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REP Urethane Equalizers Review

When Rep Fitness first dropped their iron Equalizer plates a couple years of ago, I was pumped.

I've always been a fan of these shooter-style plates with the cutouts, and the Rep design on these specific plates drew my eye immediately.

Upon receiving those plates, however, I was a bit disappointed because they didn't have the tolerances I was expecting… meaning they didn't sit entirely flush together.

I subsequently sold those plates before receiving the urethane version, and I have to say…

…They are hugely improved. I'll also add that the issues on the 1st gen iron version also appear to have been corrected, so those plates should also be considered a big improvement.

I've been using these plates now for several months, and they've become some of my go-to plates in the gym.

If you're looking for high-quality shooter-style plates, the Rep Fitness Urethane Equalizers are a great option.

Let's dig in.

REP Urethane Equalizer Plates

Rep Urethane Equalizer Plates laying on garage gym floor from Plae US

When you think shooter-style plates, you may picture the highly regarded and beautiful Ivanko OMEZH and their rubber-coated equivalent ROEZH plates.

By all accounts, they're excellent, but they're also quite expensive.

When REP and Rogue both released shooter-style plates to the market, they immediately introduced a lower-cost, but still a high-quality option.

The Rogue plates look more like the Ivankos in that they have circular cutouts, although they include six holes vs. seven on the Ivanko version.

The REP Urethane Equalizers also include six cutouts, but they're shaped like hexagons as opposed to circles.

This creates a more unique look, in my opinion, and it also makes for a very comfortable grip.

When you consider that, in addition to their tight tolerance (weight and profile), their durability, and their lower price point relative to others, it's hard to ignore the REP Equalizers as legit contenders.

Before diving into the review, here's a look at their overall specs:

Rep Urethane Equalizer Plates - Downward Angle - Garage Gym Lab

Material: Cast Iron with Urethane Coating
Diameter:
45 lb – 17.6″; 35 lb – 14″; 25 lb – 12″; 10 lb – 9″; 5 lb – 8″; 2.5 lb – 6.25″
Weight: 45 lb, 35 lb, 25 lb, 10 lb, 5 lb, 2.5 lb
Weight Tolerance: +/- 3%
Thickness: 45 lb – 1.8″; 35 lb – 2″; 25 lb – 2″; 10 lb – 1.4″; 5 lb – 1″; 2.5 lb – 0.9″
Collar Opening: ~51mm
Color: Black with white lettering

Why Buy Urethane?

Rep Urethane Equalizer Plates Logo and Cutout

When it comes to choosing between iron, rubber, or urethane, there are a few things to consider. Here are a few reasons why one might choose urethane over the rest:

1.) Sound Iron plates make a very distinguishable sound… the clangin' and the bangin'… some people love it, and others don't. I personally love the sound of iron, but when it comes to home gyms, it can be a nuisance. Maybe you train early in the mornings or late at night and you don't want to wake up the kids… maybe you train in a room next to a place people congregate, like the kitchen, living room, etc… maybe you're in a garage or shed where your neighbors can hear… either way, it can be loud. Urethane dramatically reduces the sound of traditional iron.

2.) Smell – This mainly relates to rubber, as urethane is much less smelly. If, for instance, you've ever used a crumb bumper or owned a horse stall mat, then you know the smell can be noticeable. With urethane, there is virtually no smell. It's actually one of the biggest reasons I chose urethane dumbbells over rubber hex dumbbells. You can read my comparison article here.

Rep Urethane Equalizer Plates Siting Flush on Barbell

3.) Protection – With iron plates, you run a higher risk of damaging your equipment, especially your flooring. This depends largely on the type of iron plates used, as some are squared off and others are radiused. The higher the radius, the less damage. Shooter-style iron plates are more radiused than something like a deep dish plate, but when you consider chipping over time, etc… they are still not as protective as urethane.

4.) Aesthetics – This is a subjective measure, but people may just prefer the consistent look of a urethane plate. In general, urethane holds up better than rubber, and unlike iron plates, there is little concern of rusting.

Construction

The overall construction of these plates is very impressive. They're consistent, well put together, and seemingly very durable.

