This is a power rack review for the Rogue R4 Infinity Rack. I’ve had my R4 for a little over a year now and I figure that’s plenty of time to form an opinion on it. In this review I’ll go over what I fancy about the R-4 and, what I don’t like about it. I’ll cover everything from the rack’s specifications, included equipment, available accessories, price, and hopefully everything in between. First, I’ll briefly explain the difference in the Rogue rack lines and why I chose the R-4.
Last update: December 2017 – minor revisions, pricing updates.
The Infinity Line of Power Racks
Rogue offers four different series of power racks. The R4 is part of the Infinity Series, which uses 2″x3″, 11-gauge steel for the uprights & cross-members, and 5/8″ hardware for bolting the rack together. This is the most popular configuration among Rogue racks and it is pretty much the industry standard at this point as well.
The other three series of racks offered by Rogue include the Echo Series, which uses 2″x2″ square tubing; the Monster Lite Series which uses 3″x3″ steel; and the the Monster Series, which also uses 3″x3″, steel but has beefier 1″ hardware (vs. 5/8″). Rogue used to offer the 7-gauge steel option on the Monster racks, but those days are gone due to lower demand.
The steel and hardware used in the Infinity line is more than tough enough for commercial use and CrossFit affiliates, so it’s certainly more than enough power rack for a garage gym. While the Monster (RM-4) is definitely one hell of a rack, I didn’t even consider buying this version as it starts at $500 more than the Infinity. The extra money wouldn’t have stopped at the initial cost either, the accessories for the Monster’s 3×3 steel to cost more as well. I saw no reason to buy that beefy of a power cage for my garage gym.
2017 update:The RML-490 is a viable alternative to the R-4. The price difference is almost nil now, and there are even color options with the RML-490C. The RMLs are beefier, more stable both with and without stabilizers, and they just resonate a certain level savageness. I can see going with a 490C over an R-4 these days.
Infinity & R-4 Specifications
Of all the Infinity power racks available (R-3, R-4, and R-6) the R-4 is probably the best rack for a garage or home gym if you have the space for it. If you need something with a smaller footprint though the R-3 is just as good of an option. The R-6 is a bit excessive for a garage gym, plus I believe that if you can afford to buy the R-6 and have ample space for it that you should opt for the RML-690 instead.
All Infinity racks have the same 43″ opening. The R-4 is also 43″ from front to back, making it a square unit. The R-3 can be purchased in either a 24″ or 30″ depth; the 30″ being a nice compromise between maybe too much space, and not enough space. The R-6 is basically an R-4 with the back half of an R-3. As you probably know, the rear uprights of the R-6 are for plate and accessory storage.
Other than bragging rights, the only true benefit to owning the R-6 over the 4 is the storage capabilities. The lifting area of the R-6 is identical; it’s the same height, width, and uses the same hardware and accessories. I didn’t go with the R-6 both because of the higher price and the additional floor space the rack occupies. That said, if you have both the cash and the floor space for it then by all means have at that 6.
In any case since this power rack review is about the R-4, I will now focus on that model.
Like most power racks this one is meant to be anchored to the ground for stability. Because of that, the rack has feet that extend out past the uprights giving it a footprint of 51″ wide by 53″ deep. The dimensions inside the uprights is 43″ x 43″ square. This is the area that you have to enter the rack and the lateral space for the barbell to travel inside the rack.
The uprights themselves are 90″ tall and the rack has two pull-up bars; one in the front and a fat/skinny bar in the back. The total weight of the rack before any add-ons is roughly 250 pounds. The only accessories it comes with are the pin & pipe safety system, 4 band pegs, and 2 j-cups. The price before any accessories is $960 before shipping.
Rogue R-4 Review – Pros
First of all, I do love this rack. There are a few things I would have done differently though, and I will address those, but let me tell you why this rack is better than a lot of other racks on the market; especially in this price range.
- Westside hole pattern – Having 1″ holes through the bench region is awesome. Most racks have the same 2″ hole pattern from top to bottom and that will almost always lead to your safety bar either being too low or too high. Westside is a must.
