I think what it boils down to is what you need in a rack both now and in the future.
For example, if you plan to squat wide stance, use bands, or have lifting partners of different heights then it’s hard to put a price on Elite’s rack features. Especially the sumo base.
On the other hand, I have a Parabody rack that has served me very well and I’ve had 500 lbs. on the uprights. Still, it would be nice to be able to get my feet out wider and although the hole spacing has been ok, it would be nice to fine tune my squat lift off point, rack pull points and where I set the safeties for benching.
What I’ve noticed is that there are plenty of decent mid range racks but after having the Parabody for 5 years, I would like a little more versatility in my rack.
As a side note, there has been a bunch of equipment such as bars and some accessories that I’ve upgraded as I get better and stronger because sometimes the cheaper stuff gets scary and or inadequate.
If I knew then what I know now!!!
We could go in half on a good rack from Elite and I’ll be happy to keep it at my house. Deal?
I strongly suggest buying the very best equipment you can afford even if you have to budget and save for it.