REP Equalizer 45lb Plate laying on floor

As mentioned, these plates are made of cast iron and then they're coated with urethane. This urethane is applied as a liquid and cast onto the plates, giving them a very even coating. Except for a couple of minor areas, all of the seams appear to be very clean – no areas of material concern.

On the 25lb, 35lb, and 45lb plates are six large hexagonal cutouts. I have found these to be very comfortable and useful when loading and unloading the plates. I prefer them to round cutouts mainly for the flat edge, which I think feels better in the hand. Ultimately this is a personal preference – I tend to favor harder and sharper lines.

Rep Urethane Equalizer Plates Angle on Squat Rack

The holes on these plates, unlike iron plates, use a steel insert. If you look at the standard iron Equalizer plates, for example, the holes are simply the cast iron. The same exists on other iron plates. I have found these steel inserts to be beneficial in two ways:

1.) They provide a more consistent fit. Unless you're using calibrated plates, standard iron plates sometimes have deviations in the collar opening, which can lead to minor fit issues. With the steel insert, you will also not run the risk of chipping the inner collar, which may lead to fit issues or even physical damage to your sleeves.

Rep Urethane Equalizer Plates - Collar Opening - Garage Gym Lab

Note that I did not write they have a tighter fit. In fact, I have experienced the opposite, which I would say is actually a disadvantage. You may experience up to 1mm of a larger opening depending on which plates you're comparing to. You will need to use a collar with these plates.

Rep Urethane Equalizer Plates - Collar opening On Bar - Garage Gym Lab

2.) They slide on and off much easier and with much less noise. Cast iron in general is going to create a louder noise and it's going to provide more friction due to the nature of the surface and any inconsistencies that may exist. Again, you will need to use collars with the REP Equalizers. If you don't, they will be more prone to sliding around, and potentially off.

In general, I think REP did a very nice job on the construction of these plates.

Accuracy

REP states on their website that the Urethane Equalizer Plates have a weight tolerance of +/- 3%, which in the case of a 45lb plate, would be less than 1.5 lbs in either direction.

I have found all of the plates (8×45, 2×25, 2×10, 2×5) to be within that claimed range, and most of them are very close to the stated weight.

Rep Urethane Equalizer Plates - Weight Accuracy- Garage Gym Lab

One interesting thing to note is that the tolerance threshold is tighter on the iron plates, which have a +/- 2% claim.

Also for comparison, the Rogue Six Shooter plates have a claimed tolerance of +/- 1% on 25lbs and up and +/- 3% on anything below 25lbs.

At the end of the day, it likely won't make a very meaningful difference since the plates are likely to be well within the 3% tolerance, but it's a distinction nonetheless.

Diameter and Thickness

The Diameters of REP Urethane Equalizers are in-line with others of this style. The most important plate to note is the 45lb plate, which offers a 17.6″ (448mm) diameter. This is slightly smaller than a 450mm bumper plate, but it's consistent with other plates of this style. For instance, the Rogue 6-Shooter is 448mm.

Rep Urethane Equalizer Plates - Loaded on the Squatmax-MD Belt Squat machine

The other diameters aren't as important because the 45lb plate sets the tone on the bar in most cases. That said, here is a breakdown of the diameters as compared to the Rogue and the Ivanko coated shooter plates:

Rep Equalizers Plate Diameter

It's also important to note the thickness of the plates. In general, the REP Urethane Equalizers are thicker than both the Rogue 6-Shooter and the Ivanko ROEZH plates. This is a small disadvantage because it can limit the amount of weight placed on the bar.

Now, if you're not someone who's maxing out their sleeve length, then it's not a big deal at all. Another consideration is with plate-loaded machines. Often times, plates like this will be used on plate-loaded machines like leg presses, etc… Again, thicker plates potentially could limit max load all else equal. I will add that I absolutely LOVE using these plates on my squatmax-MD (review here). The cutouts make it so much easier to maneuver the plates on the vertical loading pin.

Rep Equalizers Plate Thickness measured by digital calipers

I'll also add that I believe the figures stated on the REP website are a little understated. This is splitting hairs, but I found thickness levels to be slightly higher on each of the plates that I own relative to what is on the website, except for the 10lb plate, which is slightly thinner.

