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Folding Wall-Mounted Racks & Rigs Buying Guide

Guide to Wall-Mounted Folding Racks

Folding wall racks are a great space saving alternative to full-size power racks for athletes who want to train in their garage, but who still need to be able to pull the car in after a workout. Folding racks require only some empty wall space and a few inches of floor space to store, yet they open up into a full-size rack that’s about as versatile as a standard floor unit, and can hold just as much weight. Most models are less expensive than full racks, yet the majority of them can still handle the same accessories (dip station, landmine, etc.) Of course, any folding rack worth having will also have a chin-up or kipping bar.

In this article I’ll show you a handful of the available folding racks from different manufacturers, and I’ll talk about the differences in design, construction quality, and pricing. Don’t get overwhelmed, there are only a couple racks that really matter – as you’ll see as we go through the list.

*FYI: Most wall-mounted folding racks will require stringers when attaching the rack to wood or metal studs. I strongly suggest doing exactly what the manufacturer of your rack suggests in terms of installing that stringer. You’ll also need to make sure your preferred location for installation has enough space for the stringers. 

Be sure to use a stringer to attach your folding rack to the wall

Rogue’s recommendation for hanging stringers. Expect to have to do exactly this for your folding rack, and probably twice.

What to Look For in a Folding Rack

Buying a folding rack isn’t much different than buying a regular squat stand or power rack. You’re going to want to pay attention to ceiling height requirements, the steel used (dimensions and gauge), where it’s sourced (US or Chinese steel), the size of the hardware used, build quality (this has a lot to do with where it comes from), and what kind of finish the unit has. Obviously price will matter, but most are priced reasonably and only one I would consider to be overpriced.

As with non-folding racks, I recommend 2″ x 3″, 11-gauge steel for the uprights. 3″ x 3″ is acceptable as well, but it will be more expensive and there isn’t much of an advantage to having it over 2″ x 3″. I’m not a huge fan of 2″x2″ because it feels kind of flimsy to me, but at 11-gauge it will still hold a good amount of weight.

Personally I prefer racks made with US-steel. US-sourced racks have a hefty list of advantages over their imported (Chinese) counterparts including fewer imperfections in the steel, more resilient powder coating, laser cut components and holes, and just a better overall user experience (no rust, consistent hole sizing, hardware holes line up, no burrs or sharp flashing, and so on.) You’ve got to figure that there is a reason importing this stuff costs half as much money, and it’s not all because of the cheap labor.

Anyway, I’ll try to address all of these things along with each product. If you happen to be looking at a folding rack that’s not listed here, just use the above information as a guideline in determining whether or not you’re looking at a quality unit or not.

PRx Profile Series Rack

PRx Profile Racks - Folding, Low-Profile Garage Gym Racks

The PRx Profile Series is unique in that it stows away vertically rather than to the side like most folding racks. Utilizing gas shocks, it’s probably the quickest and easiest folding rack to pull down and put away. The Profile also is the most compact of any folding racks – sticking out only 4″ from the wall when stowed away.

Unfortunately, PRx racks are easily the most expensive folding racks around. Even after coming down a little in light of all the new competition, they are still the least competitive in terms of price, with some units easily exceeding $1000 before a single accessory is added. That’s two to three times as much as other folding racks that I’m going to show you, and about as much as a full-size power rack like the RML-490 (that green rack you see in the sidebar.)

Sadly there are other drawbacks besides the high price tag. Because of the way this rack stores vertically, it requires more vertical wall space. You need to have 9′ ceilings to install any of the Profiles that have pull-up bars; 8′ ceilings just won’t do. Additionally, because of the short distance between rack and wall, the optional kipping bar is a near-necessity to put some distance between you and the wall when doing any hanging movements. That’s all well and good, but the basic kipping model starts at $800.

The PRx Profile racks are built with industry standard 2″x3″ 11-gauge steel and 5/8″ hardware, so we’re good there. PRx also makes their racks here in the USA. Now they don’t offer as many accessories as Rogue Fitness does, but Rogue Infinity accessories will fit on the standard Profiles, so that’s not really an issue. All-in-all, very nice, but pricey.

PRx also offers a 3″x3″ Pro Profile that can be ordered in like eight different colors and has etched numbers in the uprights, but for $1100 I just don’t know how appealing that is for the majority. I guess the best way to look at the Pro version is consider it their luxury model for folks with no concern for budget.

