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Which kettlebell to get from TITAN?

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Jan 3, 2021 3:07:15 AM

Which kettlebell to get from TITAN

Which kettlebell to get from TITAN?

 
This is an overview of the available kettlebells from TITAN including their pros, cons, and alternatives. Follow the links for more details. For the impatient, there is also a quick reference so you do not have to read everything.
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Index

 
These kettlebells have been sorted from most to the least expensive per piece. The kettlebells in this article are from top to bottom:
 
 

Quick reference

 
This is a quick reference if you do not want to read the full article and make a decision quickly. You can find more details on why i came to these conclusions when you read the full article.
 
Best adjustable kettlebell
 
Best value for money
 
Heaviest load
 
Best for juggling
 

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TITAN Adjustable competition Kettlebell $199

 
The TITAN Adjustable competition kettlebell is an opportunity for you to get 19 kettlebells in one go for your personal use. This kettlebell has the size of a regular competition kettlebell with a straight handle. Painted red and embossed with the TITAN logo this is a good option for a single individual that wants to progress their maxes and not stack up multiple kettlebells in a limited space. Paying for the adjustable competition kettlebell also saves money, if a lot of weight variation is your main goal. The specifications of this kettlebell are:
 
- Adjustable weight from 12 KG - 32 KG with 6 cast iron plates
- Easy adjustment with included Allen wrench
- Cast steel with non-welded handles for maximum durability
- Smooth finish for a great hand feel and grip while performing various exercises
- Using different combinations of plates you can set the weight of this kettlebell to the following: 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, and 32 kg
 
A good purchase for someone who mainly works with one kettlebell in many variations.
 

Pros of the Titan adjustable competition Kettlebell

 
 
  • Price
  • Space-saving
  • Easier progression
  • Competition standard
 
If you really need the weight increments you get 19 kettlebells for the price of one. You can not beat that in any scenario as long as that is really what you want and need. Two 32kg  / 70lb Cast Iron kettlebells from TITAN will put you back $200 for comparison. So if you were to get 19 kettlebells of different denominations we are talking $1000 to $2000 depending on which weight combinations you get.
 
Compared to a set of 19 kettlebells you will save a lot of space. This is the difference between having a rack of kettlebells and just one piece of equipment in the corner. Especially in a home gym scenario with limited space, you do not want to have 19 kettlebells flying around of which you are actively using three different weights.
 
Depending on how big and strong you are this can also be a good tool for slowly increasing your maximum. The original weight increments of kettlebells are measured in pood which equals 8kg. Going from an 8kg to a 16kg kettlebell for beginners is the biggest relative jump you can make. It gets smaller in relation to the total the more poods you add (80kg to 88kg is an increase of 10% in weight while 8kg to 16kg is 100%). So if you are a beginner this can help with your progression. If you are a professional kettlebell athlete who likes to juggle kettlebells, 1kg increments can also be beneficial in your progression.
 
Apart from the adjustable setup, this kettlebell is also built to competition specifications. Competition kettlebells stay the same size and shape while they increase in weight. Compared to cast iron kettlebells the handle is straight. Competition kettlebells for juggling have to have the same dimensions so that the movement pattern stays the same. Cast iron kettlebells increase in the size of their handle and diameter the heavier they get.
 

Cons of the Titan adjustable competition Kettlebell

 
 
  • Single user-focused
  • Small parts
  • TITAN finish
  • $400 for two
 
The first thing is that a $200 kettlebell with a wrench and many little parts can only be considered for home gym use. If more than one person use the gym at the same time you actually want to provide for multiple users and multiple kettlebells with a bias towards the lighter ones. If you are buying for a gym it is a good way to think pyramid in terms of what you buy. An example would be 2x32kg, 4x16kg, 8x12kg, 16x8kg. You can adjust the total, but definitely by a lot more light than heavy kettlebells to cater to the masses.
 
Even if you are a single user I am not a huge fan of any adjustable weights for two facts. The first is that they are way more likely to break, as they have more moving parts. The second is that it is very likely that you will lose some of the parts. If you lode the wrench, the main advantage of this product turns into a pain in the backside. While adjustable always looks very good on paper, in practice most people do not get the maximum out of what they paid for and a $200 kettlebell is a lot of money. I would rather get a 100lb cast iron kettlebell for that money, but I already own  2x8kg, 2x14kg, and 2x32kg kettlebells.
 
