This article discusses the followingsledoptions from Rogue in descending order starting with the highest price. Theyokesare outliers, as their not idealsleds, but can be used as such and should be listed for a complete home gym.
If you do not want to go into all of the detail, here is a quick reference of what eachsledin the portfolio does. You should make a decision whether you are willing to spend more or less than $300 dollars on yoursled. If it is more you can go the entire portfolio. If it less you will be limited to the smallersledsand not have access to theXPO trainer 2that does not wreck your floors.
Thevolcanois ayokethat has been modified in a way that it can also be used to simulate tire flips. It has sixplatestorage pins and its triangular shape makes it stable, even when large amounts of weight are being moved. This makes it a great tool for serious strongman training. The full specifications are:
Made in Columbus, OH, USA by Volcano Strength LLC
2x2" & 2x3" Steel construction
Weight (Unloaded): 250 LBS
Height: 60" overall / 45" yoke bar height
Length: 69" (depth)
Footprint: 69" x 48"
3 Easy-Grip Crossmembers: 1.75” diameter
6 Weight Posts: 9.75" loadable post length
1" thick Rubber Corner Protection
Especially if you have a lot of space and ant to trainyokecarries and tire flips outside, this is a good investment.
If you have space and you want to get serious about strongman training, then this a great tool to use. With the three handles, you can get a good grip on the weight and simulate strongman events that involve flipping cars or tires. Compares to tires and other strongman tools you can also increase the weight in increments and therefore track your progress better. All of this makes theVolcanoa great option if you ave the indoor or outdoor space to do the flips and carries.
Even though thevolcanoclaims space efficiency it is a massive frame that will take up a big portion of most home gyms. If you do not have a lot of extra space, the chances are high that thevolcanowill end up vas a glorifiedplatetree. Compared to a traditionalyokeyou also do not have as many options to store abarbellon it, use it to get atlas stones over or dosledwork. This is mainly due to the fact, that the three handles are fixed and can not be adjusted. Compared to a tire you can not jump onto thevolcanoor beat the crap out of it with hammer. I am confident that if you have the space for avolcano, you also have the space for ayokeand a tire. Ayokeand a tire will likely cost the same or less and give you more training options.
TheRogue Y2 Yokeis one of the biggerYokesfrom Rogue. With this option, you will be able to do carries,sledpushes, and atlas stones over the bar exercises. It also only $535 compared to the almost $2000 of theVolcano.
If you have a gym and want to get a tire flip, without the dirt and fewer space requirements, you can get the Titan tire flipping machine. In fact, for the budget of oneVolcanoyou can get the Tire flipping machine and theYoke.
Conclusion for the Volcano
TheVolcanois a great option for actual strongmen who want to get ready for competition. TheVolcanosimulates the load distribution of very heavyyokecarries better than a traditionalyoke. For example hay or other heavy objects that usually stack higher thanplatesfor the same amount. It also probably the best tool for simulating a very heavy tire or car flips at home. That being said, most people do not follow this type of heavy strongman training. If you are just a weekend warrior you can me your money stretch a lot better by getting ayoke,barbell,plates, and an old tractor tire.
XPO trainer 2
Overview of the XPO trainer 2
TheXPO Trainer 2offers an innovative design forsledwork by adding tires and an accelerating resistance model. The secret sauce of thissledis a little motor at the front wheel that provides more and more resistance the harder and faster you push. This is similar to training with bands or flywheels for running, except the resistance comes from the front rather than behind. This makes theXPOa greatsledfor beginners who want to work with resistance from the start or pros that want resistance at high speeds. The full specifics of thissledare:
Made by Armored Fitness Equipment
First Push Sled with Wheels
Patent-Pending Exponential Resistance Curve: As you push harder/faster, the resistance increases to compensate
No Weight Plates Included or Required
(2) Removable Handles for easy transport and storage
Laser-cut XPO Trainer logo in front plating
Durable rubberized wheels for safe all-surface sled training
Nearly Silent Operation
Suitable for Beginner / Rehab up to High Intensity / Pro training
A great addition to a commercial gym with a lot of space or a home gym with a spacious driveway. For professional, very heavy athletes, this might not be the right choice.
The biggest pro of this machine compared tosledsis that it has wheels. This means less wear and tear on any floor that it is used on. This is especially good for indoor gyms and home gyms that are worried aboutsledswrecking the floor. The wheels also enable that you can get to a sprinting speed without worrying that thesledwill get caught on the ground and you really hurt yourself. Compared to othersleds, this one gets harder the more momentum you create. Traditionalsledsare usually the hardest to get moving and get easier, once momentum is built.
