I will be honest, I thought perhaps another reviewer was exaggerating when s/he said that the bar arrived dirty and with rips in the padded foam. That is what I get for thinking! I should have heeded the warning, because I got the exact same thing! I ordered the 15 lb. bar and when it arrived this morning, it was covered in a thin layer of brown dust and had three cuts in the foam (one of them fairly sizable). This kind of thing irks me beyond belief. And of course, because returning something so heavy and unwieldy is a pain in the neck, I am going to keep this product and just stew over the fact that it arrived all beat up.
Because I use it mainly for curls and military presses, I am not likely to further the damage already done to it but I will say, while it will do, the girth of the bar is a little big for my tastes and the foam is not high quality (there is too much give...and clearly, it is prone to damage). I would highly recommend that other potential buyers seek out another company. When I purchase another weighted bar, it will indeed be from someone else.