Another challenge is what I call the TITAN finish. TITAN undercuts the most prices of competitor products by half in the market. With that strategy, the company has to make some compromises on the quality of its staff, products, stock policies and so further. This means that the risk of getting a faulty product, bad service, or long waiting times is a lot higher with TITAN than with Rogue Fitness or Eleiko. In return, you save a lot of money. An adjustable kettlebell needs to be precise and therefore falls into the category of products where you want high attention to detail. So if you buy the adjustable competition kettlebell you get a complex lifting product from a vendor that is more known than others to possibly underperform on the finish. Not the best combo to pick as an informed buyer. I personally would feel way more comfortable with buying cast iron kettlebells from TITAN as the maximum that can happen is access metal which can cut your hand. This can be filed down if it's needed.
 
While $400 for 38 kettlebells (2x adjustable competition Kettlebells) seems rather sweet it is still $200 per kettlebell and a maximum of two kettlebells you can use at a given time. I do not believe that you need 38 different kettlebells to get stron. I think the maximum is six and Pavel Tsatsouline, one of the most respected resources on kettlebell training in the market, would likely agree or even say you only need three. Personally, for $400, I would try to get 2x8kg, 2x 16kg, 1x24kg or 2x16kg, 2x24kg and 1x32kg. The first set would cost roughly $250 in cast iron from TITAN while the 2nd would cost roughly $350. This gives plenty of training options and progression with a way lower risk of having a piece of equipment that won't work. The only downside is that it will require way more space to store the kettlebells.
 

Alternatives to the Titan adjustable competition Kettlebell

 
 
 
The Rogue competition kettlebells also have the competition measurements. While they are not adjustable, they have an extra indentation to make them easier on the arms while tricking. Rogue is known is one of the top producers in the market with unmatched quality and service, even though this suffered a little during Corona where the entire industry was challenged and Rogue went on a massive growth spurt hiring new staff and adding new production lines. That usually comes with a dip in quality due to growing pains when the new machines and staff are trained and broken in.
 
The Rogue kettlebell 2.0 is a cast iron kettlebell that is exclusively manufactured in the United States. If you want to support the rust belt and ex-military to create jobs in the United States, this is the product for you. Rogue Fitness has a strong association with the US military as the CEO  is ex-military himself. There is nothing fancy about this kettlebell and it is more expensive than cast iron made in china, but you can feel better about your purchase.
 
The 5-20lb adjustable kettlebell from TITAN is the cheap version of the adjustable competition kettlebell. This is an option that sacrifices the integrity of an original kettlebell to make it adjustable. I am not a huge fan as I think that the finish is poor and you might as well get 2 -3 small kettlebells instead for the $80 price tag. If you want to bump the weight up there is also a 10 lb to 40lb version for $120.
 
The plate loadable kettlebell swing is a cheap alternative to build heavy kettlebells with the plates you already have. The handling for swings will be abysmal, but you can go very heavy and change things around without having a lot of little nuts and bolts that will potentially get lost. For $45 there is also not a lot to complain about in the price department. This is a dark horse for saving money and still being happy with your purchase for adjustable kettlebell swings.
 
I personally think that a set of 3 to 6 cast iron kettlebells will do the same job better, faster, cheaper for you as long as you have space for them.
 

Conclusion for the Titan adjustable competition Kettlebell 

 
While the idea looks good on paper I have always regretted it when I got adjustable weights. They tend to break or you lose some of the components. The $200 price tag is only justified if you adjust the kettlebell regularly and really need the 1kg increments to progress in your training. I highly doubt that this is the case for you. You either will use the kettlebell mainly for swings where you seldomly will make adjustments or for full-body workouts where it will be a pain to change the setup in the middle or end. Get a set of multiple cast iron plates that are easy to swap and hard to break instead.
 
