Fitek is an Australian home gym equipment manufacturer. Its products are decent enough for intermediate to advanced trainers. They are not competitive-grade products but they are suitable for most of us.
In this article, we will be reviewing Fitek premium open trap/hex bar, which is rated as one of the best trap bars for home and garage gyms. Unlike other trap bars that we have recently reviewed, this walkthrough requires some basic assembly, which is fairly easy. As expected, it is built like a tank and can be trusted with heavy loads.
Quick Review Summary
Fitek Premium open hex bar is a no-frill trap bar suitable for people who lift heavy and train hard. Its long sleeves can handle enough weight plates to challenge you every day. The handles are available in 29mm and 39mm diameter. The thicker ones obviously make your workouts more challenging.
Fitek is an Australian brand, so it is more reliable than the Chinese competitors. But, shipping could take time.
- 1500lbs weight load capacity
- 20” long loadable sleeves
- Dual handles with two different diameters for tougher workouts
- Easy assembly
- No major issue found as such
We are giving this a rating of 4.3 out of 5.0.
Now on to our full review.
Features and specifications of Fitek Open Hex bar
- Dimensions: 84” X 34” X 23”
- Weight: 32kg i.e. 70lbs
- Weight-bearing capacity: 650kgs/1400lbs
- Loadable sleeve length- 20”
- Compatible with 2” Olympic plates
- Has inbuilt jack for easy loading and unloading
- Standard 1-year manufacturer warranty
You will love the thick handles
Just like Bells of Steel Hex bar 3.0 and many other competitive products, it comes with two sets of handles. But, the handles are of different diameters. One set is 1.1” and the other one is 1.5” in diameter. If you have small hands, the standard 1.1” handles will be good for you but if you have large hands or if you want to intensify your workouts, you can use the thicker ones.
The handles have aggressive knurl marks
Some buyers have stated that the knurl marks are so hard that they literally dig into your skin. This is good because aggressive knurl marks give you a really good grip. But, they may also cause minor discomfort and might distract you.
There is nothing much you can do about it. With time, you will get used to it.
The super-long stainless steel sleeves can hold plenty of plates
The sleeves and every part of this open hex bar are made of stainless steel. The manufacturer claims that it is rust and corrosion-proof and suitable for garage gyms where humidity is a major issue.
We have tried a couple of products such as the Hessaire Portable Evaporative Cooler, Black and Decker 14000 BTU portable AC, and Commercial Electric 16 Inch Turbo Floor Fan. None of them are actually effective for controlling the temperature of garage gyms, especially if you live in a highly humid region. The AC units, however, can help deal with humidity.
If you live in a humid region, you should buy good quality stainless steel products like this Fitek Trap bar so they last longer.
Now, talking about the sleeves; they are 20” long, which is the longest possible sleeve in a barbell. Even the Kabuki Strength hex bar has 17” loadable sleeves. The only hex bar that has such long sleeves is the HulkFit Olympic open Hex bar, which is not meant for hardcore training sessions.
Longer sleeves means you can load plenty of plates and yet, you will have space to add a barbel collar.
Fitek Premium trap/Hex bar has a welded frame
Not a major complaint because Rogue open trap bars too have welded frames.
However, this is a premium quality product meant for rigorous training. You can expect the users to load 600lbs to 1000lbs weight or even more. While the welded frame might not fail when subjected to such a heavy load, it may not last long, especially if you keep dropping it regularly. A non-welded frame would have been better.
Check out the Kabuki Strength hex bar for example. Its frame is made of one single piece of steel, which makes you feel confident enough to load it with heavy weights.
If you want to train with 400-700lbs of weight, the Fitek open hex bar should be good for you but if you want to train heavier than that, go with Kabuki Strength hex bar or other similar products that do not have any joints or welds that could fail.
It is pricey
Fitek open trap bar offers nothing more than what other competitive hybrid barbells are offering. Yet, it costs much more than them. Plus, you will have to pay extra for shipping. We are not sure if that much is worth spending.
But, again, it is better to spend more and get a good quality product than buy a mediocre one and then keep replacing it after every few years.
We are giving this a rating of 4.3 out of 5.0.
We do not recommend the Fitek Open trap/hex bar for bodybuilders and people who are practicing for competitive training because of the welded frame. Otherwise, it is a great piece of home gym equipment for people who love to train heavy and yet want to stay safe.
If you want to train with heavy loads but do not have enough balance and confidence, you can use a smith machine instead. Although we do not recommend them, they are still a good option for people who have balance and flexibility problems and yet want to squat with heavy loads. Here is a detailed article on what a smith machine is and how to buy a good one for your home gym.
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