The barbell and weights are awesome! They arrived earlier than we expected. The company called us to let us know our package was on the way and we were contacted a few days later by the freight company to set up a day/time for delivery. Instead of leaving the package at the curb like I expected, the driver was actually really nice and offered to bring everything up to the top of my driveway. I had to unpack everything outside and bring the weights and bar in piece by piece, so it took about 45 mins to unpack and get everything set up (done by 1 person). I noticed everything was packaged and wrapped nicely so the weights and bar were in great condition. My husband and I have been using these about 3-4 times a week and they have held up well. The bar is of great quality and does not tip over when placing weights on one side at a time. We are also doing deadlifts with these weights and although we aren't slamming them down, we aren't exactly gentle with it either (especially when we're doing our 1 rep max) and they're holding up well. Eventually we'll have to look into getting some more 45s but this is a great starter set. We've had a great experience with this company and with the products. I would definitely recommend! Official Amazon review of USA Sports 300 lb. Olympic Weight Set. Click for additional reviews.