- Accessories – The Infinity racks have sooooo many accessories available. I own a lot of them already and have more to buy. Some of the lesser power racks have only one or two accessories and that blows.
- Black on black – I think the Rogue black theme is just awesome looking. I know some of the commercial manufacturers (including even Rogue now) offer all colors under the sun, but you pay for that. Also Rogue’s black powder coat is extremely resilient. It’s not an easy task to chip away at it.
- J-cups – The J-cups are a simple but strong design, and Rogue has taken extra steps to refine the edges and keep them clean and burr-free. They are easy to use, and the UHMW is thick.
- Stability – The R-4 is sturdy as hell when it’s anchored down. You can’t rattle the thing. You’ll feel very confident and safe within this rack.
2017 update: technically I modified my R-4 to an R-3 of sorts, but I retained my original R-4 uprights, J-cups, and horizontal crossbars. Nearly six years out I have no issue with missing powder coat or rust and the UHMW on my J-cups is still at about 80% of original thickness where the bar sits, and I’d wager 95% everywhere else. Rogue does it right.
Infinity Rack Accessories
There are countless accessories available for the R-4. I have a number of them already and there is not a one that I regret buying. Here are some of the accessories that I own and use – you can see the entire list of available accessories here. Note: remember that each line of racks uses its own accessories.
-Matador for Rogue R4 Power Rack
The Matador was one of the first accessories I purchased for my R4 power rack. It’s only like $83. It’s very simple to attach to the rack and very simple to take off. Boom, dip station.
-Multi Grip Crossmember
I bought this because you can do any pull-up/chin-up you can imagine from it. I also hoped that it would make my rack tall enough for me to hang without touching the ground. It did not.
-Rogue Double Landmine
The Landmine attachment is available as a single landmine or a double like the one pictured. So easy to attach. They are $95 for the single or $165 for the double.
Rogue R-4 Review – Cons
- Those Default spotters – I’ve said it time and time again; pipe and pin safety systems are junk. They are the default for the Rogue racks and the default for most other racks as well. Stop making these things please. They are cumbersome, cheap, and they take too much time to set up in between lifts. I paid the extra money for the spotter arms I’d say about a month out. I wish I could have swapped them out at the time of purchase & saved a few bucks.
- Stabilizer – This is not included by default but you’ll want it if you’re unwilling or unable to anchor the rack to the ground. I didn’t anchor mine right away, but when I discovered how much of a pain in the ass having that stabilizer was, I promptly anchored the rack and removed it. Anchor the thing, it feels like a rock once it’s anchored and it’s a pretty simple process.
What I would have done differently
Rogue offers uprights in different heights than what the racks come standard with (90″). It never occurred to me that my rack may not be tall enough to hang from the pull-up bar and not have my feet on the ground. Turns out, I need at least another six inches to free hang. If you are going to buy a power rack and you are anywhere near 6 feet tall, either accept that you won’t be able to free hang, or buy the 9 foot uprights.
It should go without saying that you should measure your ceiling height. Not everyone has vaulted ceilings, and older homes have only 8′ ceilings. You can find the 9′ uprights here. Rogue will work with you if you buy these at the time you buy the rack itself so be sure and call them before you order.
R-4 Power Rack Review – Summary
I think that this is a badass power rack. The couple issues I addressed are nothing. Also it’s worth pointing out that this rack I just called “short” for me is actually taller than the average power rack on the market – so there’s that. Only when you go full commercial do you see 8′ and 9′ racks as standard equipment.
I do not regret buying this rack at all, nor any of the accessories I’ve purchased in the last year. I’ve always had great experiences with Rogue when I’ve need support, had questions, and even when I had to do a return once. Even if the Infinity R-4 Rack isn’t for you because of space limitations (or maybe because you want something even bigger!), I’m sure Rogue has a rack you’ll be excited about.
If you aren’t sure you can take just my word for it, read the reviews at Rogue. Every single rack in the Infinity line has a perfect 5-star review. You can read the reviews on the product pages, of course.Check out the Rogue R4 yourself
Further Reading / Videos:
For those of you interested in the differences in the power rack product lines at Rogue and didn’t like my explanation, check out this video:
Check out this video to see the differences of the R3 and R4