The Trap Bar HD

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Important Notes

  • Due to increased demand, please allow up to 14-16 weeks for order shipping and fulfillment as we ramp up our production capacity.
  • Purchase additional handles here and brackets here.
  • This bar cannot be shipped to an APO address, please use a physical address for delivery. To estimate shipping, please add the product to your cart and use the shipping estimator at the bottom of the cart page
  • For business orders, please fill out this short form and our professional sales staff will be in touch shortly.

Bar Specs  


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Variable Handle Width

The Trap Bar HD features an industry first variable handle system that allows for a 23", 25", or 27" intra-handle width using swappable handle brackets. The standard bar includes 25" brackets and customers can use the checkboxes above to add a wider (27" width) or narrower (23" width) handle brackets. 


Bar Jack

The age-old struggle of loading and unloading plates from your trusty trap bar is over. We are proud to introduce a simple, effortless solution - the built-in bar jack. Our design features 2x inch-thick "legs" with tread to provide grip and stability when the bar is positioned in a vertical orientation for easy loading/unloading. 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. 


Swappable Grips

An industry-first, The Trap Bar by default comes with two sets of machined, knurled grips finished in bright zinc. The grips are easily swappable for your specific training need. To add the 2" Love Handles, or extra pairs of 1" and 1.5" grips to your cart, please use the checkboxes at the top of the page. Additional handles may be purchased here.


  • Included: 1" Set (26mm)
  • Included: 1.5" Set (38mm)
  • Optional: 2" Love Handle Set (51mm)



The Love Handles

Another industry first, the 2" Love Handles are an optional add-on for The Trap Bar that allows for both rolling (the grip will spin freely) or fixed usage. Each set of Love Handles includes adapters to allow for both rolling and fixed use.


Balanced Design

Visualize a regular trap bar with the low handles (see illustration). The bar is a flat plane, stretching out in the X and Z axis. The handles are typically positioned at the center of mass (COM) and center of rotation (COR), so that if the bar was centrally fixed on two points along the X axis, where the handles are, it would be balanced (assuming its weight distribution is even along the Z axis. In theory, if you hold a regular trap bar perfectly on-center using the low handles, it should feel balanced. Practically speaking, the low handles always feel inherently unstable due to the bar's inclination to dive one direction or another like a teeter-tooter - forcing the lifter to self-balance using their wrists. The higher handles don't have this problem, and the bar is much more difficult to rotate forwards or backwards. For an extreme example of instability, imagine deadlifting on a trap bar with the high-handles, but upside down resulting in the fulcrum, or center of rotation, point being 6" below the center of mass. Any minor shift or movement, and that bar is going to rotate and fall right out of your hands.

Our simple solution on The Trap Bar was to introduce a minor 1/2" vertical offset for the low handles, placing them slightly higher than the centerline of the bar. This results in the same effect, but to a lesser extent, as the high-handles - the bar will have a tendency to return to center rather than dive forward or backwards. Think of a teeter-tooter - it's an inherently unbalanced mechanism just like a regular trap bar with low handles. 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.

Open Design

In an effort to make The Trap Bar as versatile of an implement as possible, we opted to open up one end of the bar while still ensuring it retains a fully-balanced design. This open design allows for much more variation beyond your standard deadlift, including loaded carries, split squats, RDLs, and lunges.  


This post demonstrates 16 different movement variations using the Trap Bar HD:

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Here’s 16 examples of movements that you can do with a lone Kabuki Trap Bar HD, proudly manufactured here in the USA by yours truly. Swipe to learn more. Thanks for the demos Coach @kyle_kabuki! - FEATURES - Unmatched versatility and build quality, our Trap Bar HD is found in the weight rooms of dozens of the top professional and collegiate teams. This novel bar design features swappable handle brackets to allow for effective, bio-mechanically advantageous use by athletes and lifters of all sizes. When you order, you will have the choice of narrow (23”), standard (25”), or wide (27”) brackets, as well as the ability to purchase additional ones. Of course, the bar still features swappable grips (comes standard with 1” and 1.5”) and our 2” rolling/fixed Love Handles are available as an upgrade. - In addition, the updated version of the bar features machined, zinc-plated sleeves which are detachable for reduced (up to 75% less) shipping costs. Of course, our stamped Squat Face end-caps come standard, along with a beefier, more refined 30kg design and 1500lb load capacity. The #KabukiTrapBar is available now at, link in story. - #kabukistrength #kabukiculture @kabuki_virtualcoaching - VISION: Help People Live Better Through Strength ▪️strength equipment ▪️research-based education ▪️world-class strength coaching ▪️charity

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Machined Sleeves

Unlike most trap/hex bars on the market, The Trap Bar features machined and zinc-plated sleeves with 17" of loadable space. To cut costs, many trap bars use off-the-shelf DOM tubing whose diameter is less than a standard olympic sleeve, resulting in them being incompatible with all standard collars. Another side effect of this is that plates fit very loosely on the under-sized sleeves, resulting in lots of shifting, movement, and clanging of the plates. 