A diagram of the breakdown is as follows:

Rep Equalizer Plate Thickness

Lastly, it's important to note that a coated plate will be thicker than its uncoated counterpart. For example, a 45lb Urethane Equalizer is ~1.8″ vs. ~1.5″ on the Iron Equalizer.

Aesthetics

Rep Urethane Equalizer Plates Aesthetics of the Cutouts

I think the REP Urethane Equalizers look awesome. The shooter-style plate is something that has always appealed to me, and I think REP hit it out of the park.

I love the unique hexagon cutouts as compared to the traditional round cutouts. It gives the plates a lot more character, in my opinion.

I also love the raised “X” design through the center of the plate. This is another unique element of these plates that I think separates them from others.

Rep Urethane Equalizer Plates - Angle on Deadlift - Garage Gym Lab

Lastly, the contrasting white lettering looks sharp. It pops nicely and the inlay is just well done. It's basically the same as my urethane dumbbells from REP, which I also love.

Price

The Urethane version of the REP Equalizers aren't necessarily cheap, but they are cheaper relative to the offerings from Rogue and Ivanko.

Rep Urethane Equalizer Plates - Squat - Garage Gym Lab

As compared to the Rogue 6-Shooters, for example, the REP Urethane Equalizers are going to be had for at least a 20% discount (45lb plates) up to a nearly 60% discount (2.5lb plates).

They are, however, quite a bit pricier than just the iron version of the Equalizer Plates. You'll need to ask yourself if the urethane coating warrants the increase. A pair of 45lb urethane plates is just over 1.5x the price of the iron equivalent.

REP Urethane Equalizer Plates – Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Construction is impressive overall. These plates are very consistent and well-made.
  • Urethane is a durable, nice-looking, protective, and non-smelly coating.
  • The price point on the urethane equalizers is more attractive than other similar-style plates.
  • In terms of accuracy, the plates are well within the claimed +/- 3% threshold.
  • The steel insert makes for a consistent opening that slides smoothly and easily.
  • Aesthetically, these plates look fantastic. I would go so far as to say they're the best looking shooter-style plates on the market (in my opinion).

Cons

  • The plates are thicker than competing coated shooter-style plates. If you're looking for max load capabilities, you may consider competing plates or a different style altogether (e.g. calibrated plates, non-coated iron plates).
  • The collar openings on the Urethane Equalizers are larger by up to ~1mm. Coupled with the smooth steel insert, it's highly recommend to use collars.

Rep Urethane Equalizer Plates - Straight on Deadlift - Garage Gym Lab

Overall, the REP Urethane Equalizers are very high-quality plates and they're a HUGE improvement over the gen 1 Equalizers.

If you're looking for shooter-style plates, these may be tough to beat for the money.

If you have any questions about these plates or urethane plates in general, please leave a comment below. Likewise, if you own the REP Urethane Equalizer Plates and you want to chime in with your own thoughts, please do so!

As always, I appreciate any feedback.

If you found this review useful, please feel free to share it on social media!

The bar is loaded,

Adam

Rep Urethane Equalizer Plates being held in hands - Garage Gym Lab

REP Urethane Equalizers Review

Final Verdict

The REP Urethane Equalizer Plates are a fresh take on the popular shooter-style plates. With a durable coating, comfortable grips, and a nice comparative price point, these are a great option for those looking for this style of weight plate.

Sours: https://garagegymlab.com/rep-urethane-equalizers-review/

REP Urethane Coated Equalizer Plates

The REP Equalizer Plates are the most attractive urethane encased plates available today. Our plates feature a symmetric design that is both eye-catching and functional. Easily grip the plates to load up for your next heavy squat, or use them by themselves for lateral raises, farmers walk carry, shrugs, and more. With a clean embossed REP logo, these plates can fit in any home or commercial gym.


Thick, durable urethane makes these plates ideal for home or commercial use. It's unique properties ensure a very high tear strength and helps prevent damage to equipment and floors, while also reducing noise in your gym.

Features:

  • Six (6) precision-cut holes so athletes can move these plates comfortably from any angle.
  • Cast iron plates are coated in a commercial grade ultra-durable CPU urethane that is highly impact resistant and shock absorbent.
  • CPU Urethane has virtually no odor.
  • Attractive embossed logo and weight markings with white inlay.
  • Grip cutouts for easy handling.
  • 3% weight tolerance.


