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Bumper Plates Sets For Crossfit & Weightlifting – Pricing Guide

Bumper plates sets comparison and shopping guide

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's updated HI-Temp bumper plates

The redesigned crumb rubber Rogue HI-Temp bumper plates.

The contenders: HI-Temp, Rogue HG 2.0, Fringesport OFW, American Barbell, Rogue Echo, Eleiko XF, and Vulcan Strength bumper plates.

Brands left out – but not forgotten: There is no shortage of other basic bumper brands; Kraiburg, Ader, York, Pendlay, and all the small CrossFit shops that get their names stamped on versions of these very same bumpers.

In an effort to keep the black bumper plate section of this article even remotely easy to read, brands not offered in sets, redundant brands with higher prices, brands with no warranties, and brands known to be poor quality have been left out or even omitted from this post.

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: When it comes to black bumpers, 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 plate in the bunch are the HI-Temps, but the Vulcan and OFW plates do have an innovative insert assembly that increases the life of the plates. I summarize each brand briefly below.

HI-Temp bumper plate sets made for Rogue

The HI-Temps are significantly thicker and more resilient than other brands, but they produce a lot more bounce. These are great plates, and they are practically indestructible. They are also one of the only brands of black bumpers that are made in the USA, and that is reflected in the slightly higher cost. Their only drawback is that they do not mix well with non-HI-Temps, as their diameter isn’t a true 450 mm (don’t drop a bar loaded with different diameter plates.)

The Fringesport OFW bumpers are a newer, utilitarian design that will hold up better against typical high-rep Crossfit abuse. OFW plates aren’t the prettiest (they have a rugged look, much like HI-Temps), but they have a special anchored insert that helps to reduce the chances of insert separation, and the 10’s and 15’s are much more resistant to bending (read more about the OFW plates here). For basic bumpers, I always recommend this brand first as the quality for cost is the best by far.

The Rogue HG 2.0 is the standard basic black bumper model. This is the plate design that most of us are familiar with; as they are the most similar to the Yorks, Pendlay HD, Echo, etc. However, the HG was recently improved to be even better than the lookalikes; they are now even more refined and nicer looking, and thinner.

If you go with this style/model of bumper, I strongly suggest that you stick with Rogue. They offer a large variety of sets, free shipping options, and they are priced lower than or at least the same as the competition. Rogue also has a solid, hassle-free warranty on these bumpers, where as many of the others have only 30 days, or not at all! For instance, Pendlay doesn’t warrant their bumpers beyond 30 days.

The Vulcan Strength bumpers are competitively priced (especially on the larger sets), and they offer the largest variety of sets; about 10 different sets from 160 pounds to the high 300’s (when inventory allows). Vulcan bumpers are also similar in design to the OFW plates in that they use an anchored insert to further reduce separation issues. Vulcan also offers 55-pound plates, and colored plates using the pound-equivalent IWF color scheme.

The Eleiko XF is Eleiko’s way of offering “economy” bumpers to CrossFitters. They are thick and expensive like the HI-Temps, and are only offered in a 370-pound set. You’ll have to buy pairs if you want less weight than this. These may be economical from Eleiko’s point of view, but they are still more than any of the other brands listed.

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160 lb Bumper Plate Set

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

The 160-pound set is the smallest available set and it contains a pair of 10’s, 25’s, and 45’s. This set is pretty small, and I would suggest at least a 260-pound set 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 anyway. Just remember that the larger the set is, the less you pay per pound, and the more time that you have before you need to add to it

  1. OFW Bumper Plates – $269 @Fringesport (free shipping)
  2. Vulcan Strength Bumper Plates – $269 @Vulcan
  3. Rogue HG 2.0 Bumpers  $275 @Rogue Fitness
  4. HI-TEMP Bumper Plates (USA) – $323 @Rogue Fitness

*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. 

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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). I prefer the Vulcan’s for this set size if you live within their free shipping zone because the price is just fantastic, and Vulcan plates have the same durability features as the OFW. The Echo or OFW are you next best bet. The same shipping policies from above apply here as well.

