New Release: Rep Fitness Aggressive Stainless Power Bar

Rep Aggressive Stainless Power Bar - Garage Gym Lab

You can read my full review of the Rep Fitness Power Bar EX Here

The long awaited aggressive power bar in stainless steel from Rep Fitness is finally here!

I was actually able to get my hands on this bar before its release, so in this article we’ll take a look at the specs as well as my initial thoughts on the bar. I’ve also included some comparison shots to give you an idea of the knurling relative to other popular power bars.

This isn’t Rep Fitness’ first time producing a stainless steel power bar. If you read my review of their original version, you know I’m a big fan of that bar. It’s fully stainless steel from end-to-end and it offers excellent value at that price point. The downside of that bar to some is that the knurling is fairly passive. I love it on bench press as well as high-bar squats, but I never use it for deadlifts or low-bar squats.

Understanding this, Rep Fitness has spent the better part of a year developing an aggressive version of the bar.

It is more expensive than the original ($379 vs. $269), but it’s less expensive than the Rogue Ohio Power Bar (stainless shaft/chrome sleeves) and several other notable options.

Again, this is based on my initial impressions of the bar. I will have a full, thorough review in the coming weeks. That said, I’m confident this bar is going to be a winner.

Going into this, I had the ~$600 Vulcan Absolute Stainless Power Bar (review here) rated as one of the best bars I’ve ever used. That is still the case today… but as you will see below, the Rep Fitness Aggressive Stainless Power Bar is remarkably similar at $379.

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Rep Fitness Aggressive Stainless Power Bar

Rep Aggressive Stainless Power Bar Knurl 2 - Garage Gym Lab

The freshly released Rep aggressive stainless steel power bar is a beauty of a bar. It has an impressive spec profile, it’s fully stainless from end-to-end, it has a deeply aggressive knurl, it offers smooth sleeves, and it’s priced competitively.

If you follow me on Instagram (@GarageGymLab), you know that I’m downright giddy over this bar. I’ve been looking forward to this specific bar argulably more than any other bar in my collection. Having used it now a couple of times, I’m optimistic that it’s going to be in my regular rotation. In fact, I see it being my daily driver when I’m not actively reviewing other bars. Up to this point, the black oxide version of the Vulcan Absolute Power Bar (different knurl than its stainless sibling) has held that title.

Initial Reaction

Rep Aggressive Stainless Power Bar Knurling - Garage Gym Lab

As mentioned, my initial reaction to the bar is very positive. I prefer a more aggressive knurl in general, and this bar from Rep delivers in spades. It’s a deeply mountainous knurl that bites in all the right ways. If you’re just starting out in powerlifting, you may find it to be a little “extra.” I still don’t find it overly sharp, however. When I grip the bar, I’m not offended. It provides an excellent grip that sets in nicely, especially on deadlifts and low-bar squats. Quite the opposite of the original stainless power bar from Rep, I don’t see myself benching with this bar a ton since I prefer a less aggressive knurl on that lift. This is just my preference though – this bar is capable of handling each of the squat, bench, and deadlift very well.

When I used the bar for the first time on deadlifts, I came away thoroughly impressed. It reminded me very much of the Vulcan Absolute Stainless Power Bar (see below). The knurl left a noticeable pattern on my hand, but again, it wasn’t particularly sharp to me. It similarly felt very secure during low bar squats and it gave me that tactile sensation that I appreciate.

I like it more than the Rogue OPB, the Kabuki Power Bar, and the original Rep Fitness Power Bar v2.

You can read detailed comparisons in my full-length review found here. 

Conclusion

Rep Aggressive Stainless Power Bar 2 - Garage Gym Lab

Overall, the Rep Fitness Aggressive Stainless Power Bar is making a very solid first impression. For $379, you’re getting a fully stainless steel power bar with superb knurling and smooth sleeves. It also comes with a lifetime warranty.

I will be posting my detailed review in the coming weeks, but if you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to drop a comment or reach out to me on Instagram.

