When it comes to strength training, mobility training, etc… the landmine is one of the most useful tools out there.
It's an especially useful tool in the home gym space given that it's small, extremely versatile, and relatively affordable.
Until recently, landmines have mainly consisted of the same design with a two-way swivel joint. These have historically been rack-mounted or dropped into a plate stack or a footplate.
There isn't anything inherently wrong with the design other than it sometimes being a little clunky and not totally fluid. This is more evident with explosive and dynamic, multi-directional movements.
The Adroit landmine has set out to resolve that. This rack-mounted solution uses a unique spherical rod end to rotate the landmine freely and very smoothly.
In this review, we'll break down the Adroit landmine and see everything it has to offer.
Let's dig in.
Kleva Adroit Landmine
So I've been using the Adroit Landmine for a few months now and as far as I'm concerned, it's the best rack-mounted landmine by a longshot.
The design just makes sense. It's fluid, it's low-profile, it's aesthetic, and it's well-priced relative to some of the higher-end landmines out there.
In general, Kleva Built is making very unique, very functional, and very high-quality pieces of equipment. Whether it's their Genesis Jack, the Adroit Landmine, or some of the products in their pipeline like the rotating barbell holder, the trap bar, etc… they are pushing the envelope on design and function.
The Kleva Adroit is designed to accommodate a large number of racks. Being only 2″ wide, it's able to fit on uprights measuring 2×2, 2×3, 3×3, or anything in between (for instance, Bells of Steel with 2.4×2.4).
The landmine includes two keyholes that provide options for anyone with 1″ or 5/8″ holes. Considering most racks use one of those two hole sizes, this means the Adroit is very likely to fit on your rack. Kleva includes all the hardware you need based on the option you select when purchasing.
Assembly itself is very straightforward – all is required is to push the bolts through, add a couple of washers, spin on a nut, and tighten down with a wrench. In less than 5 minutes you'll have a fully functional and very versatile landmine ready to be used. I'll also add that nobody is packaging products as nicely as Kleva in this space – well-protected with a great presentation.
The backplate of the Adroit measures ~8.75″, which is fairly minimal but which does take up more vertical space on your upright compared to some traditional options that use a single pin. Being that you are mounting this very low on your upright, however, it's unlikely to interfere with your setup unless you have very specific attachments. For example, if you use jammer/lever/iso arms from the floor, the Adroit may cause interference.
Also a consideration is where you have your bottom crossmember positioned. If your crossmember utilizes the bottom hole of your upright, the Adroit will need to be positioned on the second-to-bottom hole. My crossmember, for example, does not use the bottom hole, which means I'm able to get the Adroit as low as possible.
Once attached to the rack, the Adroit is extremely secure. With some traditional landmines, you may experience a small amount of slop on some movements. With the Adroit, there is nothing – it's completely rock-solid.
If you don't have a rack, don't worry, you can also mount the Adroit to a stud using 1/2″ lag screws. You can select this as an option when purchasing and Kleva will send you the necessary hardware.
Ball Swivel Design
Perhaps the biggest benefit of the Kleva Adroit is the swivel design that uses a spherical rod end. Most traditional landmines use a two-way swivel, which can be clunky at times. If one of those swivels isn't rotating as freely as the other, it could cause some movements to feel awkward and not very fluid.
The Adroit, on the other hand, is amazingly fluid. It's one of those designs that you question how and why it took so long to bring to market. It just makes sense. The operation is butter smooth and it allows for movements on any plane with ease.
That said, there is one limitation to this design. Being that the Adroit mounts into the rack and primarily articulates North/South into it, you will be limited in terms of total movement. For instance, on a landmine that extends out from a rack, you can technically achieve ~180 degrees of movement. With the Androit going into the rack, you get less than 90 degrees. Additionally, the East/West movement is limited to 65 degrees due to the side brackets.
While this is technically a limitation in comparison to traditional landmines, the reality is that the overwhelming majority of movements are well within these degrees of motion. So in that sense, it's not as much of a limitation as it is just something to point out vs. other options. I have not performed, nor do I ever envision myself performing, a movement that exceeds the Adroit's range of motion.
Another notable feature of the Adroit is its barbell sleeve. Resembling a barrel, it not only has a unique look, but it also offers a major advantage in that it uses a polycarbonate interior lining.
Most, if not all landmines have a sleeve with an exposed steel interior. It's the reason I always recommend using a beater bar in a landmine so that you don't scratch up your barbell sleeves or otherwise damage them. With this poly interior, you can see through it which presents a very nice aesthetic and you can rest easy knowing your barbell is safe from damage.
Why other landmines don't offer similar linings is something I've pondered for years – this is a huge benefit with the Adroit.
A secondary benefit is that the barrel can be rotated upwards and remain there when not in use. This is nice if you want to save yourself a little floor space when you aren't using the Adroit. As you'll notice in the picture above, it can't quite clear the bolt head, which means it can't extend to 90 degrees and sit flush with the upright. If the arm can be extended by just an inch or so, the barrel can clear that bolt, which would be a nice benefit.
Lastly, the craftsmanship is just awesome. Each barrel is TIG welded by hand ensuring a tight bond in the sexiest way possible. Steve of Kleva Built specializes in welding and this piece is an obvious example of his attention to detail and overall abilities.
The Kleva Adroit is currently being sold for $129.99, which is a very reasonable price for the offering, in my opinion. Landmines generally range from ~$50 to upwards of $160 depending on the company and features. Consider that Rogue's rack-mounted landmine is $95 (the Monster line is $130) and Sorinex's is $135 and you can see where the Adroit fits in the middle.
Not only that, but it's a superior offering in virtually every way… from the rotating swivel to the polycarbonate lining, it's just a better product in my opinion and experience.
Kleva Adroit Landmine Pros & Cons
- The spherical rod end is a game-changing implementation that makes landmine movements much more fluid.
- The polycarbonate interior sleeve lining is another game-changing feature that protects your barbell's sleeves and looks awesome.
- The Adroit is built to accommodate a massive range of racks with different tube sizes and two different hole options: 1″ and 5/8″.
- The TIG welds are immaculate.
- At $129, the price is very compelling relative to other traditional options.
- The Adroit is Made in the USA.
- Kleva's packaging is next-level. It not only holds up very well, but it's presented nicely, which makes for a fun unboxing experience.
- Because of the design, you don't get as much range of motion with the Adroit as compared to side-mounted landmines. Then again, the vast majority of movements are performed within this range.
- While purely cosmetic, it would be cool if color options were available. More than ever, people are considering color schemes with their setups, and while the Adroit is a neutral color, customization would be an added benefit.
Overall, I am impressed and totally pleased with the Adroit. It's my go-to rack-mounted landmine without question and I've really enjoyed using it.
If you're in the market for a landmine, specifically one for your rack, I would definitely recommend it.
If you have any questions about the Kelva Adroit Landmine, please leave a comment below. Likewise, if you own the Kleva Adroit and you want to chime in with your own thoughts, please do so!
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