Pros: Clever vertical storage method puts this unit closer to the wall than any other unit when stored away (4″); US product, colors and numbered uprights available on Pro racks, compatible with other manufacturer’s accessories, stringer not required according to manufacturer (but I personally believe it’s still a good idea to use one).

Cons: Most expensive folding rack; kipping model starts at $800, requires 9′ or higher ceilings for install, unit fairly close to wall, gas shocks are a wearable item.

Rogue Fitness R-3W & RML-3W Folding Rack

Rogue RML-3W Folding Wall Rack

Of all the folding racks on the market right now, the Rogue R-3W is currently my favorite. It offers access to all the same lifts as the PRx, but for hundreds of dollars less. It has a semi-adjustable pull-up bar, Westside hole spacing through the bench region, the most accessory options by far, and it can be ordered in two different depths – something that you can’t do with any other foldable rack.

The R-3W is made with 2″x3″, 11-gauge Infinity steel, and uses Rogue’s standard, beefy 5/8″ hardware. The two available rack depths are 20.5″ and 40.5″, and they sell for $475 and $555 respectively. Both depth variations stick out less than 5″ from the wall when stowed away, so there’s plenty of space when it’s opened yet very compact when closed.

Rogue also has the option to get 3″x3″ steel in the form of the RML-3W, but unless you already own Monster-Lite accessories for this steel configuration, I can’t see any reason to make the jump. Sure, the beefier RML variations are only $20 more than their Infinity counterparts, but accessories are going to cost more as well. Your call.

Setting up and stowing away the Rogue R-3W takes a few seconds longer than the Profile, but we’re talking seconds. It’s just a matter of pulling or placing a few pins. The 20.5″ version folds inwards, and the 40.5″ versions can fold however works best for you – both left, both right, or both to the outside. All versions are the same 5″ from the wall when stowed away.

Pros: Affordable, available in multiple steel configurations and depths, Westside hole spacing, UHMW caps to protect floor, easy to use, unit is only 5″ from wall when stored, largest accessory selection of any rack manufacturer, made in USA.

Cons: Set up and storage takes 15-seconds instead of 5-seconds.

X-Training XWR Folding Wall Mount Rig

The XWR Folding Rig is a close clone of the Rogue R-3W design, though it’s a little less impressive than the Rogue. Rather than 2″x3″ steel, X-Training opted to use lighter duty 2″-square tubing. This smaller tubing typically feels less sturdy, and it’s less compatible with existing accessories on the market. Additionally, the hardware shown in the images looks too small for the application, and the lack of washers on both ends of the bolt is somewhat concerning. It’ll hold, but it won’t feel as solid as a 2″x3″ rack.

For all the compromises that seem to have been made in its design, you’d think that this would sell for way less than the Rogue unit, but it does not ($599 vs Rogue’s $475.)

Pros: Available in two heights (94″ and 109″), pull-up bar is adjustable.

Cons: Imported, light-duty steel and hardware used (and lacking washers), high retail price for specifications. As a personal note, I’ve never been able to get a customer service response from this company so who knows how well they handle issues with orders.

Again Faster Wall Mounted Folding Power Rack

The Again Faster Folding Power Rack has a very misleading name. It should probably be called a Folding Squat Stand as this unit bears no resemblance to a power rack at all. It has no horizontal cross-members between uprights (no chin/pull bar), and no safety system available. It’s essentially a pair of independent squat stands that retract to store against the wall, and nothing more.

The steel used for the uprights is standard 2″x3″ 11-gauge steel, and AF uses 5/8″ hardware for the assembly, but the first and only review left for this product includes feedback that is very reminiscent of lower-quality, imported racks and stands. It’ll take more than that one review to get a clear idea of how well this unit is built, but it’s not an ideal first review.

Then again, it may not really matter. The fact is that $400 + $130 shipping for what amounts to basic squat stands is just too much money. And while you can buy this rack packaged with an independent wall-mounted pull-up bar, it should be attached to the unit itself, not a second thing you have to find wall space for. I think AF rushed this to market without giving it enough thought. I mean, it’s neat and all, but it’s not very versatile, and it’s definitely not a bargain.

Pros: Industry-standard steel used, easy to use.

Cons: Expensive base price for so few features, and horrendous shipping; no built-in chin bar, no accessories, imported; and potential quality control issues.

