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TITAN Multi grip log bar vs Hex bar

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Jan 10, 2021 9:00:00 AM

TITAN Multi grip log bar vs Hex bar

This is a comparison between the TITAN Multi grip log bar and TITAN hex bar including pros, cons, and alternatives. The Original was published in Which Strongman equipment to get from TITAN. Follow the links for details

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Overview and review of the Hex trap bar

The Titan Hex trap bar will put you back about $200. TITAN is well known for their very good prices compared to their competition and will get you started on your home gym. This review was originally posted in “which barbell to get from TITAN”.

 

Overview of the hex trap bar 

 
A hex trap bar is a great option to introduce beginners to the deadlift or to have a multi-purpose tool to do farmers walks. Lifting the weight from inside the frame while making it less strenuous on your lower back limiting injury risk. The specifications and features of the hex trap bar are: 
 
Bar details
 
  • Dual handle design
  • Raised set of handles stands 7.5" from the floor for a raised starting position when lifting. 
  • Frame measure 49" across so you can easily rack the bar on your power rack safety system. 
  • Solid 48mm weight posts for maximum capacity and long term durability. Tested at 810 LB over a 24 hours period. 
  • Overall Length: 87.5" 
  • Hexagon Frame Length: 49"
  • Handle Spread: 25" 
  • Handle Diameter: 1.25"
  • Handle Length: 24.5"
  • Weight Post Length: 15.75"
  • Weight Post Diameter: 48 mm
  • Weight: 60 LB
 
Good tool when you have lower back problems or beginners. 
 

Pros of the Hex bar 

 
A hex bar lets you develop about the same muscle groups as the straight bar for the deadlift with a lesser risk of lower back injuries. It can also be used for farmers walks in Strongman classes. 
 

Cons of the Hex bar 

 
Hex bars are usually hard to store and intimidating to beginners. Because of their higher weight and big frame beginners usually don’t like to set them up. Apart from the farmers walks and deadlifts the applications of the hex bar are quite limited. 
 

Alternatives to the hex bar 

 
The Titan Atlas bar is a great option from TITAN to save money when you buy in bulk while still providing great service to your clients. The Atlas bar is the all-around workhorse out of the TITAN portfolio. 
 
For only about $100 more you can get a yoke. Most people who consider a hex bar already own a barbell. You might as well consider a yoke as it gives you a lot more options for only slightly more money. 
 
If you are already looking into strongman equipment, you might want to have a look at a log bar. These are great to develop overall body strength and have been a staple of strongman competitions for years. 
 

Summary of the hex bar 

 
The hex bar is a great tool to get athletes used to the deadlift or lower injury risk for people who are not into powerlifting but want to reap the benefits of the deadlift. 
 

Overview and review of the TITAN Multi grip log bar

This is an overview of the TITAN Multi grip log bar including pros, cons, and alternatives. The Original was published in Which Strongman equipment to get from TITAN. Follow the links for details.

 

Multi grip log bar $153

 

Overview of the TITAN Multi grip log bar

 
The TITAN Multi grip log bar is a good cheaper and smaller option for home gyms compared to other log bars available from TITAN. As this log bar is short it can not be racked and is also too small to reflect truly what you will have in a strongman competition. That being said it is one of the best options to get a log into a small space and get something else into your training than just barbell movements. The full specifications of this log bar are:
 
- This bar combines the best of a multi grip barbell with the girth and feel of a traditional log bar.
- 10" Diameter barrel measure 15" long to produce the same motion of rolling the log up your body for lifts. 
- Multiple grips let you target different muscle groups and makes this bar more suitable for athletes of varying size.
- Grip spread distances at 19" and 31" apart. 
- Heavy duty steel construction and thick powder for a durable training bar.
 
- Overall Length: 75.5"
- Grip Spread: 19" | 31"
- Grip Length: 5.5"
- Grip Diameter: 1.3"
- Log Length: 15"
- Log Diameter: 10"
- Sleeve Length: 14"
- Sleeve Diameter: 1.95"
- Weight: 60 LB
 
A good purchase as it is not too expensive, just be mindful of the space available in your home gym or commercial gym as you most likely will have to store on the floor or lean it in the corner as it does not work with most standard storage units for barbells.
 

Pros of the TITAN Multi grip log bar

 
The pros of the TITAN Multi grip log bar are:
 
  • Multi grip
  • Smaller size
  • Price
 
The multi grip options on this log bar can be used to make your workout as challenging as with a 12" log bar. Just use the wider grip and you will see how it challenges you. The smaller size also means that it better fits small environments and can be stored easier. In combination with the smaller price tag this is the ideal present for someone who is obsessed with strength and you want to get them something out of the ordinary. Not a lot you can do wring with this.
 

Cons of the TITAN Multi grip log bar

 
The cons of the Multi grip log bar are:
 
  • Not rack loadable
  • Not competition dimensions
  • Positioning of grips for big athletes
  • TITAN finish
 
This log bar is too short to be loaded into a rack to do presses from a certain height. If you want to train partial movements for the log bar lift, this is not the ideal tool to get. However, if you are considering partial log bar lifts, you probably want to get one of the bigger log bars anyway.
 
In most competitions the log bars will be bigger and not hollow. This makes their handling a lot different from what you get with the multi grip log bar. It is still a great tool which is easy to transport and dies not take up a lot of space. For the real deal you might want to look for the slater logs instead to train at home.
 
As the sleeves have been cut into to make space for the multiple grips, this log bar can be challenging for bigger athletes. You might have trouble to get your hands in the right way or load the log bar to your chest as some pieces or missing. This only applies when you are massive yourself, but definitely something to consider.
 
The last thing to mention is the TITAN finish. While there no negative reports about this particular log bar that I have found, you still run a risk with TITAN on finish of the products with many welds. That does mean that this must be the case for you, but there is a reason why TITAN can offer their products at such a low price. This usually shows in quality control, customer service and shipping. There is just a wider variance in experience compared to the more expensive brands like Eleiko and Rogue.
 

Alternatives to the TITAN Multi grip log bar

 
Alternatives to the TITAN Multi grip log bar are:
 
 
The 10 inch log bar from TITAN is the little brother of the 12" log bar. This size is usually used in female strongman competitions, but can also be a bit more approachable for the masses in a commercial gym to get them interested in strongman training. It also comes at a slightly lower price of $230, although I think that the size differences matter more for this comparison than the prices.
 
Rogue delivers their log bars in (2, 10" and 12" at prices of $345, $465, and $595. Their logs are considerably higher in cost. The log bars usually involve more manual labor and welding in production and Rogue is known for better quality welds than TITAN. Usually these differences are more cosmetic than functional in nature, but be aware that you tend to pay more for better craftsmanship at Rogue for the welding and that log bars, not like barbells, need more of this kind of work. 
 
The slater log is the real deal when it comes to log bars. If you want to purchase a ready made wooden log bar you can get your hands in three different versions from Slater costing $449, $549, and $695. These log bars weigh more for the same diameter and come closer to what you will handle in competition.
 

Conclusion for the TITAN Multi grip log bar

 
The TITAN MUlti grip log bar is a good tool to enter Strongman and build size. If you are already massive you might want to go with one of the bigger logs.
 

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