Sandbags for CrossFit: Review of the Rogue Large Sandbag

by Gabriel Simon

This article reviews the Rogue Large Sandbag.  If you’re wondering where to get a great sandbag for CrossFit, or are interesting in sandbag training, this article is for you!

Why I bought a Rogue sandbag

There was a time in my life, when I had to sell my olympic barbell set, and I had to find something heavy and cheap to replace the barbell and the barbell movements for my CrossFit workouts.

I ended up deciding to buy a Rogue sandbag based on the reviews I read and the excellent experiences I already had with Rogue products and their customer service.

Rogue has different size sandbag with different weight limits. At the time I bought mine, Large was the biggest size, and perfect for my needs. You can buy the outer shell and filler bags separately, or you can buy a combo package aswell.

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Rogue sandbags comes in sizes small through extra large

Click here or on the picture above to check them out!

I only ordered the outter shell, because I had 3 oval swiss ball laying around and decided to use those as filler bags. This way it was cheaper and the shipping cost was less.

Shipment arrived in 3 days to my US address (MA).

My experience with the Rogue Sandbag

As soon as I opened the package, the high quality was obvious.  I have seen other brands, homemade or cheaper versions, but this one beats them in terms of quality. Buy a good one, and you will only have to pay once.

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A picture of my Large Rogue Sandbag. Max capacity: 160 lbs/70kg

Once the 3 filler bag was filled with the right weight for my needs -1x10kg (22lb), 1x20kg (45lb), 1x25kg (55lb), time to load the bag.

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My homemade filler bags

There are tight snaps/buttons that cover the zipper.  The snaps are hard to open and close, and this stayed the same  after 1 year of frequent use.  This is great because it holds the heavy duty zipper in place. The zipper is big and opens the bag wide open for easy loading.

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Notice the snaps that hold the zipper in place

The material is heavy duty and well made, using double and cross sewing almost everywhere.

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Notice the excellent stitching. These sandbags are made to last!

The Cordura material is heavy duty, durable .  Its so tough that you could probably pour sand right into the outer shell without a filler bag and you still wouldn’t see a grain spill out.

The rogue sandbag has 5 handles for different grip positions. The two that I use most are on the top, laying crosswise. The handles make the lift easier than if you just had to grab the bag.  The handles though are quite thin and can hurt my hands when doing high reps or  heavy loads. If I would be the designer for the 2.0 version, I would put 4 (2 pairs) handles for closer and wider grip options, and make them a bit thicker.

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Notice the handles

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And another view of the handles

 

There are two more handles located at the ends of the bag. These handles are basically small sheets made from the same material as the bag, but stuffed for better grip. I found them useless, not comfortable at all. If it would be stuffed more, it might have been useful for exercises like overhead squats.

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Notice the handles on the side of the bag. I didn’t find these particularly useful.

The last handle is not in pair.  It is a single, bigger, longer handle located in the middle of the bag.  This handle is made for farmer walks.  Personally, I haven’t used it.

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This single handle on thee middle of the bag is useful for farmers walks.

You can replace barbell movements with this sandbag, and it does make the exercise much more difficult due to the uneven and unbalanced habit of the sand. I mostly use the sandbag for Press, Push Press, Clean, Clean and Jerk, and my favorite: carry (on shoulder, zercher, overhead, bearhug). Another favorite is the turkish get up.

Since the bag can be easily carried anywhere, it can be a great option for people on the move or travelling, or for those who don’t have enough room for an olympic barbell. I do have a barbell now, but still switch to sandbag from time to time.

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The sandbag next to my barbel. I use both in my workouts.

Click on any of pictures or here to check them out on Rogue’s website.

Conclusions

Pros

  • Great material, heavy duty overall
  • Great design and attention to details
  • One of the best company and customer service, who stands behind their products

Cons

  • Price is a bit high
  • Handles can be heavy on hands

Overall, I’m really happy with my Rogue sandbag for CrossFit and would recommend it to anyone without hesitation!

 

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