 

Titan Adjustable Kettlebell $80 / $120

 
TITAN has two different adjustable plastic kettlebells in their portfolio. The blue one ranges from 5-20lbs while the red alternative operates in the 10lb-40lb range. These are plastic options that work with a click system to keep the cast iron weight plates in space. You can adjust the weight by taking some of the discs out. The full specs of the two options are:
 
10-40 version
 
- Drop cast iron plates
- Flat base for easy storage
- Extra wide handle for easy grip
- Mechanism to easily adjust weights
- Six adjustable weight levels
- Perfect for beginners and advanced athletes alike
 
- Handle Diameter: 1.5-in.
- Finish: Powder-Coated Silver
- Material: Cast Iron
- Adjustable Weight: 10 lb. up to 40 lb.
- Total Weight: 40 lb.
 
5-20 version
 
- Drop cast iron plates
- Flat base for easy storage
- Extra-wide handle for easy grip
- Mechanism to easily adjust weights
- Six adjustable weight levels
- Perfect for beginners and advanced athletes alike
 
- Handle Diameter: 1.5-in.
- Finish: Powder-Coated Silver
- Material: Cast Iron
- Adjustable Weight: 5 lb. up to 20 lb.
- Total Weight: 20 lb.
 
This is a product that will probably look more appealing to females users as the colors are pretty, the handle is easier on the hands than other kettlebell options and you will not use a wrench for adjustments. This comes at the cost of a fiddly setup and many options to break these kettlebells.
 

Pros of the Titan Adjustable Kettlebell

 
The pros of the TITAN adjustable kettlebell are:
 
  • Click and go adjustments
  • Design
  • Price
 
The biggest advantage of this adjustable kettlebell is that the weight system is self-sufficient. You do not need any extra tools to adjust the weight and can click and go during your workouts. This makes it a lot easier to adjust the weight in the middle of a circuit workout. If you like Tabata and following kettlebell YouTube videos this is for you. Especially if you only want one kettlebell in your house.
 
The design is a bit more poppy and colorful than with other kettlebell products. I can see how this design might be more appealing to women as it is not cold steel. Steel kettlebell can be rough on the skin which not everybody will like.
 
For an adjustable kettlebell, these two versions are cheaper than the TItan adjustable competition kettlebell. If you want the most amount of kettlebell variations for the smallest price, this is the one to go for.
 

Cons of the Titan Adjustable Kettlebell

 
 
  • Plastic locking system
  • Loss of integrity of the weight
  • Handle does not hold chalk well
  • Prone to get wrecked
 
Whenever I see plastic on weight training equipment it rubs me up the wrong way. Plastic can warp, melt, and overall is just being used because it is cheap and easy to mold. It is easier on your hands, but that is about the only advantage I see. Especially as the main selling point of this product, the weight adjustment system, is made of the cheapest material on the entire product.
 
You will also not be able to do anything but swings with this kettlebell, as soon as you start adjusting the weights. A big part of the effectiveness and efficiency of kettlebell training is based on the spherical shape of the kettlebell. By removing the plates from this kettlebell it becomes asymmetrical and the weight behaves unpredictably. For Turkish get-ups and presses, you can not load the kettlebell on your underarm without making it really uncomfortable. This is only useable for swings, pulls, and easy presses. As soon as you are getting into kettlebell complexes and remove a plate this kettlebell becomes very cumbersome to use.
 
As the handle is made of composite rather than cast iron it does not hold chalk well. If you are looking at this kettlebell this might not be that relevant to you, as this is more interesting to very heavy kettlebells.
 
If you drop this kettlebell, it is very likely to lose its purpose. The handle can easily warp, especially if you lose weight in a strenuous workout. To some, this might be an advantage as it is less likely to leave a dent in the floor or wall, but for me, it makes it unusable for thorough kettlebell training.
 

Alternatives to the Titan adjustable Kettlebell

 
Alternatives to the TITAN adjustable kettlebell are:
 
 
If you really want an adjustable kettlebell and you are looking at the 10-40lb version you might as well go for the competition adjustable kettlebell instead. This kettlebell keeps its integrity, won't break as easily on a drop, and can be used for kettlebell complexes. It costs only $60 more and is overall the better adjustable option. The only downside is that the adjustments have to be made with a wrench and are therefore not as fast as with the click system.
 
The TITAN cast iron kettlebell would be my preferred option for more than $100. You only need 3-6 kettlebells for most kettlebell workouts depending on your strength levels. You can get this for $100 and the space requirements are not that much more than for one adjustable are also almost unbreakable. The only downsides are that they do not look pretty and are rough on your skin.
 
