By September 19, 2013

Cap Barbell Kettlebell Review

I’ve incorporated kettlebells into my workout routine off and on for the last four and a half years. At this point Sedagive? and I have collected an assortment of bells, each in different weights, sizes, and coatings.

We have three kinds of kettlebells in the house: fully plastic, vinyl-coated metal and fully metal. The vinyl-coated ones are my favorite, but I don’t mind the all metal ones, either.

I recently bought two more kettlebells from Cap Barbell, a 50 pound bell and a 35 pound bell to accompany another 35# I have.

The Caps are definitely good price performers, but they have a design oddity I’m not 100% happy with.


I bought my 50# bell for less than $60 delivered from Amazon Prime. It’s hard to buy kettlebells for less than a dollar a pound, especially when you are talking about heavier ones and include shipping.

The bell doesn’t have a great finish, especially compared to “competition” kettlebells or vanity ones with special bad ass animals cast into them.

However, it’s heavy and it swings, and those are the most important things to me.

The one thing that’s weird, both with the 50# and 35# bells, is that the center of the handle has a slight oval shape to it. It’s very difficult to see, but it’s pretty obvious in the hand.

I’m not sure if this is a conscious design (a lot of trendy changes have been made to kettlebells since I started) or a by-product of the manufacturing process.

The handle itself is smooth, a common complaint on less expensive kettlebells. However, that weird shape is just noticeable that I think about how it feels as opposed to not killing myself doing snatches or jerks.

Despite the weird handle, I still recommend the bell — especially if you need a range of weights and are looking to expand your inventory as inexpensively as possible.


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