Hulkfit Olympic 2″ HEX Open Trap Bar Review

Recently, we have reviewed a number of specialty bars such as the CAP Barbell Olympic open trap bar and the Bells of Steel Hex 3.0 open trap bar. We have also reviewed and created lists of best trap bars and best safety squat bars

All these specialty barbells are meant to serve one sole purpose; to help you lift better without losing your form or balance. 

In this article, we will be reviewing the Olympic Hex Trap bar by Hulkfit. It is also a specialty barbell with an open front end, so you can perform those exercises that you can’t do with a conventional trap bar such as high knee march, farmer carries, shoulder press, lunges, etc. 

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Quick Review Summary

Just like any Hulkfit equipment (or any other affordable products), the Hex bar has some obvious minor flaws. But, it is highly affordable and works as expected. The 21” loading sleeves are the longest ones that we have come across so far. You can easily load 6 45lbs plates on each sleeve, which is more than what you can lift at home (unless you are a bodybuilder). The welds may not be fine and the product may not arrive in perfect condition. But, Hulkfit products are worth a try.  

 

Pros

  • Highly affordable
  • Well-built
  • Can hold up to 12 45 lbs bumper plates
  • Made of solid steel so durability is not a question

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with an inbuilt loading jack for easy loading and unloading of plates
  • poor shipping and packaging

Full Review

Now on to our full review.

The Hulkfit Olympic Hex trap bar is available in standard (i.e. closed) design as well as open design, so you can choose any one that suits your workout needs. Both the designs are available in chrome and black finish. As expected, chrome bars are more expensive because chrome coating helps prevent rusting and oxidation. 

No matter which one you choose, Hulkfit trap bars are well-built and suitable for most of us unless you are an athlete or sportsperson. 

Features and specs of Olympic Hex trap bar by Hulkfit 

  • Dimensions: 83.27 x 26.57 x 5.5 inches
  • Weight- The regular hex bar weights 45lbs and the open one weighs 77lbs 
  • Both of them are rated for 1000lbs
  • Compatible with 2” plates 
  • Loadable sleeves are 21” long but you can use only 18” or 19” because the welds block some of the space from being used. 
  • Has dual handles. Raised handles are good for people with limited mobility 
  • Warranty- 2 years 

The sleeves are really long and can handle enough plates that you could probably lift 

As mentioned above, the length of the loadable sleeves is 21.65”, which is perhaps the max length that a trap bar or even a competition barbell has. The manufacturer boasts of its extra-long sleeves and numerous buyers have agreed that you can add 6 55lbs bumper plates on each side, making a total of 735lbs and you will still have ample space for the collar. 

That's a good thing to know because affordable open-trap bars often come with short sleeves. Check out Bells of Steel Hex bar 3.0 for example. It has just 10” long sleeves and yet it costs more than the Hulkfit 2” hex bar. 

However, some buyers have also stated that the 21.65” sleeves are not fully usable. See the image above. The welds between the sleeves and the hex frame block about one or two inches of space. Not really an issue though but we thought you should know what to expect. 

Knurling is a bit aggressive but that's what you need if you want to train heavy! 

Knurling is a sensitive aspect. While some prefer passive marks, others want something that can dig deep into their skin. 

Finding a balance between these two is a real challenge. Even Rogue and Eleiko have struggled hard to create the perfect knurl marks suitable for most users. Rogue Fitness even had to tie up with the Greek legend Pyrros Dimas and seek his help for creating the almost-perfect ROGUE PYRROS BAR for fitness freaks and bodybuilders. 

Rogue is a high-end brand and it has money to spend on R&D. But, low-cost home gym equipment manufacturers like Hulkfit can’t do the same thing. Yet, HulkFit Olympic Hex trap bar features near-perfect knurl marks. Some buyers found them to be a bit sharp. But, this bar is meant for lifting heavy, so passive knurl marks will anyways defeat the purpose. 

Doesn’t have an inbuilt loading jack 

See the above image of Bells of Steel hex bar. These legs or jacks are inbuilt in the frame. They help with loading and unloading of plates. Plus, they also help keep the loaded barbell in its position on the floor when done. Without them, the barbell could roll off and hit your shin bone or toes. 

Most open trap bars that we have reviewed so far have jacks. So, we expected the Hulkfit hex bar to have that feature too. But, it seems the manufacturer didn’t put much thought into it. All it did was remove one end from its standard hex bar.

However, since it is a low-cost specialty barbell, the missing loading jack feature can be ignored. 

Hulkfit needs to seriously take care of the shipping, packaging, and quality control issues 

A buyer's review mentioning the issue of quality control

Many buyers have stated that their product arrived in minimal packaging and got some dents during the transport. Some even complained that the bar they received was bent and, therefore, unsafe for use. This could be due to shipping but could also be due to manufacturing issues. Some bars even had rust despite being sold as new. 

These issues can create trust issues. We have tried a couple of products from the same brand such as the Hulkfit Power Cage and Hulkfit Half Rack / Squat Stand. Quality never seemed to be an issue but poor shipping, bad paint job, poor welding, etc. are pretty expected with any HilkFit product. 

Nevertheless, as we said above, it works as expected and that's what matters the most. 

Rating


We are giving this a rating of 4.3 out of 5.0.

Wrap Up

Despite its flaws, the Hulkfit open trap bar is a solid piece of equipment suitable for medium to heavy weight training. The quality control team needs to be more efficient though. You can always get the defective products exchanged or returned but nothing can replace a hassle-free shopping experience. 

We will soon be reviewing some more open trap bars, so you can do a thorough comparison and buy something that you wouldn’t regret. 

If you don’t need specialty bars, do check out our lists of best affordable barbells, best mid-range barbells, and best high-end barbells. These three lists cover almost every top-rated product out there, so you don’t have to brainstorm a lot. 

Do not hesitate to reach us if you have any queries or suggestions.