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4.0 out of 5 stars Huge and awesome., December 3, 2008
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This review is from: Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells (Pair) (Sports)
I just got them, and my first impression upon getting them out of the (decidedly ample) packaging was "wow, these things are MASSIVE." They really are huge, in a way you may have to see to really appreciate; they're around 16.5 inches long and they're about 8.5 inches wide at the largest plate, and will have a pretty commanding presence in whatever room you keep them. That being said, they space they take up is relatively minor compared to an actual set with this range of weight, and it's really nice not having to stack plates or slide weight awkwardly on and off of traditional adjustable dumbbells (anyone who's done it knows what I mean).

My second thought was that I was surprised how well-designed they actually are. These guys look and feel like a pretty stunning example of modern industrial design; sleek and slick despite their size, you will likely not mind that they get looks. I've not seen previous models, but these are really a pretty space-age feeling package, especially once you turn the rubberized dials to your desired setting and lift the bells out, exposing all manner of intricate and refined-looking innards between plates that were not chosen. I really can't say enough about how nice these things are to look at (but i am a design geek, you may not be so impressed or really even care at all).

In use, they are almost as nice - dials turn with a satisfying click, they lift out of their stands smoothly and cleanly, and there is very little wobble or jingling between the plates (definitely not enough to leave me worried at any time that something is going to go wrong). The overall size of them doesn't actually feel like it reduces my range of motion, but it is something I'm always aware of while lifting, so we'll see how that works out. They slide back onto their stands without problem, and there's no awkwardness in setting them down - no waiting for a click, or shifting them to find their intended resting spot. They're then ready to have their weights reset, and you're off doing another exercise in a few seconds.

Overall, they were expensive but I feel like I got what I paid for. Recommended.
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