I was thrilled when the people at Advantage asked me to review their PKB – the Portable Kettlebell.
About the Product:
• Handmade of Ballistic Nylon: Puncture, tear, abrasion resistant
• Use just about any filler: dry or wet sand, pebbles, gravel, dirt, mud…
• Webbing reinforced: 1,800lb+ tensile strength
• Includes a 4″ X 3″ swath of loop velcro to personalize with patches
• Made in the U.S.A.
from the company:
Portable? Take it anywhere! At home or on the road, inside the gym or outdoors. When finished, the PKB empty weighs less than 10 oz. and can be rolled up and packed up for travel on vacation or for work.
Adjustable? Choose your weight! Fill the PKB up with sand, water, dirt or rocks with sizes and weights ranging from 0 – 45lbs. Perfect for the beginner to the seasoned kettlebell enthusiast.
Versatile? More than a kettlebell! The PKB can be used as a dumbbell, weighted ball and more allowing you to create full body workouts with one piece of equipment.
Safe? Designed to protect! The PKB can be dropped and tossed without destroying you or your surroundings, within reason of course!
My biggest problem with the PKB was figuring out what material to put inside it. You can see my video review below for all the problems I had there, LOL. Finally I settled on play sand ($4.99 for a 5 lb. bag at most home improvement stores). The sand worked really well. I figured out that the top weight shown on the outside of the kettlebell is the full weight using sand. So my top weight would be 15 pounds. I filled mine to about 10.5 pounds, which is a manageable weight for me.
This kettlebell is very secure. I flung it around, swung it over my head and upside down, and it never spilled a single grain of sand. I was impressed by how secure it is. I also found out I really enjoy working out with a kettlebell. I did a google search and found some basic kettlebell exercises and they were fun. It was a great workout for me.
I had been looking forward to travelling with the Portable Kettlebell. I thought it would be easy to empty it, pack it in a suitcase, and fill it with water at my final destination. After a small disaster (again, check out the video), I read the instructions (should have done that first) and found that in order to make the material waterproof, you need to buy a separate water bladder to go inside the PKB. I couldn’t figure out where to buy the water bladder, but really, when you do the math, a gallon of water only weights 8 pounds, so water is probably not your best option.
I highly recommend PKB – the Portable Kettlebell if you are looking for a fun way to exercise and you want to be able to easily adjust your weight and/or need something portable. The lite version which I am using retails for $49.99. Purchase it from Amazon. I received a complimentary kettlebell for the purpose of review. All opinions are 100% my own.