Bumper plates are a good option for home gyms because they do not produce as much noise as metal weight plates do. Plus, since they have a dense rubber coating, they are safer for the floor although they could still cause significant damage even when dropped slightly.
We have already reviewed some of the best bumper plates and best fractional weight plates for you. In this article, we will be providing you with a detailed review of the Rogue Echo bumper plates V2, one of the top-rated products designed for hardcore trainers.
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Quick Review Summary
Rogue Echo Bumper plates V2 are relatively easy on the wallet and yet they perform extremely well when compared to other competitive products. They are made of virgin rubber and that’s why they are more durable than the ones made of crumb rubber or recycled rubber.
They have a durometer rating of 88, which makes them dense and hard enough to minimize the bounce as much as possible, which helps minimize the impact on the barbell.
Rogue Echo Bumper plates V2 are competitively priced, which is a good thing because, during this pandemic, it is really difficult to find good quality products at a reasonable price. But, a few buyers have stated that the company needs to improve its quality control. Many of them have received plates that do not fit well on the barbell. Some have received chipped, dented, and damaged plates. A few others have stated that the rubber is extremely prone to cuts and scratches. Nevertheless, these are cosmetic issues and can be ignored.
- Competitively priced
- Made of 100% virgin rubber
- Offers dead bounce
- Designed as per IWF standards
- Cosmetic issues are frequently reported
We are giving this a rating of 4.0 out of 5.0.
Now on to our full review.
Rogue Echo V2 weight plates are one of the best affordable bumper plates for home gyms
Rogue Fitness sells more than 10 different types of weight plates. The Echo V2 bumper plates and the HG 2.0 plates are the cheapest of all. Both of them are imported from China and built as per IWF standards. Being affordable, they are very basic weight plates.
The expensive options are machine calibrated for providing extreme precision but we don’t really need them. We are not athletes or sportspeople. We are a team of fitness freaks who love to stay fit and grow stronger from the comfort of our home. So, a high level of precision and competition-grade dead bounce doesn’t really matter much. Rogue Echo bumper plates are more than enough for what we do in our home gym.
They are made of virgin rubber
Virgin rubber is basically new rubber. Products made of virgin rubber have a better aesthetic appearance than the ones that are made of recycled rubber. Plus, they are more durable than the ones that are made of crumb rubber.
Recycled rubber is used for making cheaper but heavy-duty products such as horse stall mats that you can use for making a weight-lifting platform. Those products are exceptionally good but not aesthetically appealing. Plus, they may start chipping and shredding within a few years.
They can still last a good number of years if you are a beginner but if you are an already active person, they might not be able to bear much rough use. This is where Rogue Echo bumper plates V2 come in. They are cheaper than other competitive products such as the Fringe Sport Black Bumper Plates and some other products that we have reviewed in our article on best bumper plates for home gyms.
Rogue Echo V2 bumper plates provide a dead bounce
Dead bounce is exactly what it sounds; no bounce at all. But, that’s not true.
All weight plates bounce but some are designed to bounce back as little as possible. As you can see in the video above, plates that bounce a lot can damage your barbell sooner than what you might expect. If you tend to drop your weights, you must spend more to buy products like the Rogue Echo V2 plates and the Fringe Sports bumper plates, so you won’t have to replace your barbell any time soon.
While looking for bumper plates, check out their shore rating/durometer. The higher this rating is, the less will be the bounce. Rogue Echo V2 plates have a durometer rating of 88 out of 100. The crumb rubber plates usually have a 70 durometer rating.
Rogue’s warranty doesn’t cover bending
Rogue Fitness says that bending is a part of regular wear and tear related damage, which is not covered under its warranty. In fact, no manufacturer covers wear and tear, so we totally get it.
Wondering what’s the problem here?
Well, some buyers have stated that the 10lbs plates are very thin and extremely prone to bending. One buyer stated that his plates started bending within just two months!
This issue is only with the 10lbs plates. The rest are fine. Plus, this issue is more likely to happen if you tend to drop your plates. If you don’t go that rough, they won’t probably bend so soon.
Anyways, we do not advise people to throw weights unless they are using the finest quality equipment and don’t mind replacing damaged products frequently. If you want your barbell to last longer, you must not drop your weights when done. Plus, always make sure you have a crash cushion/drop pad underneath to absorb as much shock as possible. Products such as Yes4All Silencer Drop Pads will minimize the shock, noise, and vibration, so other members of your family don’t get scared. Plus, they also help protect your bumper plates, your barbell, and your floor.
Cosmetic issues are frequently reported by the buyers
One of the buyers shared the above image. As you can see, the edges are damaged.
Many other buyers too have reported similar issues such as receiving dented plates, imperfect paint, etc. These are cosmetic issues and they don’t really matter because these are weight plates. They are eventually going to get scratched and dented. But, again, if I am spending $300+ on something, I would expect the company to send me a perfectly working, flawless piece.
Just in case you don’t know; Rogue Fitness doesn’t manufacture these Echo V2 bumper plates in its US facility. It imports them from China. Now, don’t get us wrong. The plates are totally as per Rogue’s standards but the minor imperfections and cosmetic damages are not something that we expect from a renowned brand.
We are giving this a rating of 4.0 out of 5.0.
If you ignore the cosmetic issues, Rogue Echo Bumper plates V2 are definitely one of the best products you can buy for setting up your home gym.
That’s all we have for this article. But, before you go, do not forget to check out our list of best barbell collars that you would need for securing your plates tightly. You might also be interested in our ultimate guide on how to build a home gym. As obvious from its name, it is a really extensive article and we keep updating it almost every week, so you get the most updated information and reliable product recommendations.