Titan Fitness T3 Fold Back Power Rack

Titan T3 Folding Wall Rack - The Rogue R-3W Clone

The Titan T3 Folding Rack is an exact clone of the Rogue R-3W Folding Rack. On paper, it looks identical; same design, same size steel and hardware, same height and depth, and so on. In reality. it’s made with inferior steel, cheap hardware, and it’s just riddled with flaws and inconsistencies. Titan has no shame when it comes to taking the spec sheet of a well-built American product and letting the lowest bidder in China pump out cheap, crappy clones.

The most common complaints with Titan racks included structural and surface imperfections in the steel that are easily spotted through the fake powder coat – a coating that will already be flaking off before you even have the thing assembled. Also common is a lack of consistency in hole size and location on uprights. Hardware and accessories don’t fit through some holes without drilling them out yourself, and components won’t always line up true. Removing burrs and flashing in order to remove the risk of slicing your hands open may be needed as well. Finally, expect no assembly instructions.

Not an overly impressive product or company if you ask me, but if this is all you can afford and you’re willing to endure the shortcomings and flaws, then by all means make it work. Perhaps you won’t notice all of the shortcuts if you’ve never even used a high-quality rack before; who knows.

Pros: Low price and shipping, looks like a Rogue rack from afar. 

Cons: Inferior craftsmanship, low quality control from overseas manufacturer, low-grade steel, sharp flashing around holes and edges, not actually powder coated (chips and slips), pins and bolts often don’t fit through hardware holes and holes won’t always line up, no assembly instructions of any kind (huge complaint btw.)

Honorable Mention – The Slim Gym

The Pure-Strength Slim Gym doesn’t fold away, but it does take up a very minimal amount of floor space (as little as one foot in depth.) It’s made with the same 2″ x 3″, 11-gauge steel as the Rogue or PRx folding racks, and it comes standard with a pull-up bar that sits far enough away from the wall to keep you from making contact with that wall when kipping. The pull-up bar can also be adjusted to various heights.

The Slim Gym is a nifty rack. It’s priced similarly to the folding racks, though it has no moving parts for storage ($469), and it will need to be anchored the wall and the floor, but it looks solid, and it’s a US-product with US-sourced steel. Again, just to be clear, it does not fold away, but a foot away from the wall is not that much of a space requirement. You should have no problem pulling the car in.

Pros: Slim design is more stable due to being anchored to both the floor and wall, USA product, has accessories including spotters, three depths available (12′, 18″, and 24″), flashy red J-cups. 

Cons: Somewhat expensive, hole spacing is weird at 2½” (won’t take double-pin accessories designed for standard 2″ spacing), not actually foldable; once installed it is a permanent fixture. 

My Recommendation

I think that you’ll get the most bang for your buck from the Rogue R-3W. It’s among the highest quality of these racks, it’s priced reasonably well, and you have access to the most accessories. The Rogue also has the most 5-star reviews of any foldable rack, something like 43 total between the R-3W and RML-3W.

The PRx Profile Rig is a safe bet as well. It seems to be on par with Rogue in terms of build quality and the Pro version has some nice features, but you’re looking at a significantly higher price tag, and that’ll be a turn off for many of you.

The Slim Gym is also an interesting option. It’s a little more permanent in that it requires floor anchoring, and technically it does require the most floor space among these racks, but it’s built well and completely functional. The Slim Gym is definitely a better option than the Titan or Again Faster model. Matter of fact, I don’t consider either the Titan or AF folding racks to be a particularly good use of funds.

There are other folding racks out there, but most are just clones of the models here. If you see another model that you like and it’s not listed here, you should still have enough information now to make a well-informed, executive decision. Just remember, you get what you pay for.

Good luck!

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  • Steven Ward February 20, 2016, 4:04 pm

    Great rundown of whats out there. A growing interest with CrossFit members, setting up their “home workstation”. Enjoyed the review and will pass on as well. I’m selling more and more “workstation” bars, plates, kettlebells etc. so this will help some.

  • Robert February 22, 2016, 11:12 am

    First, thanks for your great website. It’s been very helpful to this newbie in getting a home gym going. (Bought a B&R bar from Rogue on close-out for $225 based on your reviews. Thanks!)

    Questions from this post:

    1. Is there any benefit to the 40.5″ vs 20.5″ Rogue R-3W?

    2. Over on Rogue’s site, a review says Rogue doesn’t recommend using their Infinity safety spotter arms with the R-3W, since it isn’t bolted to the floor. Can you see any way to overcome that?

    • jburgeson February 22, 2016, 12:08 pm

      I found the review where this was mentioned, and I’ve emailed Rogue for clarification on the subject. I have been unable to find it suggested that spotter arms should not be used with these racks anywhere else other than that review, so hopefully Rogue will clear this up.

