I recently purchased and tested out 6 different sets of lifting straps, one of those being the Olympic Weightlifting straps from Rogue.
The shipping on the Rogue Olympic Straps was quick and over the course of a couple of months I tried them out against the other 5 pairs.
Overall, I do enjoy these straps and while they didn’t end up being my favorite, if these straps would have been the only ones I bought, I would still be happily using them every day.
In this review, I’ll tell you what I liked, what I didn’t, how they compared to some of the other straps I tested and ultimately, if I think you should buy a pair.
Let’s get started.
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Rogue Olympic Strap Specs
Weightlifting straps are not exactly the most complicated pieces of equipment. There are really only a couple of variations amongst straps that you need to take into consideration. Keep in mind, there is really no better or worse with differences in specs, most come down to personal preference.
|Rogue Weightlifting Straps|
|Strap Type||Closed Loop|
Strap Type: Closed Loop
These Sew Easy Straps are a closed loop lifting strap. What does that mean? Basically, it means that the two ends of the strap have been sewn together to create a “closed loop”.
This makes them different from a lasso strap, which I believe has led to some of the negative reviews on Rogue’s website. Most beginner and recreational lifters are exposed to lasso straps first, as they are much more common for general lifting and bodybuilding.
If you want a strap that is going to be super tight to the bar, you probably want lasso straps, not these.
These straps are not meant to lock you in quite that tight to the bar, because with an Olympic strap, you need the ability to bail quickly on a missed lift attempt.
Length is great for a closed loop Olympic strap. Not too long, not too short – just like the little bear’s bed, this length on a pair of straps is just right.
Width: 1 1/2″
Inch and a half on the width is perfect in my opinion. One pair of straps I tried out were thinner, only an inch on the width and it felt too narrow.
The width helps the strap feel more secure on my wrist and gives me plenty of surface area to grip the bar with.
I always say the same thing when it comes to the price of lifting straps. All weightlifting straps are going to fall between $10 and $20. Get the pair you want.
A good pair of lifting straps will last you years and years. My previous pair of lifting straps last me about 10 years. When you take that into account, is it really worth trying to save (literally) a couple of bucks instead of getting the pair you really like? No. Don’t worry about the price here.
My Personal Review
I think these are a great pair of straps. They most closely look and feel like what ended up being my favorite pair, the Iron Mind Sew Easy Straps.
The only difference was the Iron Mind straps are just a little bit thicker and a little grippier on the bar. At least for me.
I continue to use these straps from time to time, partly because I want to see if they continue to hold up after more use and partly because I still enjoy using them. If I’m not going super heavy or just doing some pulls or RDLs I’ll grab these straps and they work great.
Should You Buy Them
Like I said at the very beginning of the review if I would have gone out and bought one pair of straps (like a normal person) and this was the pair I picked – I’d be really pleased with my purchase.
I think they’re a great strap. They are very well made, work great and feel like they’re going to last a really, really long time.