  1. Rogue Echo Economy Bumpers – $385 @Rogue Fitness (free shipping)
  2. Vulcan Strength Bumper Plates – $379 @Vulcan
  3. Rogue HG 2.0 Bumpers – $425 @Rogue Fitness
  4. OFW Bumper Plates – $405 @Fringesport (free shipping)
  5. HI-TEMP Bumper Plates – $498 @Rogue Fitness

FYI, Vulcan also has a 250-pound set that ditches the 15’s and 35’s, and comes with an extra pair of 45’s. I actually like this set more than the 260-pound set since more 45-pound plates is really what matters in the long run, but to each their own.

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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.

If you are within Vulcan’s free shipping zones, their big sets are a steal, and there are two 370 pound sets available (one of them has 55’s.) If you are on the west coast, Fringe is probably cheaper. You’re kind of on your own with these sets, but there is a way to get exactly what you want; just pay attention to the total weight as well as the price.

  • Vulcan 370 lb set B (10’s,15’s 25’s,35’s,45’s,55’s) – $519 @Vulcan (wow?)
  • OFW 370 lb set (10’s,15’s,25’s,45’s 45’s,45’s) – $555 @Fringesport (free shipping)
  • Rogue HG 2.0 350 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) – $527 @Vulcan
  • HI-TEMP 370 lb set (10’s,15’s,25’s,45’s,45’s,45’s) – $739 @Fringesport
    (free shipping)
  • Eleiko XF 370 lb set (10’s,15’s 25’s,35’s,45’s,55’s) – $738 @Eleiko

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Basic Black Bumpers in Kilos

Rogue HG 2.0 Kilogram Black Bumper Plates

Finding black bumper plates in kilos is not very common in the states, but Eleiko has the XF in kilos, and Rogue offers two options; the Echo KG and HG 2.0 KG. They are tough to find in stock, but I hear inventory is getting better lately. York also 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.

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Black Bumper Plates in Bulk (500 lb+)

Buying bumper plates in bulk for less

Rogue, Vulcan, and Fringesport all offer bulk pricing on bumpers. This is great for CrossFit boxes and small gyms that want to get as many plates as they can with their bumper budget. You just select how many pounds you want and then choose what combination of plates you desire. Fringesport is the only one to continue to reduce the price beyond 1000 pounds. Color is also available from Fringe and Vulcan.

  • OFW Bumper Plates 500 pounds: $725 (free shipping – $1.45/pound)
  • Vulcan Strength Plates 500 pounds: $729 (free shipping – $1.46/pound)
  • Rogue HG Bumpers 500 pounds: $775 ($1.55/pound)
  • Rogue HI-Temp Bumpers 500 pounds: $925 ($1.85/pound)

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Basic Color Bumper Plates

FringeSport OFW Colored Bumper plates

FringeSport OFW Colored Bumper Plate Sets

The Vulcan, OFW, and Echo 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. All three of these brands are the same as their black bumper counterparts in terms of durability. Rogue and Vulcan use a color scheme that more closely mimics the IWF kilograms scheme, not that it ultimately matters. Fringesport has free shipping here, the other two are regional shipping.

The OFW plates are offered in bulk, which is by far the cheapest route to go if you’re buying for a small box or gym.

  • Rogue Echo Colored 260 lb set (10’s, 15’s, 25’s, 35’s, 45’s) – $475 @Rogue
  • OFW Colored 260 lb set (10’s, 15’s, 25’s, 35’s, 45’s) – $519 @Fringesport
  • Vulcan Colored 260 lb set (10’s, 15’s, 25’s, 35’s, 45’s) – $504 @Vulcan
  • OFW Colored 500 lb (you choose plates) – $849 @Fringesport
  • Troy VTX Colored Bumpers – $no! $no! $no!

