Friday, July 21, 2017

Product Review: Hi-Temp Bumper Plates

Product Details:  
Our Hi-Temp 25 lb weight is made of recycled material, so not only is it environmentally friendly, it’s designed to be safer and more durable than traditional steel plates.
  • Made in the USA from Crumb Rubber (Recycled Vulcanized Rubber)
  • Diameter: 17.5”
  • Weight Tolerance: +/- 0.5LB
  • 2” Stainless Steel Insert
  • Inset Collar Design to reduce friction
  • Color: Black
  • 1 Year Warranty after purchase

My Review:

Hi-Temps are built from a nearly indestructible marriage of recycled vulcanized rubber and a 2" stainless steel insert.  They have been a staple at gyms for years because of their incredible durability. Hi-Temp bumpers are made in Alabama from recycled tires and steel inserts, for a bumper plate that can withstand tons of punishment.

Hi-Temp bumpers are constructed using a thick, less dense mix of rubber than many other bumper brands. This rubber mix results in a bumper that is a bit wider than many other brands. This additional width, combined with the forgiving low density of the rubber mix, results in a high-bounce bumper that resists cracking   As another key design component, the collar on Hi-Temp bumpers is inset from the plane of the plate, allowing for better protection when multiple plates are on the bar, and reducing the risk of inserts getting impacted or popping out.  Hi-Temp bumper plates feature a steel insert that is designed to far outperform the brass bumpers used by the competition. A steel insert will take much more abuse without malforming- and it is machined to exact tolerances to fit all high-quality olympic bars.

These are great plates if you want to have the option of working out on unmatted surfaces. We use them both on stall mats in the garage and on the concrete outside and they show no wear or damage whatsoever.  One point to note though is that they are a slightly smaller diameter than standard olympic plates. Not enough that you'd notice a change in bar height, but you can't use with other bumpers or iron plates if the barbell is going to hit the floor - you would effectively channel all the impact through the standard width plates on the bar, which could damage them and the floor (especially if adding iron!).

I was able to test the new performance Hi-Temp 25lb Bumpers (release date TBD).  I do not have information on the specs regarding these plates however the difference in insert design will enhance the durability and ease of use of these plates.  I did not notice anything different in regards to dimensions compared to that standard plates listed above, however the finish on these plates are more appealing and like I said the new insert design provides to a noticeable improved usage of these plates.

My Rating: 9.5/10
These are by far the best bumper plates on the market when talking about durability and use in a garage gym, and are extremely reliable in an affiliate setting as proven by their wide use.  Hi-Temp bumpers use a rubber formulation that combines a mix of high bounce with high durability.  I demo'd 25lb bumpers only but have experience with the other weights.  I'd like to note that the Hi-Temp 10 and 15 pound bumpers are more stable because they are thicker. This makes them more stable than most 10 or 15 pound bumpers- which are the most fragile bumper plates due to their thinness.  Also the bounce on these plates are reasonable but not overly exaggerated due to the rubber formulation which helps with protecting the surfaces you are lifting on.  My main reason for not giving a 10/10 rating is that you will need an entire set of these plates, and these plates only.  I would not recommend use of these plates with other brands of bumpers or metal plates due to the slight diameter difference which causes stress to other bumper plates.

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