    • jburgeson February 22, 2016, 3:18 pm

      Ok I talked to Rogue. I don’t know why they don’t state this anywhere on their site, but they do not recommend using spotter arms with the wall-mounted racks. As I suspected, the force can basically pull the rack out of the wall. I asked for work-arounds to this issue, but they dodged any and all questions relating to that. I suggested the possibility of shorter spotting arms, and the possibility of using a steel stringer, but they did not comment. I would say that if you’re going to use spotters, only use them for relatively light movements like bench press, and not heavy squats. If you fail, keep the bar as close to the uprights as possible and never let the weight slam down; especially towards the outer ends of the spotters. If you can do anything to further secure the rack to the stringer and the stringer to the wall, then do that. That said, the official word is to not use spotters.

      • CF May 3, 2016, 10:01 pm

        Not that Rogue would ever condone this, but on the 40″ model one could install the safety spotter arms to the interior and squat “inside” the rack for heavy lifts. Any torque would be applied inward to the top stringer and only moderately tug at the lower stringer even at higher weight. Ideally one would be facing outward away from the wall during the squat. Doesn’t work so well for heavy bench but should solve heavy squats pretty well.

        • jburgeson May 4, 2016, 12:59 am

          I actually asked Rogue a number of times under what conditions spotters could be used with a wall rack. I asked if perhaps with steel stringers, or up to certain weights, and they were adamant about not doing it. They said that during testing they were having issues at heavy weights with stability and I guess that stringer staying together, so to eliminate any liability on the off chance someone hurts themselves or just destroys their wall, they say no no no. You are right though, there are ways to get away with it, but that’s up to everyone to weigh those risks based on how much weight they’re using, and how sure they are of their installation.

    • Kyle February 24, 2016, 9:43 pm

      “1. Is there any benefit to the 40.5″ vs 20.5″ Rogue R-3W?”

      I’m wondering the same thing. What would be the point of spending so much more on the 40.5?

      • jburgeson February 24, 2016, 11:08 pm

        I think 20.5″ is all you need really. That’s already far enough away from the wall not to hit it while kipping, it folds up in a more compact manner, and even costs less. I can’t think of any advantage to being 40″ away from the wall. the 20.5″ is probably more stable as well. shorter distance between wall and uprights should amount to less play. I know the R3 power rack feels sturdier than the R4 because of half-the-length crossmembers, so why not even more so in a unit that already has play to it because of all the hinges and pins.

        I have to guess that the 40.5″ was the original idea simply because it mimics a standard wall-mounted rack… like the 48″ sections of a rigging system. The 20.5″ was an after-thought, and an improvement at that. Still, options are nice, and I’ve seen a lot of pictures of the bigger rack on people’s wall, so some people must like them for some reason.

        • Eric January 11, 2017, 9:17 am

          I read in a few of the reviews on rogue of people having issues with kipping on the 20.5″ model, do you have an experience that says otherwise? I’m debating between the 40.5″ and 20.5″ for this reason.

          • jburgeson January 11, 2017, 11:01 am

            That is going to be an issue for some people. 20″ is a great space-saving distance from the wall for lifting, but it’s not ideal for kips.

  • Robert May 5, 2016, 10:36 am

    How do the horizontally folding racks (Rogue) feel/fold out on rubber floormats? Wondering if feet have to be grounded on cement. Working on my garage gym one step at a time. I have the bar, bumpers, & mats. Just started shopping for folding wall racks and wondering if I need to cut the mats.

    • jburgeson May 5, 2016, 10:40 am

      They still slide fine. You just install the rack to the floor height with the mats, don’t install it without them then try and get them underneath.

  • Gaylen May 11, 2016, 4:26 pm

    Any thoughts on the New One Fit Wonder folding Rack from Fringe Sports?

    http://www.fringesport.com/collections/squat-racks/products/onefitwonder-retractable-power-rack

    • jburgeson May 11, 2016, 5:15 pm

      I hadn’t even see that yet. Looks like another copy-cat of the Rogue, and definitely imported by those close up pictures of the steel. Sure it works much the same though, and is about the same price as the rest of them. No Westside though.

  • Greg May 19, 2016, 8:53 pm

    First of all, this website is fantastic and has become my go-to for equipment reviews!

    I was curious on your thoughts on this rack (http://www.gorilafitness.ca/racks-rigs/gorila-camo-folding-rack), it’s similar to the rogue but has 7 gauge steel on the portions coming up out of the wall whilst the uprights are 11 gauge. What are your thoughts on 2.5×2.5″? It’s difficult to find competitive prices in Canada!