Depending on the training application and where you use it theXPOis great. Anyone who is not an NFL linebacker or rugby player will probably be satisfied and get excellent results from it improving their explosiveness and getting some cardio work in at the same time. If you weigh 100kg plus and are mainly concerned with moving a big heavy object out of the way that is reluctant to budge then theXPOis not the right training tool. Here you need a heavy asssled, that only starts moving after you throw your full weight behind it. Imagine you tackle the 60-poundXPOwith full might. It will go flying unless you weigh it down.
Thebutcher V2costs only a third of theXPOand simulates better to get momentum into an inanimate object. The downside is that it comes on feet instead of wheels which is more likely to damage the surface you are using it on. Rogue has addressed this in their V2 redesign with replaceable feet that can be equipped with a plastic footplate set. Still, this will damage your floors more than wheels. On the positive side, you can get a lot of weight on this to simulate rugby and football tackles. You might even like that the friction provides even more resistance.
TheRogue Y2 yokecan also be used forsledpushes and pulls. The setup is more cumbersome as the structure is bigger compared tosleds. Still, a goodyokeis an all in one gym that can have a pull-up bar,squat stand,sled, andyokein one. If you have space ayokeis not to be scoffed at, as it has way more applications for the same price as theXPO. The only downside is that it is less portable and will screw more with your floor.
Conclusion for the XPO trainer 2
TheXPO trainer 2is a greatsledfor anyone who has the money too spent and I worried about their driveway or floor for sled work. This probably covers 95% of the fitness population that is in the market for asled, as it is a nice to have rather than must-have for a home gym anyway. For the remaining 5% who are massive beasts and want to simulate running into a brick wall a fully loadedbutcheris probably the better option.
Rogue Y2 Yoke
Overview of the Rogue Y2
TheRogue Y2is the next step up from asquat standfrom Rogue. The additionalplatestorage and the adjustable cross-member on thestandmake it a great all in one gym option. You can use it as asled,rack, andyokeat the same time. For $535 you will find yourself a good deal, as long as you have the footprint to fit it into your commercial gym or home space. The full specifications are:
Made in the USA
Height: 92" with base
Total Weight Capacity: 750+LB (two side storage and four corner-post weight storage options)
You will be hard-pressed to find more options in onerackfor this price from Rogue. If you want to be space and budget efficient, this is the way to go. You will get the use cases of equipment that can cost up to $5000 in this onerack. Especially if you are a single user and do not have to worry about waiting times, this is great.
While theY2saves a lot of space as it combines a lot of functionality, it still has a larger footprint than a halfrack,squat stand, RM3rack. Compared to the purpose-builtsledsit is also clunkier to move. While bench pressing and squatting are possible, you will need spotter arms to be safe. Spotter arms just have the habit of being missed or making the whole structure fall over when you drop the weight. Safety üins and straps in a powerrackare easier to handle and more secure.
TheRogue Y1is a smaller version of theRogue Y2. If you do not have very tall athletes or do not need to practice any sandbag throwing, the smaller version will do and save you a little bit of money.
TheSM2 squat standis an alternative that saves some space compared to theYokeand only focuses on functioning as asquat standrather than ayokeandsled. With theSM2you also get the bigger steel tubes from the Monster series and can upgrade at a later stage to the bigracksthat Rogue is currently focusing on.
Thevolcanocosts about 4 times what theyokecosts but has its applications especially for very mature strongman. If you want to flip or carry very big weights theVolcanois probably the better option than theRogue Y2.
Conclusion for the Rogue Y2
TheRogue Y2is an often overlooked option for home gym owners that does it all. It is relatively low priced and you can get a lot of mileage out of it. If you are not considering a foldingrackfor your home gym, definitely look at this instead of bolted down powerracks. Professional gyms with space can cover a lot of needs with just one or twoyokes. Think of what you can get out of these twoyokesfor your clients instead of being one more treadmill.
Rogue Y1 Yoke
Overview of the Rogue Y1
TheRogue Y1is the smallestYokein the Rogue Line up and comes in at $495. TheYokesfrom Rogue are often overlooked for home gym purchases or commercial facilities. For not a lot of money for Rogue items, you get asled,squat stand, andYokein one go. This combination covers most training needs without taking up too much space or money. The full specifications of theY1are:
Made in the USA
Total Weight Capacity: 750+LB (two side and four corner-post plate storage options)
Applications: Pushing, Pulling, Carrying, Zercher, Squat, Press, etc.
