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Overview and review of the Rogue power pin

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Sep 8, 2020 9:00:00 AM


Overview and review of the Rogue power pin

This is an overview of the Rogue power pin including pros, cons, and alternatives. It was published first under which grip strength tool to get from Rogue. Follow the links for more details.

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Overview of the Rogue power pin 

Price: $136.50 
The Rogue Power pin is a simple tool for narrow grip deadlifts like the power stairs or duck walks. It is mainly a tool for strongmen training and can also be used to improve your grip in general. It can be loaded up to 500lbs and there is also a ring attachment for it for $50. This is a practical, small tool to especially train weight holds in your home gym or simulate some strongman events. The full specifications are: 
  • Made in America
  • Diameter: 1.96" loading pin, 4.5" ring
  • Length: 12" loadable length
  • Weight:12.5LB, 500+LB weight capacity
  • 10 holes spaced 1” on center for an adjustable height range of 19.75” to 28.75”
  • Black Powder Coat Finish
  • Available as Fully Assembled Unit or Just Handle (for use with original Rogue Power Pin)
A small amount of money well spent to put some variety into your deadlift training. 

Pros of the Rogue power pin 

Pros of the rogue power pin are: 
Good price 
Simple effective tool 
Good finish 
With these kinds of tools, it is all about making them easy to use and fit well with the plates. Rogue did a good job on the detail which otherwise can turn something simple into something useless. If you are considering a trap bar a power pin is cheaper and more fun to use. 

Cons of the rogue power pin 

Cons of the rogue power pin are:
  • Only loadable to 500lbs 
  • Not versatile 
The power pin can only be loaded to 500lb. While this is more than enough for most humans, this is a tool that will also raise interest for the strongest among us. They may want something that can take even more weight. In addition, the only thing you will do with the power pin is to pull something off the floor. For $140 you have other options like jumping ropes or slam balls that can be used in more ways. 

Alternatives to the Rogue power pin 

Alternatives to the rogue power pin are:
The rogue trap bar would be another way to vary your deadlift and grip training. A trap bar would still enable you to lift the weight with your arms outside the legs. This is usually a better variation for beginners. A trap bar can also be loaded with more weight. Downsides to a trap bar are the bigger price tag and space requirements. 
The anvil grip attachment is an interesting twist on deadlifts and holds. You will need a power pin to make it work but it will be worth it. It is shaped like a cone and comes in two different colors, black, and chrome.  This is a great tool to collect with other grip strength utensils to let nothing escape your hands. 
If you want to get your core more rigid to be able to pick up things from the ground faster and stronger you can also get a decently sized MK D-ball. For the budget of the power pin, you can get a 40lb to 50lb ball. This leaves with more options for carries, slams, ball to shoulders, and similar exercises. The downside is that the ball can not be adjusted for weight and trains your grip less. 
The dinnie rings are more an accessory to the power pin rather than an alternative. The dinnie rings in combination with two pins are probably the best way to simulate the famous Scottish stone lift at home and prepare for it. 

Conclusion for the Rogue power pin 

The rogue power pin is a cost and space-efficient way to mix up your deadlift and grip training if you already have the necessary plates. If you are only starting your grip strength journey you might be better off buying pinch blocks and cannonballs to start as you will not need Kanye’s to make them work.

Topics: Rogue