I live in a condo and I need compact home equipment to create workouts when I can't make the gym due to my work schedule. I am used to 7' bars but I chose this 5' bar to take up less space. It arrived wrapped in thick cardboard tubing and plastic wrap which was great. The cardboard tubing was ripped open at both ends but that wasn't a problem for me. It's a barbell so I don't care that it was banged up a bit. It's good that Titan has wrapped the bar for shipping instead of sending it without anything. When I took the bar out it seemed to be lightly coated with something greasy so I had to wipe the bar down. I also noticed tiny metal shavings all over the end of the bar which got onto my hands and floor. When I went to wash my hands I ended up with small cuts all over from the metal. I don't know if this happened to other customers but be careful. I also had to vacuum because the metal chips were everywhere. The bar itself is great. The knurling is pretty rough on this bar compared to the bars at my gym. Maybe because it's brand new? I don't use hand wraps for barbell work but I will have to start for higher rep days. I have Titan bumper plates on the bar now and I am just awaiting collars before doing anything other than deadlifts. The plates are all a little bent so they won't stay securely on the bar nor together without collars. No biggie. But this barbell is great - compact, sturdy, perfect for home gym, and affordable which is key! I recommend this bar.
This is flat out the best deal for a stubby bar. It is much easier to balance for certain lifts than a regular 7ft Olympic bar. I have no complaints about the item itself, the sleeves rotate smoothly. My only complaint was the packaging. . . .of which there was none. I was somewhat surprised to come home from work and see the bar sitting on my porch, no cardboard tube, no plastic wrap, nothing. Just a shipping label taped onto one of the sleeves. The bar was not damaged or anything, but I did indeed expect more by way of shipping. Overall, I would completely recommend getting this bar if you are wanting to get a stubby bar. It has clips in the ends of the sleeves, not the hex head bolt. I put it to the test last night and in felt great on my biceps!!
I'm not sure what the other reviewer was taking about when he said, "extend past the bushing?" My bar didn't have this. It's a very very good bar for the price. Actually has snap ends! I would recommend anyone by it that wants a short bar. Sleeves rotate good enough, finish is good, nurl is very good. Definitely better then the cheapies that cost more at Dicks or other sporting goods store. If they don't have them in stock it may take a while to get; but, you'll get it. Wait for a promo and buy a couple!
I like this bar being compact & seems well built, however the distance between the knurling seems to be a lot wider than standard bars and also goes past the edge of the bushing in the collars which adds drag to collar rotation. I'm no expert by any means & I understand this is an economy bar but if I had to change anything on this bar it would be to make the distance between the knurl closer to the specs of a traditional Olympic bar & not let it extend past the bushing. I would still recommend this bar to anyone looking for an inexpensive compact training bar.