This my 3rd barbell, but the first dedicated powerlifting bar I've owned and I love it! It is super grippy, with that top notch volcano knurling that you want so it doesn't tear up your hands, but gives maximum grip. Coop from Garage Gym Reviews says the Bells of Steel naked powerlifting bar is the best bar you can buy for under $300US. This adds a few dollars for the cerakote finish, but is otherwise the same high quality bar. If you want to keep the bar from rusting then the cerakote is definitely the way to go. In hindsight with my gym in the basement and rust not really being an issue, I might have preferred the naked bar just because I don't love having the cerakote finish on the sleeves. But that's such a minor insignificant gripe. I love this bar!