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.
Table of Contents
- Basic Black Bumper Plate Sets
- Black Kilo Bumper Plates
- Colored Bumper Plate Sets
- Bulk Bumper Plates
- Training Bumper Plate Sets
- Competition Bumper Plate Sets
Basic Black Bumper Plates Sets
The contenders: HI-Temp, Rogue HG, Fringesport OFW, Pendlay Econs V2, and Vulcan Strength bumper plates.
Brands left out – but not forgotten: There is no shortage of other basic bumper brands; Kraiburg, Ader, York, and all the small shops that get their names stamped on these very same bumpers. In an effort to keep this even remotely easy to read, brands not offered in sets; redundant brands with higher prices; and brands already known to be poor quality have been left out or even omitted from this post. For instance, all Troy VTX bumpers have been removed from this guide 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.
The specifications: In this category, these brands are all very similar; some are even made in the same factory. All of these plates are the standard 450 mm diameter plates with 50 mm steel inserts (no brass). The width of each size can vary slightly by brand. The unique bumper plates in the bunch are the HI-Temps and the OFWs from Fringesport. I summarize each brand briefly below.
The HI-Temps are significantly thicker and more resilient than other brands, but they produce a lot more bounce. They are also the only brand in this category that is manufactured in the USA (in case that matters to you) and that is reflected in the slightly higher cost.
The Fringesport OFW bumpers are a newer, improved design that is meant to hold up better against typical high-rep Crossfit abuse; the 10’s and 15’s are much more resistant to bending (read more about the OFW plates here). These also ship free within one business day. For basic bumpers I almost always recommend this brand as the quality for cost is the best by far.
I recently purchased a set of Pendlay Econ V2 bumpers while they were on sale just to verify which design version they were, and I was disappointed to find out that the V2 is still the flimsy, older model; so I don’t know what the hell V2 is supposed to mean. They also took two weeks to ship and arrived greasy enough to transfer oil to my other plates. Not impressed. The Rogue HG is the same plate style with less shipping delay and less grease. Plus it’s Rogue so customer service will take care of you.
The Vulcan Strength bumpers are competitively priced (especially on the larger sets) and they are offered in the largest variety of weights; about 10 different sets from 160 pounds to the high 300’s.
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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. This set is probably too small for most people just starting out and I would suggest at least 260 pounds if you’re starting from absolutely nothing. Having said that, it is the one set that just about every merchant offers so I have included it.
- OFW Bumper Plates – $269 @Fringesport (free shipping)
- Vulcan Strength Bumper Plates – $269 @Vulcan
- Pendlay Econ Bumpers – $269 @MDUSA (free shipping but delayed)
- Rogue HG Bumpers – $298 $275 @Rogue Fitness
- HI-TEMP Bumper Plates – $323 @Rogue Fitness
- HI-TEMP Bumper Plates – $349 @Fringesport (free shipping)
*A note about shipping: All Fringesport plates are unconditional free shipping in the states and ship within a day when in stock. Rogue HG is part of the 3-ships-free program and also ships within a day. Both the HI-Temps from Rogue and the Vulcan bumpers are free shipping to selected regions of the country. Pendlay is free shipping but there is a lead time even when in stock.
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260 lb Bumper Plates Set
The 260-pound set is a well rounded intro set that includes pairs of everything from 10 to 45 pounds (10’s, 15’s, 25′, 35’s, and 45’s). OFW is still my favorite here for 260 pounds simply because of the quality of the plates and free shipping, but if you don’t really intend to lift with only 10’s or 15’s on the bar, the added resilience of the OFW plates becomes slightly less crucial. Same shipping policies as above apply here.
- Rogue Echo Economy Bumpers – $385 @Rogue Fitness
- Rogue HG Bumpers – $425 @Rogue Fitness
- Pendlay Econ Bumpers – $419 @MDUSA
- OFW Bumper Plates – $429 @Fringesport
- HI-TEMP Bumper Plates – $498 @Rogue Fitness
Another package 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. $389.
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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 and difference in plates offered in the packages. They range from 340 pounds to 370 pounds depending on the vendor, but in all cases these are the most economical sets offered.
Once again Fringesport offers the best price per pound considering shipping is 100% free with no regional restrictions, not to mention it’s the best basic bumper out there other than the HI-Temps. The Vulcan sets are priced reasonably; on par with Fringesport, but there are shipping surcharges if you are not on the East Coast. 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 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
- Pendlay Econ 370 lb set (10’s,15’s,25’s,35’s,45’s,55’s) – 580 @MDUSA (free shipping)
- HI-TEMP 370 lb set (10’s,15’s,25’s,45’s,45’s,45’s) – $739 @Fringesport
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Black Bumper Plates in Bulk (500 lb+)
A few companies offer their bumpers in bulk for even more savings; namely Rogue and Fringesport. 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. Fringe also offers their colored bumpers in bulk.
