Rogue Fitness is the manufacturer of many well-known products from their squat racks and rigs, to their barbells and bumper plates. Known for the quality as well as their marketing and their affiliation with Crossfit and the Crossfit games.
Here you will read over Rogue Fitness’s HG 2.0 bumper plates. Rogue bumper plates are some of the most popular bumper plates to be found in home gyms and Crossfit boxes, so let us see why.
The HG bumper plates are the basic black color bumper plates, that have stainless steel inserts.
They are manufactured with virgin rubber. This allows for a smooth finish but do not be fooled by their appearance, they are a durable plate.
They have a dead bounce (dead blow) when let fall to the ground. This “dead blow” is measured by the Shore A Durometer scale (Click here for more information on the Shore A Durometer scale), which gave an average score of 88 to the Rogue HG 2.0 bumpers.
They follow the IWF (International Weightlifting Federation) 450mm diameter standard with 50.40mm (approximately 2 inches) collar opening. Rogue states that these bumpers are +/- 1% of the plates claimed weight. An example would be a 25 lb plate could weigh no less than 24.75 lb and no more than 25.25 lb. Not bad in my books.
There is a 90-day warranty on the 10 & 15 lb Rogue bumper plates, and a 3-year warranty on their 25-45 lb bumpers.
The HG Price
Considered a high performance bumper, yet with budget friendly price. Rogue Fitness offers HG 2.0 sets as follows:
- 160 LB = $275
- 230 LB = $375
- 260 LB = $425
- 350 LB = $545
- 500 LB = $775
- 1000 LB = $1,475
Consider bumper plates like cars. Not many would argue that a Lexus vehicle is a stronger, faster, sleeker, and more luxurious vehicle than a Toyota. These are some of the reasons why Lexus’ are pricer than Toyotas. However, Lexus’ are made with Toyota engines. You may find less pricer bumpers but you do not get the reliability and durability or warranty that comes with the “more established” name.
Don’t Kid Yourself… Size Matters
The HG 2.0 bumper plates sport a thinner width than other bumpers such as the Hi-Temp. This thinner sizing allows a lifter to get more weight on the barbell at a
time. Their widths per plate are as such:
- 10 LB – 1″
- 15 LB – 1 3/8″
- 25 LB – 2″
- 35 LB – 2 3/4″
- 45 LB – 3 1/4″
- 55 LB – 3 3/4″
These thinner plates will allow a lifter to get 500 lbs on a barbell. May not be a big deal to some who never want to reach those heights, but for the rest, every pound and every inch counts.
Sounds Good, But…
So what are the downsides to the HG 2.0 Rogue bumper plates? There are 2 and their both preferential.
They are made in China.
- Rogue tends to sell the fact that they are American made and made in America, which they are for most products. But that can be misleading to some who do not look into individual products.
- However, most bumper plates are made overseas, no matter the company
The Dead Bounce/Blow
- This is purely subjective. A dead bounce bumper creates more noise than bouncier bumpers and does not bounce as high (obviously).
Why the HG for your Gym – I Would because I DO!
I thoroughly enjoy these bumper plates.
The main reason I chose these bumpers for my personal gym is because of the dead bounce/blow of the Rogue bumper plates.
- There is not a lot of room in my ‘gym’ space. I am close to the furnace and water heater to one side and my vehicle on the other. I really did not want to be driving to work with a big dent in my door having to explain to co-workers that I was dropping my weights. I also do not care to exemplify the ‘meat head’ persona that comes with lifting to some.
They look sleek and shiny, even after multiple, multiple uses (just a nice extra).
As much as I enjoy colored plates, whether competition or not, I really enjoy black bumpers with my black rack, with my black zinc barbell. OK I do not have the black zinc barbell, but it might be in the works!
So Are These The Bumpers For You?
Maybe… Maybe not so much.
The Rogue Fitness HG 2.0 bumper plates are great plates for gyms and home gyms alike. Used indoors, these bumpers are built with durability in mind. It comes down to whether you, the lifter, prefers the dead bounce of the HG and the associated noise that comes with it, or if you prefer bouncier plates. Then again, noise was never the matter when I was lifting.
I would vouch for the Rogue HG 2.0 bumper plates, in that they are a nice mixture between quality, durability and price for what a person would need.
LET US KNOW BELOW! What are your thoughts or opinions on the Rogue HG 2.0 bumper plates? Do you perfer more bounce like a Hi-Temp?