    Thanks

    • jburgeson May 19, 2016, 9:03 pm

      Thanks Greg.

      Yeah it looks fine. My only concern with straying from 2×3 or 3×3 is compatibility with accessories, but that’s less of an issue with folding racks, and even less still when your options are limited due to location; as is typical of Canada. No other issues that I can see.

      • Greg May 19, 2016, 9:15 pm

        Thanks for the quick reply

        Still weighing all my options over power racks, squat stands, folding racks etc… Good to know about the accessories as I hadn’t considered that. Thanks once again for the input

  • Bill August 16, 2016, 5:03 pm

    Extremely helpful website for first timer looking to build gym. Do you have opinion on ease of repairs for wall mounted rack vs cement floor mounted power rack? First time home owner and want to make sure I don’t affect house value too much if I were to move. Thank you for your assistance

    • jburgeson August 16, 2016, 5:22 pm

      I think I just recently had this question. I think it was one that got lost in the server move though. Lost like 3 days of comments =/

      So repairing drywall with holes the size of those lag screws will require patching, re-texturing, and painting. Filling about the same size holes in concrete requires a tube of filler that you just shoot into the holes and let dry. In both cases those are weak spots (I mean, not really though), but in both cases the damage is covered. It’s really just a matter of which you want to do. I say filling holes in concrete is easier, and I also say racks on the ground are superior to wall racks, but that’s just my opinion. Plus wall racks are space saving and so serve that purpose.

  • Michael August 29, 2016, 2:18 pm

    Funny, I have had ZERO of those issues with my 41 inch Titan folding rack. Fit and finish have been perfect. I have not had any chipping and no burrs of any kind on the steel. The hardware has also been perfect. I have also had zero issue with hole size or misalignment.

    That review seems odd. Like they didn’t actually buy the product but rather relied on other peoples input (or perhaps a beef against a company copying Rogue)

    Never the less, my Titan rack has been perfect. And really, it’s a rack. It holds your bar in between sets.

    I would personally rather save on the rack and put more money in a bar or weights.

  • T September 20, 2016, 8:06 pm

    Have you ever had any luck getting Rogue to do any custom work? I may be wrong, but I feel like I remember reading through message boards years ago where people mentioned Rogue fabricating items to spec. If that was ever the case, it doesn’t seem to be something they’re interested in any more.

    I would really like to sell my Rogue R4 and switch to a garage rig to make a little extra space for a set of jerk blocks while still being able to park one car in the garage. I love the Pure Strength Slim Gym and the Vulcan Slim Fit rig. I may eventually pick one up, but I’d like to keep my Rogue Infinity accessories rather than starting over from scratch with a different company. Not to mention the Rogue rack looks great along with my Abram GHD, Rogue gun rack, etc. I like a uniform look for what it’s worth.

    My thought was that I could purchase a W4 garage rig and have them shorten the crossmembers to 18 or 24 inches. However, to allow for kipping pull-ups/bar muscle ups, I’d need an angled pull-up bar like you see on literally every other slim rig out there. Several companies have them now. In addition to Pure Strength and Vulcan, I know Wright and Lynx are also producing something similar, so I’m assuming other small shops around the country are as well. Folding racks aren’t for me. Too many moving parts.

    However, Rogue seems to have no interest in following suit and has shown less interest in fabricating an angled pull-up bar to upgrade the standard W4 for me. I was hoping they’d be willing to cut down one of their flying pull-up bars from three rungs to one, but no dice. Seemed like an easy task, but I guess they’re too big for custom jobs unless you’re Froning or Matt Chan. I’d probably have more luck convincing one of those guys they needed one and then waiting for Rogue to make it for them.

    • jburgeson September 20, 2016, 10:32 pm

      Other than being willing to leave a finish off of a bar, no. I do not think they do fabrication at all, which is too bad. I’ve been trying to get a bench frame for a Thompson Fat Pad from Black Widow, but they could not possibly be any slower in responding to e-mails. I’m a couple weeks in and no payment has been arranged, nothing has been started. Waste of time.

      You can already buy 24″ cross-members from them, but I don’t think 18″… and as you’ve discovered they probably wouldn’t make an exception for that either. What you could do is ask these other companies like Pure if they could do it for you instead. Pure uses weird 2.5″ hole spacing so by default that wouldn’t work, and Vulcan uses 3×3″ so that wouldn’t work either – of course the distance between uprights could also be different for all I know. I appreciate the uniformity thing definitely, but you might find it simpler to sell the rack and buy the Slim Gym. It’s still a nice looking unit, and not that expensive. Less than what you could probably sell the R4 for.

