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I know every single video review talks about the aggressive knurling on the Texas Power Bar as being the most ever. I have trained with both this bar and the Rogue Ohio Power Bar. Here's the thing: I really prefer the knurling on the Texas versus Ohio. It just feels good in my hands. (Not that the Ohio bar is crap. It s amazing. In a gym full of crap bars, the first time I grabbed an Ohio Power Bar, I instantly felt the difference and swore I added 50lbs on all of my PRs.) But keep this in mind: uh, I am not the strongest. Right now, I am doing 315 for 5 reps Deadlift. What I mean by that is the Texas knurling is super good for training right now but I wonder if I will feel the same way if I am pulling 600 or so. I say that because of the distinction that Mark Rippetoe made about the Texas Power Bar: great for competition where the aggressive knurling would help with grip but wasn't sure if that would be sustainable for training. All I know is that this was a solid used purchase. So much so, I really want a Texas Deadlift bar.
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Buddy Capps Texas Power Bar
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Size: $13 Price purchased: $75 Despite not being a Crossfitter, I wanted a shoe that was good for lifts and good for sprints. Crossfit shoes seem to fit that description. But being this was the first time ever purchasing a shoe like this, I didn't want to pay full retail because I have had so many issues with heel slippage with low-top shoes. So when the Metcons 5 + Sports dropped, I headed over to the Nike Outlet and picked these up for $60. I ended up getting Metcon 3's because, in the store, they seem to do less heel slippage than the 5s and most other low-top training shoes. (Nike Metcon Sports were also quite excellent with preventing heel slippage for me. Keep in mind that was in the store and not in actual training.) Getting them home and wearing them to the gym was a thing of beauty. My lifts felt so much better. Even though I am slower than molasses, my sprints and hills felt better. But these shoes (and shoes in general) became amazing once I discovered bungee cord shoelaces. After going through three types of various bungee laces, I found the perfect fit for my Metcons. These made the shoes fit so well that in fact if I had to do anything remotely physically--walking around the mall, moving furniture, etc.-- these are the shoes I want on my feet. I might be wearing them out faster than expected but I honestly can't wait to purchase a new pair of whatever Metcons is next. One caveat: when I first wore them and if I stepped into some thing wet (like a puddle), the traction tended to be slippier than I would like. I am not sure if the bottom sole was not broken in just yet or a design quirk of the traction. I rather just keep the traction and avoid puddles because the traction is amazing on dry ground--especially concrete.
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Nike Metcon 3 Shoes
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