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I won't be going back to vinyl,
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This review is from: 8Kg Solid Cast Iron Russian Kettlebell Black (Misc.)
Having needed to do some decent cardio and tone up a soggy middle (the 5ft apple-shaped person curse), I discovered kettlebells a while ago (LOVE THEM) and originally purchased a set of vinyl bells as a starter. They were ok but were catching on my hands where the pieces fit together so I was forced to wear gloves which I dislike, I couldn't comfortably do 2-handed swings (and I have small hands) and the bell part was large to say the least! Needed to increase the weight and having read around a bit, the common consensus was that cast iron bells were the way to go. Wasn't prepared to pay a ridiculous price and wasn't sure at the time whether the differences between cast iron and vinyl were really that big a deal however after dithering took the plunge and decided to give this product a go, despite it having no reviews.
Seller actually communicated and used a delivery company that texted their delivery time with option to reschedule so a positive start. Firstly, this 8kg bell is painted a mat black colour with no rough edges. Looks very similar to the picture except there is not a clearly defined flat base as the picture seemed to indicate. This is a good thing. The base is flat but does not look like separate parts stuck together (as in vinyl). The handle comfortably allows me to use two hands for swings with no catching at all except for the inevitable wear on my pen-pushing hands. The black does come off ONLY if scratched (don't drag across the garage floor), but how likely is that to happen? The bell portion is half the size of my current 4kg vinyl bell and I can't stress enough how much better it feels having the smaller bell in comparison to the vinyl, especially when doing swings. This design is also ergonomically ideal for doing cleans jerks and snatches.
Having used this for a while, I'm intending to replace my lighter bells (I refuse to go back to vinyl as the balance now feels off) with these iron versions and I'll be coming back to this seller to get them. A really good price and well worth the money, considering it should last for ages. For those clued up enough to know exactly the benefits of working out with kettlebells (why do more people not know about these????)and have to operate within a budget, I would strongly recommend getting this at the appropriate weight. For all newbies I can't stress enough, definitely get the cast iron versions the difference is incredible. For those well used to kbells, my personal opinion is that this is a well-made and solid smooth functional product designed to deliver. I accept it is ultimately a lump of cast iron metal that I can swing around, however, only using vinyl bells previously I can't stress enough how much I love this cast iron version.