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Protocol Squat Rack?


I have started to put my humble gym together and I wanted to ask if anybody has any comments on the Protocol Squat rack being offered at Dicks Sporing Goods store.

I know its not the best rack in the market but I can't afford anything really good right now. I just (3 days ago) moved into my new house. I want to save up to buy an elitefts rack ( http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?m=PD&cid=167&pid=921 ). But now is not the time.

The good thing is that Dicks has the Protocol at $299. Which is a cheap alternative for maybe a yea or two. Does anyone suggest any alternatives to the Protocol price range? Powertec has one but starts at $539. I also looked on craigslist in my area and a guy wants almost 300 for a used weider with some rust. Thus, I thought that the Protocol might be a good alternative.

I appreciate your comments.

p.s. I am also squatting and benching in the 250 range so I am not that strong (YET!!!!) and an ultra strong cage might be overkill for me. maybe not?