I carefully read the reviews prior to purchasing, and with a mild skepticism, decided to give this set a shot. I already have a SLEW of Olympic sized (2") plates, so all I needed were two dumbbell handles. The fact that it came with a curl bar is a minor bonus as I already have an excellent curl bar. In any case, I was looking for a lightweight set in order to give my kids something in their range that they could easily handle, and my SelectTech dumbbell set starts at 10lbs, which is too much for them for many exercises. As such, I wanted a lightweight solution, that combined with fractional plates, would give me ANY weight from 3.0 lbs to 10.0 lbs in 0.5 lbs increments (thanks to the fractional plates) until they graduate to the larger dumbbells. This product was PERFECT for that. It would also be perfect for anyone just starting out, or people that need lightweight rehab exercise equipment. Anywhere a lightweight dumbbell and curl bar might be useful, these will REALLY shine.
For those that have been wondering, the weight is 3 lbs for each individual dumbbell handle (including collar clips, which seemed to have a very nice grip for light to moderate amounts of weight), and 5 lbs for the curl bar (also including collar clips).
That said, I found them to be of exceptionally high quality for what they are. (I was not expecting them to be "heavyweight class" items as might be used by serious powerlifters, nor should you.) The collars do NOT spin, which in regular olympic sized equipment would be a problem (spinning collars prevent momentum from being an issue with heavier weights), but assuming the intended use is light weight, then having welded collars is NO problem at all. I can imagine this set lasting DECADES for every day use with lower amounts of weight. However, if you are only looking to buy them because they're "cheap" and you're expecting to load them up with HUNDREDS of pounds of weight, that I cannot recommend them to you for THAT purpose, as extreme amounts of weight probably WOULD damage the bars... to be fair, I haven't tried it so I don't know for sure... but it's a reasonably good hunch.
One criticism: the length of the dumbbell handles is fairly long, making them useless for dumbbell bench press or similar exercises where the dumbbells would be used end-to-end. But for lateral raises, flyes, rear delt raises, dumbbell squats & lunges, or anywhere you would use dumbbells with a bit of distance, they're NO problem at all. It was the excessive length of the dumbbell handles that prevented this item from earning a full 5 star rating from me.
Bottom line, if you need olympic sized handles for kids, the elderly, or those just starting out, you will not find a better value. Oh, and the shape of the curl bar is PERFECT... and the knurling (grip marks etched into the bar) are quite adequate.
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