I purchased this barbell along with other exercise equipment about a month ago, then realized after I received my shipment that I only ordered one, not two. So, I ordered a second one.
I have read many reviews on these sites about CAP products and quite frankly can't determine why others don't like some of the products. This barbell is exactly as advertised. It weights in at just over 9 lbs (with both collars). It is the Olympic size (2 inch diameter bar for 2 inch diameter plates). It has diamond cut pattern for the grip surface, the outer bar plate holders rotate to keep from having uneven weights shifting while you work out. The bar collars work well and have a nice tight grip on the bar not letting the plates move horizontally at all. My only negative to the CAP products (I have a curling bar as well from CAP) is the collars are too narrow. Once you put plates on, if you don't put the plates with the flat back away from the collars, it's difficult to tighten some times because of the short distance from the center of collar where the tightening handle is to the plate. Even though they slide, they have a large stop which catches on the plates. The hole should either be offset, the collar wider or the stop on the handles made smaller (probably the best choice).
I would however highly recommend this product. It's inexpensive, works well, is solidly built (solid core, not hollow), and has a nice finish. It's not professional in that it has no blemished, but hey, it's just for weight lifting. What difference does beauty make?
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