Barbell Apparel Reviews

Barbell Apparel
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Barbell Apparel was born out of a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, raising over $735,000 from over 5,000 backers.  The company's goal is to grow into a premium fashion brand catering to athletic body types.

They have gained lots of media attention for their breakthrough products and the success of their fundraising efforts.  The founders, Hunter Molzen and Alex Hanson, have also made an appearance on the popular business funding show, Shark Tank.


Their flagship product is the athletic fit denim jean for both men and women.  The jeans are specifically designed to fit over larger muscular legs making room for bigger quads and rear ends while staying tight in the waist.

The athletic fit accommodates more than just larger bodies and the stretchy denim can be enjoyed by athletes of all sizes. 


The company states their jeans have the following features:

  • Superior Hybrid Denim - for limitless flexibility and comfort.
  • Quality Craftsmanship
  • Hand designed leather label
  • Embossed branded rivets and buttons
  • Stitched tags and labels,
  • Custom branded pocket fabric
  • Extra-strength double stitching
  • And premium hanger loops.

As Barbell Apparel has grown they have added additional pieces to their inventory.  They now also sell:

  • Chinos
  • Dress Pants
  • Shorts
  • Functional Dress Shirts
  • Short Sleeves
  • Long Sleeves
  • Hoodies
  • Polos

All their products are designed to fit where standard off the rack clothing would not accommodate an athletic body.  At this time they are also running a promotion where you can get a free hoodie with a purchase of over $99. However this applies only while supplies last.

Sizes and Styles

The company started out with a limited offering for both sexes, that included:

Men's Jeans - Straight Athletic fit in medium or dark indigo wash.  Waist sizes of 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, & 40 with 34" or 36" inseam length.

Women's Jeans - Slim Athletic fit in blue fade or black wash.  Waist sizes of 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, & 33 with 32” or 36" inseam length.

They have since expanded to offer many more sizes and fits including: straight, relaxed, athletic, and slim.

Barbell jeans are designed to fit your true waist size so keep that in mind when ordering.

Customer Service

If you need to exchange an item you can do so within 30 days of the purchase, it has to be in original condition with the tags attached.  This applies to refunds as well. Clearance items within the "We Made Too Much" are final.

If you have any questions or issues you can reach a representative at [email protected]

Online Customer Reviews/Complaints

The company garnered a lot of favorable pre-order media buzz during their rise on KickStarter.  Now that  they’ve been in business for a while you can find more customer reviews of their products online.

For the most part Barbell athletic fit jeans have great reviews, you can go on their website and see what people love about their specific products.  People particularly mentioned that they enjoy the extra room these pants provide for their quads.

However, there are still complaints out there that detail some of the struggles customers have undergone.  These mainly have to do with finding the right fit, some people complained about the jeans being too high wasted and others thought they were too long and required tailoring.

Some of the more damning complaints stated that the material seemed thin and that the pants eventually split.  There are more complaints that date back to when they were first fulfilling their kickstarter orders which may not be as relevant now.

Competitors and Alternatives

While there are many companies making Crossfit/Functional training specific workout clothing, such as Hylete and Splits59, not many brands are offering athlete tailored apparel for life outside the gym.

Where to Buy?

Currently you can order Barbell Apparel jeans directly from their website.  You can also buy from their select retail locations in Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and Scottsdale.

If you’ve had a chance to try out Barbell Apparel, please leave your reviews below.

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Barbell Apparel Customer Reviews

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Horrible Dye
February 3, 2020

I purchased the straight athletic fit jeans in Dark Indigo color. They are the worst pair of pants I have ever owned for ink dyes. The blue gets all over my hands and shirts when I wear them. Even after 3 or 4 washings my hands are blue after a few hours of wearing them from just grabbing things out of my pockets. The material feels very cheap and they are just a simple basic jean. Nothing special about them, they are not worth anything close to the price I paid.

What is even worse is all the reviews on their website are fake. As a person who purchased from them there is no option for me to leave a review on their website, so who is writing all of these reviews? Buyers beware.

Meh, not impressed.
March 10, 2018

Male, 35" waist, 35" inseam, 6/3", 230lbs

Fit: had to exchange for their 34, and still too big in the waist, but going down another size wasn't an option because they were getting tight in the calves and quads

PROs: a "jean" that finally fit my legs, some stretch and could squat in these if you wanted. Pants looked good, form fitting without looking like skinny jeans.

