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What is the difference between Paradigm Pro® Classic and Paradigm Pro® Elite Steel Competition Kettlebells?

What is the difference between Paradigm Pro® Classic and Paradigm Pro® Elite Competition Kettlebells by Kettlebells USA®?

 

Both Paradigm Pro® Classic and Paradigm Pro® Elite are extremely high quality competition style kettlebells. Both types are manufactured with advanced gravity cast technology to strict ISO 9001 quality control standards. We introduced Paradigm Pro® Elite Precision Competition Kettlebells in June of 2014 and they remain the finest, most advanced, competition kettlebells on the market and are the choice of kettlebell sport champions and coaches.

As with all types of competition kettlebells the dimensions remain the same regardless of weight so that your technique does not have to be changed every time you use a different weight.

There are four fundamental differences between Classic and Elite versions of Paradigm Pro® Competition Kettlebells:

  1. The type of steel used in manufacture.
  2. The presence or absence of a welded base.
  3. The handle geometry and thickness.
  4. The distribution of weight in the bell portion of the kettlebell. 

Classic competition kettlebells are made from a hollow blank that is then filled with steel and other materials until the desired weight is achieved. A base plate is then welded onto the bottom of the kettlebell to seal the filler material inside. Paradigm Pro® Elite kettlebells are manufactured using Inner Core Technology™ so that fillers are not used. When you look a the base of an Elite you can see a small opening or aperture. By shining a light inside this opening you can see a hollow space inside the kettlebell. The size of this hollow space will vary depending on the weight of the kettlebell. For example an 8 kg - 18 lb kettlebell with have a large amount of hollow space inside the kettlebell while a 32 kg - 70 lb bell will have a much smaller space. This is true up to 32 kg -70 lb as heavier bells require a small amount of dense filler material to achieve the correct weight and then the aperture is closed.

Raw Paradigm Pro® Elite Competition Kettlebell Manufacturing - Kettlebells USA®

Raw Paradigm Pro® Elite Precision competition kettlebells before being finished. Advanced manufacturing processes coupled with ISO 9001 quality control result in the highest quality competiiton kettlebell on the market.


 

Paradigm Pro® Classic Compared to Paradigm Pro® Elite Competition Kettlebell Base - Kettlebells USA®

Base of Paradigm Pro® Classic competition kettlebell on left and Paradigm Pro® Elite on right showing opening in base. Because the base is not welded Paradigm Pro® Elite kettlebells cannot rattle if particles inside the bell break loose. 


 

33mm Paradigm Pro® Classic Handle beside 35mm Paradigm Pro® Elite Precision Competition Kettlebell Handle - Kettlebells USA®

33mm handle diameter of Paradigm Pro® Classic on left and 35mm handle diameter of Paradigm Pro® Elite Precision competition kettlebell on right. 

Paradigm Pro® Elite kettlebells use higher tensile strength steel than Classic kettlebells and the handle diameter is 35mm (the European lifting standard) as opposed to 33mm on classic competition kettlebells. The handle geometry is slightly different on the Elite bells so that the lifter can get deeper hand insertion.

Because of the inner core moulds used in casting, the Elite's have more steel concentrated where the bell meets the handle resulting in better balance. Paradigm Pro® Classic's have more of the weight at the bottom of the kettlebell because that is where the filler material concentrates. The deeper hand insertion and the balance difference results in more reps on cleans and snatches with our Elite kettlebells. 

Paradigm Pro® Elite Precision Competition Kettlebell Handle Geometry is Optimized for Deeper Hand Insertion - Kettlebells USA®

Paradigm Pro® Elite Precision Competition Kettlebell handle geometry allows deeper hand insertion.

Paradigm Pro® Classic beside Paradigm Pro® Elite Precision Competition Kettlebell - Kettlebells USA®

Paradigm Pro® Classic on left and Paradigm Pro® Elite Precision competition kettlebell on right. Notice the greater handle space in the Elite bell on the right.

Paradigm Pro® Classic competition kettlebells were introduced to the US market in July, 2010 because we saw the need for a high quality, affordable, competition kettlebell. At that time competition kettlebell quality varied greatly and most companies were gouging consumers with excessively high prices and poor quality control. Kettlebells USA® decided to change that and launched the Paradigm Pro® competition kettlebell series. Since then we have improved our manufacturing techniques and quality control procedures and this classic, pro grade kettlebell remains an excellent value and a solid performer. 

Both kettlebell styles come in identical regulation colors: 

Paradigm Pro® Competition Kettlebell Color Chart

Size Color
8 kg - 18 lb Pink
10 kg - 22 lb Pink with black bands on handle
12 kg - 26 lb  Blue
14 kg - 31 lb  Blue with black bands on handle
16 kg - 35 lb   Yellow
18 kg - 40 lb  Yellow with black bands on handle
20 kg - 44 lb  Purple
22 kg - 49 lb  Purple with black bands on handle
24 kg - 53 lb  Green
28 kg - 62 lb  Orange
30 kg - 66 lb  Orange with black bands on handle
32 kg - 70 lb  Red
36 kg - 80 lb  Grey
40 kg - 88 lb  White
48 kg - 106 lb  Gold

Paradigm Pro® Competition Kettlebell Series Comparison Chart

Paradigm Pro® Classic Competition
Paradigm Pro® Elite Precision Competition
 
33mm handle diameter
 
35mm handle diameter
 
Conventional welded base
 
No welded base with Inner Core Technology™
 
Meets all kettlebell sport regulation requirements
 
Meets all kettlebell sport regulation requirements
 
Conventional handle geometry
 
Optimized handle geometry for deeper hand insertion
 
Conventional competition kettlebell balance
 
Better balance from steel concentrated near handle
 
Regulation International Colors
 
Regulation International Colors
 
Stamped in kilograms
 
Stamped in kilograms
 
Single cast using advanced gravity casting
 
Single cast using advanced gravity casting
 
High grade steel construction
 
High tensile strength steel construction
 
ISO 9001 quality certified
 
ISO 9001 quality certified
 
Free shipping
 
Free shipping
 
Kettlebells USA® Quality Guarantee
 
Kettlebells USA® Quality Guarantee
   

 

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