Everlast is one the most popular martial arts equipment brands in the world and they make some of the most well known heavy bags. In this post, we review both the Everlast Omniflex and Everlast PowerCore free standing heavy bags. One of the bags we really liked and think is a great investment, while the other bag didn’t live up to our expectations. Make sure to read the reviews so that you can decide whether either of these punching bags are right for your martial arts training.
Everlast Omniflex Free Standing Heavy Bag
- Weight: 130 pounds (with base)
- User Rating: 4.1
The Omniflex Free Standing Heavy Bag is made of an interconnected matrix of webbed synthetic leather and vinyl. The bag’s height is adjustable and goes up to 67 inches at its highest setting. The base has a plastic base and can be filled with water or sand. When full, the entire bag and stand weighs 130 poounds. The Omniflex is an interesting choice for a punching bag because it features a flexible neck joint between the base and the bag, which absorbs nearly all of the force of impact. This makes this bag exceptionally forgiving to joints and fists compared to most other free standing heavy bags even when hit with heavy power shots. However, we always recommend gloves be worn when hitting any punching bag.
Power hitters will be pleased to see that the base doesn’t move at all regardless of the height setting. Rather, the bag swings back on the flexible neck to a maximum angle of about 30 degrees and then snaps right back into place. This gives the bag a more dynamic feel than most other free standing heavy bags, allowing the striker to work on developing power, timing, cardio and even some basic head movement and uppercuts.
Since the Omniflex swings back into place with nearly the same force as it was hit, heavier punches will cause it to actually swing towards the striker, providing an ideal angle for practicing uppercuts and also giving you something to avoid with head movement. On the lowest height adjustment, the Omniflex also allows MMA or Muay Thai fighters to simulate clinch knees effectively, as they can pull the bag down into their knees, essentially replicating the mechanics of pulling an opponent into a knee strike. These are just a few examples of drills that can be done with the Omniflex that cannot be done as effectively with a standard free standing heavy bag.
We recommend the Omniflex to a wide variety of users. The bag is a great choice for trained fighters who are looking to supplement their regular training with a dynamic piece of equipment, which can be used for a variety of fight-related drills. We also recommend it for beginner martial artists who are looking to develop power in their technique without concern for injury. The Omniflex is also great for aerobic fitness users who are looking to improve their cardio and relieve some stress.
The Omniflex is easy to set up and take apart as well as move into storage. Additionally, since it is a free standing punching bag, you do not need to make any modifications to the room the bag is in and there are no hanging contraptions. Regardless of skill level, we found the Everlast Omniflex Free Standing Heavy Bag to be an excellent investment for martial arts training. It is well designed, durable, sharp looking, and should last a long time.
Everlast PowerCore Free Standing Heavy Bag
- Weight: 250 pounds (with base)
- User Rating: 2.6
The Everlast PowerCore bag has a very durable surface that is made of a mixture of black synthetic leather and vinyl. Its base, which can be filled with sand or water, is made of high-density plastic. The neck that connects the bag to the base is made of the same material. While this sounds good, we found this to actually be a design flaw and we will address this later on in thew review. The PowerCore is adjustable in height, standing anywhere from 52 inches to 65 inches tall. The bag and base weigh about 250 pounds in its entirety when full. The bag is convenient and easy to set up, take apart, move, and store.
The main feature of the PowerCore punching bag is the set of three metal plates arranged in the core of the bag that help to add stability. The core of the bag is surrounded by a layer of foam, which adds protection and helps disperse force from punches, making the bag somewhat forgiving to a strikers hands. As always, however, users should be careful to wear gloves (especially power punchers).
As mentioned earlier, the PowerCore’s neck is made of inflexible dense plastic. Because of the metal plates at the core and force dispersing foam, the design of this bag is such that the neck ends up bearing a significant amount of the impact force. Put frankly, it did not hold up well under pressure when testing it. We have also heard similar complaints from others who have said that the neck may crack after a particularly hard shot, rendering the bag essentially useless.
Therefore, while many people see the “Everlast” brand and think it’s designed for power hitters, we actually don’t recommend it to people who have significant power strikes. We also don’t recommend this bag to trained fighters, aspiring fighters, or even larger fitness users who naturally hit harder, as all of these users might damage the PowerCore. Instead this bag could be a good choice for aerobic fitness users who want to improve their cardio conditioning, but won’t hit the bag with powerful punches or kicks. This bag could also be appropriate for children, as it is short enough for many kids on its lowest height setting, and forgiving enough that they shouldn’t hurt themselves when punching it.
Everlast products are usually top of the line, but it seems as though nobody is perfect and the PowerCore Free Standing Heavy Bag isn’t a punching bag we highly recommend. We also have reviewed several other Everlast bags, so if you are looking for a more traditional bag (i.e. hanging), check out our other reviews of Everlast punching bags.