      • T September 22, 2016, 3:02 pm

        Agreed. Takes 3-4 days between each email response. No luck. They can’t even shorten their existing flying pull-up bar. Wondering if a W4 with 24 inch crossmembers would allow enough space for kipping pull-ups and/or bar muscle ups. I tend to doubt it.

        Pure Strength shot me a quote for a Slim Gym with 24 inch crossmembers, double wall ball target, safety spotter arms, dip attachment, step up, and kid’s pull-up bar with custom paint for only a few hundred more than I could probably sell the R4. I’ll probably get a quote from Vulcan as well but the 3×3 comes at a higher cost, and I’d have to pay shipping vs pick up locally with Pure Strength.

        • jburgeson September 22, 2016, 3:24 pm

          Vulcan has shipping worked into rack prices already I think, so keep that in mind.

          I did ask Rogue yesterday about a custom bench frame and they said they could do it. I wonder why that’s okay to cut at that, but not the pull-up bar. Curious.

          • T September 25, 2016, 11:36 am

            Probably because you’re jburgeson and I’m not, haha. You’ve got a nice following on here, and it behooves them to stay in your good graces. My singular business doesn’t mean much to them. As such, there will soon be a sell off of Rogue equipment in south Atlanta. Looking forward to a full Vulcan set up.

            • jburgeson September 25, 2016, 3:56 pm

              Oh believe me, they do not care that it’s me. Also, my customer account with Rogue is in no way tied to this site – I don’t use my @garage-gyms.com email to order. It’s possible they know anyway, but it’s never gotten me any special favors before if they do. Still, I cannot explain why the bench is ok to chop, but not the bar. =/

  • jpik October 17, 2016, 10:45 am

    any reason Rogue and the Rogue clones say no to the spotter brackets but the PrX people offer theirs with them? I know its a totally different design and that may be the premium I have to pay.

    • jburgeson October 17, 2016, 5:31 pm

      Rogue did extensive testing with spotters and determined that the odds of an accident exist. Apparently they had at least one instance of the top half of the rack coming clean out of the wall. The clones probably just go with what Rogue said because they designed and tested the unit.

      I can’t make a good argument as to why the PRx unit would be much safer for dropping a loaded bar onto spotters because the attachment method isn’t much different, but they say it’s fine. Whether that’s just a risk they take because of how unlikely it is for someone to have an accident versus the lack of sales that would happen should spotters not be option, or if their design is inherently safer is beyond me.

      Keep in mind that most people don’t lift enough to dislodge all those lag screws with a failed rep, but some people do. Nobody drops bars on spotters on purpose. Even a failed rep is generally just lowered onto the spotters smoothly. It’s the total mishaps that cause a long drop, and it’s that kind of drop that will destroy your wall. In other words, it’ll always be an accident.

  • Nick November 2, 2016, 4:28 pm

    Very insightful review, thank you for putting this together. Do you or anyone else have any installation tips with regards to garages with a slope. My garage has a slight slope, moving towards the door. I want to mount my rack on the back wall of the garage, and obviously want the feet to fit snugly on the floor/rubber mats when fully open. Has anyone installed one under the same circumstances?

    Thank you,

    • jburgeson November 2, 2016, 4:41 pm

      There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot you can do about that. All garages have that grade, but some are far worse than others. You can level a rack with shims, but you can’t stop the bar or plates from rolling while on the ground short of somehow leveling your floor, or building a platform that counters the grade for your whole workout space.

  • Martin December 15, 2016, 10:13 pm

    Does anyone know if the T-3 foldable power rack 41″ will accommodate a standard bar?

  • BBullit January 16, 2017, 3:34 pm

    Is there a good source of attachment options for the oddly sized hole spacing on the Slim Gym that you’ve come across? I’m looking for some dip bars, V-shape for multi-width would be preferred.

    • BBullit January 16, 2017, 3:40 pm

      Oops, please disregard, I found the attachment on their website.
      The link from the Slim Gym description is broken.

      Thanks!

