Our bumper plates feature extremely durable, low bounce rubber that surrounds the iron in the middle of the plate, and a metal insert that attaches to the ring of the bumper plate. These hooks provide extra surface area to bond the rubber to the steel, creating a much more long-lasting and hardcore bumper plate that’s less likely to break or bend overtime.
They’re for the beginner, the expert, and everyone of every level in between. Our bumper plates were designed with the garage-gymmer, CrossFit box, and community gyms in mind. No matter the kind of fitness you’re doing, these bumper plates are durable and will remain intact. They’re meant to be lifted, slammed, dropped, and beaten on in your pursuit of strength in the Garage Gym Revolution.Durability is important to us, because it means a high-quality bumper plate for you and your lifting. We’ve taken the time to specially design our bumper plates with 100% virgin rubber for a low, dead bounce for your safety and the safety of those (and the walls) around you. This means that when dropped, even from overhead, you won’t be chasing your barbell down the street. It’ll remain in front of you, where it was dropped. Our bumper plates can be dropped from any height time and time again.Our bumper plates feature a beveled edge for easier grip when transporting them from storage to your barbell, and because they’re 100% virgin rubber, they won’t break or bounce very far if dropped.
Buy from our selection of incredibly durable bumper plates for CrossFit, Olympic weightlifting, Powerlifting, and the Garage Gym lifter. Durable long lasting bumper plate sets here.
Tech plates are the predecessors to bumper plates. Before the technology and engineering existed to make high quality (light) weight plates from rubber (bumper plates), tech plates were the answer to hold a barbell at proper IWF height to start your first pull for the clean or snatch (or the deadlift for that matter).
So, tech plates are weight plates constructed of plastic that have a 17-18" diameter (there is a bit of variation between brands). They typically are not made in weights higher than 25#/10kg- in fact, we have never been asked for tech plates in weights higher than 10#/5kg.
While they absorb the impact of a drop, they don't bounce like bumpers do- and they tend to be loud on the drop. Durability of tech plates is a strong point, but don't believe anyone who claims they're unbreakable. I've seen them break- although it takes quite a few (thousand) drops.
If you want to load a bar as light as possible, but still have a lifter start their pull from the correct height, use 5# tech plates.
In every other situation, use bumper plates.
Tech plates are more expensive than bumpers, they are louder when the bar is dropped, and with today's top notch bumper plates (ahem, OneFitWonder), the durability gap is way smaller than before.
A bumper plate is a weight plate for Olympic bars that is made almost entirely of rubber (with a steel or brass collar in the middle that accepts an Olympic bar).
The "end state" of the Olympic lifts is overhead or at the shoulder. Many lifters drop the weights from overhead. Since bumper plates are almost entirely rubber, being dumped from the shoulder or overhead will not damage the weights, bar, floor, bystanders, the lifter, etc...
Bumper plates are also great for garage gym use- the rubber construction is much quieter than traditional metal construction.
Durometer is a measure of hardness of a material. It ranges from 0-100, and the higher the rating the harder the material, and the higher the material's resistance to indentation. Anything above 65 is acceptable for bumper plates. Our plates are considered to be excellent.
In general, the lighter bumper plates have a higher durometer reading because they need to be more rigid to withstand the stress of being dropped. Heavier plates have more surface area to distribute the stress, so they do not need to be as hard.
The ten pound bumper plates are purposefully 5mm narrower than the other bumper plates so that when you have 10's loaded on the bar, plus other bumpers, the 10 pound plates impact the ground a split second later than the other bumpers. Since the 10 pound plates have the least surface area and are thus the weakest bumpers, this saves stress on your 10 pounders!
Crumb bumper plates are made from recycled tires and steel inserts, for a bumper plate that can withstand tons of punishment. Recycled crumb bumpers are constructed using a thick, less dense mix of rubber. This rubber mix results in a bumper that is a bit wider. This additional width, plus the forgiving low density of the rubber mix, results in a high bounce bumper that resists cracking or "taco-ing".
Polyurethane bumpers are compositionally built differently. They are man-made and have different chemical properties than our Virgin Rubber bumpers. Think of them as a test tube creation compared to our virgin rubber plates made from natural sources like trees and plants. The urethane is a much harder compound. They will be more durable but more expensive at the same time.
Sometimes the bumpers smell due to the way that they are made. It isn't permanent. The best remedy is to let them air out in the sun for about 5 days.
The bumpers are greased as a part of the manufacturing process. Sometimes the factory doesn't clean the plates well enough.
Here's what we do to de-grease these bad boys:We wash the bumpers about 3 times, with paper towels, soap, and water. If that doesn't work, then we use a de-greaser spray that can be purchased at a local home improvement store.
Drop away. We are confident that our 10 pound bumper plates can handle the abuse, and they are backed by our fully comprehensive warranty for 1 year just in case.
Competition bumper plates are actually some of the oldest types of bumper plates. Originally bumper plates were developed for Olympic Weightlifters to compete in local, national, and yes, international competitions like the Olympics. This is the origin of the name- Olympic Weightlifting. When an Olympic Weightlifter executes a lift, the end of the lift is above the Weightlifter's head. From there, the barbell and the weights need to return to the ground. For heavy lifts, it can be dangerous to lower the weight to the ground manually, and it also "wastes" the Weightlifter's energy. Remember, we are talking about competitions here- there is no prize for "most gracefully returning the weight to the ground after a successful lift." So in the early days of Olympic Weightlifting, several solutions were attempted to try and solve this problem. The winning solution was to create competition bumper plates- plates that were made of steel and rubber and were designed to be dropped from overheard. Initially, these competition bumper plates were created in only 10kg, 15hg, 20kg, and 25kg sizes. The lighter weight plates were not durable enough and more traditional style weight plates were used for these lighter weights. As Olympic Weightlifting became more common in the US, many companies began creating these competition bumper plates in pound szies as well as the traditional kilogram sizes.
We carry the cheapest bumper plates that you would want to buy.
In other words, if you look hard, you can probably find cheaper bumper plates... but then you've got to lift with them. We've been in business over a decade, and in that time, we've made our reputation on having the best, most durable bumper plates in the world.
But aren't all bumper plates the same? They sure look pretty similar!
All bumper plates are NOT the same. That's kind of like saying that a Hyundai and a Ferrari are the same- since they are both cars and you can order them each in red.
In the same way, even though many bumper plates LOOK the same, what's inside is different.
Let's start with the rubber. We use pure, innocent, virgin rubber for all of our bumper plates. What this means is:
So if you're looking for cheap bumper plates, look no further than Fringe Sport. Because if you're looking for a "great deal on a piece of crap," well, we're not your supplier. That's why Fringe Sport is the best place to buy bumper plates. And if you're looking for bumper plates near me- great news! We ship all over the lower 48 United States.
The main difference between bumper plates and metal weight plates is the material they are made from. Bumper plates are usually constructed from a rubber or synthetic material, while weight plates are typically made from cast iron. This difference in material creates a few key distinctions in how each plate can be used.
Bumper plates are designed for Olympic-style lifting, such as clean and jerk or snatch lifts. The soft material helps protect the barbell and floor from damaging drops that would occur if metal weight plates were used. Additionally, their more pliable design helps them absorb some shock when tossed about and dropped during a workout, which makes them safer for users to use with heavier weights.