Plate Dimensions (width/diameter)

  • 2.5LB: .9"/ 6.25”
  • 5LB: 1" / 8”
  • 10LB: 1.4" / 9"
  • 25LB: 2" / 12”
  • 35LB: 2" / 14”
  • 45LB: 1.8" / 17.7”
Sours: https://www.repfitness.com/rep-urethane-coated-equalizers
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REP Urethane Coated Equalizer Plates

Product Summary & Specs

The REP Equalizer Plates are the most attractive urethane encased plates available today. Our plates feature a symmetric design that is both eye-catching and functional. Easily grip the plates to load up for your next heavy squat, or use them by themselves for lateral raises, farmers walk carry, shrugs, and more. With a clean embossed REP logo, these plates can fit in any home or commercial gym.Thick, durable urethane makes these plates ideal for home or commercial use. It’s unique properties ensure a very high tear strength and helps prevent damage to equipment and floors, while also reducing noise in your gym. Features: Six (6) precision-cut holes so athletes can move these plates comfortably from any angle. Cast iron plates are coated in a commercial grade ultra-durable CPU urethane that is highly impact resistant and shock absorbent. CPU Urethane has virtually no odor. Attractive embossed logo and weight markings with white inlay. Grip cutouts for easy handling. 3% weight tolerance.

Warranty

Limited Lifetime

Product Weight

5-45 pounds

Diameter

6.25-17.6 inches

Sours: https://www.garagegymreviews.com/equipment/rep-urethane-coated-equalizer-plates
REP Urethane Coated Equalizers

REP fitness Urethane coated Equalizer plates vs Rogue Urethane plates

This is a comparison between the REP fitness Urethane coated Equalizer plates and the Rogue Urethane plates. Follow the links for more details.

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Overview and review of the Rogue Urethane plates

 

The Rogue Urethane plates will set you back about $1150 dollars or $7.46 dollars per kg. These plates are especially good to use for gyms who want long lasting plates. This overview has originally been published in the article "Which rogue plates to buy" which you can find on this blog. 

What else to consider from Rogue

Most popular Rogue plates

This is an overview of the most popular Rogue plates on Marathon-Crossfit.com in 2020 based on views and click thoughs for purchase on Rogue Fitness. If you want more detail on how the data was collected and what the strengths and shortcomings of the data set are you can dig deeper on what were the most popular rogue products in 2020.

Most popular Rogue plates in 2020

 

These were the most popular rogue plates on Marathon-Crossfit.com. On the plates, I would caution between overall popularity and the popularity of my site. The plates listed below are more niche than the Rogue bumpers, the calibrated steel plates, and competition bumpers. If you want a safe bet for your use case these three might be better, as more people buy them.

 

  1. Fleck plates

  2. Urethane plates

  3. Machined Olympic plates

  4. Black training plates

  5. 6 Shooter plates

 

The Fleck plates are a variation on the Rogue bumper plates which have been infused with red, blue, yellow, and green to indicate the weight of the plates. The splash of color also makes them more fun compared to the regular bumpers. If you find the rogue bumpers too bland but also do not want to shell out more than $1000 on calibrated steel plates or competition bumpers to get color coding then the Fleck plates are for you. You can read the full review of the Fleck plates via this link.

 

The Rogue Urethane plates are color-coded and also claim the best durability in the Rogue plate portfolio. Whether that warrants the high price tag compared to regular bumpers is a question you have to answer for yourself, but I personally don’t think so. If you want to spend more money on plates, spend it on precision rather than durability in my personal opinion within the Rogue portfolio. Rogue equipment is known to be more durable than the competition so I would not put too much focus on this unless you run an Olympic training center where the plates will go through hundreds of heavy drops per day. You can read the full review of the Rogue Urethane plates here.

 

The Rogue black training plates have the best dead drop in the Rogue portfolio which means they bounce the least when dropped from overhead. These are the plates which I use most often as I like the design because black does not show marks as easily as other plates. You can read my full review of the Rogue black training plates via this link.

 

The 6 shooter plates from Rogue are often overlooked as a good option for commercial gyms. They are relatively cheap compared to other Rogue plates and easier to handle in a gym setting where you have a lot of them flying about. The downside is that you can not use them for overhead drops as this will wreck the plates, floor, and barbell in the process. You can read the full review of the rogue 6 shooter plates via this link.

