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Re: Equipment reviews

Postby Kalle Beck » Wed Jan 13, 2016 2:11 pm

For economy get a pitbull or strength shop for a badass log you will never need another one get rogue 12"

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Re: Equipment reviews

Postby joecool » Thu Jan 14, 2016 8:32 am

thanks Kalle! I think if i can sell my log I can at least make up most of the difference in cost. Maybe I'll splurge and get the rogue one haha

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Re: Equipment reviews

Postby Jared Miller » Tue Mar 08, 2016 5:06 pm

So even though I'm laid out with a torn ACL I STILL got some new toys to play with/review. Going to start with some Axles. For background, I have used a DIY pipe axle, the Rogue axle, and recently acquired the Ironmind Apollon's axle, so that's what I'm basing things off of.

ROGUE Axle

http://www.roguefitness.com/the-rogue-axle

$125.00 at this time (+shipping)

Pros

-Axle is balanced and professionally manufactured by Rogue. No guesswork needed here compared to a DIY job.

-It's...all one color? Pretty spiffy if you've got a theme going with your gym.


Cons

-The powder coating that Rogue is really proud of comes off incredibly easy. From the first workout I used this one, it started to flake off. I know my equipment is going to take a beating, so it's not that upsetting (and I got the Axle as part of a craigslist bundle), but if you want your equipment to look pretty, it's going to be ugly.

-Along with that, the powder coating makes the axle grippier, which can actually be a negative if you're using it to train for a more slippery axle. Good for setting training PRs I suppose.

-For having so few bells and whistles, the price point just can't be justified here. Rogue makes a lot of amazing products, but this really isn't one of them. For the most part, axles are pretty underwhelming, so there' that too.


Should you buy it?


If given the choice between this and a DIY job, I'd personally go with a DIY axle. The diameter is going to be the same (1.9"), and it'll cost you like $50 out the door with zero shipping or wait time. The Rogue will probably hold up to slightly more weight, but it's still not worth it. I'm keeping mine because I got it in a bundle, and now I use it as a beater axle, but I'd rather have 2 DIY jobs with some leftover cash versus buying this straight out.

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Re: Equipment reviews

Postby Jared Miller » Tue Mar 08, 2016 5:14 pm

The Ironmind Apollon's Axle

http://www.ironmind-store.com/Apollons- ... info/1271/

$249.99+shipping


Pros

-The original, and the gold standard of axles. This is featured at the highest level of competition, and getting good on it will get you good on anything.

-No powder coating, meaning no flaking and ALSO harder to grip. A real challenge that will carry over well to less well built axles.

-True 2" diameter versus 1.9". Again, makes smaller axles easier.

-Incredibly well manufactured. Solid, durable, rugged, balanced and SO PRETTY.

-Knurling marks around the axle let you know where the center is and gives you a frame of reference for hand spacing (can be considered a con as well, because some axles in competition won't have that to help with).

-33lbs, so you get more a feel of weight in the hands versus balanced out to the sides.


Cons


-Very steep price for something very "no frills". If you're buying from Ironmind, you know to expect that.

-Natural finish on bar is prone to rusting in humid environments. You can treat it, or let it rust.



Should you buy it?

For me, this was a "reward" to myself for soldiering on with my ACL rehab and not re-injuring myself doing something stupid. I had switched all my barbell work to axle in order to still feel "like a strongman", and decided I wanted to use the best in the business. It's really cool to have, and if you own a gym or are a very serious competitor I feel like it's worth having. However, if you're new into this, or don't have an explicit reason to have THE Apollon's axle, I honestly think a DIY job is a better investment. You'll miss out on .1" of increased diameter, but you can still learn how to do just about everything you need with one. If you fell into money and already have your log, yoke, farmer's handles, some sandbags/kegs, and all the basics sorted out, then this is a fine axle to add to the collection.

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Re: Equipment reviews

Postby Jared Miller » Tue Mar 08, 2016 5:23 pm

Rogue Farmer's Walk Handles


http://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-farmers-walk-handles

185.00

Background: I've used a few pairs of various handles in competition, and I made my own out of some plumbing pipe. I've never used top loading handles before, so I can't compare that (although I have used a frame that was built in that manner), so take it for what it's worth.


PROS


-Like most things from Rogue, this is well constructed. Balanced, solid, sturdy. Unlike the axle, the powder coating doesn't seem to flake off nearly as easily.

-Specs seem pretty similar to what is standard out there in competition on pipe farmer's. Pick height is moderate, spacing is good. Just all around good to go.

-Price point seems reasonable as far as the competition goes. You know Rogue is a company that actually supports the sport, so given them money is typically a good thing.

-This is more a pro for side loaders in general, but these handles are easy to get from point to point. Once you load them up with plates, just roll the handles where you want to go. However, I did have a pair of them go rogue on me (YOU GET IT?!) and roll down the top of my driveway directly at my shins, so be careful.

-25lbs per hand. Not actually a pro, just some info for you.


CONS


-A LOT of people have said that the Rogue HG collars do not work on their farmers handles. It got to the point that Rogue had to release special farmer's collars for this issue. I NEVER had that problem when using these in training, but just in case I double up on the HG collars.


-Once again, this didn't happen to my pair, but I used a pair of Rogue Farmer's in competition where the powder coating on the handles had worn off so much that they were impossible to grip. That can be a PRO if you're trying to make things harder, but it can be a con if you're trying to train for a certain weight.



Should you buy it?

If you need farmer's handles and like side loaders, you might as well get 'em from Rogue and support Strongman. They're sure to match/surpass the competition. They absolutely work, they can hold a ton of weight without breaking, and the price is fair.

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Re: Equipment reviews

Postby joecool » Wed Apr 13, 2016 2:57 pm

Kalle,
Do you still use your exergenie? I saw it online and was wondering how it was? Is it legit or gimmicky? haha

Does anyone else use this? It seems liek it'd be good to replace sled/truck pull work but not sure since there isn't that much info

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Re: Equipment reviews

Postby Kalle Beck » Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:40 am

joecool wrote:Kalle,
Do you still use your exergenie? I saw it online and was wondering how it was? Is it legit or gimmicky? haha

Does anyone else use this? It seems liek it'd be good to replace sled/truck pull work but not sure since there isn't that much info



Oberst stole mine! haha it works real well man I did a review on it here.

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