I like to keep a well-stocked home gym, and I’ve recently been looking to upgrade my dumbbells. I’ve messed around with adjustable dumbbells, but they are all finicky in one way or another, so I decided to opt for the CAP dumbbells. (Find them on Amazon.com here) They take up more space than an adjustable, but when push comes to shove, there’s nothing like a good set of hex weights for your home gym.
So for everyone still deciding whether buy these or not, this CAP dumbbells Review is for you.
Let start with some basic facts on them before I start going into their pros and cons.
While you can buy these dumbbells individually, they come in a complete range of weights and sizes. The neoprene coated ones handle the smaller weights, from one to 10 pounds, but I instead got the full range of cast iron dumbbells. I got a set of nine, going in five pound increments from ten up to 50 pounds.
They’re made of solid cast iron, and stack neatly thanks to their hex shape. They’re coated with a black enamel and have comfortable, textured chrome handles; easy to grip and to hold.
I really can’t complain too much about them. Because they’re not rubber-coated, but rather plastic coated, they don’t have that sort of rubbery smell you sometimes get out of cheap equipment. They’re a convenient size, as well—the smallest one, the 10-pound weight, is about 10.5 inches long, while the biggest clocks in at just over 14 inches. That’s large enough to be comfortable to grip, but not so large that they become unwieldy.
They’re pretty inexpensive. Now, be aware that the price here is for just one dumbbell; if you want a set, you’ll have to buy two. Even still, it’s a very good deal. They’re inexpensive, but they’re not cheap, if you know what I mean—they’re solidly built and sturdy.
It’s surprising how much the little touch of the enamel coating helps; that means they don’t scratch my wood floor when I set them down or if they roll. They’re nothing fancy about these, but they do everything you need a weight to do, and they do it well.
There are a couple issues to be wary of. If you’re the kind of person who needs their dumbbells to be identical, be careful when you get a pair; some of my cap dumbbells have the weight written out just in numbers, and others say “lb” on them and have a different texture. It doesn’t affect how they’re used at all, but if you’re buying some of the multi-colored ones for display purposes, that might bother you.
I’ve also heard some people say that the color will rub off and stain your hands; again, I got them all in black so I haven’t had that experience myself, but it’s worth being aware of that.
All in all, though, these are great for someone building up their home gym—it’s really everything you could want out of a set of hex weights. They’re more convenient than fiddling around with an adjustable set, they’re comfortable to use and they’re a good match between quality and price. I definitely recommend these CAP dumbbells to anyone building up a home gym.
Hey! My name is Paul Sheldon. I live in Nashville, TN and I love all things related to sports. Naturally I love workking out and I do it every day. If you want to talk feel freee to hit me a message or if you happen to be in Nashville we can get a coffee, I know a great place. Peace!
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