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Olympic Training Bumper Plate Sets

Training Bumper Plates

WerkSan Training Bumper Plates

Training bumper plates are the non-certified version of competition plates. They have a dead bounce, are generally color coded, and have a significantly larger steel hub/insert and much stricter weight tolerances than basic black bumpers. The standard for plates of this caliber is +/- 10 grams of claimed weight, and they are typically sold in kilograms, although some manufacturers (Rogue and American Barbell) do offer them in pounds.

Many manufacturers call their training plates “competition bumpers” despite the fact that they aren’t certified to be used in any sanctioned events. Ignoring this fact, I still categorize bumpers based on their given name (training or competition), so just keep in mind that unless a bumper plate is actually certified, it’s really just a training bumper. Rogue Competition Bumpers are sort of an exception; they are not IWF certified, but they are the official bumper of the CrossFit Games.

In all honesty, you should probably only buy training bumpers if you’re hell-bent on using an IWF brand, but can’t afford their actual certified line. For instance, you can save over a grand by using Eleiko Sports plates rather than Eleiko Comps. It will still cost you $1400, but they are Eleiko. The underdog brands like Vaughn and Vulcan offer “competition” plates for less than the big boys’ training plates, and they’ll last just as long. Just something to consider.

New Rogue Training Bumpers in pounds

140 kg sets of Training Bumpers (or 320 pounds)

The 140 kg set includes a pair of 10’s, 15’s, 20’s and 25’s. The 320 lb set includes a pair of 25’s, 35’s, 45’s, and 55’s. You will find that Rogue and American Barbell have the best prices on training bumper plates, although you can find lower priced non-certified sets in the Competition section below. 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. Sets are not ordered by price.

  1. Rogue KG Training 2.0 Bumpers – $915 @Rogue Fitness
  2. Rogue KG Black Training Bumpers – $940 @Rogue Fitness
  3. WerkSan KG Colored Training – $1485 @Rogue Fitness
  4. American Barbell KG Training Bumpers – $980 @American Barbell
  5. Eleiko KG Sports Training Discs – $1392 @Eleiko
  6. Uesaka KG Varsity Training Plates – $1406 @Rogue Fitness
  7. Eleiko KG Training Discs – $2252 @Eleiko
  8. American Barbell Black Training (pounds) – $870 @American Barbell
  9. Rogue Training Bumpers (pounds) – $950 @Rogue Fitness

Rogue has a multitude of basic, training, and competition bumper plates in the Closeouts section of their website right now, including used plates from the 2014 CrossFit Games. It’s a good time to be in the market for plates.

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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 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.

Note: As I mentioned above in the Training Bumper section, 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 competition plates. If you are buying plates for an event, research very thoroughly what brands are approved for your event.

140 kg Competition Bumper Sets

Vaughn Competition Bumper Plates - Pretty good price on these

Vaughn Competition Bumpers are the better priced training bumpers on the market. They are priced extremely competitively, and ship free.

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.

  • Eleiko Olympic WL Competition † * – $2612 @Eleiko
  • Uesaka Full Competition † * – $2564 @Rogue Fitness
  • Uesaka Atlanta Competition * – $2294 @Rogue Fitness
  • Rogue Competition – $1035 @Rogue Fitness
  • Vaughn Weightlifting Competition * – $829 @Fringesport (best price)
  • Vulcan Competition * – $1075 @Vulcan
  • Ivanko OCB Olympic Plates – $1815 @Ivanko
  • OFW Competition – $899 @Fringesport

- IWF-certified
* – Warranted

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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

Vaughn Bar and Competition Plate package

Package comes with Vaughn Weightlifting Olympic Training Bar (20 kg men’s or 15 kg women’s), and 140 kg of Vaughn Competition Bumpers (10’s, 15’s, 20’s, and 25’s). Remember that the Vaughn is a high-speed bushing bar, not a bearing bar [review]. $1229

Cons: Package does not include competition collars or change plates, but the price is very nice nonetheless.

Vulcan WL Competition Set – 180/185 kg

Package comes with Vulcan Elite 28 mm Olympic Bushing Bar, but can and should be upgraded to the Vulcan Olympic Bearing Bar. Men’s or women’s bars are available. Standard Comp Bumpers are included (10’s, 15’s, 20’s, and 25’s) and a 25 kg set of rubber change plates is also included. Price is extremely competitive with the Euro brands. $1735 with bearing bar.