- OFW Bumper Plates 500 pounds: $725 (free shipping – $1.45/pound)
- OFW Bumper Plates 5000 pounds: $6875 (free shipping – $1.38/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)
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Basic Black Bumpers in Kilos
These are less common in the states, but Rogue offers two basic plates in kilograms vs pounds. They are hard to catch in stock though. All of the other brands listed on this page require you to upgrade to training/competition bumpers in order to lift with kilos. York makes kg black bumpers, but the price doesn’t appear to be very competitive no matter where I find them when compared to Rogue’s kg prices.
- Rogue Kilo Echo Bumpers (sold in pairs only, no free shipping)
- Rogue KG Bumpers (free shipping on sets only, not pairs)
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Basic Color 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. These two brands are identical in terms of design, but I’m pretty sure they use different color schemes, neither of which really matters considering these are pounds, not kilos. Fringesport is just hard to beat when it comes to bumper pricing, as per usual.
- OFW Colored 160 lb set (10’s, 25’s, 45’s) – $329 @Fringesport
- Vulcan Colored 160 lb set (10’s, 25’s, 45’s) – $355 @Vulcan
- OFW Colored 500 lb (you choose plates) – $849 @Fringesport
- Vulcan Colored 500 lb (you choose plates) – $899 @Vulcan
- Troy VTX Colored Bumpers – $no! $no! $no!
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Training Bumper Plates Sets
Training bumper plates are the non-certified version of competition plates. They have a dead bounce, are usually color coded, and have a much larger steel insert and much stricter weight tolerances than basic bumpers. The standard for plates of this caliber is +/- 10 grams of claimed weight, and they are sold in kilograms, not pounds (although both Rogue and Pendlay offer training bumpers in pounds).
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 Pendlay as the only close second (unless they’re on sale at the moment). You will also probably notice that Rogue intends to be your one stop shop for all training bumper plates, which isn’t a bad thing as they will always take care of you as a customer.
- Rogue Training Bumpers – $862 @Rogue Fitness
- WerkSan Colored Training (no set available, sold as pairs) – $1485 @Rogue Fitness
- Pendlay Black Elite Bumpers –
- Eleiko Sports Training Discs – $1392 @Rogue Fitness
- Uesaka Varsity Training Plates – $1406 @Rogue
- Eleiko Training Discs – $1956 @Rogue Fitness
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Competition Bumper Plates Sets
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 since so few people actually require them. However, in order to give a general idea of prices for various brands, I will list the current pricing for the 140 kg sets and then provide links for each brand so you may research them further if you would like.
It can be argued that most of these bumpers are actually training bumpers as only a handful are actually certified, but I’ll play along with the manufacturers and call them comp plates.
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. The Vaughn’s are a steal, and they’re great plates.
- Pendlay Elite Color Competition –
- 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
† - IWF-certified
FYI: This Week (9/15/14) – All Pendlay Elites 20% Off
Just thought I’d share this with you guys in case you’re in the market for some competition bumpers. All Pendlay Elite and Classic Elite competition bumpers are 20% off. Not bad!
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Full Comp / Training Sets (Bar + Bumpers +)
The following are full competition or training sets offered by various manufacturers. Save a few bucks by buying the bars and bumpers at the same time. In the case of the big IWF-certified brands like Eleiko, you will generally also get collars and change plates; everything you need minus the platform. Learn about any of these bars on my barbell guide.
Vaughn Olympic Bar + Bumper Package 155/160 kg
Package comes with Vaughn Weightlifting Olympic Training Bar (men’s or women’s), and 140 kg of Vaughn Competition Bumpers (10’s, 15’s, 20’s, and 25’s). $1229
Cons: Package does not include competition collars or change plates.
Pendlay Bearing Bar + Colored Elite Comp Bumpers – 180/185 kg
Package comes with Pendlay 2013 Needle Bearing Bar (men’s or women’s), 140 kg of Pendlay Elite or Pendlay Classic Competition Bumpers (10’s, 15’s, 20’s, and 25’s), and 25 kg of rubber coated change plates. $1699
Cons: No competition collars, and change plates are known to be inaccurate.
Eleiko WL Competition Set – 185/190 kg
Package comes with Eleiko WL Competition Barbell (men’s or women’s), 140 kg of Eleiko Competition Colored Bumpers (10’s, 15’s, 20’s, and 25’s), 25 kg of Eleiko Comp change plates, and a pair of 2.5 kg Eleiko comp collars. IWF-certified. $4300
WerkSan WL Competition Set – 185/190 kg
Package comes with WerkSan WL Competition Barbell (men’s or women’s), 140 kg of Werksan Competition Colored Bumpers (10’s, 15’s, 20’s, and 25’s), 25 kg of Werksan Comp change plates, and a pair of 2.5 kg Werksan comp collars. Said to be one of the best Olympic bars in the world. IWF-certified. $4145
Cons: Again, price!
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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.