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Bumper Plates Sets For Crossfit – Helpful Pricing Guide

Bumper plates sets for Crossfit - package deals

In need of some new bumper plates for your garage gym or affiliate? Whether you’re just getting started and buying your very first bumper plates set, looking for an upgrade to your existing weights, or you just need access to more weights than you currently own, this post should help. I have scoured the net for the best prices on sets for standard black bumpers, training bumpers, and competition bumpers from reputable vendors. I have considered bumper plates sets from all the major manufacturers and found what I believe to be the best prices on bumper plate sets.

For a primer on bumper plates, including the difference in the types of bumpers, the advantages of bumpers vs steel plates, and average prices per pound by brand, see my original bumper plate guide.

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Basic Black Bumper Plates Sets

Rogue HG Bumper Plate Sets, New lower prices on sets

The contenders: HI-Temp, Rogue HG, Fringesport OFW, and Vulcan Strength bumper plates.

Brands left out – but not forgotten: Due to higher prices, redundancy, or no compatible weight sets (sold in pairs only), Kraiburg, York, and Ader have been left out. The many other higher priced variations of these same bumpers that companies get their name stamped on have also been omitted to further reduce redundancy and confusion.

Troy VTX has been removed from this guide completely due to quality complaints (cracking, slick rubber, and insert separation.)

Weight sets: I’ve priced out the following sets: 160 lbs (pairs of 10′s, 25′s, and 45′s), 260 lbs (pairs of 10′s, 15′s, 25′s, 35′s, and 45′s), and the 350′ish range (included plates vary slightly in this range). There are many other sets of varying weights available, but these three were the most common and therefore easiest to compare. This should be more than enough to give you a solid idea of how each brand is priced.

Bumper Plate Sets 160, 260, and 350 pounds

The specifications: In this category, these brands are all very similar; some are even made in the same factory only with different company names molded into them (gasp!). The unique bumper plates in the bunch are the HI-Temps and the OFWs from Fringesport.

HI-Temp bumper plate sets made for Rogue

The HI-Temps produce a lot more bounce, are extremely resilient, and are significantly thicker than other plates. The OFWs are a newer, recently improved design that is meant to hold up better against typical Crossfit abuse (read more about the OFW plates here). All of these plates are the standard 450 mm diameter plates with 50 mm steel inserts (no brass). The HI-Temps are the only brand in this category that is manufactured in the USA (just in case that matters to you). All the others are imported.

160 lb Bumper Plate Set

160-pounds is the smallest available set and it contains a pair of 10′s, 25′s, and 45′s. I believe that this set is too small for most people just starting out and I would suggest at least 260 pounds if you’re starting from nothing. Having said that, it is the one set that just about every merchant offers so I have included it anyway.

The best deal I found for a 160-pound set including shipping is from Fringesport – their OFW black set costs only $269 shipped anywhere in the continental US. Not only are the the OFW bumpers super affordable, but the 10′s and 15′s are much more resistant to bending than the HG plates.

OFW Bumper Plate Sets from Fringesport - Not HI-Temp, just high tech

**A note about shipping: All Fringesport plates are unconditional free shipping in the states. Rogue HG is part of the 3-ships-free program. Both the HI-Temps from Rogue and the Vulcan bumpers are free shipping to selected regions.

  1. OFW Bumper Plates – $269 @Fringesport (free shipping)
  2. Vulcan Strength Bumper Plates – $269 @Vulcan
  3. Rogue HG Bumpers – $298 $275 @Rogue Fitness 
  4. HI-TEMP Bumper Plates – $323 @Rogue Fitness
  5. HI-TEMP Bumper Plates – $349 @Fringesport (free shipping)

Surprisingly, the full color version of this 160 lb set from Vulcan is only $284 (sale price). Matter of fact, all of their colored sets are 20% off right now. So if you ever wanted color, now may be the time!

260 lb Bumper Plates Set

Rogue 260-pound set - HG Bumper Plates

The 260-pound set is a well rounded intro set that includes pairs of everything from 10-45 pounds (10′s, 15′s, 25′, 35′s, and 45′s). The cheapest 260-pound set before shipping is going to be Vulcan (though it’s hard to catch these in stock). The OFW plates are almost a tie in price since Fringesport ships everything for free.