Cons: Weighted collars are not included in base price. Hard to catch bars in stock.

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

Cons: Price!

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.

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  • 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.

      • 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)

  • 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.

  • Bill August 30, 2014, 9:57 am

    Glad I found your site, it’s nice to get a non-biased objective opinion. Just wondering any concern regarding products from China? Is there any advantages or benefits from getting the US manufactured bumper plates? Thanks

    • jburgeson August 30, 2014, 8:53 pm

      Hey Bill, sorry for the delay I didn’t get the email on this one…

      With bumper plates, other than the HI-Temps, they’re pretty much all from China. I can probably say the HI-Temps will last longer by a little, but they bounce like no other and cost a bit more. HI-temps are also thicker so you’ll get less maximum weight on the bar. I guess what I’m getting at is there is no reason to avoid the Chinese bumpers really, especially being that it’s not like there are a lot US options.

  • Brian September 30, 2014, 7:12 pm

    Any input on the Rogue Echo bumper plates? http://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-echo-bumper-plates

    • jburgeson September 30, 2014, 10:22 pm

      Echo plates are fine plates. They aren’t offered in big set sizes though, and they didn’t implement any durability options like the rebar insert. Good prices though if you need a small set.

  • shane sevcik December 17, 2014, 2:40 pm

    have you compared the Eleiko Sport bumper and the American Barbell bumper? they look very similar and difference than other plates….no skrew/bolt patern>

    • jburgeson December 17, 2014, 3:36 pm

      I have not. Both of those are very uncommon plates, especially for a garage. I’ve seen the Eleiko Sports come up a few times on the CrossFit and WL boards, and the American Barbell comp plates maybe once or twice, but that’s about it. There just hasn’t been enough interest in comp plates to warrant trying to get my hands on various brands to compare. They look like the same plate to me though. Not everything Eleiko makes is made in Sweden btw.

  • Robert December 21, 2014, 2:20 am

    Any reviews on Rep Fitness Competition colored bumper plates. Seems like come from the same factory as Fringe Sports Vaughn Weightlifting bumpers and Again Faster Klokov plates. Thanks

    • jburgeson December 21, 2014, 10:36 am

      It is extremely likely that they do come from the same place. Of those three brands of comp bumpers, it just comes down to price and/or which brand you prefer to work with. Vaughn’s seem cheaper by a decent amount though.

  • Peter January 10, 2015, 9:05 am

    Excellent study! Thanks!

  • Jeremy January 27, 2015, 8:45 am

    Hi! Thanks for all the reviews you do. I find them really helpful. I believe I’ve settled on getting the full vaughn setup, as my focus has shifted to olympic lifting over the past 6 months. I currently have a fringe bomba bar and black lbs bumpers, and while they are perfectly fine for most things, they leave a bit to be desired when it comes to the snatch and C&J, and I’d simply rather work in kilos at this point. But I’m stuck on something. I am trying to figure out what kind of change plates to get. It seems like Werksan USA is almost the only one even offering anything in this department, so I’ll probably order form them, but I can’t figure out whether to get regular metal change plates or “rubber friction plates”. The rubberized ones sound cool, but I have no experience with them and I don’t want to pay extra money for something that ends up being more of a pain to work with. Do you have a recommendation you could offer? Thanks again for all you do!

    • jburgeson January 27, 2015, 9:11 am

      Well as you know, kilo change plates are not cheap. I would personally just go with whatever you got the best deal on, whether that was metal or friction. Friction holds onto the bar better, but it really doesn’t matter that much when training Olympic lifts unless it’s long CrossFit sets. Also, in addition to WerkSan, check out DHS, Eleiko, and Vulcan as well. Avoid Pendlay’s like the plague; I’ve heard time and time again that the weights are off by a lot, and that they fall apart. Oh, American Barbell has urethane kilo fractional plates, but I’ve not actually ever seen them so I can’t really say anything.

