I am a fan of wood barres not only because I grew up using them but also because I like the warmth that they give off.
Vita Vibe is known for manufacturing affordable, high-quality and long-lasting ballet barres and the 5 Ft. Traditional Wood Ballet Barre is no exception.
It has all the benefits of a freestanding portable barre, plus the stability that is necessary for keeping balance during stretching or ballet exercises. It also has very useful features, my favorite being its height adjustment options.
Whether for personal or studio use, you will definitely find it a valuable piece of equipment.
Vita Vibe DBNB5-W Review
- Easy assembly and storage
- Height adjustable
- Lightweight and portable
- Stable and sturdy
- Comes with compact case
- Requires effort in getting the bars straight
- Requires occasional maintenance
I prefer double barres over single barres for several reasons.
The added weight of a second bar adds stability and offers more options for different stretching and exercising positions.
It is also useful for more users because it can accommodate different heights and flexibility levels. This makes it great for many different types of ballet, too.
Sanded Smooth Hardwood Bar
Its crossbar is made of Ash wood, a strong, light-colored hardwood typically used in making hand or machine tools.
Its smooth texture is ready to use so there is no need to sand or cover it with any finishing.
Both wood barres can be adjusted to meet your height requirements.
It can go from 6″ to 46″ which is a rather wide range that makes it easy to use for multiple people. You can adjust the height using composite clamps that are made of heavy-duty plastic.
- It can be stored flat by pivoting the feet sideways.
- It has non-slip rubber feet that provide a good grip without damaging floor surfaces.
Design And Specifications
The double crossbars of the Vita Vibe Traditional Wood Ballet Barre (DBNB5-W) have a 1.5″ diameter that is suitable for dancers of all ages.
Its 5 foot width makes it comfortable for multiple users at a time.
While the crossbars are made of Ash wood, the frame is manufactured from high-quality aluminum that has a diameter of 1.5″ and wall thickness of .065″. It has Vita Vibe’s signature anti-microbial powder-coat finish in satin silver.
It weighs only 11 lbs. but is stable enough for stretches and ballet exercises.
Aside from its inherent portability, transporting it is made even easier with its black corduroy storage bag.
You will also be pleased to know that it is covered by a 10-year warranty.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it easy to set-up?
Yes. You do not need any tools to assemble it, although it takes a while to completely straighten and level the bars.
Is it easy to store?
Yes. While it cannot be folded, disassembling it is very easy because it has clamps with strong but comfortable hand knobs.
Its feet can also be rotated so you can store the whole thing flat.
If you need to store it for a longer time, you can use the black corduroy bag that comes with the barres.
It is not wall- or floor-mounted and is very lightweight. Is it sturdy?
If you will use it as intended, it is more than sufficient. For weight-bearing exercises, you should go for wall- or floor-mounted barres.
Can the height be adjusted?
Yes. The horizontal barres can be easily adjusted up to 46″ off the floor surface.
How are the wood barres maintained?
To preserve the wood, Vita Vibe recommends using Danish oil or Linseed oil every few months. For regular cleaning, you can use Murphy’s oil soap.
If you want another 5-foot double wood barre but you can do without the storage bag, you can buy the Vita Vibe BD60-W instead.
Still unsure of what you need? Our comparison of the best portable ballet barres can help.
Vita Vibe Traditional Wood Barre: Conclusion
With the 5 Ft. Traditional Double Wood Barre, Vita Vibe lives up to its reputation of being the #1 manufacturer and provider of USA made barres.
This solid double barre is made up of ash wood and powder-coated aluminum frame. It also has a height adjustment feature that makes it flexible for more exercise positions.
As with other wood barres, it needs occasional maintenance. But because wood is my personal preference, I do not see it as an additional chore and acknowledge that it is just part of the deal.
Overall, this high-quality and useful barre is highly recommended.