(2) Uprights: 2 x 3" 11-Gauge steel
Crossbar: 3" OD
(2) Bases and (4) Skid Feet with Plate Storage Posts
This is a solid option for a reasonable price, that can transform your home gym or professional facility.
Compared to get arack,sled, andyoke, theY1is very space and price-efficient. You can do a whole list of exercises with this one piece of equipment. Especially if you know how to train without safeties, this is a good pick for you.
If you want to save space or if you can not get the full use of theYokeis your making space, then a half-rackmight be the better option. A halfrackwill give you more security as you can use safety pins or straps and also more cross-member real estate to attach bands or any other kind of extra devices. If you want an all-in-one ready station for raw strength, this is it. If you are looking for something a little more modular, go for thesquat stands.
If you are looking for a biggeryokefor more balance, or because you want to toss things over the Crossbar, than you can opt for theRogue Y2or Rogue Y3. It is the same structure as theY1, just with higher uprights. This way the height increases and you have a few more options for your training.
TheRogue SM1is an alternative if you just want asquat standand start a home gym based on the Rogue Monster series. The monster series provides bigger beams which make for a more stable structure. It is also the product line that Rogue invests most of its time in to develop further. If you only see these first cross members as the start of a bigger gym in the future based on the Monster series, than theSM1is a good place to start.
If you are looking for asledfor your home gym, but do not want to move yourracksetup in and out of the garage each time you want to put a session in, then theXPO trainer 2is great for you. TheXPOis the onlysledwith wheels that works with a flywheel resistance. The harder you push, the harder it gets. This is a great solution if you do not want to wreck our lawn or driveway, while still going hard at it.
Conclusion for the Rogue Y1
TheRogue Y1is possibly the cheapest all in one gym that you can get from Rogue. if you have space and now how to train in these various ways, then the Rogue Yoke 1 is the right choice for you. If you want to keep your different training stations separate, go for asquat standinstead or upgrade to a fullrack.
Rogue Dogsled 1.2
Overview of the Rogue Dogsled 1.2
TheRogue Dogsled 1.2is the next evolution of theRogue Dogsled. As with most of their best selling products Rogue took a look at the design and improved upon it. Compared to the original dogsled, rogue added a lot more holes for attachments which makes thissleda versatile tool to improve your explosiveness and strength. The full specifications of thissledare:
Made in the USA
Footprint: 40" x 24"
Skid Width: 4”
Steel: 2 x 3" 11 Gauge and 0.25" Plate Steel
Each Dog Sled ships with (1) carabiner
Push poles are removable for easier transport
Battle-tested in CrossFit Games competition
In addition to these specifications you can also get the following attachments
High bar attachment
Low bar attachment
Dog Sled Bridge
Doubke handle attachment
Lawn boy attachment
Wraparound rail kit
This makes it the most versatilesledin the rogue line up you can get. Definitely a save purchase if you have a lawn or can protect your driveway with some cladding.
Thissledhas been redesigned and a lot of thought went into it. If you want a versatile training tool for yourself or your professional gym, you have many options for pushing and pulling with thisSled. The base price is also low compared to thebutcherorXPOwhich are othersledoptions from Rogue.
Compared to one of theYokesof Rogue you will only get a single purpose use out of thesled. Combined with that the order easily climbs up to $600 - $700 when you get all of the attachments, this is something to consider. While the many attachments are great, there is a risk that most of them will gather dust and just clog up your gym. While this is the most versatilesledfrom Rogue, you also got to ask yourself whether you will actually use all of these options. If you only have thesledit also easier to store than thebutcheroryokewhen you remove the uprights and put it into a corner.
TheRogue Y1is definitely in the mix when you are considering a $500 to $600 purchase to mix up the training routines in your commercial gym. TheY1will not be as good for sprints, but provide another squat and bench station andyokecarries.
Thebutcher V2is another alternative with fewer options. However, thebutchercan be loaded very heavy for the big guys in your gym. If you want to push and pull a truckload of weight, thebutcheris the better option than thedogsled.
The Rogueecho dogsledis a good option to save some money and not get too hung up on many different options. It does what it says on the tin for a good price and good quality.
If you are worried about the marble floors in your palace when you are exercising, you can opt for theXPO trainer 2. Thissledworks on wheels and therefore less a lot less damage in your lawn, driveway or gym floor.
Conclusion for the Dogsled 1.2
TheDogsled 1.2is a great tool for becoming more agile and getting a stronger core. It is a good mix up for your routines in your local gym or your lawn. Be specific with the attachments you want to buy is the low entry price is a bit of false advertisement compared to how thesledis being marketed. If you include all the toys, you rake up to $700 dollar for which you can also get ayoke.
