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    Best bang-for-the-buck Hex Bar and SSB

    I have done a bit of research and it appears that, from what I can find based on threads which are a couple of years old, the CAP Mega Hex Bar and EliteFTS SSB are the best value Hex and SSBs available. I am just wondering if those recommendations still stand, or if anything better has come out since. I am not looking for a rackable Hex Bar and I intend to use it for deadlifts and farmers walks. Thanks in advance everyone!
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    The elite ssb is good but pricey. I like my BWTG SSB even better than the elite I've used and it's $130 cheaper.
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    I can't speak for the CAP or Elite products, but I have used a Valor OB-Hex trap bar for a while now and it's been great. Revolving handles, elevated plate loading. But has a capacity of 405lbs. I'm not quite at that limit yet however, 315 didn't waiver it.

    I have not used it for farmers walks. There is a hex bar with an open back that you sorta step into for farmers walks.
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    Originally Posted by Bignick31985 View Post

    I have not used it for farmers walks. There is a hex bar with an open back that you sorta step into for farmers walks.
    I wouldn't get too hung up on a particular type of hex bar for farm carries.....I use my cheap CAP hex bar for them all the time with no issues.

    OP, there is a thread on the front page of this forum right now that contains a lot of discussion about Safety Squat Bars (SSB's).....if you haven't read through that thread, go ahead and take a look--it should answer most of your questions.
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    One thing that differentiates hex bars as far as utility and convenience goes, is having a kickstand for loading. It saves a ton of time and energy loading plates. I have the one by Hampton, though I think York makes one too.

    https://www.hamptonfit.com/shop/bars...hi-lo-handles/
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    When I saw the title, the first thing I was going to ask is how important being rackable is...because for most people, it’s a double purchase. If you’ve never used one before...my advice is to buy a cheap one...that way you won’t waste your money if you hate it (don’t use it much) or love it (and sell it to buy a better...probably rackable...one). The racking is primarily because it’s a bitch to load plates on the floor, and takes more space to store. And for what it’s worth, it’s kinda clunky for farmers walks, especially if you turn around.

    As far as a SSB, ElitFTs Yoke bar isn’t the “best value”, it’s simply the best SSB. Best value would be something ALMOST as good as the best with a much lower price tag.
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    Originally Posted by Paulie_G View Post
    One thing that differentiates hex bars as far as utility and convenience goes, is having a kickstand for loading. It saves a ton of time and energy loading plates. I have the one by Hampton, though I think York makes one too.
    Without doing any research, I'm guessing the kickstand models are significantly more expensive. I've found the dead wedge to be a helpful alternative for loading plates. Works for straight bar as well.

    https://amazon.com/Dead-Wedge-Altern.../dp/B00TVVBD6O
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    Originally Posted by Xone View Post
    The elite ssb is good but pricey. I like my BWTG SSB even better than the elite I've used and it's $130 cheaper.
    I've added the BWTG to my list, thanks!

    Originally Posted by Bignick31985 View Post
    I can't speak for the CAP or Elite products, but I have used a Valor OB-Hex trap bar for a while now and it's been great. Revolving handles, elevated plate loading. But has a capacity of 405lbs. I'm not quite at that limit yet however, 315 didn't waiver it.

    I have not used it for farmers walks. There is a hex bar with an open back that you sorta step into for farmers walks.
    It looks like having the frame slightly lower like it is on that Valor hex bar may get in the way slightly when doing farmers walks. Probably not, but it could be an issue if you have long arms maybe? Thanks for the recommendation!


    Originally Posted by rlundregan View Post
    I wouldn't get too hung up on a particular type of hex bar for farm carries.....I use my cheap CAP hex bar for them all the time with no issues.

    OP, there is a thread on the front page of this forum right now that contains a lot of discussion about Safety Squat Bars (SSB's).....if you haven't read through that thread, go ahead and take a look--it should answer most of your questions.
    Thanks! I'll check it out.

    Originally Posted by grubman View Post
    When I saw the title, the first thing I was going to ask is how important being rackable is...because for most people, it’s a double purchase. If you’ve never used one before...my advice is to buy a cheap one...that way you won’t waste your money if you hate it (don’t use it much) or love it (and sell it to buy a better...probably rackable...one). The racking is primarily because it’s a bitch to load plates on the floor, and takes more space to store. And for what it’s worth, it’s kinda clunky for farmers walks, especially if you turn around.

    As far as a SSB, ElitFTs Yoke bar isn’t the “best value”, it’s simply the best SSB. Best value would be something ALMOST as good as the best with a much lower price tag.
    I definitely do not want a rackable one. I have a relatively small home gym and the larger footprint of the rackable bars is a big negative at this point in time. Maybe someday...! Edit: However, I still don't really have any plans to use the hex bar on anything other than deadlifts and farmers walks so I might be perfectly satisfied with a cheaper normal hex bar like the Cap.

