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    Mixing bumpers and iron plates

    I’m getting ready to place an order for some Rogue Echo bumpers and I’m trying to figure out how many I need.

    -Will be used on stall mats.
    -No oly lifts, just deadlifts that aren’t dropped
    -Would be using the bumpers with smaller diameter plates like 25’s and 35’s, where only the bumpers touch the floor. (I rent and it would give me peace of mind to just protect the floor).
    -I am considering 230lbs worth of bumpers. Seem Reasonable?

    I’ve heard a 1:1 ratio is good but I’m not sure if they’re talking about 1 45 bumper to 1 45 iron, or my scenario where you’re using the bumpers with smaller diameter iron plates so only the bumpers touch.
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    I've used 4 x 25kg (~4 x 55lb) bumpers on my hex bar for years and supplements with iron plates up to about 200kg (~440lb).

    I've never has a problem with the bumpers, the bar or the floor.
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    Originally Posted by Deadlift4 View Post
    I’m getting ready to place an order for some Rogue Echo bumpers and I’m trying to figure out how many I need.

    -Will be used on stall mats.
    -No oly lifts, just deadlifts that aren’t dropped
    -Would be using the bumpers with smaller diameter plates like 25’s and 35’s, where only the bumpers touch the floor. (I rent and it would give me peace of mind to just protect the floor).
    -I deadlift 350-400lbs depending on my strength levels at the time and am considering 230lbs worth of bumpers. Seem Reasonable?

    I’ve heard a 1:1 ratio is good but I’m not sure if they’re talking about 1 45 bumper to 1 45 iron, or my scenario where you’re using the bumpers with smaller diameter iron plates so only the bumpers touch.

    I don't think it matters too much, so long as the bumper plates have a greater diameter than the iron plates, but for heavier dl's 2 bumpers per side should help to spread any impact.

    Coming from a background in weightlifting I tend to use bumpers for most of my bar work, I only use iron plates as change plates under 10kg, however I do use larger iron plates on my machines.
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    Ah perfect. I went ahead and ordered the 230lb set. Wish this would have occurred to me on Black Friday, could have saved $70-80...still not bad all things considered. Thanks for the help.
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    You'll be fine, I do deadlifts on stall mats with bumpers on the outside, 2 to a side, & iron plates for the rest. My 35-lb. bumpers, which I bought off Craigslist, are bigger in diameter than my iron 45s, so the irons never touch the floor/mats.
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