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    Trap hex bar

    I am looking to purchase a good trap hex bar. It seems some companies refer to it as a hex bar and some as a trap bar but they seem to be the same.

    Any recommendations on which companies are best to buy from for this bar.
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    Titan fitness will serve your needs just fine.

    Rogue would be a better option then that, but is more expensive.

    If you got the coin, get the Kabuki strength one.

    There are other, cheaper options out there but don’t skimp on specialty bars or barbells.
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    What's your budget?
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    Kabuki makes a great one and the Eleiko Oppen deadlift bar looks really good quality too.
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    Originally Posted by radrd View Post
    What's your budget?
    I am willing to spend for the best bars but I was looking at garage gym. Note we are not lifting heavy weight so Bells of Steel also looked good. I could definitely afford the higher priced bars but if we are lifting under 250 pounds not sure if the Bells of Steel will not be adequate.

    I have been using a Jr. Hex Bar which I got for my sons. The biggest problem in addition to the light weight to is the handles are very rough which makes one of my sons not want to use it. Definitely need a good Hex Bar.

    Since I have myself and 3 sons using the bar, I am willing to pay for what will be best. Yet I cannot envision we will need a bar greater than 250 pound max.
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    You may want to consider a few things when looking for a trap or hex bar:

    1. Open vs Closed

    The Closed variety is standard, and if your goal is to spend the least amount of money, you can go with the Cap Mega Hex Bar, but you should be aware that the zinc coating rubs off pretty easily. Otherwise, Titan and Rogue make standard closed varieties.

    The Open variety allows you to do farmer carries, lunges, rows, etc. So it's just much more versatile compared to the closed variety.

    2. Rackable vs Non Rackable

    This is a consideration if you want to load the bar in your power rack or if you want to do halo overhead presses in your power rack, for example. Mainly, it's just an easier way to load the bar though. Black Widow Training gear makes a relatively inexpensive rackable hex bar you could check out.

    3. Stand vs No Stand

    Some trap bars have stands that make them easier to load from the ground. Most open varieties include stands, only some closed varieties include stands

    4. Raised Handles vs Flush Handles

    When the handles are raised, it makes the bar much easier to balance. When the bar is flush, you'll probably put more force in balancing the bar front and back.

    5. Top of the line

    If you have money to burn and want to best adjustability etc.

    Prime Fitness makes one of the most high end open trap bars:
    https://primefitnessusa.com/product/prime-trap-bar/

    A forum member posted photos with a review over here:
    https://forum.bodybuilding.com/showt...7895081&page=1
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    Originally Posted by evankyle View Post
    I am willing to spend for the best bars but I was looking at garage gym. Note we are not lifting heavy weight so Bells of Steel also looked good. I could definitely afford the higher priced bars but if we are lifting under 250 pounds not sure if the Bells of Steel will not be adequate.

    I have been using a Jr. Hex Bar which I got for my sons. The biggest problem in addition to the light weight to is the handles are very rough which makes one of my sons not want to use it. Definitely need a good Hex Bar.

    Since I have myself and 3 sons using the bar, I am willing to pay for what will be best. Yet I cannot envision we will need a bar greater than 250 pound max.
    For lifting 250 lbs max, I wouldn't invest a lot. The Rep Fitness trap bar is currently in stock for $125 plus shipping. Note that shipping probably will double the price or more, but it's still on the less expensive side. Reviews look decent and I'm sure it will be fine. It also appears to have mild knurl, which you are looking for. If you want to upgrade later, you could move to an open bar with a stand.

    https://www.repfitness.com/rep-trap-bar
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    Originally Posted by radrd View Post
    For lifting 250 lbs max, I wouldn't invest a lot. The Rep Fitness trap bar is currently in stock for $125 plus shipping. Note that shipping probably will double the price or more, but it's still on the less expensive side. Reviews look decent and I'm sure it will be fine. It also appears to have mild knurl, which you are looking for. If you want to upgrade later, you could move to an open bar with a stand.

    https://www.repfitness.com/rep-trap-bar
    Thanks what is your opinion of this.

    https://www.bellsofsteel.us/product/trap-bar-hex-bar/
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    Another option is a rickshaw bar from Edge Fitness Systems. I got one recently. It is a quality piece of equipment.
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    Originally Posted by Murser View Post
    Another option is a rickshaw bar from Edge Fitness Systems. I got one recently. It is a quality piece of equipment.
    How high are the handles on your rickshaw? I really like the idea behind them but ones I've checked into , the handles are quite a bit higher than regular trap bars.
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    Originally Posted by irongrandpa View Post
    How high are the handles on your rickshaw? I really like the idea behind them but ones I've checked into , the handles are quite a bit higher than regular trap bars.
    They are quite high. 15.5” according to their website. I can measure them tomorrow, but that seems about right.
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    It's a specialty item I won't always be using anywhere near as regularly as my straight bar, so personally I wouldn't wanna invest a ton of money into it. There's a number of them under $200 that have 1000lb capacities, so i'd probably start with one of those first.
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    Originally Posted by TheShadowMan View Post
    It's a specialty item I won't always be using anywhere near as regularly as my straight bar, so personally I wouldn't wanna invest a ton of money into it. There's a number of them under $200 that have 1000lb capacities, so i'd probably start with one of those first.
    Personally it is an important piece of equipment in my routine and I have 3 boys also using it. I want to get a good quality one that we will enjoy. I doubt I need the best as we are not even lifting that much weight but the open ended look good along with the different grips on some of the open ended ones.
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    I've got a Bells of Steel one and like it a lot. The sleeves are long and they do rotate. Grip is good. Would highly recommend. The one I have is a traditional hex bar, not one of the open end ones.
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    Originally Posted by maansmit View Post
    I've got a Bells of Steel one and like it a lot. The sleeves are long and they do rotate. Grip is good. Would highly recommend. The one I have is a traditional hex bar, not one of the open end ones.
    Thanks for the input. Yes as of now I will order this. I am researching but need to decide soon. I really want to do things right and not just get cheap things and then wish we would have gotten something else.
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    Originally Posted by irongrandpa View Post
    How high are the handles on your rickshaw? I really like the idea behind them but ones I've checked into , the handles are quite a bit higher than regular trap bars.
    15” at center of the handles.
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    another vote for bells of steel open trap bar.
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    I have had a Valor rotating handle trap bar. Sold it. A cheapy. Sold it. Now have a Titan 'rackable' trap bar V1. It's barely rackable but much better than the Valor and cheapy bar. I dont have a need for the rackable option, but it's a nice bonus.

