So I already have a single 185 pro-style dumbbell made by a CA-based shop that I use for rows. That's far from adjustable though, and my spinlocks only go up to 110 or so before running out of sleeve length. What about those poundages in between though? As well, what about going beyond 185? That's where a Kroc Handle came in and filled a niche for me. I went with the nickel since I'm in Florida but also for the aesthetics of it. Thing is, if you're strong enough to need something like this, you're gonna probably wind up shopping for more plates...
Luckily for me I was able to find some nice Japanese chrome 10s, 5s, and 2.5s to give me "enough weight" to load it up with. Mixing and matching with other Olympic plates I already had, I've so far been able to load this beast up to 230 with some "open" collars (which fit VERY snugly) at the heaviest and go for broke without any fear of breaking it or the plates. Great USA construction and the knurl is balanced enough to not rip your hands up. You will start feeling it on your later sets though, especially if not using straps.
30mm is a good handle diameter as something smaller tends to start really "digging" into the fingers (a problem I have with my aforementioned 185 Lb pro DB, as it's got a 25mm handle if I'm not mistaken). Long story short - if you need this kind of implement for your training, it's a go-to item. Plus it has the endorsement of a certified badass champion, to boot.
I bought the regular sleeves, nickel plated Kroc Dumbbell. Just got one, for heavy single-arm stuff. It is a beautiful little mini barbell. Machining is perfect. I like to disassemble, put some 3-in-1 on the inner workings, then re-assmble. This thing is super solidly made! Very impressive construction. Knurl is much more passive than other things I own (Shoulderok, Ohio Power Bar, Titan Fitness shorty loadable dumbbells, which can only go up to 40 LBS each, with my plates) but the knurl feels exactly right for this beast of a dumbbell. Great knurl for higher reps, without tearing up your calluses. With the iron plates in my garage, I can get this "regular sleeves" Kroc up to 125 LBS with HG 2.0 collars, which fit reassuringly tight. I was very happy to see Kabuki collaborating with and supporting a strength athlete who is openly trans. If you haven't seen the Netflix documentary "Transformer" about Janae's journey, it's definitely worth watching. Her endorsement swayed me toward this product, away from stainless steel Rogue DB15, to be honest. Very happy with my purchase. And the Kabuki stamped endcaps are just as amazing as everyone always says! Proud to own this awesome American-made dumbbell handle.
Bought a pair of nickel dumbbells in September. They shipped fast. They are my prized possession, despite owning Transformer, Kadillac, ShouldeRok, Pain Pill, Boomstick, etc.
I can’t get enough of the nickel plating. These are a work of art. But the knurl is what really gets me. I’ve never felt better knurl than this thing. Just hoping my nickel Duffalo matches it when it arrives.
Lastly, they’re amazing for rows.
The title says it: dope. I have the regular ones; I am relatively strong and would likely never exceed the length of these, given they are longer than standard ones. I cannot imagine anyone except some 1-5% of people who lift weights could reasonably need the Kroc ones. If you are among them, then kudos to you, and you will love them.
For us mere humans, the regular are still amazing. And dope.