Our sleeves are machined to tight tolerances like any other standard barbell, allowing for a snug fit for plates and compatibility with all standard barbell collars. The Trap Bar HD sleeves are detachable which allows for a compact design and reduced shipping rates.


American Manufacturing

The Trap Bar is fabricated, manufactured, and assembled in-house at Kabuki Strength Lab, our dual-purpose training space and manufacturing facility in the beautiful Pacific Northwest city of Portland, Oregon. Each bar includes a hand-signed card by the Kabuki Strength employee who assembled it.


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  • So handles of 1 & 1.5 are already included with the trap bar..

    That is correct.  If you would like 2-inch handles, those are the only handles that need to be ordered separately.

  • What are the dimensions and total weight of the package when it is shipped out? I travel to Portland semi-regularly and am wondering if I might be able to check in the package at the airport to save on shipping.

    The package dimension and weight of the Trap Bar HD when packaged for shipment are; 25.25 x 6.25 x 44.5 inches and 77lb 14oz.

  • Is it easy to change the handle brackets?

    Yes, it only takes a couple of minutes to remove the bolts and switch them out.

  • Can I purchase brackets only? I purchased the standard handle bracket width earlier, but now need the wider brackets for larger athletes. Thank you.

    You can absolutely purchase brackets.  Just reach out to customer service at; and we can create a draft invoice for brackets.  (Or in your situation, just check your email and you will see the invoice I just sent).  I hope this helps!  :-)  ~Charlie

  • Has your engineering testing include considerations of female anatomy? I'm aware of the adjustable features of this bar but has your research include female-specific anatomy and proportions data? Thank you.

    The Trap Bar HD was tested across a broad variety of individuals, many of whom were female, but it is difficult to speak to "female specific", as that can vary a lot between individuals.  The narrow brackets were designed for anatomies of smaller stature and we used a 15 year old female athlete and Coach Cassie's 4'10/110lb frame as measurements during that process.  Adolescents and those athletes with a narrow frame can maintain proper arm position with the use of the narrow brackets.  I am a female athlete that uses the standard sized brackets, since that is what fits my 5'5/165lb frame.  We did our testing with many genders, ages and frame sizes to determine the widths of handles and brackets needed for proper lifting. The different widths are not specific for the female anatomy, they are for anyone who would benefit from having that particular grip.

  • How much does the bar weigh?

    Per the 'Bar Specs' portion of the product page, the bar weighs 30kg/66lbs unloaded.

  • I’m trying to find out the best way to evaluate whether I need standard or wide handles, how would I best evaluate the best set up? Additionally, what can you tell me more about the love handles? I’m not entirely sure how they might enhance my experience while lifting. Apologies if I missed it in the above information.

    The bracket width will depend on your size/width.  We sometimes refer to the 'wide' brackets as the 'NFL Lineman' brackets.  If you are a very wide human, they would be the best option.  When Chris Duffin was about 280lbs, he was a great size for the wide brackets.  (He is 5'11).  However, someone who is 6'3/190lbs would use the standard brackets - so it's all about width.  If you are still unsure, you can send me your height and weight and I can assist @ 

    In regard to your question about the Love Handles, anyone that has an interest in grip strength is a huge fan of these handles.  Especially the 'rolling' option.  They are most popular with Strongman competitors and big deadlifters.  They do make the lift harder, in my opinion.

  • It may seem a greenhorn question, but just to be sure & duly diligent: Will the Trap Bar HD accommodate these bumper plates?

    Yes, our sleeves are all machined to 1.959 +/- .010 (49.4mm-50.01mm), so they will accommodate all standard bumpers and plates.

  • Probably a silly question, but what is the purpose/benefit of the rolling handles? Thanks for the help!

    The rolling handles make it even harder to hold onto the bar during the lift, working your grip strength to the fullest.  Our Strongman competitors love the 'Love Handles' for this reason.

  • How should you determine if you need the standard, narrow or wide width?

    The narrow width bracket could also be referred to as the 'youth' bracket.  It is for athletes that are very small/narrow in stature.  For instance, someone who is 4'11/100lbs.  The standard width bracket is the size that most athletes use.  People from 5'4/165lbs to 6'2/220lbs.   The wide bracket was made for football linemen sized athletes.  For instance, someone that is 5'11/280lb to 6'4/260lb, etc...  If you need further assistance regarding bracket size, you can email customer service with your height/weight and we can help;

  • I’m looking into purchasing the trap bar HD. I live in BC Canada. What would the estimated dhipping costs be?

