Guide To Buying Barbell Collars
Barbell collars are safety measures that snap onto the barbell sleeve to keep the plates in place so that they don’t slip off the bar or rattle during your lift. There is a strong chance that plates will slide off the barbell when the plates have an insert diameter that is a bit larger than the barbell sleeve’s diameter or if you’re loading plates almost up to the end of the sleeve.
What To Look for
Don’t go for clamps. Choose collars.
- Clamps are basically spring-activated collars. They create a lot of friction between themselves and the barbell sleeve, making them a pain to use.
- Collars are attached quickly by pressing down on a latch to have it snap onto the bar. You can effortlessly remove or snap them into place.
Go for simple designs over complex ones.
- Look for collars with simple fastenings that don’t require too much confusion and effort so you don’t have to waste time in between sets while you’re adding or removing plates.
- However, a collar that will actually work and hold the plates securely still needs to be a bit difficult to latch onto the barbell as a collar that goes on too readily might be prone to slipping from its position.
Functionality is more important than looks.
- There are plenty of barbell collars that are very visually pleasing, but your goal is injury prevention, so do not trade functionality for design when considering a collar.
- The collar needs to absorb the impact of falling every day, especially if you tend to drop the bar often, so inspect its durability and warranty.
Choose aluminum for weights under 275lbs and steel for anything more.
- Aluminum collars are sturdy and light, so you can opt for these if you lift light weights, as they don’t add a substantial amount to the overall weight.
- Steel collars are long-lasting and fit snugly, but they can add as much as 5 pounds to the overall weight. Opt for these if you lift heavyweights.
- Plastic collars are stretchy, and while they fit precisely, they might be prone to slipping, so they are not an ideal choice for lifting.
Best Barbell Collars Overall
Clout Fitness Quick Release collars
- Rubber pads on the inside provide an incredible grip
- Quick-release makes it very convenient to use
- Good value for the price
- Rubber lining compresses over time
Most Durable Barbell Collars
Rogue’s USA Aluminum Collars
- Made with aircraft grade aluminium
- Lock-open lever design saves time when using it
- Rare combination of lightweight material with high tension capacity
- Tension on the snap lever can hurt if it catches your finger
Best Barbell Collars For Heavyweights
ROGUE HG 2.0 COLLARS
- Made from stainless steel for heavy duty lifting
- Spring function allows for a quick snap release
- Compatible with standard olympic and specialty bars
- The lock can be abrasive and stiff