The Trap Bar HD

The Trap Bar HD ships in: 1-2 weeks

When released in 2017, the Kabuki Trap Bar HD was the first bar of its kind to feature an open design with an elegant built-in bar jack to allow for easy loading and unloading of plates. The bar’s construction from the design phase was for a professional-caliber tool that can withstand the frequency and loading by elite-level sports athletes and strength athletes like strongmen and powerlifters. 

Called “The Most Versatile Hex Bar on the Market” by independent journalists at GarageGymReviews - the Trap Bar HD’s durability can be evidenced by some words from an adventurous customer “You can literally hit it with a nissan rogue and no problems”.

An open design like ours enables lifters and athletes to perform a wide variety of movements beyond the traditional neutral grip deadlift - from row variations, to presses out of a rack, to ab-wheel rollouts and other imaginative uses. Today, the Trap Bar HD is a weightroom-staple for some of the most prestigious teams and facilities in the world.

  • Due to size restrictions, this bar cannot be shipped to APO/FPO/DPO addresses.


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The Trap Bar HD


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 HD 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. 


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. 


In an effort to make The Trap Bar HD as versatile of a barbell 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.  


Traditional trap or hex bars that feature low handles aligned with the center of the weight plates are unbalanced much in the same way that a playground teeter-totter is. The bar always feels like it wants to dive forwards or backwards, forcing the lifter to self-balance using their wrists. 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-totter - 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.

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  • Open Design Enables Most Exercise Applications of any Barbell
  • Easy Loading or Unloading Weights Via Built-In Bar Jack
  • Safer, Neutral Deadlift Position with Handle Width and Sizes that Adapt to the Lifter
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  • Brand:Kabuki Strength
  • Bar Type:Open-Frame Trap Bar, with Built-In Bar Jack
  • Length:77"
  • Width:9"
  • Height:23.5"
  • Weight:30kg
  • Sleeve Length:17" Loadable Area
  • Finish:Semi-Gloss Powdercoat
  • Sleeve Finish:Clear Zinc
  • Handle Types:High & Low Positions
  • Handle Diameter:29mm (included), or 1", 1.5", 2", 2" rolling
  • Adjustable Handle Widths:23" (narrow), 25" (standard), 27" (wide)
  • Handle Finish:Zinc Plated
  • Knurl:Medium
  • Corrosion Resistance:High
  • Capacity:1500lbs
  • Manufactured:Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Assembly Instructions: Click Here


Trainers, Clinicians, Scientists All Agree

Garage Gym Reviews

The Kabuki Strength Trap Bar is the latest specialty bar from powerlifter and engineering mastermind, Chris Duffin. It combines an open-end design with a built-in deadlift jack, swappable handles, and amazing attention to detail. This is one of the most versatile trap bars we’ve used and we recommend it to trainees that recognize the quality and utility of the bar. Checkout the full review here.


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Trap Bar HD is a design engineered open barbell design featuring a number of innovations designed to make for a better, and more effective lifting experience. Unlike a traditional trap/hex bar which is difficult to load and unload, the Trap Bar HD features a built-in bar jack - simply stand it up on its feet and easily load/unload plates. Additionally, our bar is the only one on the market with adjustable handle width to accommodate the smallest to the biggest of lifters. Swappable grips round out the unique feature set to make for an incomparable market-leading specialty bar.

The open design of this barbell allows for a diverse set of exercise applications, including: 

  1. Lunge variations
  2. Split squats
  3. Rows
  4. Curls
  5. Ab wheel rollouts
  6. Neutral-grip overhead press

A small half-inch vertical offset on the low handles means the bar will not “dive” forward or backward like a teeter-totter, but rather default to center like a swing. This subtle innovation makes for a better lifting experience and showcases our dedication to functional design engineering that improves on the status quo.

The standard 25” brackets are generally suitable for most lifters between 150-300lbs. For smaller athletes including women or children, the 23” narrow brackets will allow for a more comfortable, vertical arm position. Especially big lifters with broad shoulders can choose the 27” wide brackets to make sure they have enough room and optimal positioning.

The Trap Bar HD comes with two pairs of 29mm stainless steel grips on both the low and high positions. These feature our proprietary and world-renowned Kabuknurl in a stainless steel finish that is durable and corrosion-resistant.

These unique handles are 2” in diameter and can be configured to rotate or as fixed. Setting the grips to rotate creates an additional level of difficulty that makes the Trap Bar deadlift more of a grip exercise, with the limiting factor being your grip strength and not your overall deadlift strength. In fixed position, they are more difficult to grip and lift than the standard 29mm grips due to the additional diameter.

The bar has been load-tested up to 1500 pounds.

Customer Reviews

Based on 102 reviews
No Regrets - 5* Quality

The trap bar is everything you could want - supreme quality, amazing design, time-saving sturdy feet that facilitate fast loading and unloading of plates, and versatile grips.

I now have the Kabuki Duffalo bar, trap bar, and Kadillac bar - none of them were something i could really afford but honestly the quality of K products is always worth it. The company just needs to work on the lead time and ability to ever answer the phone!

Versatile VAr

This bar has finally allowed me to do deadlifts again and a host of other exercises such as rows. 5 stars all the way.

Jared Hooe
You can literally hit it with a Nissan Rogue and no problems

I got my Kabuki trap bar about 6 weeks ago. I love it. First it's a great trap bar. The option for narrow handles makes it super comfortable.

I bought the love handles, which give a great grip workout. It's also crazy versatile. I've done trap bar deads, farmers walks, romanian deadlifts, seal rows and shrugs, and I'm not even testing its limits.

Last night, I got all the confirmation on the build quality I ever needed. I had it sitting on the jack on the curb between farmers walk sets. Some stranger ran over it while I was doing chinups (no rant about his driving, but he basically had to drive on the curb to hit it).

So, if you want to know how the Kabuki trap bar fares against a Nissan Rogue, the Rogue chipped some paint and loosened two bolts by running it over. I tightened the bolts and did trap bar deads for 5 sets of 365x10 tonight. Zero issues.

This bar is fantastic and apparently borderline indestructible.

Outstanding product from great people!

Love the bar, lots of versatility with it in addition to deadlifts. There are lots of other reviews to assure you of this. If I had only a barbell and one other bar…this would be it.

In addition, I have stopped by this place in Portland twice for this bar and another. It’s awesome to see people using their own products and walking the talk of what they represent in their lab. Best customer service I have had, Charlie treated me like a VIP when I was there, and I love being able to buy great products made by great people in the PNW!

Trap Bar (Blemish)

The build quality is outstanding. The knurled grips are very grippy. Assembly using blue loctite will assure things stay tight. The built in bar jack makes adding plates a breeze. Definitely my favorite feature. The open end makes starting any movement easy and convenient since you are no longer “trapped” in the confines of a traditional trap bar. This bar is definitely a “buy once, cry once” bar that will last you forever.