The Rogue kettlebell 2.0 is a cast iron kettlebell that is fully produced in the United States of America. If you want to support local businesses this is an option for you. They are not the cheapest per pound, but they make you feel better when you buy them.
 
If you want to trick the Rogue competition kettlebell is also an option. They have a special indentation to be easier on the lower arm when tricking or going through kettlebell complexes. There is no adjustable version of the Rogue competition kettlebell so you will get different denominations.
 

Conclusion for the Titan adjustable Kettlebell

 
If you want to get into kettlebell training as cheap as possible with the most options go for the 5-20lbs adjustable kettlebell from TITAN. Just whatever you do, do not drop it or throw it into a wall. Kettlebell juggling is therefore not an option with this one. If you are looking into the 10-40lb adjustable kettlebell I would swap for the adjustable competition kettlebell. IT gives you more weight options, can be used for more exercises, and is less likely to break. I still think that adjustable kettlebells are silly and would always recommend getting multiple cast iron for the same budget over the adjustable versions. But that is just me and my hate for fiddling around with things when I train.
 

 

 

Overview of the Titan Competition Kettlebell $40 - $160

 
The TITAN competition kettlebells are available in a range from 8kg to 40kg. The special features of these kettlebells are their color coding and the same size. Competition kettlebells are designed in the same dimensions so that the movement patterns for juggling and kettlebell complexes do not change. The main difference to cheaper cast iron kettlebells is that they do not get bigger the heavier they get. This makes the production process a little more complex and therefore the kettlebells more expensive. The full specifications for the TITAN competition kettlebells are:
 
- Available in 16 color-coded weights from 8 KG to 40 KG
- Hollow core for better balance
- Solid steel cast with non-welded handles for maximum durability
- Smooth finish for a great hand feel and grip while performing various exercises
- Quantity: 1
 
- Handle Diameter: 35 mm | 1.38-in.
- Handle Width: 190 mm | 7.48-in.
- Overall Diameter: 210 mm | 8.3-in.
- Overall Height: 290 mm | 11.4-in.
- Finish: Powder-Coated Pink, Blue, Yellow, Purple, Green, Orange, Red, Black, White
- Weight: 8 - 40 KG +/- 3%
 
These are solid professional tools and compared to other vendors reasonably priced.
 

Pros of the Titan competition Kettlebell

 

The pros of the TITAN competition kettlebell are:

 
  • Normed
  • Smaller increments
  • Color-coded
  • Price
 
These competition kettlebells are normed and therefore always have the same diameter and handle. This makes progression through different movement patterns easier. Especially if you like to do kettlebell juggling and complexes then these are the ones to go for.
 
Compared to classic kettlebells which come in increments of 8kg the competition kettlebell can be had in increments of 2kg. This also makes it easier to progress to heavier weights for set routines you do over and over.
 
The color coding is pretty to look at and adds a little more fun to your training. In a group setting, it also makes it easier for the instructor to spot whether someone has a kettlebell that is too heavy and which color to swap it for.
 
For a competition kettlebell, the price is great. The competing products from market leaders like Kettlebell kings and Rogue Fitness cost significantly more per pound/kg.
 

Cons of the Titan competition Kettlebell

 
The cons of the TITAN competition kettlebell are:
 
  • Do not scale to high weights
  • TITAN quality issues
  • No lbs labels
  • Price
 
Based on the fact that the diameter of a competition kettlebell is normed, you will seldomly find very heavy competition kettlebells, unless they are filled with very heavy metals which makes them very expensive. If you are looking for a heavy kettlebell you will most likely not juggle it so opt for cast iron which is cheaper and easier to source.
 
TITAN is more likely than other vendors to have minor quality issues as their market strategy is to be a cost leader. This means that the company cuts corners by design to offer you the most competitive price tag on the market for comparable products. In terms of competition kettlebells, this can have an impact in two ways. The first is imprecision on the actual weight. If y ou are a competitive kettlebell juggler you want your instruments to be precise. Weight checks are an easy quality control step to cut out to save cost. The second is the paint. The cheaper the paint, the more likely it is to flake. TITAN has multiple reports online of flaking paints or paints that have not been applied evenly to their products. That does not mean that this has to impact your purchase, just the likelihood is higher compared to other players in the market.
 
