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Old 02-02-2012, 09:16 PM   #1
Shawn M Wilson
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The ever present prowler search...

Looking at picking out a prowler now.

Comparing price and quality.

Been searching all the old threads and trying to decide which way to go.

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Obviously you have Rogue Fitness- The Butcher
http://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-butcher-847.php
Shipped is 306.82

CFF Econo Prowler
http://www.christiansfitnessfactory....Push-Pull-Sled
$202.49 Shipped w/ Urethane Pads and Pulling harness

Elite FTS Prowler 2
http://www.flexcart.com/members/elit...d=114&pid=1006
$468 Shipped

Black Widow - Prower + Sled + Harness
http://www.blackwidowtg.com/#!products
$320.00 shipped

Strengthsled - Breaks down easily, 2 hours from house
http://www.strengthsled.com/about_us_page.html
$200 + gas to pickup (or + shipping if I'm lazy)

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Really these are the top contenders for me. Its hard to pick between either price because you want something that is made well.

Sure the CFF econo package looks great. Harness/Pads for $202 shipped? Yeesh. But lets be realistic. How well is it going to stand up?

Strengthsled's doesn't look bad, but is the ability to 'take apart' real easily going to translate into a solid piece of equipment?

The Butcher comes from a name we all know. Price isn't bad, but hey 100$ more than other options, is it that much better?

Black widow comes with a sled and harness for same price basically as the butcher, but not aware of who they are or how their product stands up.

Finally the Prowler2... This thing should mow my lawn for the price, and can it really be worth the extra $150+ over other great options?

If you got experience with any of these I'd appreciate your feedback/comments on what you think about them!
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:56 PM   #2
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Re: The ever present prowler search...

The $202 one may not be all that bad. Sure it probably won't hold up in a normal box, but if you are using it for personal use I bet it will last you a while.

Even if you use it twice a week I would bet it would hold up nice for you. I just recently bought bumper plates for my home gym. I belong to a box. These plates are the extreme economy line but are holding up very well for my twice a week use. 260lbs for $299 was totally worth the shot.
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:58 PM   #3
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I have the strengthsled for about a year and a half and have been very happy with it!

As for blackwidow, I know the guy who makes the equipment and will tell you his equipment rocks! I have a deadlift jack, lat assasin, farmer handles, and a 7 foot ez curl fat bar all made by him.
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:54 PM   #4
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Re: The ever present prowler search...

I have the Elite FTS Econo Prowler and I think it is comprable to the Butcher and Black Widow product. It is sturdy and has held up well.

The CFF and Strengthsled, look a little less durable. So in a lifetime of use, I'd spend the $100 bucks and know I got something that will be stable.
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:35 AM   #5
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Re: The ever present prowler search...

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I have the Elite FTS Econo Prowler and I think it is comprable to the Butcher and Black Widow product. It is sturdy and has held up well.

The CFF and Strengthsled, look a little less durable. So in a lifetime of use, I'd spend the $100 bucks and know I got something that will be stable.
I have the Econo-Prowler as well and it is a good product. I bought it a couple years ago before all these competing products were available. I have used the Rogue Butcher and if I were to choose now, that's the one I'd get. It functions pretty much the same, I just think it has a more solid feel to it.

My E-P has removable/replaceable skis where the Rogue has them welded on. Don't know how useful the removable skis are as I can't imagine needing to replace them.
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:52 PM   #6
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Re: The ever present prowler search...

My gym (www.crossfitcostamesa.com) uses these from Functional Equipment.

http://functionalequipment.com/index...The-Comet.html

Love them. The handles can be removed or locked into place. The middle pipe allows for center loading options. It's got the eyelet for attaching a rope and pulling. Love them.

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Old 02-03-2012, 01:46 PM   #7
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Re: The ever present prowler search...

I just purchased the Prowler 2. It's awesome. Seriously. awesome.

However, I did just get an email about
CFF sled on sale:
http://www.christiansfitnessfactory....Push-Pull-Sled (WFS)

for $97 bucks it might be worth a shot. Although the econoprowler is on sale at Elitefts.com (WFS) as well-

Hard decision, but if money is an issue I'd go with the econoprowler- nothing but good reviews about it.
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Old 02-03-2012, 02:31 PM   #8
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Re: The ever present prowler search...

I have the CFF "prowler" for my home gym. It is an ok product. I have had to make some adjustments to mine to make it last. Where the two parts of the sled bolt together is a weak point. I know this because I busted the bolts off and ate pavement. So I had took it to a local welder and had the two peices attached so that would not happen. I have also noticed that the upright forks/poles that you hold to push the sled have bent slightly. I have never had more than 250# on the sled at anytime and have only pushed on black top (not the smoothest surface). If I had it to do over again I would pony up the extra $100 and go with top quality stuff.
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:41 AM   #9
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Re: The ever present prowler search...

If money isn't an issue and you can't make it yourself for less money, ALWAYS buy the best model. Either way you are going to be spending money, but if you bought the best model out there you will not have any regrets.

With that said, my vote goes for the prowler 2. I have used the original prowler and it was rad, i could imagine the prowler 2 is probably even better!

The only other sled i would buy is the rogue one.
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Re: The ever present prowler search...

Don't forget the locally available Protocol http://board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=72310 (Work/Family Safe)
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