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Duffalo Bar [Blemish]

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    • The Duffalo Bar has become a staple barbell found in serious weight rooms and training facilities around the world - from garage gyms, to commercial facilities, to the top collegiate/professional sports teams
    • Proprietary bend encourages proper joint centration and reduces rotational demand on the shoulder
    • Improves scapular retraction and lat engagement in the press and squat
    • Manufactured in the United States at Kabuki Strength Lab in Portland, Oregon

Important Notes

    • Limited Availability.  Ships in 1-3 business days.
    • 10% discount off new product retail price.  No further discounts can be used on blemish products.
    • NOTE: These are discounted Duffalo Bars that we cannot sell at retail price due to minor cosmetic blemishes and imperfections. The bars are 100% structurally sound and fully functional; the only issues are minor aesthetic imperfections (scratches, blemishes, discoloration) that are often so minor they can be hard to detect.
    • All sales on items listed as blemish are final. No returns, refunds or exchanges will be accepted.
    • If you have an existing order that you would like to switch to a blemish item, please contact our customer service team before placing an order.


The Duffalo Performance Squat and Bench bar is the ultimate bar for squatting and bench pressing, correctly, safely, and for performance. Today, there are thousands of Duffalo Bars located in gyms and S&C facilities all around the world - making it one of, if not THE, most popular specialty bars on the planet. Dozens of professional teams in the MLB, NFL, and NBA have Duffalo Bars in their strength training facilities. We honestly believe that outside of competition, every lifter would benefit from using the Duffalo Bar over a standard barbell. This is a bold claim to make, we know, but we hope you'll continue reading on... 



Our proprietary bends allow for improved scapular retraction and reduces stress on the easily-irritated biceps tendon in the shoulder, while eliminating the counter-productive center peak on similar bars. Reducing this direct strain on the bicep tendon and allowing increased back rigidity + proper joint centration via scapular retraction is incredibly important for strength and injury prevention. Additionally, our bar can improve your ability to generate core stability due to the reduced mobility demands of the shoulders allowing you to avoid excessive spinal extension and maintain neutrality in a back squat rack position . Many athletes and lifters report immediate improvements in their ability to brace and maintain spine neutrality.



The proprietary multi-radius bend of the Duffalo Bar means it can sit on your back in an extremely comfortable and stable manner. Think about it…the back is not flat, it has contours and is round. If you haven’t had the chance to try it, let us know and we’ll find someone close to you to let you take the bar for a spin! But seriously, we’re certain that this is the most comfortable barbell on the planet to have on your back.



You may also notice that the sleeves on the Duffalo Bar are slightly angled up rather than parallel. Why is this? We found that by adding a minor variation to the sleeve angle we could reproduce a similar center of gravity to a straight bar. What does that mean for you? Using the Duffalo Bar will feel very similar, if not identical to a straight bar when you are squatting. You can get all the benefits of a straight bar without any of the downsides, while also taking advantage of the Duffalo Bar's unique benefits.


Many are surprised that the bar can be used not only for high and low bar positions, but in the front rack position for front squats. Interestingly enough, in the front rack you’ll find the bar sits more comfortably and doesn’t cause as much strain and pressure on the collarbones compared to a straight bar. For more information on the squatting with the Duffalo Bar, watch this ~9 minute discussion video of Chris Duffin and Jesse Burdick of PowerWOD.



Here at Kabuki Strength, bracing is one of the core pillars behind our movement methodology. The ability to create IAP and utilize the body’s stability mechanisms to create a rigid torso through which force can be transferred is an essential characteristic of all strength-based and athletic movements. The Duffalo Bar allows for easier scapular retraction, lat engagement, and consequently a better position from which to brace and stabilize.




Let's be honest, the squat requires a fairly mobile shoulder capsule, and some of us have shoulder/bicep issues that prevent, or make it painful to be in that position. The extreme, externally-rotated position required by a straight-bar back squat frequently causes chronic or acute shoulder impingement and bicep issues for a large number of lifters, especially the heavyweights! Save your shoulders, use the Duffalo Bar.




