#1.Buddy Capps Texas Power Bar
We consider the Buddy Capps Texas Power Bar to be the best powerlifting bar and the holy grail of powerlifting. It is something you should definitely consider if you are serious about powerlifting. The bar uses the best quality materials with the best possible craftsmanship and every little details matters. We won’t spare you the trouble with the nitty gritty details but just trust us when we mean that this bar realy means serious business. It is not cheap but it can definitely handle some serious weight.
Best Powerlifting Bar
- #1.Buddy Capps Texas Power Bar
- #2.ProSource Olympic Barbell Multipurpose
- #3.XMark USA Carolina Reaper
- #4.REP Gladiator Olympic Bar
- #5.XMark VOODOO Commercial Barbell
#1.Buddy Capps Texas Power Bar
Finding the best powerlifting bar is not exactly that easy. Many of them are advertised as olympic bars and a good majority of these bars can’t really hold serious weight. Luckily, there’s the Buddy Capps Texas.This highly coveted powerlifting bar is different from the rest because it uses black zinc plated bars and not cheaper black oxide, which only darkens the steel but gives no corrosion resistance.
It’s the most popular all purpose powerlifting bar in the USA used for both training and competition. It is built for a lifetime of hard use as it has oil Impregnated bearings that need no lubrication.And of course, no details was spared making this bar and no materials were skimped. You can load it with all the weights you want and it will have very little bend.
#2.ProSource Olympic Barbell Multipurpose
Next, we have the ProSource Powerlifting Barbell, which is the best powerlifting bar for those who wants something that is generally pretty good but also won’t break the bank.This barbell has pretty smooth spin with tight bearings and a good balance. It performs with some serious weight up to 160k PSI. If deadlift or squat over 8 plates, you should look elsewhere.
In general, this barbell is made of a durable steel bar with a phosphate finish and chrome sleeves added for durability and rust-prevention. So basically, it doesn’t feel cheap at all.And finally, just know that there’s a standard medium diamond knurl that give you a very secure grip. Overall, we are very impressed with the performance.
#3.XMark USA Carolina Reaper
XMark is certainly a popular brand name in the world of powerlifting and the USa Caroline Reaper is the best powerlifting bar under this brand in our opinion.This barbell has a PSI rating of 200k which basically translates to being able to handle a weight of 2000 pounds. If you can deadlift more than that, you deserve to have one sent to you as a replacement.
In terms of build and specs, it is proudly made in the USA with very a high strength, stress proof alloy steel, a sleek black zinc shaft and silver zinc sleeves.Also, you get some pretty smooth rotation with the self-lubricating, low friction bronze bushings. Finally, it comes with dual IWF knurling marks, semi aggressive knurling, and a 28.5 mm grip.
#4.REP Gladiator Olympic Bar
The REP Gladiator Olympic Bar is definitely not for the faint heart. While it is technically a Olympic Barbell, you can definitely use it for powerlifting and in fact we recommend it more for powerlifters. It has a 1500 pound max load with a 230K tensile strength, so bending this bar will be quite difficult unless you are stacking on some world record weights.
Overall, we think that separates this bar from the rest of the brand is just that it feels very comfortable and easy to grip in your hands. Additionally, it really has optimal whip and medium depth knurl.This knurl is perfect for us as it is doesn’t eat into your hands during those last few reps and the knurl markings are ideal for a powerlifter.
#5.XMark VOODOO Commercial Barbell
Finally, we have the XMark Voodoo which is another finely made XMark product. It is crafted using a heat treated alloy steel and a snap ring lock system, which is great for powerlifters. The bar itself is made of black manganese phosphate shaft and it holds a tensile strength of 185k with a 1500 pound weight capacity. Also, there’s moderate flex in the bar.
We actually like the flex of the bar when it comes to deadlifting, as it makes it a bit easier off of the ground. You can get rid of some of the slack on the bar with a quick jerk. Finally, we really like how Voodoo’s collars have micro grooves which basically makes sure your plates stay in place. This adds to both safety and comfort.