      • jburgeson January 16, 2017, 8:33 pm

        ;)

  • J.R. February 2, 2017, 6:28 pm

    Hi, any thoughts on the TDS mega fold back power rack? My ceiling is only 87″ and this rack tops out at 84.5″ but I’m a bit apprehensive about purchasing since I’m unsure on quality. seen a couple of posts where guys have cut the rogue to fit but i worry about compromising the rack.
    Thx

    • jburgeson February 2, 2017, 11:19 pm

      That is some super thin steel on that TDS rack… I would never feel safe using that. The weight of that rack and your loaded bar will be on those little wheels. No way.

      Either having the uprights of a real rack cut (Rogue may do it for you for a fee) or doing it yourself is completely acceptable. You’ll be taking height of the top of the uprights, not the base. You just have to take off only as much as you need though because there are a limited number of holes available that are necessary for the cross-members. You’ll be much happier with a safe, sturdy rack that’s been cut down than some flimsy, janky $200 rack made of super thin steel.

  • bz March 28, 2017, 12:54 pm

    So thinking the slim fit/slim gym thing is the way to go for me but really want multi-grip pull-up options. In the mean time, I read all the above and weird that Fringe wall mount rigs tout american made steel but no mention in the folding unit.

    Anyway, so trying to figure out what to buy and came across this option which appears to be small shop that uses quality steel:
    https://www.blackwidowtg.com/product_p/rack-wall-mount-3×2.htm. Other than goofy hole spacing, appears they will customize anything you want.

    Or also thinking why not just buy individual uprights and other pieces to customize?

    http://valorfitness-com.3dcartstores.com/RG-1-Valor-Fitness-825ft-upright_p_342.html
    or
    http://thefitnessarmory.com/product/rig-parts-and-customization/

    Any thoughts? I just wish the slim gym or the vulcan had what I wanted.

    • jburgeson March 28, 2017, 1:17 pm

      Hrm yeah, it’s going to be tough to pull that off and still keep the rack ‘slim’. Multi-grip bars generally attach to the front-to-back cross-members, so if you put something like the Rogue version of that multi-grip on a slim gym you’ll be right up against the wall. Have you seen this? http://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-crown-pull-up-bar You may be able to customize a slim rack where instead of having the standard pull up bar you have another beam that something like this can attach to. It’s just an example, I’m sure there are others from other companies… and you can probably have something like that made as well for not a whole lot more cash.

      • bz March 28, 2017, 1:39 pm

        Well I was thinking it would extend out some (either with 90 degree or 45 like the vulcan) but not sure how much difference this would make anyway. I would be doing any pull ups with my back towards the wall. Pretty sure 18″ plus whatever distance the bar might extend should be plenty. I don’t kip when I pull either so there isn’t usually much sway. I have a power tower (which I want to get rid of because footprint is too big) in there now and kicking the back of it is never a problem because I’m facing the other way.

        • bz April 21, 2017, 2:01 pm

          I got back here because I just read Alan’s post. Sounds great Alan, glad it worked for you. Anyhow, I ended up buying a couple uprights from Valor Fitness and 24″ cross members from Rogue (I did have to drill an extra hole in the upright to make them fit) and bolted to stringer on wall and through the floor with additional reinforcements underneath. I recently had a custom pull up bar (which is totally awesome) made by Dean at http://www.blackwidowtg.com that now joins the uprights. They apparently make their own wall racks which I’m sure they would customize for my shallow size requirement — if I had found them before I bought from Valor, I probably would have bought everything there and probably would have saved a few coins. Anyhow, I’m very happy. It doesn’t fold but is WAY more space efficient than what I had before and I don’t have to spend any time folding and unfolding. Makes my tiny gym seem a lot bigger and I spend a lot more time exercising than moving stuff around.

          • jburgeson April 21, 2017, 2:03 pm

            Dean took care of you in a timely manner?

            • bz April 21, 2017, 2:42 pm

              Took a couple weeks but worth the wait.

              • jburgeson April 21, 2017, 2:46 pm

                No that’s pretty quick. Good to hear.

              • bz April 21, 2017, 2:48 pm

                LOL, I just read my earlier post and realized I did see custom wall rack from http://www.blackwidowtg.com which was probably shortly before I pulled trigger on Valor uprights. I looked at so many different products and options, I probably should have kept a notebook!

