Are Cable Attachments Created Equal? Five Factors to Consider when Purchasing Cable Attachments!

Are all cable attachments the same? Why are some cable attachments more expensive than other cable attachments? This is an important question when we are all looking for the best value for our money. Whether purchasing the cable attachment for a fitness center or home gym, what factors should you consider? Knowing that not all cable attachments are the same, this will help you make an informed decision when buying cable attachments for your home gym or fitness center.

What are the five factors to consider when purchasing Cable Attachments? 

  • Positive grip
  • Durability
  • Maintenance and cleaning
  • Ergonomics and biomechanics
  • Finish on the cable attachment

Positive Grip

When purchasing a cable attachment, consider the grip. After all, your grip is the weakest factor and will fail first. Don’t let your grip be your limiting factor. If you do, it will prevent you from getting maximum result from your upper body workout! Some attachments have a rubber or foam-gripping surface. Rubber or foam grips can be slippery and will limit your ability to grip the handle. Steel handles with superior knurling will always provide the best gripping surface. Not all knurling patterns are the same! If the knurling pattern is too shallow, you can loose your grip. If the knurling pattern is too deep, it can cut into your hands. From my experience, the knurling on attachments manufactured overseas is not nearly as good as the knurling on attachments manufactured in the USA. Next, let's consider durability.   

[caption id="attachment_2916" align="alignnone" width="197"]All Black Iron Strength® Cable Attachments have precision knurling, which creates a positive grip. Black Iron Strength® Stirrup Grip with Precision Knurling[/caption]


How often are you looking to replace your cable attachment? If you choose a cable attachment with a rubber or foam handle, the rubber or foam will eventually wear out. However, solid steel handles will give many years if not a lifetime of use. In the long run, steel handles will cost more in the beginning. However, over time you will save money because eventually a foam or rubber will disintegrate. Also, with a strap grip, consider the material that the strap is constructed out. Most straps are flat nylon. However, the most superior strap for cable attachments is mountaineering rope. Mountaineering rope is much stronger and durable than traditional straps used in strap grips. In addition, mountaineering rope is much comfortable than traditional nylon. What about the maintenance and cleaning?

[caption id="attachment_2915" align="alignnone" width="300"]Black Iron Strength® Strap Grips are constructed out of mountaineering rope. Black Iron Strength® Strap Grips with Mountaineering Rope[/caption]

Maintenance and Cleaning

If you choose a rubber or foam handle, both are is very difficult to clean. Since rubber and foam are porous, it is a harbor for bacteria! This is especially important to consider if you are purchasing cable attachments for multiple users. Solid Steel is easier to clean. However, the cleanest handle option is antimicrobial copper handles. Antimicrobial Copper Handles are a self-cleaning surface and kills 99.9% of all bacteria and viruses in 2 hours or less. This technology works 24/7. Check out this medically based independent research study in the American Journal of Infection Control on the killing properties of antimicrobial copper on fitness equipment.  What about the ergonomics and biomechanics of the attachment?

[caption id="attachment_2861" align="alignnone" width="300"]Black Iron Strength Cable Attachments with Antimicrobial Copper Handles kills germs 24/7. Black Iron Strength® Straight Bar with Antimicrobial Copper Handles - Kills all Germs 24/7[/caption]

Ergonomics and Biomechanics

No doubt, we are all looking to live a long life and enjoy a lifetime of exercising so you need to keep those joints happy! When choosing a cable attachment, consider attachments with rotating handles. Rotating handles reduce the stress on the user’s wrist, elbows, and shoulder joints. Speaking from personal experience, when those joints wear out, it will definitely affect your ability to exercise. It is important that the rotation be smooth and fluid, allowing you freedom of movement to focus on your exercise and to not be limited by a poorly manufactured cable attachment. Cable attachments manufactured with IGUS® bearings allow for superior rotation and need little maintenance. Finally, let's consider the finish on the cable attachment.

[caption id="attachment_2914" align="alignnone" width="300"]Cable Attachments with Rotating Handles are the most ergonomic Black Iron Strength® Low Row with Rotating Handles[/caption]

Finish on Cable Attachment

The most ideal finish on a cable attachment is a military hard chrome finish. Often less expensive cable attachments have a decorative chrome finish, which has is very shiny. These attachments are often made overseas. What is the difference between military hard chrome and decorative hard chrome? Why pay the difference? Decorative chrome chips easily and will start to flake while military hard chrome is durable and will give you a lifetime of use. Once again, it is important to realize that a less expensive cable attachment will more be costly in the long run when you consider the durability and are having to replace the cable attachment more often.

[caption id="attachment_2913" align="alignnone" width="300"]Black Iron Strength® have a military hard chrome, which is the most durable. Black Iron Strength Straight Bars with Military Hard Chrome Finish[/caption]

I hope you have found these five factors helpful when you are purchasing cable attachments At Black Iron Strength®, our focus is to deliver a superior product to give you a lifetime of use.