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Grissim Connery
05-12-2010, 01:38 PM
I got to feel some AKC kettlebells a while ago and decided that if I ever bought new KB's, I would go this route. I just saw on craiglist a guy selling a bunch of Dragondoor Kbs for the price listed on the dragondoor site, but no shipping charges. This is considerable since shipping is like 60% of the cost. anyways I have a 1pood, 1.5pood, and 2 pood kb, and i wanted to match these to make pairs. the price should be about $290 to get these 3, and that is before haggling it down some.

my question is whether i should get these or hold out to get some AKC ones. it's not that i don't like the dragondoor handles, it's just that i like the AKC handles better. now i wouldn't be getting the AKC ones anytime soon. I don't have the funds for that, but i would be willing to cough up for this, especially because getting to a weight room this summer is going to be difficult.

so should i take advantage, or wait it out?

the guy might have a pair of 48kg KB's. i don't think i can afford those, but they do sound juicy......

Garrett Smith
05-12-2010, 05:45 PM
If you want to high-rep C&J and snatch, definitely get the competition bells.

Derek Weaver
05-12-2010, 07:27 PM
The issue with competition bells is that most manufacturers I've seen go to 32 kg only. The AKC has bells that go up higher (maybe 64 kg?) but they're expensive as all hell.

It depends on your goals. If you're looking to do real long sets, I'd save up for the comp. bells. I've got a pair of 16kg, 24kg and 32 kg that I both saved for and spent the winnings from a rather stupid, but fortunate roulette bet.

Steve Shafley
05-12-2010, 07:32 PM
Perform better is having a sale on their competition kettlebells (just like the akcs but different colors). Free shipping IIRC>

Steve Shafley
05-12-2010, 07:33 PM
The ~60kgs were custom made by a friend of mine out of AKC shells.

Derek Weaver
05-12-2010, 10:44 PM
I worked for an afternoon with John Wild Buckley in Oakland and he's got some insane comp size kettlebell. Isn't it Scott Helsley who's made some of those kettlebells?

Steve Shafley
05-13-2010, 07:27 AM
Yeah, Helsley made those.

Grissim Connery
05-13-2010, 01:50 PM
i don't see "free shipping" anywhere on perform better. any other places you know that do that?

Grissim Connery
05-26-2010, 01:37 PM
I got an email saying that they do have free shipping until may 31! I'm going to try to sell my dragondoors on craiglist and get a pair of 24kg and 32kg.

Derek Weaver
05-30-2010, 12:56 PM
I saw that special they've got going. They do them fairly often, maybe 3 times last year. If they had something heavier than 32kg I was going to get another 'bell or two.

Grissim Connery
05-30-2010, 08:18 PM
Just ordered a pair of 24kg and 32kg from performbetter!!!

Derek, is the special you're talking about the free shipping one or just the sales in general? also, i really wish they had some 40kg or 48kg bells as well.

Derek Weaver
06-01-2010, 01:16 PM
Shipping. Tough to get 36-40kg or higher kbs due to shipping.

Grissim Connery
06-05-2010, 03:11 PM
got'em

dunno why one of the 24kg's was black and one was green, but whatever

Derek Weaver
06-05-2010, 04:16 PM
got'em

dunno why one of the 24kg's was black and one was green, but whatever

I think that Perform better was doing their own colors with the comp bells and then made them conform to international colors. For GS 24 kgs are green, I think. I know the AKC bells are.

The 2x 24 kg PB bells I have are black. 16s are red. 32s are orange. Weird.

Grissim Connery
06-10-2010, 11:40 AM
New and improved

Matt Wichlinski
07-06-2010, 08:13 PM
i dig the AKC handles as well for long sets, but I don't have my goals set to 10-20 minute sets of C&J. I did, however, buy a pair of 24kg Valery Fedorenko bells a while ago and the handles were smooth as glass for a while, and they were only $200 for the pair, which I thought was good considering the alternative sources. But i guess sweaty palms got the handles all krusty and starting to rust it looks like. Has anyone had issues with this? Do i just sand them down? what can I do to fix and prevent this issue from occurring again?