Force USA Walkthrough Trap Bar Review

This versatile trap bar from Force USA can level up your workouts.

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A solid trap bar can be a great tool for any athlete to level up their deadlift since its shape is more conducive to achieving proper form, and they tend to feel more natural than a barbell. Walkthrough trap bars like the one from Force USA feature an open design which might make them even more versatile than a traditional hex trap bar. Aside from not needing to worry about possibly tripping when stepping in or out of the bar, you can also implement some walking lunges into your workout program with this product. 

This trap bar has a built-in jack, which makes it extremely easy to load or unload your bumper plates, and the handle on top allows you to perform suitcase carries. Plus, you also have two fully knurled handles on either side of the bar to switch up your grips. This trap bar from Force USA is able to withstand up to 660 pounds, and you have just under 13 inches on each loading sleeve to slide your weight plates on. When it comes to finding a highly versatile trap bar for a reasonable price, the Force USA Walkthrough Trap Bar is one of our favorite trap bars on the market.

Main Takeaways

  • The Force USA Walkthrough trap bar has a built-in jack that makes it easy to change your weight plates.
  • The five handles offer great versatility when it comes to grip, which could potentially level up the exercises you can do with it.
  • You can load up to 660 pounds of weight onto this trap bar, and the open design allows you to use this trap bar for walking lunges.
Force USA Walkthrough Trap Bar
Force USA Walkthrough Trap Bar
Force USA Walkthrough Trap Bar

You can do a lot more than deadlifts with a trap bar, and this one takes that to a new level with ergonomic, adjustable handles and a built-in bar jack for easy plate loading. It measures 69 inches in length and can support up to 661 pounds.

Force USA Walkthrough Trap Bar Highlights

The Force USA Trap Bar allows you to lift in a more natural way than with a barbell since your shoulders are in a more natural position than holding a bar in front of you. This could lead to better form while lifting, which will allow you to lift heavier weight the appropriate way. Regardless of if you want to deadlift, perform shoulder shrugs, a farmers walk, suitcase carries, or walking lunges — we found that the Force USA Walkthrough Trap Bar can handle it.

The open design of this trap bar allows you to do extra lifts since you don’t have a bar floating behind you as you’re using it, providing more working room. The built-in jack makes changing your weight as easy as it could be — just use the handle at the front of the trap bar to stand it up. The two handles on either side of the trap bar provide some versatility with your grips, but the top handles are 31 inches apart which could be spaced too far for some people. The handles are fully knurled which will assist you in finding a good grip, but they aren’t cut very deep so you might need to invest in some chalkstraps or gloves

You can load up to 660 pounds on this trap bar which is a solid number for the majority of weight lifters, but the loading sleeves are just under 13 inches in length. This is significant because with a 20 kilogram barbell, the loading sleeves are typically 16 inches and will allow you to add some more weight on than what you can with this trap bar. So you could essentially run out of room for your plates before you reach that max weight threshold. The sleeves also don’t feature any grooves, but a pair of spring collars are included with your purchase to keep your plates in place. 

Who Should Buy the Force USA Walkthrough Trap Bar

  • Athletes of all levels can use this bar for their deadlifts since your body is aligned more naturally than it would be with a barbell. To put it simply, you don’t have to lean over this bar like you do with a barbell, which is really nice.
  • Customers who want a trap bar to do more than just deadlifts will enjoy the open design that brings more versatility and makes it possible to perform walking lunges, while the handle on top allows you to do suitcase carries.
  • Anyone who is tired of the hassle of changing weight on a trap bar will love the built-in jack that requires minimal effort to load or unload weight plates.

Who Shouldn’t Buy the Force USA Walkthrough Trap Bar

  • Anyone who is looking for their trap bar to have an abrasive knurling might not be too fond of the passiveness of the knurling on the handles.
  • While $400 might be a good deal considering the versatility of this trap bar, we still understand that might be too much money for some people, and in that case you might want to consider some cheaper options. 
  • Since the max weight of this trap bar is 660 pounds, anyone who deadlifts over that much weight will want to find a bar that is able to accommodate their strength levels.

Price

When comparing the Force USA Walkthrough Trap Bar to some regular hexagon shaped trap bars, you’d think the price would be significantly higher, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Some hex trap bars are actually more expensive than this one is, but they also may have a higher weight rating than 660 pounds, and the same goes for some other open trap bars. Since you have a lot of versatility with this trap bar, and the features are pretty unique, $400 is actually a pretty solid price in our opinion. 