Weight competitions are internationally normed to kg and not pounds. This makes it harder to get competition kettlebells or competition plates with pound labeling instead of kg. You can get lbs competition kettlebells, but not from TITAN.
 
The last con is the price. Compared to cast iron kettlebells competition kettlebells are more expensive. If you are just training casually and do not care about pretty colors, why spend more than you need to.
 

Alternatives to the Titan competition Kettlebell

 
Alternatives to the TITAN competition kettlebell are:
 
 
The Rogue competition kettlebells have a better finish and an extra indentation to make them more user friendly. If you want a precise tool for your kettlebell complexes that you can be proud of these are the better option compared to the TITAN competition kettlebell. They are also more expensive.
 
If you want to support locally produced kettlebells to create jobs in the US, then the kettlebell 2.0 from Rogue is a good option. Rogue has started in 2020 to source the metal locally and melt it into kettlebells in a US production facility. They are cast iron kettlebells and a bit more expensive than other cast iron kettlebells which are produced overseas, but they will make you feel better yourself.
 
If all you care about is the best possible price per pound the TITAN cast Iron kettlebells are almost impossible to beat. They might come with some sharp edges which you need to file down, but apart from that, they are cheap and cheerful.
 

Conclusion for the Titan competition Kettlebell

 
If you are looking for a competition kettlebell to use in competition, you might want to go for Rogue or Kettlebell Kings and get the more expensive, proper tools from there. If you like the look of the TITAN competition kettlebells and don't mind minor quality issues, put them into your trolley. If you are just looking for kettlebells, save some money and go for the TITAN cast Iron kettlebells.
 
 

Titan Plate loadable Kettlebell swing $45

 
The Titan plate loadable kettlebell swing is a loading pin that can be loaded with regular to adjust your weight. This makes it a dark horse if you really want to go down the adjustable kettlebell road. For swings, and especially for very heavy swings, this can be a great option as long as you already have the necessary plates. The full specifications of this product are:
 
Overall length: 19.3 in
Overall base: 3.5 in
Handle diameter: 33mm
Finish: Powder coated black
Weight capacity: 500lb
Empty weight: 8lb.
 
- Plate loadable, fits Olympic size plates
- Kettlebell shaped handle allows you to get a kettlebell style workout
- Remove the kettlebell style handle and load the pin to the desired weight
- Targets your shoulders, back, hips, glutes, and legs with various kettlebell style exercises
- (9) adjustable positions in 1-inch increments to secure plates to the pin
- Rounded base prevents the kettlebell from getting caught on protruding surfaces such as stairs during use
 
For $45 this is a great tool for swings of all sizes. You can scale the load to what is necessary and the construction is near unbreakable.
 

Pros of the Titan Plate loadable Kettlebell swing

 
 
  • Cheap
  • Robust
  • High capacity
 
$45 is a great price for a kettlebell that can scale up to 500lbs. With this loading pin, you can go very heavy on your swings and use the plates you hopefully already have.
 
This design is simple and therefore nearly indestructible. You can throw it on the floor or against the wall and it will still do its job. There not a lot of moving parts to this, so it will last.
 
With up to 500lbs which can go in increments as little as 250 grams, depending on the plates you own, this is the cheapest adjustable kettlebell you can get from TITAN, given you already have the plates.
 

Cons of the Titan Plate loadable Kettlebell swing

 
The cons of the Plate loadable kettlebell swing are:
 
  • Technically not a kettlebell
  • You need to have plates
  • Only really works for swings
 
Technically this product is a loading pin with a kettlebell handle rather than a kettlebell. The only exercise you can do with this is a kettlebell swing. You might also go for sumo deadlifts and holds, but that is the end of it. With that, it negates many benefits of the kettlebell to train the entire body as presses and get-ups are hard to do with this.
 
If you factor in the plates to make this kettlebell work it is actually not that cheap. So this is only an option if you already have the plates which would suggest that you already have a home gym of considerable size. In that scenario, you might as well get multiple kettlebells and bypass the challenges that adjustable kettlebells pose.
 

