The neutral grip position allows you to really retract the lats and keeps the bar in the right position. Titan Fitness Hex Trap Bar as our Budget Pick. But, if you plan to spend this amount, we’d suggest spending a bit more to get an open-ended bar or waiting for Rogue to release a new model. Just don’t expect many frills. We think many could get away with a lower priced trap bar and would love a trap bar that costs more (see our upgrade picks) but for something that performs well and doesn’t break the bank, this is currently the best option. #FEATURES - Combines raised and flush neutral grips We're big fans of the bar, but not more so than the TB-1. We recognize that most people simply needs a bar that works. The knurling on the higher handle has gotten great remarks from those that have used it and is actually somewhat aggressive, although not as aggressive as our Top Pick, the Rogue TB-1 (we’re happy about this.) The conventional deadlift as it’s usually performed is a difficult movement to perfect and can stress the lower back in a way you might want to avoid. Specifically, the Kabuki Strength Trap Bar utilizes a bit of a unique frame geometry by employing square tubing that’s been bent at the corners to make a somewhat seAmless frame. That’s the athletic position and that’s where I want you to be. The TB-1 Trap Bar has been around for some time, in fact, it was one of the first specialty bars that Rogue released and although it’s been updated over time, the updates have been minor. There are a couple of reasons why we’ve kept the Titan Hex Trap Bar from being our top pick (they were very close) and here’s why: 1. We designed The Trap Bar to allow for an effortless transition from horizontal to vertical position, requiring minimal effort and taking advantage of human kind's earliest discovery - the lever. - Heavy duty construction for a stout and durable design for years of heavy lifting. It must be understood, however, that Titan has a reputation for things going missing in shipping or shipping the wrong item. Synergee Hex Bar: Decent trap bar, but not better than what CAP offers at a lower cost. This is an area that could be improved by many companies today in relation to all of their specialty bars, but currently, expect the trap bar to be powder-coated in some manner. Again, buying a brand new product isn’t much better than second-hand if it’s already scuffed and damaged. In addition to no need for a mixed grip, a trap bar causes fewer hyperextensions because lockout feels more natural. There isn’t a whole lot to say about the Titan Hex Bar that hasn’t been said about its twin from CAP Barbell. The Titan Fitness Hex Trap Bar is very similar to the older brother of our Top Pick, the Rogue TB-2 Trap Bar. The trap bar allows you to train the hamstrings and glutes, primarily, while shifting some of the movement towards the quads. There are also some quality assurance issues with occasional rusting and chipping of products, which can really feel like a waste of money. Those who have never used a trap bar in a rack are missing out. This leads to a lower weight capacity of 750 LB, more than most will ever even get close to needing, and also less rigidity. There are other uses to this barbell that are designed for, which we’ll talk about in more detail later on in this article. Visualize a regular trap bar with the low handles (see illustration). He has been a contributor for several health and fitness publications, including WealthyGorilla.com, MuscleAndBrawn.com. Durable chromed sleeves are compatible with all Eleiko discs, and the bar is appropriate for Eleiko platforms and racks Rogue uses top of the line HAAS machinery to make equipment as well as knurl barbells, which is one reason their bars are known for having some of the best knurling in the industry. The open-end configuration is the eventual fate of nearly all trap bars and will probably be discovered someplace in pretty much every equipment manufacturers line-up that is as of now making and selling barbells. This is unconventional, but done for a pretty ingenious reason that could only have been thought of by a 1,000+ LB deadlifting engineer, namely Chris Duffin. 52" is where you have the two outside portions of the hex coming together and equivalent to my standard barbel. 3. This is the lowest price we’ve seen for a hex bar so far, with a lower weight-rating and a lighter construction at only 44lbs. This open design allows for much more variation beyond your standard deadlift, including loaded carries, split squats, RDLs, and lunges. However, what matters most is that since it’s creation, the design has been copied and reworked many times over. We don’t mean supersets, but rather to make sure that the trap bar is only one tool in your toolkit. Built-In Bar Jack to allow easy loading/unloading of plates This is a similar design as our other Upgrade Pick, the Kabuki Strength Trap Bar, although Eleiko released their shortly before Kabuki. There would be some minor tweaks, but overall, it retained the same basic shape. So, after some discussion among those on the Garage Gym Reviews team, we were able to narrow down our specifications for what makes a good trap bar to the following list that is ordered in no particular order: Overall Construction: This is an important spec to be aware of for any piece of equipment and covers a lot of bases. Seriously, it’s one of the sharpest knurls we’ve used on any bar, including the Rogue Deadlift Bar. Now, think of a swing - with the center of rotation much higher than the center of mass - it will always try to return to center. The Eleiko Öppen Deadlift Bar is one of the most expensive trap bars, and likely specialty bars on the market. It's a cheap bar with a ton of versatility available. A trap bar also provides access to some cool neutral-shoulder shrugs and farmers walks, which are difficult to perform with other forms of barbell, dumbbell, or objects. Version 2.0 of the Rogue TB-1 Trap Bar features the same general design and dimensions of the original, but with an updated, precision sleeve construction that reduces the starting weight of the bar by more than 25 percent.