Rogue ES-1 Squat Stand Review

updated June 6, 2018

The Rogue ES-1 Echo is Rogue’s budget squat rack for home use. It is a pared down version of the S-1 squat rack, with a 48 inch by 48 inch foot-print. While not as heavy duty as the majority of Rogue racks, you can still squat with 500 pounds safely and securely with this rack. The two inch by two inch square steel tubing provides you with the Westside hole positioning for a high level of customization.

In this article we provide an in depth review of the Rogue ES-1 Echo squat rack, along with 3 alternative models.

The Rogue ES-1 Squat Stand Up Close

The Rogue ES-1 Echo provides you with everything you’d expect from Rogue but at a budget price point. But that means that you have the support of 2 inch by 2 inch, 11 gauge laser cut square steel tubing along with 1/2 inch hardware.

Your walk in space of 47 inches in Rogue ES-1 Echo rack provides you with room to move without impediment while also being compact enough to fit into compact spaces. While not providing you with the Westside hole spacing that comes with higher priced Rogue racks, you do get two inch hole spacing up and down the uprights.

The Rogue ES-1 Echo will allow you to squat comfortably and safely with 500 pounds on your back. However, it has been capacity tested to 1,000 pounds. Unfortunately, this rack is not compatible with Rogue attachments. Also there is no plastic in the j cups. This rack cannot be converted to an S-2 or S-3 rack.

The Rogue ES-1 Echo is about $50 cheaper than the Rogue S-1 squat rack.

PROS

  • Budget priced
  • Wide walk in space
  • 2 x 2 inch, 11 gauge steel uprights

CONS

  • Max weight limited to 500 pounds

Rogue ES-1 Squat Stand Alternatives

Rep Squat Rack with Pull Up Bar

The REP Squat Rack with pull up bar is a heavy duty unit that provides you with 2 inch by 2 inch square 11-gauge steel, a very wide base and triangle base supports. The max user weight on this rack is an impressive 1,000 pounds. The unit is six inches deep for maximum stability. The unit includes 24-inch spotter arms to provide you with maximum squatting protection.

REP Squat Rack with Pull Up Bar comes with some very impressive extra features. These include band pegs and a dip bar. Plastic lined j-cups are provided to protect the knurling on your exercise bar. You get on center two-inch hole spacing up and down the length of the uprights. Two weight horns are also provided at the rear of the unit to increase stability.

This rack also comes with both a fat and skinny pull up bar.

PROS

  • 1,000 pound max weight capacity
  • 6-inch deep base
  • 24-inch spotter arms

CONS

  • Takes up a lot of space

Read our article on power racks, and chose the products with the best total value, best overall (regardless of price), and most affordable.

Valor Fitness BD-9 Power Squat Stand

The Valor Fitness BD-9 Power Squat Rack consists of two stand alone squatting uprights. These 42.7 inch stands allow you to personalize your squatting distance and are easily storable when not in use. The max user weight on this rack is 500 pounds, which is the same as the Rogue ES-1. Storage pegs on the base of each upright allows you to support the uprights with weight plates.

The Valor Fitness BD-9 are low priced, compact and functional squat stands. However, they will not provide you with the versatility of a rack squat system, such as the Rogue ES-1. You do not, for example, get a pull up bar with this unit.

PROS

  • No pull up bar
  • Storage pegs
  • Space saving design

CONS

  • Max weight only 500 pounds
TDS Power Rack Squat Cage

The TDS Power Rack is a heavy duty full on squat rack / power cage that gives you a great workout base. This is a compact unit that packs a lot of functionality into a small footprint. At a height of 72 inches, it will fit into most rooms. Despite it’s compactness, this rack is capable of handling up to 1,000 pounds of iron, which is double what you get with the Rogue ES-1 squat stand.

The TDS Power Rack provides you with 24 hole spacings for bar placement up and down the uprights which are placed two inches apart. This gives you an impressive range of bar placement options. Your squatting safety is assured with one-inch solid steel safety pins. This unit is also fitted with a professionally knurled pull up bar.

PROS

  • 1000-pound max user weight
  • Bold print numbers on all posts
  • Knurled pull up bar

CONS

  • May be too short for some people

Conclusion

The Rogue ES-1 is a high quality budget squat rack that is compact and powerful. It features the same 2 inch by 2 inch square steel framing as more expensive units, but has a lower weight limit at 500 pounds.

For an even better priced Rogue alternative, we recommend the TDS Power Squat Rack / Power Cage, with its 1,000 pound max weight allowance, numbered post holes and knurled pull up bar.


Rogue ES-1 Squat Stand Review
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