Bells of Steel Olympic Open Trap Bar / Hex Bar

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Designed primarily for deadlifting, speciality trap/hex bars produce less strain on the lumbar spine than conventional straight bar deadlifts. 
  • The Bells of Steel Open Trap Bar/Hex Bar is a formidable contender in the market of trap bars featuring rotating sleeves, an open-end frame, and built-in deadlift jack all for less than $200. 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. 
  • To keep the product compact for storage and shipping, the sleeves on this bar are shorter than traditional full-length barbell sleeves; however, the plate block has been made thin and each side can support seven 45-pound thin plates.
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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.

Specs

Weight

47 lbs

Length

59"

Width

22.2"

Height

4.9"

Handle sleeves diameter

50 mm

Weight capacity

700 lbs

Warranty

Limited lifetime warranty

Features

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

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      Summary

      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.