  • Robert February 11, 2015, 2:48 pm

    Any insight on XTraining Equipment bumpers? They are local so I can get a heck of a deal, but can’t find any information on them at all… thanks!

    • jburgeson February 11, 2015, 3:45 pm

      Their bumpers are fine. It doesn’t look like they do anything special with the light plates to keep them flat longer, but if the price is right and you don’t use the 10’s and 15’s as technique plates and drop them alone on the bar, it’ll be fine. That is of course assuming you’re getting a much better deal than the website prices by walking in and picking them up. Not a fan of their bars though.

  • kba February 14, 2015, 6:24 pm

    I have been searching for fractional plates. I would ideally like to just buy one .5kg pair (or 1.25lb) for taking to a commercial type gym where the smallest jump is 2.5lbs.
    I have heard about getting washers

    This is one of the better deals (on a set) I have seen so far

    • jburgeson February 14, 2015, 9:21 pm

      Interestingly enough, GP is American Barbell.

  • Paul February 17, 2015, 8:02 pm

    Sort of a specific question looking for some advice. I’m 55 years old, and been lifting 6 months. Revamping my basement gym and was looking to add just a pair of 25lb bumper plates to aid in doing warms up for deadlifts (I’ve been skipping warms ups for lack of plates). Someday down the road I’d like to learn how to Power Clean but, that could be another 6 months or more. After reading your article I feel foolish buying two bumpers and wonder if it makes sense to jump in and get the 160 lbs rouge set? I’m 5’6″ and not super strong and at my age, I’m not going to be out growing it anytime soon. Make sense or just carry on with the idea of picking up plates pairs…? I realize it my might not be a right answer, but looking for advice from someone that has more history/knowledge than I do… Thanks so much for the site and all your help!

    • jburgeson February 17, 2015, 8:46 pm

      Hey Paul. The biggest advantage to buying sets is the free shipping deals. It’s not really free; the cost is in the set, but it’s still usually cheaper that pairs unless you live within the same shipping zone as whoever you buy from. I don’t see anything wrong with buying pairs as you need them, you’re not really losing anything if you don’t need the other plates any time soon. If you said I need 25’s today and 45’s in a month, I’d say buying pairs is foolish. Still, you’d want to see what that shipping is on a 50 pound package.

      Rogue will give you the absolute best shipping prices of probably any retailer. Bars ship for about $15. Not bad for nearly 50 pounds in a very long, oddly shaped shipping container. If you’re fortunate enough to live in the same city as one of these dealers, that’s the best deal usually. No shipping, and prices are usually even discounted for pick-ups.

  • Matt February 24, 2015, 9:59 am

    Any thoughts on the crumb rubber ones from AF? Are they just like hi Temps?

    • jburgeson February 24, 2015, 10:51 am

      Hey Matt, yeah I think they’re just imported versions of the HI-Temps. I haven’t come across them yet, so I don’t know how they compare. HI-Temps are pretty durable bumpers though, and they cost less after shipping, so those crumb rubbers would be a tough sell for me. The smallest 160 pound set was $197 shipping vs free shipping for HI-Temps elsewhere. Colors are kinda cool I guess =p

  • Jonah March 2, 2015, 6:03 pm

    Great review!
    I am currently looking for a set of bumper plates strictly in kilograms which will be used in my new garage gym. I have been browsing Websites like rogue, fringe, pendlay, again faster and almost anything i can think of that would sell gym equipment. Right now my top pick are Pendlay HG 150kg bumper set due to the low price and free shipping compared to the Rogue HG 2.0. Any thoughts on the Pendlay weights in terms of durability, if the hole sits on the sleeve perfectly and bounce? I plan to match these weights to a Rogue OL bar where the bar and weights will only be used during the two Olympic lifts. Any advice will be nice, thank you very much!

