The winner of this lift comparison is the Okie Crain Deadlift Bar! I can describe this bar in one word, SMOOTH! Maybe it is the lower tensile strength that gives this bar it’s smooth feel. I was able to wedge in and mind the bar with precision. And the timing of pushing the platform away was effortless. When pulling with this bar I feel safe and in control.
In second place is the Texas Deadlift Bar. To be honest I thought the Texas Deadlift Bar would have been closer in comparison. The Texas is just so different, where the Okie is smooth, the Texas is abrupt. I would pull into the tension, minding the bar creating the wedge, take the slack out of the line, push the platform away, and BOOM it was up! So yea! I Love this bar and would pull with it any day. The timing is just not the same as the Okie.
The Strongarm Sport Deadlift bar comes in third. This bar is stiffer in feel and getting my timing was difficult. I will say, if I hadn’t been pulling with multiple bars the timing would not have been as big an issue (I know because I pull with the Strongarm Sumo Bar all the time). The knurling on this bar is my favorite out of all of them. And look at it’s price! $299.00 for a bar of this high quality is unheard of! In my opinion, on cost and quality this bar comes in first!
Coming in fourth is the Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar. I’ve had this bar for years and when it was my only deadlift bar I thought it was okay. It feels clunky and stiff. Before I got the Okie I would choose to pull with my Eleiko Comp Bar over the Ohio. That pretty much sums it up. In the Ohio Deadlift Bars defense, I do have clients and athletes that prefer it over all others because of its stiffer feel combined with the 27mm diameter.