I’ve been really slack on product reviews lately, and I don’t really have a good reason why. I’ve had a few products for some time now, honestly, nothing’s changed with them.
But, I haven’t done the reviews and that’s on me.
So, let’s get back into it and start with Titan Fitness’s Low-Bar Push/Pull/Drag Sled.
I ordered it and it arrived fairly quickly.
Unlike most Titan products, the package arrived in decent shape. I opened it up and saw the sled. Now, I’m not a fan of the color yellow, but I knew what I was getting when I ordered it.
What did come was something unlike many of Titan’s products.
In particular, the build quality is top-notch. The welds all looked nice and clean, the tubing is bent into a uniform shape and it looks for all the world like a top-notch sled.
I went to use it almost immediately that day and started forming my opinions. I’ve continued using it when I train at home and nothing has changed so far as what I think of the time.
Basically, I love this damn thing.
As you may be able to tell from the picture above, the bar used to hold Olympic plates is really a sleeve that is used to hold standard-hole plates, so no matter what kind of plates you have, this will handle it. It also means that if you want, you can get some inexpensive standard weights to slap on here and just leave them.
The sleeve slides on and off easily a well.
The floor has some kind of rubber mat affixed to it. It’s on there pretty well and I don’t see any way to remove it, but I don’t really want to. I’m pretty sure it helps protect the floor steel from denting when weights are slid down the sleeve, so I’ll leave it alone.
Again, the color is yellow and one downside is that it doesn’t seem to be a powder coating of any kind but instead just a yellow paint. Then again, it’s held up well enough that I’ll concede that I may well be wrong on this.
The sled comes with a strap, two carabiners, and a harness.
The carabiners barely fit onto the sled, but they eventually do fit on the blasted thing and once they do, they hold the strap securely.
The harness worried me at first. It’s basically a figure-8 of webbing stitched at the center. The first time I used it, stitching popped.
This probably should trouble me, but it doesn’t. Not really. I actually plan to reinforce this area with some duct tape and just keep on rolling. I could probably reach out to Titan and let them know this happened, but I’m not going to bother.
Unlike most Titan products, there doesn’t seem to have been any branding attempt to speak of on this sled. It’s possible that they’re wanting to push people toward their more expensive sleds, but that’s just a guess at most. I do know that unlike everything else from Titan, there’s no branding anywhere on the product that I’ve been able to see.
Knowing what I know of Titan’s manufacturing processes–namely importing stuff from China–I’m wondering if this was developed for or by someone else and Titan is just snagging what they can for their inventory.
Honestly, I don’t care.
Now, it’s described as a sled for pushing as well as pulling and dragging, but I’m going to be honest. I kind of hate pushing the thing.
The cross-bar is a little too low for my own comfort. There may well be advantages to pushing like this, but I don’t really like it. I wish it had some upright bars for pushing or even a way to affix something like it.
However, that’s the only thing about this piece of equipment I don’t like.
I find that it can hold a good amount of weight and doesn’t seem to buckle under load. Further, there’s just enough friction to give you a good workout, but not so much that you just can’t move with the damn thing. That’s awesome in my book.
I’ve dragged this thing all over the yard and I’ve even pulled it a time or two, and this may well be one of my favorite pieces of conditioning equipment in the history of mankind.
I highly recommend you get a sled and, unless you just have your heart set on pushing it, I can’t recommend this sled enough.
If you don’t mind pushing a sled from only a few inches above the ground, you’re really going to love this one. Currently on sale for $90.89 (Titan has upped the base price a bit since I bought mine), it’s a steal.