Kettlebells of choice

Discussion in 'Product Recommendations - Kettlebell' started by charlton13, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. Derek Okahashi

    Derek Okahashi Double-Digit Post Count

    A couple of years ago when I wasn't really in to kettle bells as a discipline but just wanted something I could take to the park, I bought a couple of bells from Idzo on Amazon. You have to scroll down a bit and they may even be on the second or third page. The shipping is free though and they're about $1 per pound. The handles are large and not perfectly round. Nothing that will cut you up but just a sort of bevel here and there. They are heavy, they don't tear up my hands, and they work....whatever. Although I'm new here I feel like Pavel might say something like "don't be a sissy and go use the kettle bell." With that said, now that I am planning to work towards SFG1 I just ordered a Rep Brand 16kg from Amazon. From reading a few reviews here and elsewhere, they seem to be at the top tier of kettle bells but with more of a mid-ranged price. I'll follow up and let you know how I like it.
     
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  2. Tirofijo

    Tirofijo More than 500 posts

    I purchased a "Diamond Pro" brand 28kg bell from Walmart.com. Price was $69 with free shipping, which was by far the cheapest I could find for a matte finish cast iron bell.

    Matte coating is fine. There is no casting seam on the handle, which is good. The only demerit would be a slight flat spot at the bottom of the handle that might be noticeable if you were doing high rep snatches. I don't notice it on swings, cleans or presses, so it doesn't bother me.

    Pro tip: these Diamond Pro bells are often out of stock at Wal-mart. So if you think you want one, purchase whenever you see they are available .

    And the walmart.com search engine is terrible. Google " 'Diamond Pro' Walmart 28kg" and it will pop up. Don't use the Walmart.com search engine.

    They are also available on Jet.com, which is owned by Wal-mart, for about the same price.
     
  3. Glen

    Glen Quadruple-Digit Post Count

    Ok wish for some UK input from people.

    About to splash out on a 56kg Kettlebell. In the UK the choices are more limited than most of you guys across the pond have. Looking around seems only three choices
    * wolverson black series
    * strengthshop powder coated
    * Rogue Europe monster bells

    Awaiting a quote from Rogue but think the price might be a limiting factor. Which would people opt for. I have 16-32kg bells from wolverson and my 40+48 are strength shop.

    I prefer handle and styling of wolverson and its cheaper but feel the powder coating of strength shop might be better? Decisions!

    If rogue came back and was fractionally more expensive would it be worth it?
     
  4. Maine-ah KB

    Maine-ah KB Quadruple-Digit Post Count

    for those interested in the Kettlebells USA Metrix Elite and Classic

    Pros for the brand as a whole
    -Finish, there finish is awesome, I like way more then powder coat. its also ridiculously chip resistant. throw (not on perpose) my 32kg on cement, a few minor scratches but not a chip to be seen. some cracks on the concrete.
    Cons
    -cost. Buy them on there Ebay Store, its still "Free Shipping" but they often run deals between 5-10% off.

    Elite VS. Classic
    - basically the elite model is super nice in the the smaller sizes, especially for people with small-medium hands; 24-28kg or lower. Bigger bells go with Classic, the classic dimension sit better in the rack then the elite and the handle size basically is a non issue (the difference of a cm)
    -as far price the Elite model is kinda over priced while the classic is in line with Rogue, kettlebell kings. if wait for a deal on the ebay store the classic at 10% off is a solid 8-16$ cheaper then other options once you figure in shipping.

    all and all I really enjoy them. I wish id gotten the classic 32 but its still a fantastic bell.
     
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  5. Adam R Mundorf

    Adam R Mundorf More than 500 posts

    I just ordered the Classic 32 kg. I'll post it next to my DD bells for comparison when it shows up. Thank you for the review.
     
  6. Adam R Mundorf

    Adam R Mundorf More than 500 posts

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    Overall it feels really good. It's a little bit rougher than my DD bells but that might just be from lack of wear. It just seems like a more affordable DD bell.

    That's a 32kg KBUSA on the left and 24kg DD on the right.
     
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  7. Brent

    Brent Double-Digit Post Count Certified Instructor

    Yep, all my rogues are chipped but handles are fine.
     
  8. Brent

    Brent Double-Digit Post Count Certified Instructor

    Thanks for posting. How have you been liking the KB USA? Finish is good? Im wondering of i should go with KB USA or wait for DD....
     
  9. Adam R Mundorf

    Adam R Mundorf More than 500 posts

    I really like it so far. The finish feels great, it's just not as smooth as the DD bell. Overall, I would say they're identical in terms of quality and craftsmanship.
     
  10. Jeremykots

    Jeremykots Double-Digit Post Count

    I just got some KBusa bells in (18k/22k), great bells. Not sure if it’s been mentioned though but the handles seem to be thicker then most, the 22k has a thicker handle then my 24 kg that I got from DD. I don’t see this as a downside though
     

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