  1. Vulcan Strength Bumpers – $397 @Vulcan
  2. Rogue HG Bumpers – $425@Rogue Fitness
  3. OFW Bumper Plates – $429@Fringesport (free shipping)
  4. HI-TEMP Bumper Plates – $498 @RogueFitness

Another package I feel that is worth mentioning would be the 250-pound set from Vulcan Strength. Rather than the pairs of 15′s and 35′s that are in the standard 260-pound package, this set has two pairs of 45′s (4 total). This set configuration may work better for those of you who prefer to have more of the heavier plates than the lighter plates. It’s only $389 and includes free shipping in some regions.

350(ish) lb Bumper Plates Set

These big sets are not as easy to side-by-side compare as the previous two due to the difference in total weight. They range from 340 pounds to 370 pounds depending on the vendor. Fringesport’s sets are bigger since they include 3 pairs of 45′s; which I personally think is pretty cool. Vulcan gives you the most variety in large set selection by far (5 different sets from 340-370 pounds) and you can get sets with 55′s. You’re kind of on your own with these sets, just pay attention to the total weight as well as the price.

  • Vulcan 340 lb set A (10′s,25′s,35′s,45′s,55′s) – $509 @Vulcan
  • Vulcan 340 lb set B (10′s,25′s 45′s,45′s,45′s) – $510 @Vulcan
  • OFW 370 lb set (10′s,15′s,25′s,45′s 45′s,45′s) – $555 @Fringesport (free shipping)
  • Rogue HG 350 lb set  (10′s,15′s,25′s 35′s,45′s,45′s) – $545 @Rogue Fitness 
  • Vulcan 370 lb set B (10′s,15′s,25′s,45′s,45′s,45′s) – $555 @Vulcan
  • HI-TEMP 370 lb set (10′s,15′s,25′s,45′s,45′s,45′s) – $739 @Fringesport
    (free shipping)

Black Bumper Plates in Bulk

Buying bumper plates in bulk for less

A few companies offer their bumpers in bulk for even more savings; namely RogueFringesport and Vulcan. This is great for CrossFit boxes and small gyms that want to get as many plates as they can with their bumper budget. Basically you select how many pounds you want and then choose what combination of plates you prefer. Fairly simple process.

  • OFW Bumper Plates 500 pounds: $725 (free shipping – $1.45/pound)
  • OFW Bumper Plates 1000 pounds: $1399 (free shipping – $1.40/pound)
  • OFW Bumper Plates 5000 pounds: $6875 (free shipping – $1.38/pound)
  • Vulcan Bumper Plates 500 pounds: $729 ($1.46/pound)
  • Vulcan Bumper Plates 1000 pounds: $1419 ($1.42/pound)
  • Rogue HG Bumpers 500 pounds: $775 ($1.55/pound)
  • Rogue HG Bumpers 1000 pounds: $1475 ($1.48/pound)
  • Rogue HI-Temp Bumpers 500 pounds: $925 ($1.85/pound)
  • Rogue HI-Temp Bumpers 1000 pounds: $1775 ($1.78/pound)

Basic Color Bumper Plates

Colored Basic Bumper Plates

The Vulcan and OFW bumpers are also available in colors. It’s a little more pricey to buy them this way, but that option is available if you’d prefer. Here are some prices to give you an idea of that price difference.

Vulcan has a much lower price than Fringesport does for colored bumpers for now (sale prices). Vulcan has free shipping for some regions, and a small shipping fee for the other US regions. Even if you have to pay that fee, Vulcan will still be cheaper in this case.

  • Vulcan Colored 160 lb set (10′s, 25′s, 45′s) – $284 @Vulcan
  • Vulcan Colored 260 lb set (10′s, 15′s, 25′s, 35′s, 45′s) – $404 @Vulcan
  • OFW Colored 160 lb set (10′s, 25′s, 45′s) – $329 @Fringesport
  • OFW Colored 260 lb set (10′s, 15′s, 25′s, 35′s, 45′s) – $519 @Fringesport

Training Bumper Plates Sets

Training Bumper Plates

The contenders: Rogue, Eleiko, and Werksan.

Weight Sets: 140 kilograms (pair of 10′s, 15′s, 20′s, and 25′s).

The Specs: Training bumper plates are a non-calibrated version of competition plates. They have a dead bounce and have much stricter weight tolerances. The standard for plates of this caliber is +/- 10 grams, and they are sold in kilograms, not pounds. They are all color coded as well. Both training and competition bumpers are much thinner than standard black bumpers, and the collar opening is reinforced with a much larger steel insert.

Rogue does offer training discs in pounds, they can be seen here.

