Urethane, Rubber & Hex Dumbbells:
Is there really a difference?
Hex dumbbells are most commonly known for being an economy dumbbell choice. Their ends have 6 sides which prevent them from rolling when placed or dropped on the ground. They typically have contoured handle grips dipped in chrome and the ends typically have a light rubber coating; but are not made from rubber. At CSM Fitness our Hex Dumbbells are made from Natural Rubber and have ergonomically contoured handles.
Rubber dumbbells are a step-up in quality from hex dumbbells. The rubber is typically made from the sap of trees and as a result is biodegradable. Since rubber is biodegradable; dumbbells made from rubber will deteriorate over time as well as crack and expand with excessive sun exposure. Rubber dumbbells are not recommended for use by anyone who has a latex allergy. At CSM our rubber dumbbells are made from Hard Shore Natural Rubber and have welded, solid steel cores with Industrial Chrome Handles.
Urethane dumbbells are the highest quality dumbbells. They are abrasion, cut and tear resistant as well as tolerant to grease, oil, and oxygen. Urethane is impact resistant and shock absorbing; which means they are less likely to damage the floor when dropped or incur damage themselves. Since urethane is man-made and not biodegradable, they will not crack or expand or change in different environments. Other benefits of urethane include lack of odor (that is common in rubber products) and a smooth sleek feel as opposed to the tacky feeling commonly associated with rubber dumbbells. CSM Fitness sells urethane dumbbells that are composed of a pressed and welded solid steel core and BASF Urethane for optimal weather and climate protection.
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