 


Overview of the Urethane plates

 

The Rogue Urethane plates are the second most expensive ones in the Rogue portfolio per kg. What you get in return are the longest lasting, all weather plates you can obtain from Rogue. These plates are 450mm in diameter and made to IWF specs. They have a chrome insert and dead bounce on the drop. The chrome piece provides easy loading on the bar and reduced friction on the sleeves. This is the plate to buy if your last competition plates fell apart at the chrome insert. 

 

Weight / Color / Diameter / Thickness / Price per pair

 

55LB / Red / 450mm / 58mm / $310

45LB / Blue / 450mm / 53mm / $260

35LB / Yellow / 450mm / 48mm / $220

25LB / Green / 450mm / 40mm / $160

10LB / Black / 450mm / 20mm / $70

 

Available sets

 

210lb, 2x 25-35-45LB $750

300LB, 2x 25-35-4x45LB $1050

320LB, 2x 25-35-45-55LB $1100

340LB, 2x 10-25-35-45-55 $1150

 

Pros of the Urethane plates

 

This is an all-purpose plate which will last a long time and is hard. It will take the abuse of many users of different experience levels and still look good. This is a great plate for high demands and someone who does not want to replace the plates as often compared to other plates with a chrome insert.

 

Cons of the Urethane plates

 

The biggest con is the high price. If you go for Olympic or bumper plates you will get a lot more kilograms per $$$. You might be buying twice in this scenario and you will also know that you took the cheap road to success. I personally stopped doing this and it yields great results.

 

Alternatives to the Urethane plates

 

Alternatives to the Urethane plates are:

 

 

Competition plates will not last as long as they have a tendency to pull apart between the rubber and the chrome insert. They also bounce more. Still, if you want to get as close as possible to the real world championships, then these are the plates to go for instead with the slight risk that they might fall apart after years of heavy use. 

 

The black training plates are a great design from rogue which combines the bumper plate effectiveness with the excellence of Rogue's competition grade plates. You will find color coding and extra touches to make the plates more user-friendly and robust. This is the elegant choice of the professional.

 

Calibrated steel plates are the plates for anyone who wants to put the maximum amount of weight possible on the bar while still having color-coded plates. These plates are also approved by the IPF and are used in competition. If you want to get serious about powerlifting, this should be your choice.


 

Overview and review of the REP fitness Urethane coated Equalizer plates

This is an overview of the REP fitness Urethane coated equalizer plates including pros, cons, and alternatives. The original was published under which plates to buy from rep fitness. Follow the links for more details.

 

 

Rep Urethane Coated Equalizers $15

 

The REP Urethane coated Equalizer plates are a great way on how REP fitness thought about innovation in the fitness space and applied to their product line to make something that saves cost while still being durable. Urethane plates are said to be one of the most durable plates you can have for a gym. The problem is that it is costly to produce dumbbells or plates completely made of Urethane. So rep took their successful equalizer plate design and applied a Urethane coat to them. What you get is a very affordable, cool-looking plate for your home gym or for commercial use that is also durable. The full specifications of these plates are:

 

  • Six (6) precision-cut holes so athletes can move these plates comfortably from any angle.

  • Cast iron plates are coated in a commercial-grade ultra-durable CPU urethane that is highly impact-resistant and shock absorbent.

  • CPU Urethane has virtually no odor.

  • Attractive embossed logo and weight markings with white inlay.

  • Grip cutouts for easy handling.

  • 3% weight tolerance.

 

Plate Dimensions (width/diameter)

 

  • 2.5LB: 6.25” / 0.9"

  • 5LB: 8” / 1”

  • 10LB: 9” / 1.4"

  • 25LB: 12” / 2"

  • 35LB: 14” / 2"

  • 45LB: 17.6” total diameter / 1.8" thickness

 

These plates are great for commercial use as they are easy to pick up from the floor and handled all kinds of exercises. If I owned my own gym for clients instead of a home gym, I would probably get these plates.