140 kg Training Bumpers

The 140 kg set includes a pair of 10′s, 15′s, 20′s and 25′s. You will find that Rogue has the best price on training bumper plates with no close second. You will also probably notice that Rogue intends to be your one stop shop for all bumper plates.

  1. Rogue Training Bumpers – $862 @Rogue Fitness
  2. Werksan Colored Training (no set available, sold as pairs) – $1485 @Rogue Fitness
  3. Eleiko Sports Training Discs – $1392 @Rogue Fitness
  4. Uesaka Varsity Training Plates – $1406 @Rogue
  5. Eleiko Training Discs – $1956 @Rogue Fitness currently on sale for $1669

Competition Bumper Plates Sets

Competition Bumper Plates Pricing Guide

While I initially did price out all of the major brands and multiple weight sets, I have decided not go into too much detail with the competition bumpers. However, in order to give a general idea of prices for various brands, I will list the current pricing for the 140 kg sets.

The fact is that 99% of us won’t ever need to own a full competition bumper plate set. The training bumpers discussed above are already much nicer bumpers than any garage gym or CrossFit affiliate requires, and for less money. So use this 140 kg set as a guide, and I will provide links for each brand so you may further research these plates if you so desire.

140 kg Competition Bumper Sets

140 kg sets include a pairs of 10′s, 15′s, 20′s, and 25′s. Standard Olympic plate colors are green (10′s), yellow (15′s), blue (20′s), and red (25′s). Sets are in no particular order.

  • Rogue Full Competition - $1034 @Rogue Fitness
  • Vulcan Competition – $1075 @Vulcan
  • Uesaka Atlanta Competition – $2294 @Rogue Fitness
  • Vaughn Weightlifting Competition – $829 @Fringesport
  • Eleiko Olympic WL Competition – $2612 @Rogue
  • Ivanko OCB Olympic Plates – $1815 @Ivanko
  • OFW Full Competition – $899 @Fringesport

Full Competition Sets (Bar + Bumpers + Collars)

…soon

If you have any feedback about any of these bumper plates, please leave a comment. If you feel I neglected a particular brand that should have made this list, I welcome your comment on that as well. Tell me which brand, and why it should be here.

{ 8 comments… add one }

  • Walter April 28, 2014, 9:36 am

    Any opinion of StrengthshopUSA.com bumpers?

    • jburgeson April 28, 2014, 11:30 am

      They lack any manufacturing specifics in the product description, but the shape alone tells me that they are the older version of the standard black bumper. Plus retailers who offer the newer versions make it a point to tell you that they do. Those are just like the current Troy VTX or Pendlay Econs.

      • Walter April 28, 2014, 3:57 pm

        Thanks for the feedback. The strengthshopUSA bumpers are significantly less expensive then others, so it makes sense they are older.

        Thanks for the reviews. Excited to get my garage gym started. Your pricing homework and comparisons are very helpful.

        • jburgeson April 28, 2014, 11:11 pm

          Keep in mind that all the others include shipping in the cost already where as those bumpers did not.

          I appreciate the kind words, and have fun getting set up. You recoup the money for a garage gym in saved gym dues a lot faster than you think (unless you’re at planet fitness =p)

  • kevin August 11, 2014, 4:29 pm

    No pendlay bumpers? They have very competitive prices.

    • jburgeson August 11, 2014, 5:21 pm

      Yeah their sale price right now is good. I was gonna do a whole write-up about the sale but they wouldn’t disclose to me the duration of the sale. Then I got a bulk email today saying it ended tonight edit: tomorrow morning so I scrapped the idea. I won’t lie, they give me and everyone I talk to a headache, so I stopped talking about them. Get em while they’re hot though, that sale is just about over.

  • Robbie August 13, 2014, 8:30 pm

    Hi,

    Great site I am trying to piece together my home gym and found lots of great info here.

    I was wondering if I could get your opinion on the quality of the york bumpers vs the rogue HG? The reason I ask is that I can get the york plates a decent amount cheaper locally but I am a bit worried about the quality and can’t find much info.

    I am just about to pull the trigger on a rogue set but if I can get a bit more weight for my $$ I may consider the york.
    Thanks!

    • jburgeson August 13, 2014, 8:41 pm

      Hey Robbie, thanks. The odds are that the York’s are identical to the HG, as the York’s I’ve seen myself were. If you look at them and compare them visually, the only real difference in shape should be the lettering/logos. The plate should look the same. So yea, If you can get them for less than the HG’s or OFW’s, grab ‘em. I don’t list York here because they are redundant and harder to find in sets online for comparable prices. If it’s local and a deal, go for it.

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