The Rogue Fitness SML (Monster Light) Series Half Racks Review – Best Half Rack on the Market?

We finally got in the SML-1 Half Rack from Rogue Fitness during the middle of the Coronavirus! Something happened though that meant we couldn’t use it for two weeks! Want to learn more!? Watch our video and then read our full review!

Quick and Dirty Video Review

Rack Facts

Full NameRogue Fitness SML Series (SML-1, SML-2, SML-3)
ManufacturerRogue Fitness
Hole Spacing Westside
Weight Capacity 1000lb
Steel Gauge (Thickness)11 guage
Upright Tubing Size3″ x 3″
Measurements81″ x 44″ x 46″
WarrantyLifetime
Accessories AvailableNone specifically but check out compatibility list here

Quick Review Summary for People in a Hurry

Rating: 

Recommendation: The best half rack on the market. Expensive but ultimately worth the price as the stability and quality are amazing. Customer service could be better and faster though.
Pros:
– Very high quality
– Incredibly stable and heavy
– Easy to assemble
Cons:
– Expensive
– Customer service takes days to respond
– Shipping takes a while and some parts didn’t arrive

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Website/Buying Experience

  • The Rogue Fitness buying experience is solid.

Customer Service

  • I had an issue where the hardware and instructions to put together the rack did not get shipped out.
  • Online chat did not work when I tried to contact them about this. :/
  • Customer Service via email took FOREVER to respond and get the right parts sent out. I finally got the hardware about two weeks later.

Shipping

  • Took a while to ship because of the coronavirus (expected).
  • Annoyingly came in multiple packages a few days apart.
  • I had to order the safety arms in a separate order, and they still have not shipped yet.
  • I did not get any instructions or all the required parts (see above)

Packaging

  • Fantastic packaging. No ripped up boxes or any of that crap that you see with the other rack manufacturers.

Tools for Assembly

  • No tools provided at all. 🙁
  • Get yourself an electric screw driver and/or a drill/driver to really level up your rack building skills

As usual, I always recommend power tools for putting a rack together!

Assembly

  • Easy Assembly once I got the instructions and hardware kit two weeks later.
  • Having two people to put it together makes things easier but one can definitely handle it.

Instructions

  • Instructions didn’t blow me away but it is so simple to put together it is not a problem
  • I also did not get the instructions at first so I am attaching them to this review if anyone is curious about them or needs them

Wobble Factor

  • There is no wobble on this rack. It’s very heavy duty and VERY stable.

Hole Spacing

I do wish the holes were numbered. For a rack of this price I feel like this would be a thing they should add.

Weld and Steel Quality

  • I am not expert but this seems like the best quality steel I have seen on a rack.

Upright Size

  • 3″ x 3″ Steel Tubing.
  • I would definitely trust this thing with its full rated weight of 1000 pounds

Accessories Available

  • None

I couldn’t find any accessories available for this rack.

J-cups

Perfect j cups for this rack. As you can see in the video they are very heavy duty.

What could be better

  • Numbers on each hole in the uprights
  • Weight horns could be a good addition

Resale Value

  • High

Rogue Equipment has amazing resale value

Space Saving

This thing takes up very little space. Its amazing for people who have a limited surface area to work with.

Conclusion

The best half rack on the market. Expensive but ultimately worth the price as the stability and quality are amazing. Customer service could be better and faster though.

Results

Rating: 

Recommendation: The best half rack on the market. Expensive but ultimately worth the price as the stability and quality are amazing. Customer service could be better and faster though.
Pros:
– Very high quality
– Incredibly stable and heavy
– Easy to assemble
Cons:
– Expensive
– Customer service takes days to respond
– Shipping takes a while and some parts didn’t arrive


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