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Cheapest option... but you'll regret it!
26 May 2019
Quick advice: go for metal plates from same company (Aurion).
These seemed like the best and cheapest option... a weight is a weight right? Well, not true! Here are the problems:
(1) Weights are REALLY thick. I could only get one or two on each side of the dumbell. This is very limiting.
(2) The weight accuracy is not good (I weighed them).
(3) They look like you are lifting clown weights in a circus because they are so big.
(4) They are imbalanced and uneven so they will not give you steady feel.
(5) They are filled with concrete and the plastic outer casing looks like it will open up at the seems eventually.
(6) The threads on the dumbell rods that come with some of these are just factory machine bolts. They are rough (not smooth), and the nuts are cheap plastic and don't spin freely. Each time I screw them on, some of the black plastic from the star-shaped end nuts falls to the ground. Soon the plastic pieces will just slide off and the weights will fall during exercise!
(7) The threads on the dumbell rods (if you get rods with your weights) are tiny. Takes about 50 turns for each side! Very impossible to use.
I had a whole bunch of these and returned them all and got metal plates... MUCH smaller, very evenly balanced, and will last twice as long if not more so in the long run, you save money! Also, the metal weights look cooler :)
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