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    Best trap bar: Kabuki Strength, Prime Fitness, or....?

    Lately, I've been thinking that I gave up on trap bar deadlifts a little too soon, which may have been in large part due to the fact that I strongly disliked my cheap bar. If I do get another one, I'm leaning towards Prime Fitness or Kabuki Strength. I slightly favor Prime but what would you pick? Is there another comparable option out there? I know there are plenty of open trap bars these days but these two seem to lead the pack in quality + configurability.

    Kabuki Strength Trap Bar HD
    https://store.kabukistrength.net/products/the-trap-bar

    Prime Trap Bar
    https://primefitnessusa.com/product/prime-trap-bar/

    Other contenders:

    Eleiko Oppen Deadlift Bar but it doesn't have a high handle option, which is a must for me.
    https://shop.eleiko.com/en-us/equipm...n-deadlift-bar

    Intek ModF but I'd like a narrower diameter handle option than 1.25".
    https://www.intekstrength.com/Modula...fting-Bar.html
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    On paper, I'm partial to the Prime for the loading jacks and handle options. In practice, I actually prefer a closed trap bar for its better balance (I have a Rogue TB-2.).
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    Originally Posted by Duplicitous View Post
    On paper, I'm partial to the Prime for the loading jacks and handle options. In practice, I actually prefer a closed trap bar for its better balance (I have a Rogue TB-2.).
    Interesting. That actually makes the Intek ModF bar more appealing. Still not sold on those 1.25" handles though.
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    I haven’t used it much yet, but I ended up choosing the Prime after considering Eleiko and Kabuki. Shorter lead time on the Prime, more versatility in both handle type and handle height, and otherwise overall similarity to the Kabuki were what won me over. The Eleiko looked nice, but doesn’t really have any bells and whistles.
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    I would say the Prime is the best, or checks the most boxes for me, it was just the price, it's hard for me to justify dropping the same amount on a trap bar as a rack. I really wanted the Eleiko Oppen, but the fact that it didn't have the extended handles to me was a complete miss on their end. For me, the price and options intersected with the KS trap bar and I've been really happy with it. It's extremely well made and balances very well. If the Prime was anywhere close in price though, I would've gone that route, it's a very cool bar!
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    Originally Posted by MGM711 View Post
    I would say the Prime is the best, or checks the most boxes for me, it was just the price, it's hard for me to justify dropping the same amount on a trap bar as a rack. I really wanted the Eleiko Oppen, but the fact that it didn't have the extended handles to me was a complete miss on their end. For me, the price and options intersected with the KS trap bar and I've been really happy with it. It's extremely well made and balances very well. If the Prime was anywhere close in price though, I would've gone that route, it's a very cool bar!
    Not sure what the prices were historically, but the base Prime Bar is only about $90 more for me than the base Kabuki bar shipped. It's not pocket change but I could probably justify it.
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    Originally Posted by radrd View Post
    Not sure what the prices were historically, but the base Prime Bar is only about $90 more for me than the base Kabuki bar shipped. It's not pocket change but I could probably justify it.
    Prime is over $900 shipped from memory, and part of what makes the Prime cool and the different handle types, and those are really pricey. KS Trap has gone up in price, but I was really fortunate to get mine for only $500 new, basically took over an order for someone who was moving out of state and wasn't going to be able to have a home gym option any longer, so for me, it was a no brainer, the KS Trap was by far and away the best option. That said, if I was going to pay full bang now, I'd think much harder about the Prime, I do think it's the better bar.
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    My Kabuki Trap Bar HD is coming next Monday, I'll update when I receive it.
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