Rogue Butcher V2
Overview of the Rogue Butcher
TheRogue Butcheris a simple design for asledthat holds a lot ofplates. This is the right tool to get if you want to do heavy-dutysledpushes and pull.s TheRogue butcherhas two uprights on which you can placeplates. This makes the capacity a lot bigger than for theDogsledfrom Rogue. The full specifications of thebutcherare:
Made in the USA
2x3” 11-Gauge Steel
Weight: 74LB / Weight Capacity: 500LB+
Rogue Signature Matte Black Powdercoat finish provides grip on all handles
Bolt-On Steel Feet can be used on any surface, fully replaceable
Multiple bars for different pushing positions
Compact footprint (42.25" x 47.25") and removable handles allows for easy storage, portability
Protective UHMW plastic skis can be added to order and come with all necessary hardware
Thebutcheris a solid and simple design. The only downside might be that it can damage the floors you are working on, even though Rogue started to provide plastic skis for it.
This is a simple t build with two metal rods stuck on to the top. Nothing fancy just good old metal and bolts. This is exactly what you want when you want to go heavy on the sledding. Rogue also learned from the past and made the feet detachable in case they break. This way you can easily swap them out, without having to replace the entire unit.
Thebutcheronly comes with one configuration which gives you less use for your buck compared to ayokeor the rogueDogsled 1.2. As with allsleds, it will also possibly damage your driveway, gym floor or any other surface you will use it on. Thebutcheruprights are also welded onto the t construction. This makes it harder to put it away into a small corner compared to theDogsled 1.2which has removable uprights.
TheXPO trainer 2has the same training effect as thebutcher, except it runs on wheels. This way you will not hurt the surfaces you train on as much and still get a good workout in. TheXPOworks with a type of flywheel to make the resistance higher the faster you go. If you like the missing momentum of deadweight than thebutcheris probably better for very heavysledpulls or pushes.
Thedogsled 1.2is the most versatile option out of the Roguesledline up. While it is less bulky and big than thebutcher, it makes up for in different attachments to train in different ways. Especially the many ways to use a carabiner and rope in combination with theDogsled 1.2makes it the better tools to move lower payloads around fast to become more agile. The downside is that it is not made for holöding a ton ofplateslike thebutcheris.
The last option is aRogue Yoke 2. TheRogue Y2has also been equipped with plastic feet. This way pushed and pulls as with asledcan be done. TheYoketriples up as ayoke,squat stand, andsledin this configuration. At a price point of roughly $500 to $700 dollars you get an all in one gym. The downside that theYokeis a lot clunkier than the Roguesledsfor speed work. If you go slow and heavy theyokeis adoption, but not if you want to accelerate and change directions fast in your training.
Conclusion for the Butcher V2
TheRogue butcher V2is a great tool for heavysledpushes. Rugby players and football players will enjoy them to train how to block and tackle. If you are more into agility or 4-5platesare more than enough for your strength endeavors, then theDogsled 1.2is possibly the better choice for your training needs.
Rogue Echo dog sled
Overview of the Rogue Echo Dogsled
TheRogue Echo Dogsledis a streamlined version of the first Dogsled design from Rogue. This way they manage to cut cost on a time tested model for push and pull movements for your home gym or commercial gym. With 450lb weight capacity you can still get a challenging workout in, while keeping mobile. If you are worried about the floor you can get plastic skis to do less damage. The full specifications are:
Made in the USA
Single-piece formed steel construction: 0.25" Plate Steel
Foot Print: 36.5" x 25"
Height: 37.5" (with uprights & plastic)
Weight: 87LB, 450+LB weight capacity
Includes (1) carabiner
Includes (2) Push Poles which can be placed in any of the four sockets
All hardware for set-up included
This is a solid low budget option for a home gym or commercial gym that works thesesledsa lot outdoors on rough surfaces.
Compared to theDogsled 1.2theecho sledonly has one operation mode. You can detach the uprights for easier storage, but you can not use other attachments with it. Still, it has two carabiner holes prebuilt. Another problem can be the bottom of the sled. As it is mainly made from one piece, you have to get a new one if it breaks.
Thedogsled 1.2is the upgraded version of the originalDogsleddesign from Rogue. While theEchois the budget version, theDogsled 1.2has many different options for attachments to make training more interesting and challenging. If you are only getting onesledfor yourself theDogsled 1.2is probably the better buy. If you have to get an armada, stick with theEcho sled.
