The idea is that they all the weight hit the floor. I think you could get away with it with the smaller plates, but exercise caution with higher iron poundage.
I think you could get away with a lighter set of bumpers if you're not going into the O-lifting 100%. eg skip the 25kg plates in the 10, 15, and 20kg set (25, 35, 45 pound set) or just go with a combo of 10kg (25lbs) and 20kg (45lbs) plates. With a set of mirco load (iron) plates in 1.25kg, 2.5kg and 5kg (that's 2.5, 5 and 10 in pounds).