 

Pros of the Rep Urethane Coated Equalizers

 

The pros of the Urethane Coated Equalizers are:

 

  • Easy to handle

  • Forgiving

  • Cool design

  • Attractive price

 

These plates live up to the "better, faster, cheaper" credo that often cited in business to create a better solution. These plates are easy to put away, pick up from the ground, and load onto the barbell based on their six holes. The design also makes them look cool as the holes are not round but hexagonal.

 

The Urethane coating makes them more forgiving than regular iron plates so you will not have sharp edges or rubbing off other equipment in your gym. All of this at a very attractive price point makes this a serious contender, especially for commercial use.

 

Cons of the Rep Urethane Coated Equalizers

 

The cons of the REP Urethane Coated Equalizers:

 

  • Iron plates inside

  • The Integrity of the plates comprmised

  • No color options

 

I personally think these are a lot better than the regular Equlizer plates and absolutely worth the extra money compared to these. But you still have to keep in mind that you are buying an iron plate with a Urethane coating, not a Urethane bumper. This means that these plates will take a bigger toll on your floor and equipment when dropped from overhead than an actual Urethane or bumper plate. Don't believe that this behaves just like a bumper for your lifts. It behaves like an Iron plate with a bit of cushioning. If you ever have used an Iron kettlebell with plastic coating you get what I mean.

 

While the holes are great for moving the plates around, the integrity of these plates is compromised. They are more likely to crack or warp under heavy use than plates that have a full disc. In a mass use scenario where you have spare plates and can have a rollover contingency for a franchise that does not matter that much, but for your home gym it does matter when one or two of your 55s crack and you are short for your heavy cycles.

 

Compared to other bumper plates you have no color options on the equalizers. If you wanted to get black anyway, no harm done.

 

Alternatives to the Rep Urethane Coated Equalizers

 

Alternatives to the REP Urethane coated equalizers:

 

 

The REP equalizer plates are an alternative to save a little money for more or less the same thing. Especially if you are not intending to use the plates for Russian twists or other exercises where you hold the plates you might as well go for the non-coated option and get some spare change to buy something else.

 

The Rep rubber-coated Olympic plates are an even more budget optimized option out of the REP plate lineup. You can also carry these around very easily and they do the trick of providing weight to your barbell. I personally don't like their design and would rather buy the Coated Equalizers. But that's just me.

 

The REP HI Temp bumper plates are in my opinion the better option for someone who is intending to do a lot of CrossFit or Olympic lifting at home but is on a tight budget. For this type of training, you need on average less weight on the bar than for powerlifting so the thickness of the plates does not matter as much. What does matter is the damage to your equipment and floor when dropping weights from overhead which will be considerably less with the bumpers than with the equalizers. Yes, the rubber coating does help, but you are still dropping plates with a metal core from overhead.

 

The Rogue 6 Shooter plates are in my opinion the right plates for someone who mainly does powerlifting at home, but is fed up with how hard iron plates are to handle. These will be easier on your back and you will be delighted that it has become a lot easier to load and deload your barbell with those 700 pounds you pull in meet preparation. They also make that nice rattling metal sound that anyone who can lift more than three wheels for reps loves. They are not great for commercial use as they are simple iron plates with holes in them. For that scenario, the urethane-coated equalizers are still better.

 

Rogue HI temp bumpers are an alternative to consider to the REP HI Temp bumpers if you are mainly into oly lifting. Stay away from the equalizers if you are intending to drop your plates from overhead often and compare the low-end bumper options for your need between different vendors.

 

TITAN is the friend of everyone who wants to make their home gym dollar stretch as far as possible. As long as you do not mind minor quality issues and know how to assemble things without instructions or sand down / widen some drilled holes, TITAN is your best option to get the most home gym for your buck.

 

Conclusion for the Rep Urethane Coated Equalizers

 

The REP Urethane Coated Equalizers are from my perspective some of the best plates in the market for commercial use. They look good, are practical, do not cost a lot and will not be wrecked by the average joe in your gym. You also can get quite a lot of them on a plate tree which is also important for commercial use. If your clientele is heavily into Oly lifting you might get real bumpers instead. For a home gym, I also think that they are nice, but I would lean to more upmarket plates or something really cheap like simple iron plates in this scenario.

Sours: https://www.marathon-crossfit.com/blog/rep-fitness-urethane-coated-equalizer-plates-vs-rogue-urethane-plates

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