Our proprietary bends optimize the wrist angle when held in the pressing position. This positioning cues proper joint centration in the shoulder, while also improving both lat and scapular engagement. Despite the increased ROM of the press, users report significantly reduced or completely eliminated shoulder pain while gaining an increased training effect from the additional range of motion. These improvements groove correct pressing patterns, automatically ensuring the proper engrams are programmed.  



Athletes and lifters all over the world have programmed and implemented the Duffalo Bar into their training in countless ways. Some choose to substitute the Duffalo for their competition bench until a few weeks out of competition, others choose to use it as an accessory movement on top of their regular pressing. For more information on the bench pressing with the Duffalo Bar, watch this ~8 minute discussion video of Chris Duffin and Jesse Burdick of PowerWOD.



Here's what some of the top athletes and lifers in the world have to say about the Duffalo Bar: 


 "I wanted to share with you guys the X-factor during my training routing. The [Kabuki Strength] Duffalo Bar. Yes, Duffalo....not buffalo."

- Yasmani Grandal, MLB Baseball Player for LA Dodgers



"This bar is AMAZING!!!  Wrist and shoulder feel great, weight is right in the pocket (over center of gravity) which reduces lower back strain and puts everything on my muscles I'm training as intended!" 
- Stan RHINO Efferding, Worlds Strongest Bodybuilder
"My primary goal purchasing the Duffalo bar was to get a piece of equipment for our team of 40 lifters to use to lessen stress on the elbow during the squat for lifters that have struggled over and over with elbow pain and wanted another option closer to a low bar squat. I was initially hesitant. Our last buffalo bar was poorly made, bendy, whippy, and no one on the team used it for the two plus years we've had it. Since we've gotten the duffalo bar our lifters are using it throughout the week to lessen strain on the elbows or take a break from low/high bar squats. It's made incredibly well, incredibly heavy duty, and delivering in every way we were told it would and more. It's benefitting our team from beginners to the most seasoned all-time top lifters in their respective weight classes and now we need another bar soon because everyone seems to want to use it on team squat days." 
JP Price, 1000lb RAW Squatter

All of this adds up to removing pain, injury risks, and allows you to focus on the lift itself. Over time you will see increased performance and increased longevity of your lifting or athletic career. If you train the squat in your athletic development, this bar is an absolute must!  Even if you compete in barbell sports which require a straight bar, you should be using this bar up till the final weeks of training for a meet to preserve your shoulders.


"The Duffalo bar is THE primary bar we use in training with out team and I highly encourage its use year round up till the final 3-4 weeks prior to a meet." 

- Donnie Thompson, Champion Powerlifter + Movement Guru




The Duffalo Bar is the best specialty bar available. There's no question in my mind (I even put it ahead of my previous favorite EliteFTS SS Yoke Bar.) GARAGE GYM BUILDER - DUFFALO BAR



The Duffalo Bar will promote longevity. Using it will allow you to squat more comfortably and with better body positioning. It will also enhance your bench press and overhead pressing, providing a fuller, more natural range of motion.



This bar lives up to the hype. All short comings have either been addressed or are minor. The more I worked with the bar, the more I noticed immediately improvements in both lessening of pain & benefits to my bench press. I cannot name another bar that will do both or can really work as a dedicated squat & bench bar. (Please note that this review is from 4 years ago for the original iteration of the Duffalo Bar) 



Here's what some of the strongest and most well-known bench pressers in the world have to say about the Duffalo Bar.


"This bar is AWESOME!  It is so comfortable on the the shoulders I love it!  I use it for for my heavy work and my speed work I love the bar so much." 
- Ryan BENCHMONSTER Kennelly, World Champion Bench Presser 
"The Duffalo Bar allows me to push the envelope without trashing my shoulders. It has been key to my training to return to the platform after shoulder surgery.
- Rob Luyando, World Champion Bench Presser
"I very rarely fall in love with new equipment but I'm in love with this bar! I might just have an affair with it.  It has numerous uses and has immediately made an impact on my performance." 
- Leroy Walker, Champion Raw Bench Presser

"I simply won't use any other bar than the Duffalo bar to train with for myself or my athletes given the choice. In combination with the ShouldeRok it has been a 'Game Changer' in this Olympic training cycle."

