Rogue Kettlebells

Discussion in 'Product Recommendations - Kettlebell' started by NoILSteve, Nov 18, 2017.

  1. NoILSteve

    NoILSteve Triple-Digit Post Count

    Anyone have experience with Rogue's powder coat kettlebells? I have a friend visiting me next week from Columbus Ohio and was thinking about asking him to pick some up for me to save on shipping. How's the quality? How do they compare to and kettlebell kings? Thanks!
    Geoduck likes this.
  2. Anna C

    Anna C More than 5000 posts Elite Certified Instructor

    I have several at home and we have tons of them at my gym. They are my favorite! The powder coating holds up well and they work well with no chalk, or give you a bit more of a grip edge if you want to use chalk. But I have not had my hands on Kettlebell Kings, so can't give you a comparison.
    Phil12, Baker, Stefan Olsson and 2 others like this.
  3. Carl in Dover

    Carl in Dover More than 300 posts

    In case you might seek other options, have several Ader kettlebells that I bought from Rogue. They work well for me. Finish is smooth looking and is holding up well. There is plenty of room in the handle for 2 hands.
    I have not had the opportunity to try the two brands you mentioned.
  4. Sean M

    Sean M Quadruple-Digit Post Count

    My favorite bell is my Rogue 24kg (green handle) powercoat. Excellent gripping surface, but not too much that it tears up your hands. Highly recommend!
    Ryan T, StanStan and Carl in Dover like this.
  5. Geoduck

    Geoduck Double-Digit Post Count

    I did tons of research on the bigger brands before getting into kettlebells and ended up with Kettlebell Kings. The quality is unreal and the customer service is as good as it gets. I’m a customer for life as long as they stay at this level. They even sent me a free shirt! Haha.
    NoILSteve, Hasbro and Carl in Dover like this.
  6. Nate

    Nate Triple-Digit Post Count

    I've gotten Diamond Pro for under $1/# and have been happy so far. Individual use, not gym volume/abuse...
    Carl in Dover likes this.
  7. George Vrotsos

    George Vrotsos Double-Digit Post Count

    I have no facts to back this up, but I think rogue slightly changed their powder coating. I like the powdercoating of the bells I bought in '13 and '14 a lot more than the ones I bought in' 15 and beyond.

    It's a slight change IMO, but the older one was perfect. Newer coating seems a bit too grippy.
  8. Tirofijo

    Tirofijo More than 500 posts

    Optimal Home Fitness At Minimal Cost

    This fellow reviewed a lot of KBs and said the Rogue and CAP were the same bells with different markings. I'd buy them if they were cheap, but don't think that just because they make bomber racks and bars that their KBs are anything special.
    Carl in Dover likes this.
  9. Sean M

    Sean M Quadruple-Digit Post Count

    Edit: Was going to say I have both Rogue and CAP and they are not the same, but I didn’t realize CAP had a powdercoat bell; I have the “slick” ones (acrylic?). I need to chalk my 32kg CAP for one-arm swings, but don’t need to do anything with the Rogue.
    Carl in Dover and Baker like this.
  10. Baker

    Baker Triple-Digit Post Count

    I have 3 sets of Rogue kettlebells. I love the finish and handle thickness.
    NoILSteve and Carl in Dover like this.
  11. Tirofijo

    Tirofijo More than 500 posts

    The newer ones with the powdercoat are the CAP Competition bells, though they aren't comp (GS) style bells. Just regular hardstyle bells.

    I have two. One had a seam underneath that I had to file down. The other was fine. They were cheap on Amazon when I bought them. The prices have gone up considerably in last few months.
    Carl in Dover likes this.
  12. gorillainagi

    gorillainagi Double-Digit Post Count

    I have the Rogue, Kettlebellkings, Punch and KettlebellsUSA bells. The Rogue bells are by far the roughest finish, and not in a good way, especially for cleans or snatches. The Kettlebellkings have, by far, the most uniform surface. The best analogy I can give you is that the Kettlebellkings finish is like an incredibly fine sandpaper grit, not rough but never slick. The KettlebellsUSA bells are a nice clean finish but to my use require more chalk to prevent becoming slippery in use. The Punch bell is much like the KettlebellsUSA bells. For my money, I prefer the Kettlebellkings bells over the others. I am selling my Rogue bells because by comparison to the others they are not worth keeping.
    NoILSteve, Carl in Dover and Geoduck like this.
  13. NoILSteve

    NoILSteve Triple-Digit Post Count

    The gym I train at has Kettlebell Kings and I really like them. The ones I will be purchasing are for home use. Hmmm, I need to decide by tomorrow!
    Carl in Dover likes this.
  14. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Forum Administrator Senior Certified Instructor

    No mention of Rep Fitness kettlebells? I've been buying them on and am happy with them, and the price is good, and they show up quickly.

    JonS likes this.
  15. Michael Scott

    Michael Scott Quadruple-Digit Post Count

    Point to ponder: Rogue is running their 5 ship for $5 again this year, so saving on shipping may not be necessary.....I am not making this purchase again this year, but see the shipping cost...

  16. Stefan Olsson

    Stefan Olsson More than 500 posts

    I own Rogue bells. Can only compare them to the Eleiko bells at the gym. IMO Rogue feels better in every aspect (swing, press, get-up. Have not tried Snatch yet)
    Michael Scott likes this.
  17. Michael Scott

    Michael Scott Quadruple-Digit Post Count

    I do own a set of 5 Rogue kettlebells, and I do really like them. Mine are the powder coated kettlebells, and they are great for my swings & get ups. I have yet to have an issue with holding on to them, and I do sweat rather profusely.
  18. TravisS

    TravisS More than 300 posts

    Rogue is a favorite of mine..... perfect roughness... holds a good amount of chalk... nothing bad to say about them.
  19. MicahK

    MicahK Double-Digit Post Count

    I have a Rogue 32kg and a pair of Kettlebell King 16kg powder coats. The powder coat on the Rogue is definitely grittier, so much so that in the beginning it was slightly uncomfortable, but within a couple weeks it had smoothed out. I absolutely love the Rogue, it's one of my favorites.

    The coating on the Kettlebell Kings is much smoother, however, I find it to be "sticky" in an unpleasant way. It gets better with time, but initially it created a ton of hot spots during use. Also, the coating comes off extremely easily, it is not durable in the slightest meaning of the word. The handles were also skinnier than I was expecting. not bad, just different (this may just be with the 16kg bells).

    It's worth noting that Kettlebell Kings has great customer service, and they're just plain fun to deal with. The first bell I bought had a large powder coat clump in the middle of the handle, they sent a replacement free of charge and never asked for the other one back. Also, you can get 5% discount with code "kbfitbritt."
    Carl in Dover and Geoduck like this.
  20. JonS

    JonS More than 500 posts

    Concur with Steve, IMO they are the same bell as rogue for a better price.

    FWIW, I own original DD bells, Rogue, Ader, Perform Better, and Rep Fitness. The Rep bells are what I buy now.
    Carl in Dover likes this.

Share This Page