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Old 05-22-2013, 10:45 AM   #1
Sebastian B. Vaneria
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Kettlebell Finish (Smooth vs. Textured)

I recently used a Rogue kettlebell and really liked the texture of the handle. Rogue refers to it as a "matte black powder coat finish" and claims that this finish holds chalk well. I definitely found this to be the case. It kind of feels like the finish on the Rogue pull-up bars.

My kettlebell set (from Perform Better) has more of a smooth, painted finish. Rogue referes to this as a "thick epoxy finish." They do not hold chalk well and tend to slip out of my hands much faster than the textured Rogue kettlebells. Has anyone ever tried "doctoring up" a kettlebell with a smooth finish to make it a little more textured? Any tips out there?
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:52 PM   #2
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Re: Kettlebell Finish (Smooth vs. Textured)

you could always just wrap the handle with some athletic tape, i wouldnt think that would be too much texture or rough on the hands. FWIW though all the competition kettlebells have smooth, non-coated handles. But they are also a good bit smaller and easier to fit in the hand, so i see where youre coming from.
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:02 PM   #3
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Re: Kettlebell Finish (Smooth vs. Textured)

Just tape one up. I wouldn't tape them all, I can't snatch well with a taped kettle bell and I don't have an issue doing swings with the smooth handles. I am a weirdo, I don't use chalk. I don't use it at shooting matches, and I don't use it in the gym. The only time I do hit the bucket is to rub on taped pull up bars that are sticky from the adhesive oozing out.
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:30 PM   #4
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Re: Kettlebell Finish (Smooth vs. Textured)

Tape it up or use some sand paper to roughen it up a bit?

The way you describe the Rogue kb is exactly what the one I picked up from Rep Fitness feels like. Slight texture, flat bottom, etc.
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