- Reese Hoffa, 3x Olypmian in the Shot Put





Duffalo Bars are made on state-of-the-art machines and hand-assembled by passionate Kabuki Strength team members right here at Kabuki Strength Lab in Portland, Oregon. Each bar includes a custom, stamped end cap with our famous squat face logo as well as the name, weight, and origin of the bar. Bars are shipped securely in a sturdy, custom box and come with a card hand-signed by the Kabuki Strength employee who assembled your bar.



All Duffalo Bars are plated for corrosion resistance purposes. Below you will find more information about our 3 different platting options.

This is a premium finish. Nickel Plating is used in engineering applications where high wear, corrosion resistance, and hardness are needed.  Nickel plating is both more cosmetically appealing than stainless steel as well as significantly more corrosion resistant in like products than stainless steel! Nickel plating is more durable than chrome and will retain it's warm, mirror smooth polish for years until worn through.  In our application we believe Nickel plating to be both superior to Stainless steel in Cosmetic Finish, Corrosion Resistance, Surface Hardness, as well as maintaining the desired strength and material characteristics of our bar. Nickel is our favorite plating option, and in our opinion also the best looking.


The same corrosion resistant coating as the Shoulderok. Shiny and bright on arrival with a bluish-silver hue that fades to a gunmetal grey color over time. As the bar is used this coating will develop dull, gunmetal grey patina. The default, least expensive and a very durable option.


Black oxide or blackening is a conversion coating for ferrous materials, stainless steel, copper and copper based alloys, zinc, powdered metals, and silver solder. It is used to add mild corrosion resistance, for appearance and to minimize light reflection. We particularly like the gunmetal black finish it gives to the Duffalo Bar. It just looks badass in our opinion!



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  • Do you guys ship to Melbourne, Australia?

    We do ship to Australia, however we can't send the bar via USPS priority mail international as they do not take items of that length. In order to ship to Australia you would need to select UPS worldwide expidited shipping.

  • Is it good for Olympic style ass to grass squatting also. Mainly see people using it for low bar squatting.


    The Duffalo bar can be used for all types of squatting. High bar, low bar, front squats, ect. The curve of the bar sits well over the traps and still reduces stress on the shoulder joint while minimally changing the way the bar loads the body compared to a straight bar.

  • Hey Chris! I've been contemplating this bar for a while now on my squat and bench. However, is there any application for military press or deadlifts?


    There are absolutely military press applications. I've personally used it for that reason and find that you get the same shoulder centration effect. The deadlift, less so. It would put the wrists in position that would actually be the opposite of what it normally does and have unpleasant effects up the chain. 

    Hope this helps,

    Brady Cable
    Kabuki Strength Coach
    Operations Manager

    Agreed it is great for military press and incline pressing!  It is used quite freqently for both.  Some people use it for rowing as well by hanging chain weight in the center to make stay in the downward postion.  This will improve scapular rectraction and range of motion in that movement.  But for deadlifting it would not provide an advantage other than being similair to doing a small block pull.  If the hands are to far out it would also negativily affecte the wrists as Brady noted.  Orlando Green does like to use it for single arm deadlifts however.


  • Are there any black duffalo bars ready for shipment ? If not when will they be ready ?

    Black Oxide bars are plated on an order-by-order basis. After you place your order it may take between 1-2 weeks for us to get the bar plated and shipped out to you. 

  • Can I avoid shipping charges by picking up bar in person?

    Absolutely! Anyone is welcome to stop by The Lab and pick up their order in person! If you do so, wait until you get here and we'll place the order for you manually. 

  • does the bar sit fairly well on regular j hooks?