    In order to obtain a shipping quote, we would need the full shipping address.  The best way to obtain that estimate is to go to our website and add the items you want to your online cart.  Then, during the check-out process, you will enter your shipping address.  At that time, all shipping options for that location will auto-populate.  You may select the best option for you, based on rate and shipping time.  Most of our international customers prefer to use UPS Worldwide Expedited Shipping, since that has most packages arriving within a week and also covers customs brokerage fees.  VAT and import taxes are the responsibility of the customer and UPS will collect those prior to delivery, if applicable. 

  • Is the trap bar hd counter balanced when horizontal with weights on ?

    Hey Jesse,

    The trap bar is balanced in hand, and what we mean by this is that the low handles (like the high handles on all trap bars) are set off of the center of mass (the bar's center line) and will be balanced when lifted from the floor. 


    People tend to confuse the bar not sitting level on the floor with it not being balanced, but without either compromising the strength (thickness) of the center tube, or making the bar excessively heavy by adding weight to the backside, it was not going to be balanced on the floor. Additionally, changing different handle and handle bracket combinations would also skew that balance, so we opted to balance it where it counts, which is when you're actually lifting it. 



  • Hi. I am just wondering why and how you justify the cost of this bar. I mean, it looks fantastic, but I was very shocked at the price. Do you have any money back guarantees?

    Thank you for your inquiry.  We are a very small company here in Oregon.  Our barbells are designed, engineered and created on site by American workers using American made steel.  These are not barbells that are manufactured outside of the USA and then only assembled on site.  Our bars are fully created from raw steel by our skilled workforce on our machines.  The price is a reflection of that labor and engineering, the machines and facility needed to create the product, the market price of raw steel, etc...  To answer your question, yes we do have a money back guarantee.  Our return policy is listed at the bottom of our website, but I will also attach a link here;

  • Is the HD trap bad rackable?

    The Trap Bar HD is not designed to be used in a rack.

  • Are the brackets also swappable? Or fixed based on width ordered? Thanks

    The brackets for the Trap Bar HD are swappable!

  • If we’re local to Portland, can we pickup our order rather than having it shipped?

    Yes, may of the items in our online store can be picked up at The Lab, rather than having it shipped.  You will need to let us know that you'd like to pick it up in person under the section called, 'Order Notes', when placing your order.  Please list your email address & telephone number there, as well.  Once your item(s) is ready, we will contact you to schedule a time for pick up.  Our system will still charge shipping at the time of purchase, but we will refund that to your original form of payment as soon as the product is in your hands.

  • Are you shipping this to india?

    We utilize UPS for the international shipping for our bars, so if UPS delivers to your area, the answer is yes.  The best way to find out is to add the item to your online cart, then enter your shipping address.  At that time, our site will auto-populate with all shipping options to that location.  Most of our international customers prefer to use UPS's Worldwide Expedited Shipping, since it also covers customs brokerage fees.

  • Did you replace the Kabuki Trap Bar I bought a couple of months ago with the Kabuki Trap Bar HD? Is the original trap bar defective?

    The original Trap Bar is definitely not defective, which I'm sure you have noticed during use.  We simply made a few changes to the bar to make it less expensive to ship and easier for youth and larger sized athletes to use.

  • wanted to order 2 sets of fat/love handles. is there a way to only order those????

    Yes, you have to go through our customer service desk @ usually, but I've created an invoice and just emailed it to you.  Make sure the shipping address is correct & make payment when you are ready!  ~Charlie

  • Is this available to Australians? Would love to get one!!

    Yes, this bar is definitely able to be shipped to Australia.  If you would like a quote for shipping, just email us the full address to

  • What benefit does the rolling grip provide? I don't see where any wrist flexion/extension would come in requiring the handle to roll like a normal barbell . Does it make any movements easier? Thanks!

    Rolling grips challenge your grip strength, more than anything. Because you are forced to press equally with your thumb vs your other fingers, it makes it much more likely for the bar to slip out of your hands.  Strongman and different strength sport competitors like this option for improving grip strength.

  • What's the max load rating?

    The bar capacity is 1,200lbs and the bar jack capacity is 800lbs.  Therefore, if you are going to load it with more than 800lbs, you will need to load the bar the traditional way without using the jacks.

  • Is this bar rackable? I didn't see a dimension that would indicate that it is. Would love to be able to press with this.

    The Trap Bar was not designed to fit in a rack.  However, you may use a vertical rack for storage.

  • Are you shipping this to europa?

    Yes, we can ship the Trap Bar to Europe.  Please select UPS Worldwide Expedited shipping at check out.

  • This bar looks incredible. Can I rack it? Will it fit in j-cups? And I'm assuming that it's balanced from front to back? The bar jack is balanced with the bar in front?

    The Trap Bar will not fit in a standard rack.

  • Are the included handles rolling or fixed?

    The handles that are included are fixed, but we do have a rolling handle option with the 2 inch handles.  Options are listed on the product page.

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