The Trap Bar HD [Blemish]




  • Limited Availability - Blemish orders ship in 5-7 business days.
    • If you select 27" handle brackets there is a 7 week lead time.
  • 10% discount off new item retail price.  No further discounts can be used on blemish products. If this blemish item is out of stock, sign up for email notifications above or purchase the retail version.
  • Blemish Note: This is a cosmetic blemish Trap Bar for a discounted price. Possible defects include small scratches or blemishes in the finish or other non-functional cosmetic issues. The bar performs and functions exactly as a new Trap Bar and has never been used. 
    • Additional Note: Blemish Traps Bar HDs are missing the 9/16 wrench and 7/32 hex wrench required for assembly. These are common tools found in any tool kit or at any big box or hardware store. 
  • All sales on items listed as blemish are final. No returns, refunds or exchanges will be accepted.
  • If you have an existing and would like to switch to a blemished item, please contact our customer service team before placing an order.
  • Purchase additional handles here and brackets here.
  • This bar cannot be shipped to an APO address, please use a physical address for delivery.

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.  


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.


Team and Commercial Sales

If you are interested in outfitting your weight room or facility with Kabuki Strength equipment, please visit our Team Sales page and fill out a short form to be contacted by our sales staff!



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Ask a Question
  • How much is shipping to 85255?

    In order to obtain a shipping quote, you will need the full shipping address.  The best way to obtain a shipping estimate is to add the items you want to purchase 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 for the items inside your cart.  You may select the best option for you, based on rate and shipping time.

  • How easy is it to swap handle brackets? Do you need tools? I'm thinking about getting the standard 25" width, which should fit me fine, but also the 27" for variety. I probably wouldn't want to swap during a workout but it would be nice to know if it's doable within in a couple of minutes.

    Yes, the brackets are easily switched out with a wrench on the gym floor in just a couple of minutes!

  • was going to order this I wondered about the different widths available. what does a person 6'3" need verses someone who is 5'10" I was thinking just ordering the normal one.

    The bracket width has very little to do with someone's height.  To describe them futher, the narrow bracket is also considered the youth bracket.  It fits small-statured athletes.  If you were 5 feet tall and 100lbs, this would be the correct size for you.  The standard bracket fits most athletes.  The wide bracket was built for football linemen-sized athletes.  If you are 5'11 and 280lbs, that would be the best bracket for you.  

    In regard to your examples, if you are 6'3 and weigh 175lbs, you might fit well in the standard bracket.  However, if you are that height and weigh 250lb, you would probably want the wide bracket.  If you are 5'10 and weigh 180lb, the standard bracket would fit well.  If you are Chris Duffin's size, you will want the wide bracket.

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