Friday, May 18, 2018

Product Review: Black Mountain Products Barbell Collars

Product Details:
Black Mountain Products barbell clasps are a sturdy clasp that can be locked and unlocked with one hand, allowing you to change plates quickly. Our grips have a durable rubber interior that provide a high-quality grip to give you a secure lift without movement of the plates. Each Olympic barbell collar has a quick release system and a safety locking mechanism.
  • Set of 2 clasps with Olympic standard 2in diameter
  • Easy one hand removal and installation
  • Perfect for any bar workout
  • Available in black, green, and blue
  • Lifetime warranty on all barbell collars
My Review:
I chose these over the spring loaded clamp ones because of the ease for sliding on and off. They are made of a hard plastic. There is an interlocking pin that must be depressed to open the clamp. This allows the clamp to expand and fit on the bar. Then you can slide it to the desired place and push the mechanism down. It will click into place and it is very sturdy. After clamped down I could not move the clamp at all by tugging and yanking on it. 

These things work great. They are a huge improvement over the cheap clamps that came with my weight set. The original were the cheap thin metal spring clamps and the weights seemed to shift a little after every set and were a pain to remove and replace when you’re trying to transition workout to workout quickly. These things hold the weights in place, are very simple and fast to use and make exchanging the weights from exercise to exercise a breeze.

This barbell collars have an advanced design and are great for multiple exercises.  One click lock design for easy install and removal,  Snap-Latch design to keep You safe. Perfect for crossfit training, olympic lifts, overhead press, deadlifts, bench press, or any other workout using 2 inches Olympic Barbell   The durability seems to be there as well since they are made with hard ABS plastic that seem to be able to stand up the toughest home, gym, or group-exercise environment.

My Rating:  9.5/10
This product is another home run from Black Mountain Fitness Products!  Pure value with the barbell collars.

Price: These collars are currently ONSALE for $11.99 (use promo code MAP20 for an additional 20% off bringing the total price to $9.60 each!)

Some critiques include the material the collars are made of being plastic and not metal, with metal being preferred for obvious reason.  Also I do not know how these collars will hold up to extremely heavy weights.  My max clean is 255lbs, front squat 315lbs and deadlift 405lbs, and I have not had a problem with the weights moving during lifting sets or crossfit metcons (aka Elizabeth).  However, I have no experience with how they would react to a 300lb snatch, 400 clean or 600lb deadlifts!  I highly recommend these collars to all home gyms and all gym goers whose home club only uses spring collars.  For less than $10 you can throw these in your gym bag and always have reliable barbell collars for all your lifts!

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