I ordered the SSB right after it came out. I am a gym owner and powerlifter, and have been in the fitness industry for about 6 years.
Price: This bar comes in at an amazing price of $140 with free shipping. Most competitors bars are around $400. So the price point is excellent.
Quality: The bar itself seems to be made super well. No rust, or problems upon arrival. Packaged arrived completely intact. The bar did seem to have a slight oily residue on it but it wiped right off. The pads are nice and firm and feel like they will stand up to some use. I have squatted up to 225 lbs on the bar so far and it has held up great. I completely believe the bar could easily handle 500 lbs plus and is rated to 700.
Recommend: I would highly recommend this bar to anyone looking to buy an SSB. I am super happy with it, and it is designed like a real barbell vs. some company's make their products with paint on the sleeves that chips off. Overall it is a great bar. If you are even contemplating buying on, do it.
I purchased this bar on a Wednesday and had it Thursday (Michigan). Just like Jim, the box was in great shape, bar and pads were wrapped neatly. Assembly was a breeze (adding pads to the bar). Welds look professional and durable. The finish of bar is excellent. The sleeves are very smooth but have had no issues when using spring collars. This is one of many pieces I have purchased from Titan and I love all of them.
Ive squatted with the rogue safety bar and this safety bar, and this one is just as good and over 250 dollars less. Save the money and buy bumper plates and trap bar for deadlifts. You wll save your back by not using the straight bar for deadlifts and squats. The straight bar will be outdated, don't know when, but in 50 years, there will be no straight bars used for squatting and deadlifting in high schools, guaranteed. Safety first guys, please, or walk with a can when your 70.
This bar is simply awesome. Really great job with the balancing to squat hands free. Also the ends are the perfect size for your typical spring collars to hold the weight on. The two I've used in a gym to get a feel for this type of bar needed special collars to hold on the weight. The handle length is great as well as the padding for the shoulder area.
Same thing you'd get from any bigger name for a fraction of the price. Quality pads, bar, sleeves are clipped in and move well. I've got a bunch of Titan fitnes stuff in my gym and am always happy with it.
Ordered on a Sunday night and it arrived on Thursday (Arizona). The box was in great shape and within the box the bar was wrapped in plastic and then wrapped in bubble wrap. The pads are fully enclosed (you don't see the foam) and velcro on to the bar. The pad looks very durable and feels great when squatting. The bar is balanced when loading plates. The sleeves are held on by snap rings and feature a cool Titan logo. The only complaint I would have is that sleeves are smooth and don't have the grooves you see on other bars to help the plates stay in place. This is easily remedied by using a collar to hold the weights in place. I have performed band squats and regular squats with this bar at over 400lbs and it performed and felt great. Highly recommend this bar at the price.