For the price...I really don't think you can beat these. I am beyond pleased! Could you get higher quality? Sure...but come on, look at the price! At first, I could smell them...after about 10 minutes, the smell disapated, and I couldn't smell them at all. The grips are surprisingly nice. I was afraid they might hurt, but neither myself, nor my wife had difficulty with pain from from grip, with heavy weight, or light weight high reps. No complaints! Love them! As a former weightlifter of 15+ years, just trying to get back into the swing of things, I HIGHLY recommend! If you want to start a decent home gym, without having to go to a high priced professional gym, go with these. I bought 5 sets of weights to begin...I am about to order 5 more sets of higher weights!