MilSpec Premium Black Bumper Plates
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At first glance, you'll notice the first difference is purely cosmetic; the Milspec Plates have a matte black finish, vs a glossy black finish on standard black bumper plates. Milspec plates are also slightly thinner than our standard black plates, with a more rounded edge. In the end, both plates are great, and you should be confidant in knowing you are using the best bumper plates on the market today.
Bumper Plates are a necessity for any garage gym, and there are plenty of reasons why.
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.
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And even more!
"I've now purchased 55, 45, 35, 25, & 10lb pairs from Fringe. I'm super pleased with every purchase. Delivery is always quicker than I expect & packaged well. The plates feel great in your hand, match well, and are plenty durable. 10lb plates are always super thin, but these feel solid. Love working with Fringe!"
- Kevin B.
Not all bumpers are created equal. Here's why your next bumper plates should be Fringe Sport bumpers:
How wide are these bumpers?
55's are 3.2", 45's are 2.9'', 35's are 2.35'', 25's are 1.87'' 15's are 1.2'', and the 10's are 1.05''
What is the durometer reading on these bumpers?
The 10 and 15-pound bumper plates are 90; the 25, 35, 45 and 55-pound bumpers are 85
What does durometer mean?
Durometer is a measure of the 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.
Why do different weight bumper plates have different durometer readings?
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.
What is the diameter of these bumpers?
Most Fringe Sport bumper plates are the IWF standard 450mm (~17.7") width in diameter, with a +/-1.5mm variance
The ten-pound Fringe Sport bumpers are 445mm (17.5") in diameter
What? Why are the ten-pound bumpers narrower than all the rest?
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!
My bumpers smell. Do you carry bumpers that don't smell?
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.
My bumpers are greasy? How can I get the grease off?
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.
Can I drop the 10-pound bumpers like I see my favorite athletes do?
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.
What does it mean if there is a white star on my bumper?
Some of our plates go through random spot checks by different quality assurance teams. The star simply means your plate passed inspection. There are no differences in quality between plates with or without stars!
How can I choose the plates that are right for me?
Bumper plates come in a few standard sizes and are sold in pounds with kilogram conversions. Fringe Sport economy bumpers are sold by the pound. Here is a chart with a rough pound and kilogram weights:
|Bumper Weight||Best Weight For:|
|10 lbs ~ 5 kg||Great for teaching or learning Olympic lifts.|
|15 lbs ~ 7 kg||The same uses as the 10s, but this offers greater durability at only a slightly heavier weight.|
|25 lbs ~ 11 kg||A very popular weight as they are very durable and throwing these on an Oly bar gives you 95 pounds (Fran Rx).|
|35 lbs ~ 16 kg||A great size for adding more weight to the bar.|
|45 lbs ~ 20 kg||The most popular size for gyms - 45's really lets you load up your bar and make some serious strength gains.|
|55 lbs ~ 25 kg||When the 45s just don't cut it, we have 55lb bumpers to add some serious weight to the bar.|
These Milspec bumper plates are designed to the exacting tolerances and high durability requirements of the US Army. These bumper plates are used every day by soldiers training for and completing the ACFT- the Army Combat Fitness Test.
Are you training to be an elite soldier- or just training for the fitness level of an elite soldier? These milspec bumper plates are there for you!
Fringe Sport black bumper plates are manufactured to go toe to toe with any bumper plate on the market. They are constructed with virgin rubber, formulated specifically for its durability, density and low bounce. Most importantly, they go through the most customer-focused manufacturing, quality control, and shipping process in the industry so you can rest assured that you are getting the highest quality plates and we are taking the utmost care to ensure they arrive to you in pristine condition!
Great set of plates! Started dropping the 10's right out of the box.
These are high quality. I was originally a bit concerned about using them directly on my garage floor but after several weeks they haven’t shown any damage.
These plates are the real deal! And the Fringe team is fantastic to work with every step of the way. I'm using the plates in my garage gym (alongside a bunch of other Fringe gear), but all the equipment would be right at home even at elite level lifting gyms!
They are extremely high quality. In my entire set, only one 10lb plate had a minor blemish. They work as advertised. I will 100% be buying from Fringe again in the future to upgrade my garage gym.
Absolutely love them!