Most useful bumpers on the market
These are fantastic bumpers. If you're shopping for your first set of bumpers, get these. I was a little worried buying these bumpers. I already have virgin rubber bumpers by OFW (considered by many to be the best value bumper on the market). However, while virgin rubber bumpers look great, and are wonderful on a platform, I wanted something that could go outside/anywhere and stay looking the same. This is usually the slot filled by Hi-Temps. But those bounce too much (risk of injury), often vary a good degree in actual weight from stated weight, and have a smaller diameter than standard plates. The Again Faster Crumb Rubbers Bumpers have none of the problems of Hi-Temps and add the very useful feature of the colored flakes. Mine were all less than 1% from stated weight (many were DEAD ON). They bounce just a little more than virgin rubber plates. You can give them a pounding and they stay looking the same. The only possible downside is that they are wider than virgin rubber bumpers. Let's be honest, for many/most people they don't lift enough for this to even matter. For those of us that do, is that annoying: yes. But, remember that these are the same diameter as normal plates. So, there's no problem throwing on a metal plate or two or three along with these (read the 35s, 45s, or 55s). In fact, since they're wider, they'll handle that better than other types. [Anecdote: a buddy of mine goes for these first BECAUSE of how wide they are just to get that bro feeling of moving a bar that's maxed out. Sometimes it's the little motivations that we need in our garage gyms.] If I had the opportunity to start over and buy one type of bumper, I'd buy these. They are the most durable bumpers available, are shockingly accurate in weight, don't bounce too much, and look cool.
Reviewed by: Dorian Shaftesbury from Los Angeles.