Alternatives to the Titan Plate loadable Kettlebell swing

 
Alternatives to the TITAN Plate loadable Kettlebell swing are:
 
 
The TITAN adjustable competition kettlebell is in my opinion the best option for an adjustable kettlebell from TITAN. It provides the form of a competition kettlebell and is 19 in 1 kettlebell for a price of $200. The disadvantages are the multiple parts that can be lost and render it useless or less useful depending on what you lose.
 
The TITAN adjustable kettlebell is only an option if you want 5-20lbs in adjustable kettlebell weight as cheap as possible or if you want to change weights very fast with the click and go system. I personally think that the plastic on this is not acceptable because the mechanics break on the first drop of the kettlebell. But still, if you do not like metal and want an adjustable kettlebell this is the only option from TITAN.
 
Classic cast iron kettlebells are the best option in my opinion. You only need a set of 3 - 6 to get all your training needs covered and this will maximally cost you around $350. With that, you are set up for success and quick changes of weight if needed. The only downside is that you have to store multiple kettlebells somewhere.
 
The Rogue kettlebells 2.0 are cast Iron kettlebells that are made in the U.S.A. the steel is sourced in the US and manufactured by Rogue. If you want to do keep your money local and feel good about your purchase as it creates jobs in the US, this is the kettlebell to go for.
 

Conclusion for the Titan Plate loadable Kettlebell swing

 
If you want to swing 500lbs between your legs, then this is possibly the only way to do it without getting a custom kettlebell made for you. Apart from that, I do not see a lot of use for this loading pin with a kettlebell handle if you want to do more than swings.
 
 

Titan Cast iron Kettlebell $16 - $140

 
The TITAN cast Iron kettlebells are simple, cost-efficient, and get the job done. Are they the best-made kettlebells in the business? No, not really, but you won't beat them on price. See if you want a lot of Iron relatively cheap with a handle, then this is the product of choice. The full specifications are:
 
- Drop Cast Iron
- One-piece design for strength
- Flat base for easy storage
- Extra-wide handle for easy grip
- Sold individually or as a set
 
Solid, near-indestructible, and cheap. What more could you want from a strength tool? Well, no sharp edges that you might have to sand down depending on whether you get lucky or not.
 

Pros of the Titan Cast iron Kettlebell

 
The pros of the Cast iron kettlebell are:
 
  • Price
  • Cast Iron
 
The TITAN cast iron kettlebells are cheap and will hold up for a lifetime. They are simple, but the best strength tools are.
 

Cons of the Titan Cast iron Kettlebell

 
The cons of the TITAN cast Iron kettlebells are:
 
  • Ugly
  • Not normed
  • TITAN finish
 
Let's face it, black cast iron kettlebells are not particularly inviting to train with. They do the trick, but they are not hip or interesting. There is no novelty factor about this, just a cannonball with a handle. So if you already have problems motivating yourself to train, this cold piece of metal might not be the best choice.
 
Another disadvantage of cast iron kettlebells is that they get bigger the heavier they get. That makes them quite useless for juggling and kettlebell complexes, especially when they get heavier. You can work with the 12 to 24kg range but below they get too small and above they get too massive to be balanced on your arm.
 
The TITAN finish is the bonus you pay for saving on the price tag. TITAN products are known for the risk that the finish might not be perfect and that also goes for their kettlebells. You can get a normal batch that is ok to use or a terrible one that is rugged and needs to be sanded down.
 

Alternatives to the Titan Cast iron Kettlebell

 
Alternatives to the TITAN Cast Iron kettlebells are:
 
 
The competitive kettlebells are a little more fun to work with than cast iron kettlebells. The handle is easier on the hands, they stay the same size and they have color. If it helps you to get motivated because your equipment is pretty, then competitive kettlebells are the better choice.
 
The Rogue kettlebell 2.0 is manufactured in the USA from American steel. If you want a Cast Iron kettlebell and help the local economy by creating jobs in the US supply chain, this is the option to go for.
 

Conclusion for the TItan Cast iron Kettlebell

 
A solid piece of equipment for a very reasonable price. Especially if you buy in bulk for your own gym or chain of gyms. I would take a set of these any day over a $200 adjustable kettlebell, but that is just me.

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