We just recently purchased the Ironmaster Quick Lock 80 lbs Adjustable Kettlebell. It seemed a little pricey at $259, but after I did some quick math on how much the total cost would be for a set of kettlebells of comparable weights, this was actually a great deal. Free shipping too.
Anyway, I’m pretty pleased with this thing. It’s perfect for someone who doesn’t have much space and has nowhere to store a family of kettlebells. It would also be great for a personal trainer who does a lot of traveling-lots of flexibility with this kettlebell.
Without any added plates, the base weight is 22.5 lbs. I wish it was a little lower to accommodate more fitness levels, but it’s not too bad. There are 9 total plates ranging from 2.5-22.5 pounds. There are two quick-lock screws of different lengths, based on weight up to 57.5lbs or the full 80lbs.
It is very simple to assemble and change weights. Don’t be a fool like me and skip the instructions. They are actually quite useful(!), plus the Ironmaster has a pdf version of them available online in case you “accidentally” throw yours away.
It’s too soon to say, but I foresee the chrome quick-lock screw taking a pretty decent beating with regular use. Plus, the threads on the base near the handle are open to the air and might become corroded over time. I’ll keep you posted.
This adjustable kettlebell definitely looks a little awkward, but after comparing it to my Rogue 80lb kettlebell, I found that it performs similarly, with a typical motion. The handle is smooth and the kettlebell doesn’t bang into your arm while completing a snatch like I thought it would.
All-in-all, a very solid purchase!