Like It But Don’t Love It
This is a good bar. It is my 2nd Gungnir Bar in the past 2 months (Curler). I like that bar quite a bit so I thought I’d change out my straight bar. The Slidelock System is brilliant for quick weight changes (Drop Sets). Swap weights with one hand while sliding the collar with the other makes it efficient and oddly just kind of fun. The craftsmanship is excellent.
I’ve had a few good workouts using the bar, and there are a few things that have stood out as being different than what I’m used to using. As stated this is a 28mm bar. If you are a weightlifter then you are good to go, but if you’ve been using 29-30mm power bars for 30 years then it may not be as comfortable as you are looking for.
The knurling is pretty passive. It’s not a deal breaker, but again if you are accustomed to a sharper knurl then you will notice the difference. The downside of the relatively passive knurl is the ability to feel the markings if you use them for setup. Easy to see them. More difficult to feel them.
For the Gungnir folks, packaging for shipment needs a bit of QC. Shipping across the world through various hands, the bar arrived on my driveway sticking partially out the end. Blame goes to the FedEx handlers but the ends could be sealed a bit better than packing tape to prevent this from happening. Didn’t notice any damage but I did end up catching a metal burr on 1st use. Didn’t feel it but noticed a small puncture wound during workout.
I wouldn’t hesitate to buy this bar…