    The bar definitely works just fine in regular J hooks. We use it in racks like this often and the only thing is that it has a propensity to slide to one side or another and can be adjusted before putting it on your back. If you have the style of J hooks that swing out to one side and pull straight out, if you swap the side of hte rack they are on (so that the hooks would swing in toward the center of the rack before removal) they will tilt and perfectly accomodate the curve of the duffalo bar

  • Does this bar fit kg Olympic plates . I know it fits pounds

    Yes, it's a standard diameter sleeve for an olympic bar. It should fit regular plates as well as competition olympic plates. 

  • Do you ship to Scotland in the U.K.

    We do ship there. As noted on the product page for the Duffalo bar however we are unable to send it via USPS and can only ship it via UPS (worldwide expedited) being the cheapest option generally. 

  • Which coating on the buffalo bar will prevent rusting?

    The clear zinc and electroless nickel finishes are both extremely corrosion resistant and shouldn't rust. The black oxide is but to a lesser degree. Clear zinc and EN are both plating finishes where the black oxide is actually an oxidation that they apply to the bar. It's recommended to oil the bar from time to time to seal the finish in and it will stay nicer over time that way. 

  • I see that there's a nickel Duffalo blemish bar for sale currently. Is this a sign that you're currently producing them, or that unblemished ones may be available soon? I've been wanting a nickel one for a long time, checking the website often, and would love to purchase one the minute it becomes available! I don't suppose I could pre-pay / pre-order one to make sure I don't miss out if they sell out quickly? I considered buying the blemish one currently available too, but am just concerned whether the blemishes on this specific one will bother me or not, and would happily pay full price for a fresh one. I don't suppose it's possible to see picture of a specific blemish bar before purchase? Thanks!

    According to our plating vendor, nickel will not be an option for some time, since most nickel plating comes from Russia and is currently unavailable due to sanctions. The price of nickel has more than tripled, due to this supply/demand issue.  Therefore, we are not producing any nickel product at this time, except what was already in the manufacturing queue.

  • Are the final sale blemish bars ready to ship, how long to 95837 in Cali?

    Yes, as stated on the product page, a blemished Duffalo Bar ships within 1-2 business days.  Since we are in Oregon, it usually only takes UPS 2-3 days to deliver to CA.

  • Hello, I'm very interested in ordering a Duffalo bar I see you have an electroless nickle Duffalo bar for sale in your [blemish] section. Could you please tell me what makes this specific bar rate as blemished or maybe you could link a photo of the imperfection? Thank you for your time and have a great day. ~Lev

    Blemished items are products that did not pass our Quality Assurance inspection previous to packaging, due to visual imperfections such as; scratches/rub marks/abrasions/discoloration and impact damage or non-functional alignment issues.  These issues are purely aesthetic and do not harm the performance of the product.  We are unable to provide pictures of the blemishes, since the determination does occur at the time the product is being packaged.

  • Hi guys, For years I'm looking for equipment suited to the shoulder issues I've since my surgery and that is why I'm that much into the Duffalo bar, Kadillac bar and the Shoulderök. Problem is I'm living in Germany and by buying all three of these items I've additional cost of shipping, duties and taxes nearly worth of 900$. That is why I wanted to ask if in the near future both bars will be available in blemish section so I can save at least some cost, especially since the import taxes in Germany not only include the item costs itself but the shipping costs as well. So every Dollar I can save is worth it. Hopefully you can tell me it's just a few days not weeks or months. Best regards, keep up the exceptional work and stay healthy, Martin

    We cannot predict when items will not pass our quality assurance inspection after plating and be entered into our 'blemished' stock.  This is why we have the section where you can sign up for the emailed alerts on our website.  When a bar or tool does not pass our QA inspection process after plating due to rub marks, scratches, discoloration, or impact damage, our Shipping Dept Manager will enter them into the 'blemished' inventory and everyone on the email alert list will receive an email.  Once the item(s) are sold out, the blemished email alert list refreshes, so make sure to sign back up for another alert, if you are unable to purchase the item in time.

  • Does your blemish duffalo bar come with the band collar attachments?

    Duffalo Bars do not come with attachments.  However, you can buy band and chain attachments separately;

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