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The star lock is probably the most common lock for threaded weight bars. As the name already suggests, it has a star-shaped surface, which makes it easier to screw the lock onto the barbell. In the following we list the advantages and disadvantages of the star closure:
- Easy to use: The star lock is easy to use and does not require any special knowledge or skills.
- Inexpensive: The star clasp tends to be one of the most affordable dumbbell clasp options, so it can be a good choice for those who are on a budget.
- Stable: The star lock can hold the weight securely and there is no risk of the weights slipping off the bar once the star lock has been screwed onto the bar.
- Time-consuming weight changes: Screwing the star lock is very time-consuming and annoying.
- Difficult handling: When you put it on the barbell, it often takes a long time to find the right position in which the threads engage. Since you can't hold the star clasp properly with one hand, it often happens when you loosen it that it falls to the ground and, in the worst case, even damages it.
- Quick release: When training, it often happens that the star lock becomes loose. This leads to an annoying and loud clinking of the weight plates. In addition, it gives the lifter an insecure feeling as one is never 100% sure if the weights are secured. Even the rubber ring installed by the manufacturers cannot prevent it from turning loose.
The quick release is already known from the 50mm Olympia barbells and is now also used for barbells with a thread. It has a lever mechanism that allows the quick-release fastener to be clamped over the circumference of the barbell. Here are some pros and cons of the quick release buckle:
- Easy to use: The quick release buckle is easy to use and does not require any special knowledge or skills. It can be easily clamped and released on the barbell using the lever.
- Fast: The quick release is one of the fastest dumbbell release options. It can be pushed onto the barbell and clamped in seconds.
- No straining of the weights possible: The quick-release fastener does not allow the weight plates to be strained. This means that the weights can rotate during training and, in the worst case, even shift.
- Unwieldy when pushing over the thread: The quick-release fastener has to be pushed over the thread of the barbell. The rubber on the inside of the lock often gets caught in the thread of the barbell, which negates the speed advantage.
- Unsafe with heavy weight and dumbbells: The quick release buckle may not hold the weight as securely and stably as other locking options because it only clamps onto the barbell and there is no positive power transmission. Especially when training with heavy weights or dumbbells, the quick release may not hold tight enough.
- Poor quality: The quick-release fastener consists of several components and is held together with small pins. It often happens after a short time that these come loose and the quick-release fastener is no longer functional.
The spring clasp is a type of barbell clasp, also known as a spring clip clasp. It consists of a wire that has been coiled into a spring and plastic caps attached to the ends. In the following we list the advantages and disadvantages of the spring lock:
- Simple and convenient operation: The spring lock is easy to operate and does not require any special knowledge or skills. The plastic caps typically have a flat, ergonomic shape that fits comfortably in your hand and makes it easier to squeeze the spring ends.
- Fast: The spring lock is one of the fastest options to secure the weights on the barbell.
- No warping possible: The spring lock does not allow the weight plates to warp. This means that the weights can rotate during training and, in the worst case, even shift.
- Unsafe with heavy weight or dumbbells: The spring lock may not hold the weight as securely and stably as other lock options. Especially with heavy weights or dumbbells, the spring lock may not hold tight enough.
- Getting caught in the thread: When the spring lock is pushed over the barbell, the wire often gets caught in the thread, which negates the speed advantage and is annoying to use.
The Easy Click has been available on the market since November 2022 and has a patented mechanism. A sloping through hole enables the user to push the Easy Click over the thread of the dumbbell and click it directly into the thread on the weight and tighten it. In the following we list some advantages of the Easy Click so that you can convince yourself:
- Easy handling: The revolutionary mechanism makes it easy to tighten and loosen the Easy Click. Since you always hold the Easy Click firmly in your hand, there is no injury or damage to the floor if the fastener falls down. The handling is super simple and as easy as it sounds.
- Incredible hold: The Easy Click holds incredibly tight and braces the weight plates very securely. This means that you don't have to worry either as a beginner when training with less weight or as a professional with a heavy weight.
- No jingling weights: Since the Easy Click clamps the weights tightly and is made of plastic, it is very difficult for the Easy Click to turn up a bit, even during dynamic exercises. Loud and annoying clinking of the weights on the dumbbell are history.
- Faster weight change: Changing the weights is done in seconds with the Easy Click and is comparable to changing the dumbbells in the gym. This means that drop sets can also be integrated into the training. In addition, training in a team is very efficient and you do not lose any unnecessary training time by changing weight.
- Slightly higher price: Compared to other dumbbell locks, the Easy Click is slightly more expensive. Here, however, you must note that the Easy Click is manufactured in Germany (Made in Germany) and therefore meets the highest quality and safety standards. So you can be sure that the Easy Click will give you pleasure for a long time without losing its functionality. On the other hand, the Easy Click clearly stands out from the other dumbbell fasteners in terms of its mechanism, which justifies a higher price.
Considering all the pros and cons of the barbell locks available on the market, the Easy Click is the most complete and optimized lock, since it eliminates all the disadvantages that exist with the traditional barbell locks and is unique due to its mechanism. We hope that this comparison will help you to choose the right dumbbell lock for your training and that you will see for yourself why the Easy Click is probably the safest, most efficient and highest quality dumbbell lock on the market.
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