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What is the difference between Metrixx® Classic and Metrixx® Elite Precision E-Coat Kettlebells?

What is the difference between Metrixx® Classic and Metrixx® Elite E-Coat Kettlebells from Kettlebells USA®?

Both the Metrixx® Classic and Metrixx® Elite e-coat series are extremely high quality kettlebells manufactured to strict ISO 9001 quality control standards. Kettlebells USA® has been manufacturing kettlebells for quite a few years and we are pioneers in the manufacture of high quality kettlebells. We make different types and styles of kettlebells to suit different body types, personal taste and training goals. There are subtle differences between them and these differences are not random, they are engineered by design. 

Metrixx® Elite kettlebells have a slightly thinner handle and a more optimized handle geometry so that the bell sits further away from the wrist in the rack position. The slightly thinner handle on the Elite is designed so that your grip does not fatigue as fast as with a thicker handled kettlebell. The gap between the top of the bell and the bottom of the handle is a little bigger and this allows a deeper hand insertion and more space for two hand swings.

Back to the drawing board -  Why we re-designed the handle on Metrixx® Elite kettlebells

The fundamental problem with cast iron kettlebells is the change in dimensions as you go up or down in weight. Unlike a competition kettlebell where the dimensions are static and only the weight changes, the cast iron kettlebell is problematic in this and other areas. When designing a cast iron kettlebell it is all about compromises. Kettlebells USA® decided that it was time to re-engineer the handle dimensions. When we looked at all the kettlebells out there (including our acclaimed Metrixx® Classic) we could see that the much larger bell diameter of competition kettlebells (about the same as a 28-32 kg cast iron bell) is the main factor that allows competition kettlebells to never directly rest on the wrist bones. The larger bell diameter creates space between the forearm and wrist so even if the gap from the top of the bell to the bottom of the handle is smaller than some cast iron bells, competition kettlebells never rest directly on your wrist.

Of course on a cast iron kettlebell the bell diameter itself is much smaller on smaller kettlebells so in order for the bell to not rest on the wrist we increased the gap distance from the bottom of the handle to the top of the ball portion of the kettlebell so that the bell hangs further down the forearm. Kettlebells USA® is the only company that has ever tackled this design challenge and the result is the Metrixx® Elite Precision E-Coat kettlebell. In the photo below you can see the very slight difference in hande thickness and geometry between the elite on the left and the classic on the right.

Difference between Metrixx® Classic and Metrixx® Elite Precision E-Coat Cast Iron Kettlebells by Kettlebells USA®

 

Both types of Metrixx® kettlebells have machined flat bases for superior stability while performing floor exercises. Cheap kettlebells have bumps and seams on the base that cause them to rock back and forth when placed on the ground; this can be dangerous when performing renegade rows, for example. If one or both kettlebells tip over when doing renegade rows you could sprain or even break your wrist. 

All Metrixx® kettlebells are manufactured with advanced gravity die casting technology using single use sand/resin composite moulds. What that means is that each mould is used only once so that the quality does not deteriorate with each successive pouring of iron. Two very expensive steel outer moulds (one for each side of the kettlebell) are joined together and then the sand/resin composite slurry is injected in at high pressure and then heated to extremely high temperatures by electrodes embedded into both outer moulds. This creates the single use sand-resin mould that will then have the molten iron poured into it in the gravity casting process to create a single, perfect, raw kettlebell.

Metrixx® Elite Precision E-Coat Kettlebell Gravity Die Casting ISO 9001 Quality Control by Kettlebells USA®

 

We electrostatically coat our kettlebells to make them highly resistant to rust and chipping. All kettlebells will chip and rust slightly with use, however, our Metrixx® kettlebells are the established standard in military grade kettlebells. Our E-coating is vastly superior to the cheap powder coated kettlebells flooding the market. We are the only kettlebell company producing a true e-coat kettlebell. The finish on the Classic's is slightly "grippier" than the Elite's but neither one is too rough or too slippery. If you are doing high repetition kettlebell lifting then you should be using chalk regardless of which bell you choose to buy. 

Interesting but which kettlebell do I choose?

If you prefer a thicker handled classic Russian kettlebell then choose the Metrixx® Classic. If you want to train with an updated design or cannot get your hands around thicker handled kettlebells then choose the Metrixx® Elite. You will not be disappointed with either one.

Metrixx® Kettlebell Series Comparison Chart

Metrixx® Classic E-Coat
Metrixx® Elite Precision E-Coat
Classic thick handle
KBUSA® proprietary Elite handle design
Conventional handle geometry
Optimized handle geometry
Military grade e-coating
Military grade e-coating
Machined flat bases
Machined flat bases
Stamped in kilograms
Stamped in kilograms & pounds
Single cast using advanced gravity casting
Single cast using advanced gravity casting
High grade cast iron construction
High grade cast iron construction
ISO 9001 quality certified
ISO 9001 quality certified
Free shipping
Free shipping
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