  • Alan April 21, 2017, 11:47 am

    I just purchased and installed the Titan T-3 folding rack. You wrote this post a little over a year ago, so maybe Titan Fitness has increased their quality control and responded to the complaints they were getting since then. Otherwise, I’ll be honest, your assessment is dead wrong. Their product does not contain inferior craftsmanship or a low quality product. It does exactly what it’s supposed to do and at nearly half the cost of the Rogue R-3W rack. You wrote:

    Cons: Inferior craftsmanship, low quality control from overseas manufacturer, low-grade steel, sharp flashing around holes and edges, not actually powder coated (chips and slips), pins and bolts often don’t fit through hardware holes and holes won’t always line up, no assembly instructions of any kind (huge complaint btw.)

    I literally experienced NONE of these problems. No sharp flashing around holes or edges. Powder coat was completely intact (time will tell if it’s as durable as the Rogue powder coat, but regular maintenance of your equipment really isn’t a big deal), pins and bolts all felt properly through hardware holes and lined up properly. There absolutely were assembly instructions included. The only complaint I have is that installation does require you to troubleshoot a bit if the rack doesn’t open and close properly, but that honestly took me about 15 – 20 minutes to work through.

    The bottom line is that this product is 100% competitive with the Rogue product for nearly half the price. There is a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and I had zero issues so I didn’t work with their customer service representatives, but every other review I’ve read says that their customer service is exceptional.

    I think Rogue is great and that they make great products, but they finally have a competitor who provides the same quality product at a greatly reduced price. I think it’s great to buy American and that it’s awesome that Rogue uses American steel, but they need to step their game up and drop their prices if they expect to stay relevant. There isn’t a single other folding rack on the market that can compete with this one considering the price.

    I think you need to update your review or actually give this rack a fair shake, because otherwise it sounds like you got hung up on some minor details somewhere and decided to completely trash this company.

    • jburgeson April 21, 2017, 2:03 pm

      Alan I apologize this went to spam for some reason, even though there don’t seem to be any links. In any case I’ve un-flagged it.

      I am glad you’ve had a positive experience with them. You wouldn’t have to dig around very long to find reference to the issues I’ve brought up though. It’s been no secret there for quite a while that Titan was in every way inferior. Have they taken all those complaints to heart and made some changes? Well maybe… I sure hope so because people do buy their products.

      If I continue to hear about Titan improving their products, I may have one of their units delivered and check it out myself, see how they’ve come along. Still, you’re really the first.

      • Michael Pietrzak April 21, 2017, 2:35 pm

        I purchased my 41 inch folding rack from Titan back when it was only them and Rogue making folding racks. Looks like TONS of companies are now sourcing their folding rack from the same place in China and pricing is all over the place. But when it comes down to it, you can’t be Titan’s price and free delivery. Their equipment, as the company becomes more popular, is getting well reviewed. http://www.garagegymreviews.com/ recently compared the Titan to Rogue rack and the Titan came away with a very good write up. Sure, their stuff is sourced from China, so is 99% of the stuff other resellers are providing. But their price is great and delivery is free. They just came out with a great sled for under $200 and their $315 GHD has had great reviews in lifting forums. I am not a CF athlete but want good equipment at a good price. I have Titan equipment and a Rogue bar. Both have suited me well. I think everyone needs to consider Titan for all their home gym needs.

  • V May 7, 2017, 8:31 pm

    I noticed you didn’t mention the ValorPro BD-20 wall mount foldable squat rack. How does the ValorPro BD-20 compare to the Rogue and the PRx?

    • jburgeson May 8, 2017, 10:14 am

      Yeah sorry, there are so many variations of these folding units and Valor isn’t normally on my radar. Honestly though, it looks like just another take on the Rogue style folding rack. Steel choice is different being 2½” square, and the hardware may or may not be as beefy (not much tech data), but it’s basically the same design. I will say this, Valor’s J-cups look just awful to use. Very short and stubby with only a partial plastic lining. Not the type of J-cup you can just walk into the rack and let the bar drop. Being that this unit is not standard 2×3″ steel with 5/8″ holes, you would not have the option to use someone else’s J-cups either.

  • MasonC June 20, 2017, 6:48 pm

    What is the minimum ceiling height that one could get away with for this rack?

    • MasonC June 20, 2017, 6:50 pm

      For the Rogue Fitness R-3W specifically, or are there any recommendations for a ceiling 96”?

      • jburgeson June 20, 2017, 6:56 pm

        Just has to be under 90″ – the height of the rack. It only swings horizontally so you wouldn’t need any extra clearance. You won’t be doing muscle ups, but you should still be a few inches clear of hitting your head on the ceiling when doing pull-ups as long as you’re not overly aggressive about it.

        8′ ceilings are pretty low for a garage – nothing is going to be great for both normal rack usage and pull-ups at that height.

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