This is the fourth CAP kettlebell I have purchased; the first from Walmart.com. Here is my opinion:
-Smooth, protective finish looks good and is comfortable to use (no sharp burrs or seams)
-Excellent price from Walmart.com
-Fast shipping from Walmart.com (order came two days prior to estimated arrival, on a Saturday)
-Packaging from the manufacturer is not sufficient to protect kettlebell during transit
So far, I have had four of these shipped to my door. The packaging from the manufacturer consists of a plastic bag around the kettlebell, a few very thin pieces of styrofoam on the inside of the box, and some plastic strapping to help hold the box together. Even on the previous three I had received where the finish was satisfactory, the boxes were in pretty bad shape when they arrived -- the thin styrofoam was nearly ground to powder. It's not molded around the kettlebell, so it allows the weight to move around too much. The 80lb kettlebell I received has a few marks on the handle and body, which I wasn't happy about, but it was acceptable -- after all, it's for exercise, not display. However, the 60lb. kettlebell that I just received from Walmart.com is a mess. There are multiple scuffs and chips out of it, including holes (!) -- how does a hole appear in a solid piece of iron? The holes may have been a manufacturing defect, and honestly, if that's all that was evident, it would not have been a big deal. Again, this is a problem from the packaging from the manufacturer, not Walmart.com -- they had packaged the kettlebell box inside another shipping box. My only beef with Walmart.com is that based on the condition of the manufacturer box, I believe they should have realized that the contents would not be in good shape. I've included a couple pictures of the kettlebell and the manufacturer box. The box was not modified at all before the picture was taken -- I was able to pull the kettlebell out without cutting or ripping it further.
Despite my last experience, I plan to return this to a store and try to get a replacement -- but realize the condition in which it will arrive is highly variable.
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