CONs: material seemed thin...too thin as it turns out. After 9 mos (of course after their 6 mos guarantee) material split inner thigh area...not on a seam, the actual material tore so I couldn't repair it. Another CON as mentioned, the waist size was way off, I may fit in a 34" pant, but these 34s were baggy in the waist...HAD to wear a belt.

Final CON...for the price (think $80?), I expect clothes to last longer than 9 mos.

Will not buy again...the search continues.

Best Jeans EVER
December 18, 2017
Thank you so much for the awesome customer service, 2 day shipping, and these things fit like a freaking glove. Seriously couldn't have had a better experience with this company. Wrote in and received a response in less than an hour answering my product fit question and received my shipment in 2 days.

5 months to restock and terrible customer service
October 25, 2017

I ordered a pair of pants around March 2017. I had to return it because it was a little too big but they were out of stock and said I would have to wait a whole 3 months for the new shipment. 3 month wait but they keep releasing new items. How about you take care of the customers who are still waiting for their items? Anyway, it's June and no sign of getting my new pants. No email saying that there is a delay. They tell me it's going to take another month. One month goes by and still no pants. They are finally delivered a week later.

Do NOT expect good customer service. They don't seem to care. Also expect attitude when trying to figure out what happened to your $150 denim. They take their sweet time before replying back to you and will sound rude.

Finally found a pair that fit my weightlifter son
June 13, 2017
I have been on a mission the last couple of years to find pants that actually fit my son who weightlifts. I can't even count the number of "athletic fit" jeans that we have bought and returned. I was a little hesitant to spend the money, but they are definitely worth it. He said they are super comfortable and fit his large quads and calves really well. This is only the first of many orders I am sure we will make. Thank you for making something for a segment of the population that didn't have many other options.

Ordered in february, have yet to receive my pants
June 9, 2017
I ordered two pairs of pants back in Feb 2017, it is now June 2017, and I have yet to even receive the pants. There was no indication that the pans I ordered were on 'back order' when I bought them, which is what I was told when I emailed customer service. I have to keep emailing customer service, as no one gets in touch with me about shipping delays. They keep telling me it will be two weeks until shipping, and that was about 6 weeks ago. I also haven't been offered any discount or extra product for the wait. I would definitely not recommend this company.

Happy but a smell
April 28, 2017
Really love the jeans but has anyone notice a weird smell with the denim? The chinos are fine but the jeans have a very distinct smell and has happened with all of them and it lingers even after a wash. Due to the fabric I want to limit the amoun of times they are washed but the smell is still there. Again this has happened on several orders.

No communication about delays.
April 14, 2017

I was super excited to find out about Barbell Apparel. I ordered two pairs of jeans in early February that were both "pre-order" on the website. According to the website, the jeans would ship in 3-4 weeks. I waited four weeks and didn't get a shipping notification so I decided to email the company to see what was up. I was then told it would be an additional three weeks before shipping. After waiting another three weeks and still no shipping notification I emailed again and was told it would be an additional 8 days before shipping. Two weeks later and still no tracking info. Emailed again and was told it would be another week before shipping.

I understand this is a growing company, but I shouldn't have to bug customer service every few weeks to see where my order is. If there are delays they should be relayed to the customer. I ordered these pants in the winter and by the time I get them it is going to be summer and time to wear shorts. I am very underwhelmed by the customer service. They do not seem to care that the wait time has been over double what was stated on their website. I wanted to order more of the pant styles and some shorts, but so far it's been a pretty disappointing experience. So far, would not recommend.

questionable business practice
April 12, 2017
backed them on kickstarter for the tartek pant. they were to have shipped in January. it's now mid april, and an email states they won't ship until May. HOWEVER, they offer the tartek on their website. so basically, they received all the pledges and do not fulfill them first.

Not worth the money
March 29, 2017

I have 2 pairs of these jeans (straight and boot). 2 weeks ago i wore a hole in the crotch on one pair. Tried to sew it but it didnt hold. Today the 2nd pair tore in the same spot. I went to reorder and they're out of stock of my size. I decided to check the date originally purchased. Jan '16.. These barely lasted a year.