    • jburgeson March 2, 2015, 7:26 pm

      Rogue and Pendlay plates used to be exactly the same. Rogue has updated theirs a couple times in the last two years with stronger rubber and slimmer plates, Pendlay has not. You should be able to get Rogue Echo KG plates for the same or less than Pendlay when they are in stock. Usually, from lowest to highest, the prices go Echo, Pendlay, HG, HI-Temp. Echo plates are a free-shipping item I thought.

      I personally am not a Pendlay fan at all. I’ll always recommend Rogue over Pendlay. Rogue has warranties, allows customers to leave product reviews (even when they’re bad), and is not a total PITA to deal with. The 5% savings you can get on a few random items would never be worth it to me personally even if they were the same product. Fortunately, for me it never even comes up; I find Rogue products to be superior, and priced extremely well for the quality/innovations/features.

      • jonah March 2, 2015, 7:38 pm

        Thanks for replying with the knowledge!

        I have another question. Would you recommend the competition/training plates over the standard bumpers? Like is it worth the $300 difference for a 140kg set.

        • jburgeson March 2, 2015, 8:45 pm

          If you can afford to and you’re serious about Olympic lifting, I think it’s worth the investment. Comp plates are so much more durable than basic plates, and that durability matters on the lighter ones. You don’t have to own a $2k set of Eleiko’s to own good comp plates either, which is nice. Brands like Rogue and Vaughn are very affordable. I have a combination of both (basic and comp, that is), but I’m heavy on the basic bumpers and I’m actually trying to decide which brand of comps to move into right now.

  • mike March 5, 2015, 10:03 am

    I have a question Is there a differents between color bumper and black bumper or is it more of a preference to have color bumpers cuz I’m deciding whether to get the vulcan 250lb set bumper but I don’t know if I should spend the extra $100 for the colors and can you use others bumpers with the valcan bumpers??

    • jburgeson March 5, 2015, 10:49 am

      There is no difference, it’s just personal preference. Most people don’t care about colors until they are into competition-style bumpers. Even then, it doesn’t actually matter off of a stage. You can mix and match bumpers on the bar, assuming they are all standard 450 mm.

  • Eddie March 16, 2015, 1:00 pm

    one thing I did notice is that OFW colored plates do not come in a 25kg / 55lb plate and the OFW 45s are red like the 55s of Rogues Econos and 35s are blue like 45s would norm. be! plus with only 15″ on my bar collars the Rogue Econos seams like a better deal for loading more weight on for my deadlifts unless I want to go with training / comp plates of which I will do a combination , Getting a set of 55lb training plates @ 2.5″ to add to my Econos but of course I could just add a pair of 45 lb steel plates and spend less but loose 20 lbs , I do not want all the noise of going with only steel. So with trying to find the best deal will prob. go with Rogue Econo colored plates. $350.00 set 625.00 free shipping Incl. 55 lb plates are part of set.

    • jburgeson March 16, 2015, 2:17 pm

      Yeah Eddie, I don’t know why Fringe did that color scheme. Technically it doesn’t matter since those plates will never be on a stage, but I still get wanting to stay within the normal theme. The Rogue Echo is the best deal right now; it was the OFW plates before the Echos were released. I still like OFW for blacks, and they have great pricing on the Vaughn comps, but Rogue is making it a point to undercut everyone else on these colored training plates. Plus, the Echo plates aren’t too wide, which is nice… at least as far as training plates can go.

  • Eddie March 17, 2015, 6:05 am

    My bad on the price it is – $625.00 for a 350 lb set, Free delivery. Thanks for the site.

  • CJ March 24, 2015, 8:44 am

    I’m looking to purchase a set of color bumper plates with or without a bar. I would prefer training over echo style plates, definitely no money for comp. Have there been any updates? Ideally I’m looking for a 320+ set with change plates included.

    • jburgeson March 24, 2015, 9:24 am

      You will probably have to buy change plates separate since most full sets out there are IWF brands, this is especially true if you’re interested in pounds vs kilos for colored plates. Rogue’s 2.0 training plates are quite nice, I actually picked a set up myself a couple weeks ago (in kilos though.) American Barbell also has a number of plate options in pounds. Let me ask you this, do you have a bar preference?

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