Bells of Steel Safety Squat Bar – The SS3

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Bells of Steel Safety Squat Bar, the SS3, is specifically constructed to allow those with limited shoulder, wrist, or elbow mobility to squat without worry of pain or general discomfort interfering with a lift. 
  • The SS3 has a unique design and, at competitive price, comes equipped with three different handle options; the short handle, the chain handle, and the extended handle. 
  • It features a 32-millimeter shaft, 86.6-inch length, 1.97-inch sleeve diameter, and 11.4-inch sleeve length. 
  • With a tensile strength of 190,000 PSI and weight rating of 1,500 pounds, the Bells of Steel Safety Squat Bar allows users to safely and effectively develop quadricep and posterior chain muscles.
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Pros & Cons

What we like ...
  • Rotating sleeves
  • 3 handle options
  • Fits standard collars and Olympic-sized plates
  • Solid warranty
  • Yolk design sits comfortably around neck
  • Budget-friendly
  • Good camber angle
  • Free shipping
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
What needs improvement ...
  • Does not work with racks wider than 47 inches
  • Some users report it is not well-balanced for hands-free lifts

Product Summary

The Bells of Steel Squat Safety Bar SS3 is designed to allow those with limited shoulder, elbow, and wrist mobility to squat comfortably and safely. This high-quality specialty bar features a tensile strength of 190,000 PSI, maximum weight rating of 1,500 pounds, and a single-piece dense foam padding. The SS3 is equipped with a yoke design measuring approximately 8-inches in width, accommodating most users. It creates a comfortable and natural hand/shoulder position with the grip of the handles.

Towards that end, Bells of Steel includes three different handle options; a short handle, long handle, and chain handle. The variety of handles contributes to the unique design, which focuses on function as well as user preference.

The SS3 has a notable 22-degree camber angle, which is what creates the stimulus that a safety squat bar provides. This angle leads to a well-balanced and ergonomic bar position. The SS3 differs from most safety squat bars on the market by offering rotating sleeves. While this is a cool feature, it is not necessarily one that will be used often on this bar. 

One area where the SS3 falls short is the loadable sleeve length, which measures a bit less than 12 inches as compared to the 16-inch long sleeves seen on most other safety squat bars. If you plan on lifting heavy, this may be a limiting factor in strength progressions. However, with narrow plates this becomes a non-issue.

Specs

Shaft

32 mm

Bar weight

47.5 lbs

Diameter

32 MM

Total length

86.6”

Loadable sleeve length

11.4”

Rackable length

47”

Camber angle

22 degrees

Shaft finish

Black zinc

Sleeve finish

Bright White Zinc

Sleeve assembly

Bushings and snap rings

Tensile strength

190,000 PSI

Max weight capacity

1,500 lbs

Warranty

Limited lifetime warranty

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      Summary

      The Bells of Steel SS3 is uniquely designed with rotating sleeves, three standard handle options, and a weight of 47.5 pounds. It holds a lot of value at an affordable price making it a formidable contender among safety squat bars.