Rogue Color Echo Bumper Plates
The Rogue Color Echo Bumper Plates are a mid-grade set of bumpers that offer minimal bounce while providing a high-quality build that will last for years. With vivid colors and a decent grippy feel to the bumpers, they provide for excellent use when deadlifting, bench pressing, and even while simply gripping them in your hands during your garage gym and home gym workouts.
- Sufficiently decent low bounce.
- Vivid colors.
- Decent texture for a strong hands-on grip.
- Snug fit on Olympic barbells.
- Excellent selling price for the value.
- Excellent warranty.
- Rubber is prone to becoming easily marked up.
- Made in China (This matters to some people).
If you’re in the market for mid-grade bumper plates that deliver excellent value the Rogue Color Echo Bumper Plates should be one of the first sets you consider.
I personally use these bumper plates as my main strength training set within my own garage gym and I have no plans to change them out anytime soon.
Let’s just right into our Rogue Color Echo Bumper Plates review and see why they are worth every penny.
Rogue Color Echo Bumper Plates Design And Build
The first thing I noticed about my Rogue Echo plates was their solid coloring. It’s incredibly simple to find a weight when they offer rubber that follows standard IWF style coloring (note: they are not IWF approved because they are in pounds and not kilograms).
The bumpers are offered in increments from 10 pounds to 55 pounds with the 10 and 15-pound weights sharing the same black rubber.
The black rubber plates are actually part of the Rogue Echo Bumper Plates V2 which is also an excellent buy.
Rogue Echo Bumper Plates V2
Rogue Echo Bumper Plates have an IWF standard 450MM diameter, minimal surface imperfections, and a weight within 1% of its target. Combined with stainless steel inserts and quality virgin rubber, the Echos offer a dead bounce and durability rarely seen in an economical plate.
While some bumper plates are overly thick, the Rogue Color Echo bumper plates start at just 0.83 inches for 10 pounds weights and end at 2.75 inches for the red-colored 55-pound plates which are among our favorites on the market.
Here’s a quick guide for weight size, thickness, and color for every plate in the collection.
Not only are these plates fun to look at, but they are also very stable in terms of bounce. Rogue rates the bumper plates at an 88 out of 100 durometer rating. The closer to 100 a rubber product achieves, the less they bounce on solid surfaces and rubber flooring.
True to form, the weights don’t bounce very much at all when dropped on my half-inch rubber floor that lays atop the concrete floor in my garage. That said, there is some bounce when dropping from overhead but I never feel as though I’m going to experience dangerous bounce back during high drops.
At the end of the day, I’m willing to trade a little bounce for the protection these plates offer to my recently refurbished garage floor.
The Rogue Color Echo bumper plates are 450mm in diameter our measurements showed them to be 100% true to form.
Rogue also claims a 1% weight tolerance on all of these bumper plates. Our entire site was within 1% weight tolerance with the 55-pound weights hitting the nail right on the head. The weight tolerance makes these bumper plates perfect for anyone who needs to train with near-perfect accuracy as they push for new PRs.
The stainless steel inserts on the Rogue Echo Bumper Plates fit snuggly on my Rogue Ohio Bar, a Rep Fitness Saber Bar, and various other standard Oly bars. There’s just enough room on the 1.98-inch collars for a desirable snug fit without making the adding or removing of the bumper plates feel like a hassle.
A solid fit ensures that your collars hold snugly to a bar’s sleeve, which in turn stabilizes weights during drops. A snug fit will prolong your bumper plates by putting less drop pressure on the steel colors. A snug fit also ensures that each weight plate follows the spin of a good barbell.
I like using bumper plates for front raises, grip strengthening, and various other exercises that require the hands-on use of each plate without a bar.
In this case, the Rogue Color Echo Bumper Plates have delivered on my needs. The rubber is grippy enough to offer a strong grip but still slick enough to challenge my strength. Just for fun, grab the heaviest pair you can muster and attempt some farmer carries, or just stand with your arms at your side and see how long you can hold the weight plates before your grip gives out.
Overall, I’m very happy with these Rogue Color Echo bumper plates and while some options from Fringe Sport and Eleiko provide a better durometer and slightly better builds, for the price, the echos will not disappoint.
I have been so satisfied with my purchase that I keep adding more of these quality plates to my collection as I continue to improve my lifting capabilities.
If you want to save some money be sure to check out the Rogue Color Echo Bumper Plates sets which provide discounts for buying multiple pairs at one time.