Rogue SM-2.5 Squat Stand Review

updated June 6, 2018

The Rogue SM-2.5 is an even beefier version of the Rogue SM-2 squat rack. It gives you more overhead room so you can do moves such as kipping pull ups. The frame is made of the same 3 x 3 inch square steel thickness as the SM-2. This is the ideal choice for larger, taller trainers who don’t want to have to bend down to get under the squat rack.

In this article we provide an in depth review of the Rogue SM-2.5 squat rack, along with 3 alternative models.

The Rogue SM-2.5 Squat Stand

The Rogue SM-2.5 is the ideal hybrid of the traditional squat stand and the power rack, making it ideal for those trainers who want the grunt of a power rack but only have the room to fit in a rack. The solid as a rock frame is made from 3 inch by 3 inch, 11 gauge square steel framing. One inch hardware provides you with the ultimate in rigidity when the componentry is bolted together.

Each of the uprights is 103 inches in height and provides you with a keyhole design on the side. Rogue SM-2.5 makes the unit far more versatile in terms of adding many of the attachments that come with the Rogue Monster range of racks. The unit is finished in a cool stain black powder coated finish.

With the Rogue SM-2.5, you have the option of either the 43 inch single skinny bar, which has a 1.25 diameter bar, or the 43 inch fat / skinny bar, which gives you both 2 inch and 1.25 inch bar options. The max weight capacity on this rack is an impressive 1,000 pounds.

With a footprint of 54 inches by 50 inches, you are able to get plenty of walk in space to allow you to set yourself ideally for squatting or pressing. Rubber feet add stability and ensure that your floor stays protected. Your safety is assured with Monster j-cups with UHMV plastic inserts to protect your bar.

PROS

  • 103 inches in height
  • 3 x 3 inch, 11 gauge steel framing
  • 1,000 pound

CONS

  • No plate storage pegs
  • My be too tall for some home gyms

Rogue SM-2.5 Squat Stand Alternatives

X-Mark Multi-Press Squat Rack XM-7619

The X-Mark XM-7619 is a solid, budget priced rack that will suit the majority of home use applications. The framing is constructed from 2 inch by 3 inch, 11 gauge steel. A pair of fully adjustable safety hooks keep you safe when squatting alone.

The X-Mark XM-7619 provides you with four weight storage pegs at the rear of the unit to add stability to the unit. The maximum weight allowance on this squat rack is 400 pounds, which is considerably less than that of the Rogue SM-2 rack. The base of the rack is extra wide and slightly curved to prevent the rack from swaying. Because there is no overhead cross beam, there is no provision for doing pull ups with this rack.

PROS

  • 2 x 3 inch, 11 gauge steel uprights
  • 4 weight storage pegs
  • Extra wide base

CONS

  • Max weight only 400 pounds
CAP Barbell Deluxe Power Rack

The CAP Barbell Deluxe Power Rack is constructed from a slightly lighter gauge steel than the Rogue SM 2.5 912-14 gauge compared with 11 gauge). The framing is 2 inch by 2 inch, making it a full inch thinner than Rogue. As a result, the mx weight load on this rack is just 300 pounds. While this may be plenty for beginner and intermediate users, experienced users will find this too limiting.

CAP Barbell Deluxe Power Rack has a functional built-in safety system, with a pair of extra long safety catch bars. ABS sleeves protect your lifting bar from scratches. The unit comes with a pull up bar, storage pegs to keep your weights tidy, a pair of anchors to attach resistance tubes. The 3-step powder coating finish provides you with enhanced durability.

PROS

  • 12 to 14 gauge steel uprights
  • 3 step powder coating finish
  • Extra long safety catches

CONS

  • Max weight capacity only 300 pounds

Know what to ask yourself when choosing the best home power rack for you. Learn what to consider when you want to buy a power rack suiting to your needs.

Rep Squat Rack with Pull Up Bar

The Rep Squat Rack with Pull Up Bar is a heavy duty home use rack that provides you with the same 1,000 pound weight allowance that you get with the SM-2.5. The framing is a little thinner than the Rogue rack, at 2 inches by 2 inches, and at 11 gauge.

The uprights on Rep Squat Rack with Pull Up Bar are 110 cm high, giving you plenty of overhead room to work with. In terms of pull ups, you get both a fat and a skinny pull up bar. Dip bars also come as standard with this rack. Also included are band pegs and solid safety squatting bars. The rack comes in a stylish black matte powder coted finish.

PROS

  • 2 x 2 inch, 11 gauge steel 
  • 1,000 pound max weight 
  • Double pull up bars

CONS

  • At 110cm, it may be too tall for some home gyms

Conclusion

The Rogue SM-2.5 squat rack is the ideal bridge between a squat rack and a power rack. That makes it the ideal choice for those with limited home gym space. Keep in mind, though, that this is a tall unit, so it may not fit into your space (max height = 113 cm).

For a more height friendly, budget minded option we recommend the X-Mark XM-7619, with its 2 x 3 inch, 11 gauge steel uprights, 4 weight storage pegs and extra wide base


Rogue SM-2.5 Squat Stand Review
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