Now if $400 is out of your budget for a trap bar, you could always find a cheaper one out there, but we can’t speak on the quality of all of those options, and you might be in the market for a new one sooner than you’d like. Force USA also throws in a lifetime structural warranty with this product that covers any manufacturing defects, and you can finance your purchase through Affirm. Payments with Affirm start at $34, but could increase after they run a soft credit score check. 

Overall Build and Quality

The Force USA Walkthrough Trap Bar is pretty versatile with regards to a trap bar. It features a built-in jack that makes changing your weight plates effortless, you have five different handles for you to mix up your workout, and the open design allows you to perform a wider variety of workouts than with a traditional hex trap bar. The weight rating is 660 pounds, which may be plenty of weight for the recreational lifter, but that might not be enough for elite level powerlifters.

While the handles are fully knurled, they aren’t very abrasive which could create an issue in terms of optimal grip for some people. The loading sleeves are 12.8 inches which is noticeably shorter than the 16 inches you’ll find with a barbell, and some people may experience the issue of running out of room on the loading sleeves before maxing out the weight limit.While there aren’t any grooves in the sleeves to prevent your plates from sliding (a feature you often find with a barbell), Force USA does throw in a pair of spring collars to keep them in their original placement.

We aren’t sure the exact materials used to forge this trap bar, but in our time with it, we felt that it was sturdy enough to handle all of our workouts. The Force USA Walkthrough Trap Bar is about 29 inches tall when standing on the built-in jack, and is 69 inches long from sleeve to sleeve.Since you have two handles on either side, you can switch your grip up for your workouts, which could also force you to get lower during your deadlifts.

We thoroughly enjoyed the handle placement since it feels more natural than deadlifting with a barbell, but the top handles on either side of the bar are 31 inches apart — which could be a problem for some athletes. And while we don’t know the exact diameter of the handles, they felt to be around 30 millimeters when comparing them to the handles of some dumbbells. This trap bar weighs a solid 65 pounds, and does require assembly which took us about 20-30 minutes. 

Features

The Force USA Trap bar comes equipped with five different handles at your disposal for your workouts. The handle on top is primarily used for standing the bar up, or laying it down while changing your weight plates, but it can also double as a grip for a suitcase carry workout. You also have two handles located on either side of the bar that can give you some variety during your lifts, they’re all fully knurled, but you might need some assistance to get the best grip possible since they aren’t very abrasive. 

The handles rotate, which did not affect us in a negative way while lifting, but that could be an annoyance to some. It’s not clear what the handles are made out of, but they felt to be some type of metal, so durability shouldn’t be much of a concern. The loading sleeves are as smooth as Michael Jackson’s moonwalk, but since your purchase includes a pair of spring collars, you shouldn’t have to worry about your plates sliding off while lifting. 

Knurling

The knurling found on the handles is not very abrasive, which may be a bit disappointing to some athletes. While they are fully knurled which can assist you in getting a good grip regardless of where you grab the handles, without that abrasiveness you might want to invest in some lifting chalk, gloves, and/or straps to provide you with the proper grip you desire. 

Sleeve Design

The sleeves on the Force USA Walkthrough Trap Bar are smooth, and do not feature and type of grooved pattern. This seems to be pretty common across all trap bars though, and since you have a pair of spring collars thrown in with your purchase, we don’t think you should sweat that too much. We definitely recommend using the spring collars though for your own safety.

Counterbalanced 

A really awesome feature with this trap bar is that it has a counterbalanced design. At first glance, you would think that the open design would lead to the front of the bar being heavier which could make it difficult to lift with. Fortunately that is not the case, as this counterbalanced design helps keep the bar level during your workouts. 

Built-in jack

Our favorite feature of this trap bar is without a doubt the built-in jack. This is going to make loading or unloading your weight plates as simple as possible. Just grab the handle located on the top of the bar and set the bar on the jack. You’ll have the perfect amount of space between the sleeves and the ground for you to slide your plates on or off without any interference. 

Product Specs

The Force USA Walkthrough Trap Bar is one of our favorite options on the market due to its versatility and uniqueness. Because it has a natural feel when performing deadlifts, beginners can learn the proper technique, and since it has a weight rating of 660 pounds, more seasoned lifters can also get some solid usage out of it. When standing on the built-in jack, it has a height of 29 inches, and is 69 inches from sleeve to sleeve, with each one being 12.8 inches. 