I left this review on their site but still havent seen it posted yet. I intended on leaving the following addendum:

I went trying on American Eagle stretch jeans today. The stretch/mobility comfort is equal at 1/3rd the price and you get more options on washes/colors.

To be fair the good ill say about barbell is they actually have a low waist (where every 'low waist' jean i try comes mid waist or has a low hanging crotch that looks disheveled) and the fabric is pretty breathable and cool as opposed to stiff and cumbersome.

Despite that i would not value that as 3xs the price for 1/5th the durability. Granted i understand - thicker fabric which would last longer would be less comfortable and hotter so maybe theres a tradeoff there, but ultimately i dont think i can justify 150 a year per pair.

Great customer service poor execution.
March 22, 2017
I got a pair for Christmas 16 and shortly after the button came out. I contacted them and they said that it must have been a bad batch. The button came out because of the elasticity of the band just let it fall out. The over all comfort was nice and definately can squat and do dad things in them with ease. Back to the experience. They gladly sent me a new pair to make it up to me but not even a week later the same thing happened! I contacted them again and said I wasn't trying to get another free one because they are a business and I don't want them to fail. I told them it happened again and no response from them. I just want this to be a quality product and wanted to help them out because I doubt anyone else would be that nice about money down the tube.

Bought these at The Arnold!
March 14, 2017

After being so hesitant to buy these jeans online I was FINALLY able to try them on at the Arnold Expo in Ohio and OHHH MY GOSHHHH!!!!! I bought 3 of the women's washes and a pair of shorts for my husband. I seriously will never buy jeans from another company again.

poor customer service
March 2, 2017
Their website states "three-day shipping" but when I hadn't received my order after a week I emailed customer service. I was told that their website states my order was a "pre-order" and it will take up to five weeks to ship. First of all, the website does not say anything about a pre-order and secondly, I would never have ordered something online that requires five weeks to ship. When you are paying $280 for two pairs of jeans, you would expect better communication. Poor customer service.

Amazing Jeans
February 28, 2017
These jeans freaking rock

Poorly made jeggings
January 25, 2017

I ordered a pair of athletic fit jeans in 36x34, only for them to arrive in the wrong size. Customer services said that their manufacturers had made an error, hence the terrible fit and incorrect length.

They refunded the jeans but not the shipping (roughly $30), nor the additional charge from fedex who said that they hadnt been paid properly by Barbell Apparel. All in all, I am down nearly $60 with nothing to show.

As an aside, the jeans are actually jeggings and are extremely effeminate. I would suggest that self-respecting guys avoid.

Get wranglers athletic for a better jean at a better price.

Top Notch Customer Service
January 4, 2017
I ordered the wrong size first and thought all was lost but I reached out to their customer service and they not only helped me with sizing but got my exchange taken care of in under a week and now they're my favorite. I'll definitely be purchasing more!!!

The god's have answered!!!!
January 3, 2017

I received these jeans are a Christmas gift and let me just tell you I will never buy jeans from anywhere else ever again. I was told the day they were purchased and they arrived to me in Canada from the US in 3 days. I've purchased 2 more pairs since with the same shipping time and fit. Huge kudos to these guys' for what they're doing!

Horrible Customer Service
December 21, 2016

Horrible Customer Service

They charged me for a pair of jeans over a month ago, sent confirmation they were being shipped two weeks ago, called and got confirmation they would be here before a certain date and they were never sent out and all my messages ignored after that. Complained on social media and a co owner messaged me and said they will be sent out that day and of course nothing sent out. Messaged back this week and still nothing and he notifies me they are sold out and sorry please wait for the next shipment. I did get one order earlier or a different style that I also have to now return as the switching is all coming lose.. please remember these jeans cost them less then $25 to order.

No T shirt!
December 15, 2016
Ordered the pants for my son and wow...great fit.. But they did not include the t shirt and harshness promised. Got a hold of Josh through email (there is no phone # to call) and was promised he would include an extra shirt in my second order. Just got my second order....NO SHIRT!

Awesome fit.
October 19, 2016

The fit of these pants was just perfect, and the mobility is crazy.

It's the first pair of jeans I've been able to relax in without wanting to change out of them.

Definitely recommend.