    It's a beast. They should have v2 out now as well. Truly rackable as far I know.
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    Originally Posted by DarthCholo View Post
    another vote for bells of steel open trap bar.
    Thanks as of now, I am hoping to get it but it is not in stock in the US. I emailed them to try to get an idea of when it will be in stock. I have a 25 pound trap bar my kids and I now use. Willing to wait a few months if needed.
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    Originally Posted by Bignick31985 View Post
    I have had a Valor rotating handle trap bar. Sold it. A cheapy. Sold it. Now have a Titan 'rackable' trap bar V1. It's barely rackable but much better than the Valor and cheapy bar. I dont have a need for the rackable option, but it's a nice bonus.

    It's a beast. They should have v2 out now as well. Truly rackable as far I know.
    Yeah, it's rackable but has less space inside (22") than V1 which could be a dealbreaker for some.

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    another vote for bells of steel open trap bar.
    I like this one but the sleeves are slightly less than 10" which means steel plates only if you want to get some weight on it.
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    Bells of Steel not available until August and even then who knows if I can get it. Will keep looking. If I could preorder and be sure I would get it in August it is likely worth it. But to wait until August and not be sure if I will even get it is likely not worth it.
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    Originally Posted by evankyle View Post
    Bells of Steel not available until August and even then who knows if I can get it. Will keep looking. If I could preorder and be sure I would get it in August it is likely worth it. But to wait until August and not be sure if I will even get it is likely not worth it.
    What movements are you doing with the hex bar? If it's primarily deadlifting, why not use a straight bar? I don't even like hex bars. Sold mine and don't plan on getting another one. That said, Bells of Steel doesn't appear to have top notch quality control and 10" sleeves are quite short. I'd go Cap or Rep if they are in stock and get a better open bar latter if you still really want one.
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    Originally Posted by radrd View Post
    What movements are you doing with the hex bar? If it's primarily deadlifting, why not use a straight bar? I don't even like hex bars. Sold mine and don't plan on getting another one. That said, Bells of Steel doesn't appear to have top notch quality control and 10" sleeves are quite short. I'd go Cap or Rep if they are in stock and get a better open bar latter if you still really want one.
    I'd say to use a barbell until you can get what you want. Bells of steel is not rogue quality, and it's not even Rep quality. However it gets the job done for the weight range OP mentioned he was going to be in. It has easy plate loading and not overkill in cost compared to the 500+ dollar options with the same features.
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    I have a knockoff Hampton trap bar that I picked up locally for $80: https://www.hamptonfit.com/shop/bars...hi-lo-handles/

    The built in kickstands are convenient.
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    I had the Rogue TB-2, it was fine but I didn't care for the sharp knurling on the handles. At even moderate weights it was very uncomfortable. I currently have the Eleiko Oppen deadlift bar, I enjoy it very much. It was way too expensive but it is a quality bar. I like that the sleeves are the same as a barbell so weights don't flop around on it and the handles feel exactly like a good barbell. I use it as my primary lower body lift. That said it is a lot of money and if I only used the trap bar as an accessory lift I wouldn't invest so much in it.

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    Originally Posted by radrd View Post
    What movements are you doing with the hex bar? If it's primarily deadlifting, why not use a straight bar? I don't even like hex bars. Sold mine and don't plan on getting another one. That said, Bells of Steel doesn't appear to have top notch quality control and 10" sleeves are quite short. I'd go Cap or Rep if they are in stock and get a better open bar latter if you still really want one.
    Thanks I probably will now have to get a reasonably priced hex bar. My form has never been good at deadlifting and I find hex bar easier and more effective for me. I also have 3 boys using it.

    We have been using a 25 pound jr. hex bar but it is time for at least a 45 bar. I kind of would like a bar with not such rough handles as 1 of the kids complains that holding the hex bar is not comfortable but maybe just need to get him gloves.
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    Have you checked out Titan's v2 trap bar? I haven't used it but based on reviews, it's a pretty solid bar.

    If you prefer the open design, I'd consider a custom made BWTG. Again, no hands-on experience with it, but it's worth a look.

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    I had the CAP mega trap bar, it's a beast--weighed 73 lbs. on my scale. it was not pretty, but very sturdy and served its purpose. I wasn't using it much, partly because it was so heavy, it was difficult to maneuver in my garage given where I had to store it, and partly because the movement is a little different from deadlifts with a straight bar, and I wanted my teenaged son to get used to the regular bar. So I traded it away, but it was well worth what it cost.
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    Originally Posted by ShockDaMuscles View Post
    Have you checked out Titan's v2 trap bar? I haven't used it but based on reviews, it's a pretty solid bar.

    If you prefer the open design, I'd consider a custom made BWTG. Again, no hands-on experience with it, but it's worth a look.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B9pG_S9HrMt/

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    Thanks I would prefer to take a chance on BWTG as it looks good. Nice to support US companies.
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