Materials

The materials used on equipment plays a large factor in the overall quality, as well as the price for said equipment. While we don’t know the gauge steel that was used for this trap bar, it does feel pretty solid in our opinion, and we don’t think you need to worry about it breaking on you. Fortunately, Force USA throws in a lifetime structural warranty on their products which covers any potential manufacturing defects.

There are some negative reviews online from customers saying the handles are made out of plastic, while we didn’t find that to be true, we still aren’t exactly sure what was used. There’s also a black powder coating which gives it a nice look in our gym. 

Weight Capacity

The Force USA Walkthrough Trap Bar is rated to hold up to 660 pounds. This is a solid number for the majority of home gym owners, but if you are someone who is able to deadlift more than that, you’re going to want to explore some other options. There’s actually some trap bars out there that can handle up to 1,500 pounds. 

Dimensions and Weight

Unlike some other equipment like a kettlebell or dumbbell, trap bars don’t vary too much in terms of their overall dimensions. The Force USA Walkthrough Trap Bar is 69 inches in length, stands at 29 inches tall when rotated to the built-in jack, and the loading sleeves are 12.8 inches long. We were a bit disappointed that the loading sleeves are that much shorter than what you’ll find on a 20 kilogram barbell, but since this bar is not able to handle as much weight as a solid barbell can, it’s probably best to keep the sleeve length as is.

This trap bar weighs 65 pounds when fully assembled, which is a nice touch and can provide a solid weight on its own when you look to do some suitcase carries. Just be sure to keep this in mind as it’s 20lbs heavier than a traditional 45lb barbell.

Warranties

The Force USA Walkthrough Trap Bar features a lifetime warranty that covers the structural integrity of the bar, and any errors that may occur during manufacturing — but that warranty excludes any rust that may form, or negligent usage. 

Places to Buy

You can purchase this barbell directly through the Force USA website.

Company Information

Force USA had offered affordable gym equipment for those who want to build out a home gym. They currently operate in over 25 countries across the globe, but to reach their USA operations team, you can call (385) 557-2554, or for their Canada team you can call (778) 800-950. If you’d rather contact them via email, you can fill out a request form on their website to have someone from their team email you.

Final Word

The Force USA Walkthrough Trap Bar is a highly versatile trap bar that is a great option for anyone looking to learn proper deadlift technique, plus you can work in some suitcase carries or walking lunges on top of the typical trap bar workouts like a farmers walk. It’s less expensive than some trap bars that feature a similar design, but those are also rated to handle more weight than this trap bar is able to hold. It’s also the same price as some trap bars that have less features, so in reality, the $400 price tag is pretty solid in our eyes. 

The knurling on the handles might not be ideal for anyone who needs an abrasive knurling, but you could also work in some lifting chalk, gloves, or straps if necessary. While 660 pounds may be more than enough weight for a lot of people, anyone who is able to deadlift more than that will want to go ahead and bite the bullet for a more expensive trap bar that can handle their strength level. When it’s all said and done though, and when you consider all of the features that make this a pretty unique trap bar, we think this is one of the best options you could add to your home gym

FAQs

What workouts can I do with the Force USA Walkthrough Trap Bar besides deadlifts?

Because of the open design and the five handles at your disposal, this is one of the more versatile trap bars on the market. You can utilize the handle on top for some suitcase carries, and since this is in fact an open trap bar, you can even do some walking lunges if you desire.

How much weight can the Force USA Walkthrough Trap Bar hold?

This trap bar is rated to hold up to 660 pounds. That might be more than enough for the average weight lifter, but anyone with elite strength will want to look for another trap bar to accommodate their strength — there’s some out there that can hold up to 1,500 pounds.

Is it better to deadlift with a trap bar like the Force USA Walkthrough Trap Bar than with a barbell?

While you can absolutely deadlift with a barbell — we do from time to time, as do many other lifters — a trap bar really might be the optimal piece of equipment to do so. Because the handles are located on either side of your body, it feels more natural than having your arms in front of you gripping a barbell. Plus you may endure less stress on your lower back, and the range of motion tends to be shorter due to the elevated handles. This is going to be a great tool for a beginner to learn the proper technique of a deadlift.