I received my new EliteFTS Multi-Grip Swiss Bar last week and I had mentioned in my original thread (here: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...ight=swiss+bar) about Swiss Bars that I'd post a review, so here goes.
I had read this other review (here: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...ight=swiss+bar) prior to making my decision to go with the Elite FTS Swiss Bar over the others available.
I agree with what was stated in that review. Collars that ship with it are indeed fairly useless, and don't grip the bar enough to be taken seriously. I asked Elite FTS about it when I was ordering, and they stated that specialty bars always seem to be this way. They suggested using something like a wrist strap inside regular spring collars, which seems strange for something brand new. However, I've been doing basically that, except I'm using the old pair of socks that I put over my barbell when doing standing calf raises in my power rack. That is working fine. Since I knew this up front before ordering, I'm OK with it. May someday upgrade to the lock jaws as another posted mentioned in my original thread, but we'll see.
I like that there are 3 grip locations, and the bar fits easily into my Powertec power rack.
There really isn't alot to say about it. Works great for me, and I'm happy I purchased it. I'm using it for bench press and overhead press, and have also tried it with BOR and Tricep Extensions. For me it is a workaround for a wrist injury such that I am able to do those exercises I listed, since the only way I am able to do them now is with a neutral grip, so this bar has re-opened doors that had been closed for awhile.
As a recap, it weights about 35 pounds. I'll admit I haven't actually weighed it, but this is what is advertised and it feels about right. The grips are a little bigger than my standard barbell, but my barbell came with a 300 lb set, and I think it is slightly smaller than a more standard/good bar that one would buy. Therefore, I suspect the bar width of the Swiss Bar grips is probably closer to what a normal barbell would be. The grips certainly feel fine.
Overall I'm happy with it. Took about 8 days to arrive in Canada from the time I ordered it. It isn't cheap to get to Canada when you factor in all costs. Anyone from Canada should know in advance that shipping is about $85, and brokerage fee is about $56. I live an hour from the US border, so if I was doing it again, I'd have it shipped to the UPS depot just across the border for $39.95, pay the $5 storage fee (up to a week), and zip across the border to pick it up, which would save $40 plus $56, but cost $5 and some gas, so probably around a $75 saving in my case. The brokerage fee was the surprise for me. No duty since it is US made.
A little pricey, but if it is something you want/need it certainly does the trick so I'm enjoying it after 3 workouts with it.