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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.

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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 that you buy upfront, 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 – $298 $275 @Rogue Fitness 
  4. Anvil Recycled Bumpers¹ (USA) – $317 @American Barbell
  5. HI-TEMP Bumper Plates (USA) – $323 @Rogue Fitness
  6. HI-TEMP Bumper Plates (USA) – $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. 

¹ This is a strange bumper. I’ve included it because it’s a USA brand, and I’m curious to get some feedback from anyone who has used these.

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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. They’re actually $1 less than the OFW even if you do have to pay for shipping. Don’t worry, Vulcan plates have the same durability features as the OFW. 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 – $429 @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 Rogue does offer 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 usually 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 generally sold in kilograms, although some manufacturers 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 competitions. I have so far been willing to play along with this naming game, but just keep in mind that unless a bumper plate is certified by the IWF, it’s not stage worthy. Rogue Competition Bumpers are the only exception, as they are the official equipment supplier 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 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 has the best price on training bumper plates, although you can find lower priced 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 as they will always take care of you as a customer. Sets are in no particular order.

  1. Rogue KG Training Bumpers – $862 @Rogue Fitness
  2. WerkSan KG Colored Training – $1485 @Rogue Fitness
  3. Eleiko KG Sports Training Discs – $1392 @Rogue Fitness
  4. Uesaka KG Varsity Training Plates – $1406 @Rogue Fitness
  5. Eleiko KG Training Discs – $2522 @Rogue Fitness
  6. American Barbell Training Bumpers (pounds) – $980 @American Barbell
  7. American Barbell Black Training (pounds) – $870 @American Barbell
  8. Rogue Training Bumpers (pounds) – $950 @Rogue Fitness

Rogue has a multitude of training and competition plates in the Closeouts section of their website right now, including used plates from the 2014 CrossFit Games.

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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 some of the better priced “comp” bumpers on the market.

American Barbell Competition Bumpers

American Barbell Competition Bumpers have a very unique look to them, much like the Eleiko Sports but at a slightly better price. Good looking plates.

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 @Rogue
  • Uesaka Atlanta Competition † * – $2294 @Rogue Fitness
  • Rogue Full Competition †† – $1034 @Rogue Fitness
  • Vaughn Weightlifting Competition * – $829 @Fringesport
  • Vulcan Competition* – $1075 @Vulcan
  • American Barbell Competition – $1240 @American Barbell
  • Ivanko OCB Olympic Plates – $1815 @Ivanko
  • OFW Full Competition – $899 @Fringesport

- IWF-certified
†† – In pounds, Official plates of the CrossFit Games
* – Warranted

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Full Comp / Training Sets (Bar + Bumpers +)

Vaughn Bar and Competition Plate package

Vaughn Weightlifting Olympic Training Bar + Bumper Plate Package – 160 kg set

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, 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.

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