Bells of Steel Olympic Open Trap Bar / Hex Bar

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  • Has rotating sleeves
  • Open-end frame
  • Built-in deadlift jack
  • Costs under $200
  • 700-pound weight capacity
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Bodybuilding on a Budget: Bells of Steel Open Trap Bar Review 2024

Bodybuilding on a Budget: Bells of Steel Open Trap Bar Review 2024

In this Bells of Steel Open Trap Bar review, we uncover if this budget-friendly bodybuilding home gym product is worth the buy. Read the full review.

Pros & Cons

What we like ...
  • Budget-friendly
  • Rotating sleeves
  • 700-pound weight capacity should be enough for most users
  • Built-in deadlift jack
  • Open-ended frame
  • Free shipping
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
What needs improvement ...
  • Knurling is inconsistent
  • Bends at higher weights
  • Poor packaging

Product Summary

The Bells of Steel Open Trap Bar/Hex Bar is a formidable contender in the market of specialty bars featuring rotating sleeves, an open-end frame, and built-in deadlift jack all for less than $300. Weighing in at 47 pounds, Bells of Steel does not disclose tensile strength but, with a 700-pound weight capacity, this bar works for the vast majority of the population.

The Bells of Steel Open Trap Bar/Hex bar stands out from its competitors as one of the only trap bars on the market to feature rotating sleeves. While not a necessity on trap bars, the rotating sleeves are a nice touch. They are smooth, feel and sound good when lining up during deadlifts, and they do not have powder coating, which often chips or erodes over time.

This specialty bar also comes equipped with a built-in deadlift jack, which is a feature usually reserved for expensive models. The built-in deadlift jacks allow you to add and remove plates with ease. Simply rotate the bar vertically like a lever until it is sitting on the feet of the jacks and the plates will end up inches from the floor.

Yet another unique aspect of this bar is the open-ended frame design, which provides several benefits over the traditional frame. The open design enables more exercise options including split squats, Romanian deadlifts, weighted carries, and lunges while still maintaining the balance of a traditional trap bar.

While Bells of Steel claims there is an aggressive knurling on this bar, most users felt it is medium at best and lacks consistency. This bar will bend when loaded with particularly heavy weight but, for under $200, that is not surprising. Packaging is reportedly poor, which is not a dealbreaker but certainly something to note.



47 lbs







Handle sleeves diameter

50 mm

Weight capacity

700 lbs


Limited lifetime warranty


Rotating sleeves, built-in deadlift jack, open-frame design

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      For less than $200, the Bells of Steel Open Trap Bar/Hex Bar is a great product with a unique design that sets it apart from the competition in its price range.