TheRogue butcher V2is the truck amongst thesledfrom Rogue. This sled can take the mostplatesif you want to do heavy pushes. The downside is that it is not very versatile and harder to store than all the othersledfrom Rogue because of its size.
TheXpo trainer 2has an innovative design for asledand uses wheels. This way it is less damaging to driveways and lawny in suburbia or your precious gym flooring. It wors with a flywheel engine that increases the resistance the harder you go at it. This is great for a good speed workout. If you want to et better at getting heavy loads moving from zero, theXPOmight not be the best tool to improve in this section.
Conclusion for the Rogue echo sled
TheRogue echo sledis a great budget option to get yourself a high-quality sled to do your workouts outside. Especially if you are going to store your sled outside, this is probably a better option than the more expensive ones from Rogue.
Rogue slice sled
Overview of the Rogue slice sled
Therogue slice sledis the smallest sled from Rogue that you can still push via its uprights. The arrow style design makes it a bit easier to push than either sled from Rogue. The unique feature of this sled is that you can fold down theplatepin in the middle for easy storage. This sled can be compacted down so much that you can easily fit it into your car. The full specifications are:
Made in the USA
Dimensions: 27.5" length x 22.75" width x 37.25" (with handles) Height
Fold-Flat Weight Post: 14” loadable length (must be bolted to sled using 1/2” hardware)
0.25" thick Laser-cut and formed steel construction
(1) 16' Sled Strap and (1) Carabiner included standard
Laser-cut Rogue branding on each side of unit
Texture Black powder coat finish
This is a great mini sled that can fit in any corner.
This is the smallest rogue sled that you can still push with two uprights. Rogue has combined the designs from their Dogsleds and mini sleds to create this compact product at the lower range of their sled arsenal.
If you go a little upmarket you can get theDogsled 1.2with a lot more options to fit your individual training needs or just having a bit more fun. Especially if the purchase for yourself and this is the onlysledyou are likely to ever get, go for theDogsled 1.2instead and pick some attachments you will actually use rather than all of them.
TheRogue butcher V2is the better option for anyone who wants to get the maximum load possible on their slide. In all fairness to most mere mortals that does not apply as they will not push around 1000lbs. Still, if you are in that market, theslice sledis not the right option for you.
Roughly in the same price category is theRogue Echo dogsled.While the frame is sturdier as theplatepin can not be flipped, I would still go for theslice sledinstead. As you are already wanting to save money looking at this option, you can also go with the model that can be stored easier behind a locker or similar.
Conclusion for the Rogue slice sled
Therogue slice sledis the most attractive sled from Rogue in the lower price ranges. It easy to store, still comes with uprights, does not cost too much and can load up to 300lbs. I personally think the smaller sleds are a bit pointless and otherwise, you will have to use a bit more money.
Rogue S25 Fat boy sled
Overview of the S25 Fat boy sled
TheRogue S25 fat boy sledwas one of the first Sleds out of the Rogue portfolio. Inspired by military designs for entrenching it was upgraded from the S35 to provide more surface for yourplates. Overall it is basically a metalplatethat you can stackplateson with folded metal to each side to get mud and other debris away from the main body. The full specifications of this sled are:
Made in the USA
Footprint: 21.5" x 16"
0.25" Bent Steel Plate Rails to protect your plates
16.625" Fold-Flat Weight Post can stack steel plates or bumpers
Black Powdercoat Finish
Laser-Cut Rogue branding
Includes 16' Rogue Sled Strap
16' Spud Inc. 3" Strap available to add to order (extra cost)
Thefat boycomes with no uprights to push the sled itself. This means it can only be used for pulling motions together with a strap. Sometimes it can be good just to ram yourself into the uprights and get going, rather than having to get into the harness first.
For turning theFatboy S25also only has one hole for the carabiner to go in. With lightweight this means a high likelihood of tipping when you turn at speed. With heavyweights you will have to struggle to turn around, rather than just clipping the carabiner on the other side.
The S35 sled is smaller version of the S25 and is otherwise the same. If you want a really small sled to be taken anywhere,this can be it.
The spud inc magic carpet is an alternative to the S35 which will not damage your floor as much. Instead of metal, this sled is made of the same material most straps are made of. This way it avoids the scratching that metal can cause on some grounds. The downside is that it is way easier to move the weight. There is a reason why good movers always bring old carpets with them to move heavy objects.
Conclusion for the S25 fat boy sled
TheS25is a good option if you see yourself regularly going on a small car to train with a sled somewhere nearby. If that is not the case, I personally think that theRogue slice sledis a better investment. For a minimum amount of more money you get a sled that is still compact, but also can be pushed rather than just pulled.