    Originally Posted by radrd View Post
    Without doing any research, I'm guessing the kickstand models are significantly more expensive. I've found the dead wedge to be a helpful alternative for loading plates. Works for straight bar as well.
    I was actually looking at that when you made this post. I am leaning towards the CAP Mega hex bar and a deadwedge. Thanks!
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    Originally Posted by jaw279787 View Post
    I have a relatively small home gym and the larger footprint of the rackable bars is a big negative at this point in time!
    Ironically, when I had a traditional hex bar I put it up on cinder blocks to load it, and it sat there when not in use taking up a chunk of real estate... Now I have a (much lighter) Black Widow rackable bar, and it hangs on the wall, completely out of the way, when not in use.
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    I think the best SSB is between EliteFTS and Crepinsek. The Elite is on sale for $340 + shipping. The Crep (850lb) model is ~$300 shipped. Bang for the buck - I'm going with the Crep personally. Edge fitness is fairly high regarded, but for about the same price as a Crepinsek, I wouldnt personally.
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    Interesting. I will have to look into this further. Thanks
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    Originally Posted by jaw279787 View Post
    I've added the BWTG to my list, thanks!



    It looks like having the frame slightly lower like it is on that Valor hex bar may get in the way slightly when doing farmers walks. Probably not, but it could be an issue if you have long arms maybe? Thanks for the recommendation!




    Thanks! I'll check it out.



    I definitely do not want a rackable one. I have a relatively small home gym and the larger footprint of the rackable bars is a big negative at this point in time. Maybe someday...! Edit: However, I still don't really have any plans to use the hex bar on anything other than deadlifts and farmers walks so I might be perfectly satisfied with a cheaper normal hex bar like the Cap.



    I was actually looking at that when you made this post. I am leaning towards the CAP Mega hex bar and a deadwedge. Thanks!
    Dead wedge works great
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    I have the mega hex bar. I've had 525 on it forrack pulls. it may not be "rackable" but there was 8 knches of loadable sleeves on either side of my old Titan t3 rack when I used collars outboard of the safetys. That was loaded to the ends but at the time I only had 3 sets of 45s and had to use 35s and 25s to get there.

    I also have the strength shop usa safety squat bar. I bought mine on sale and can not come up with any reasons to think about upgrading to another bar. Many people here move much more weight than I can but I did ssb box squats with 225 this morning as an accessory and never had to put a hand on the bar.
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    The crep is generasly regarded as the best ssb and the elite a colde 2nd. The BWTG is probably not far behind and cheaper then the Elite and regular Crep. Crep recently came out with a 800# limit pound version, the regular is much higher limit. The lower handling version is more then enough capacity, i am just not sure if anyone has actually verified it has tge identical angles and is the same in use, i would assume so, but i believe it is relatively new.

    I really like Deans stuff from BWTG, i have Several bars of his. I have an Edge one which is highly rated as well and looks similar to BWTG, i got ot on there black froday promo, $250 shipped is hard to beat and i really like it. If you get it on sale its the best value in my opinion.
    Trap bars are less sensitive to small design differences in terms of how effective they are. If rackable is not important, the Mega Hex is an awesome if bought on saie. I bought one for $99. On a Amazon foash sale a few years ago, its been a regularly used bar since. Find sh is less then terrible, but the bar is beyond solid! It has a little thicker handies then caos other hex bars, which i like, and the knurling can grate cheese if needed. If cheap and not being used in a rack is what your looking for, wait for somesirt of Amazon deal and jump on it at under $130 id possible. Its much better in my opinion then the other cap versions.
    I would second tge above recommendation to consuder rackable however, I felt nd the mega hex to be the most annoying bar in terms of space. I leave it lisded snd its always in the way. Its too heavy to go in most vertical holders and it takes up several spots if you do. Dead wedges are cool but its still a pain. As much as its a great functioning bar, i just ordered a BWTG rackable one also. Its half the weight, fits in the rack. And much easier to store, especially upright. Ill keep the cap and maybe experiment with making an open back version, but i use a hex bar enough to make rackable a requirement. Another negative with the cap is that shrugs require deadlifing the bar up while the rackable one is loaded at the right height, it may seem silly, but deadlifting a heavy shrug weight without being in the right position or focused on that part of the movement can be dangerous. Its a more pronounced problem if you want to try some of the secondary bar used, bench, overhead press etc. i never have done these since i use Dedicated specialty bars for them, but if your just starting out you msy want to.
    The BWTG rackable is actually a best value at $220. For racksble and american made. I can attest to how beautiful his work is,
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