11 COMMENTS

  1. I think it’s important to note that although the Rogue Ohio Power Bar SS is $395, when I put them each in my cart due to the significantly higher shipping charges for Rep they are less than $5 apart. Now, the Rep has stainless sleeves so you are getting greater value. However, Rogue has different knurl. I beat apples to apples comparison is obviously to the Vulcan, but you’ll have to update this when Rogue comes out with stainless sleeves.

    • I agree completely, Dustin. Thanks for the comment. I’m curious to see if/when Rogue comes out with Stainless sleeves, as I’ve heard conflicting reports. If they do, their price will certainly go up, which will create a bigger gap compared to this Rep bar.

  2. I keep waiting for their V2 SS to be in stock, but now I’m torn with the release of this. I’m similar to you and don’t like aggressive on bench press but don’t have the budget for several more bars. Would you go with the aggressive and then gloves on the presses? I only have a cheap York bar (28mm) I got with a bundle. It’s medium to low aggressive. I switch grip on my >295lbs deadlifts with chalk to prevent slipping. My plan was to get the V2 SS and see if I still need to do this, but maybe the aggressive option is better. I want 29mm for squat and bench otherwise I would get this and use the York for bench.

    I love to see Rep listening to feedback and make changes. I hope they have 85 degree zero gap 5000 bench soon. I’m saving up and hoping for that instead of the 3000 fid.

    • Hey Eric, thanks for the comment. Not sure if this changes your mind or not, but the V2 SS bar from Rep will be increasing in price to be the same as the aggressive. The way I look at it, I like aggressive on 2/3rd’s of the lifts I use the bar for. For that reason, I generally prefer to just go with the aggressive option. That said, there are other bars out there that offer a better balance. If you’re not dead set on stainless, I would check out the Vulcan Absolute in Black Oxide (not stainless). It has really good balance on each of the big 3, and for 18 months it was my most used bar. I absolutely love it, and it’s $339 shipped. The stainless Rogue OPB is another option that is possibly a little more balanced. It’s not quite as aggressive as the new Rep bar, but it’s definitely more so than the V2 SS. Hope this help – let me know if I can provide any further suggestions.

      • Thanks for the feedback. While I prefer SS, I’m not set on it and the change in V2 price does matter. (Tarrifs?) I’ll look at your reviews of those other bars and decide. Thanks for a great site and I wish I found it before I bought my current rack as I quickly regretted the decision.

        • Tariffs and cost of raw material. I have a review of the Vulcan bar on the site if you’re interested. Which rack did you buy? Appreciate the kind words!

          • Fitness reality. I didn’t know how committed I would be and was looking for lower cost. The 2×2 limits accessories and it does move more than I’d like. I can fix that when I finish my platform and bolt it down. But there is a good sandwich cup to protect the bar. I hit the lip occasionally that isn’t protected. I don’t care about my current bar but will with my next one.

            Also, I like the American Barbell Mammoth but it’s pricey. My deadlift grip is inside the standard knurl by 1-2 fingers with my small frame and I like how there’s comes in more. OPB is out BTW. I want center knurl for low back deadlifts and don’t do any olympic lifts. Or even front squats, but I can use my current bar for that when I start doing that.

          • Mammoth bar is really nice – still fairly passive. OPB though does have a center knurl. I’m referring to the Ohio Power Bar, not the regular Ohio Bar. If you follow me on Instagram, check my latest stories.

  3. You’re right I was looking at the standard Ohio bar. I’m leaning toward Vulcan Absolute Black Ox as you suggested, but I’m not a fan of needing to spray and oil as much since it’s in my basement where my kids play. Have you ever used the AB S/S Gym bar? Closeout for $325 looks like a good deal. It looks like the same specs as their Elite PB but knurls don’t go to the sleeves, which I actually prefer as I never go wide.

    • I haven’t used that specific bar, but just keep in mind that AB bars are known for having mild-to-moderate knurl. If you want something with more bite, you may be better off looking elsewhere.

      • I went with the blemished AB SS gym bar. Big mistake. The main issue is the knurl doesn’t go towards the inside to IPF reg. There’s nothing to grab onto when deadlifting. Normal IPF I usually have my index finger inside the knurl. With this, my whole hands is. The knurl itself works well for me for the most part. As I don’t want a dedicated deadlift bar, I’m going to sell it and get the Absolute like you suggested.

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