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brauny96
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chrisarmes wrote:
I heard on one of the other forums that Inzer has switched the material in the SDP and it now stretches out WAY faster than before. One guy said he bought one earlier this year and compared it to a bungee cord, saying it stretched, stretched and stretched some more, with very little pop off the bottom. Anyone buy one recently and experience this?


I've heard this too, honestly IMO I would go with a major pimped out Rage-X, or an Overkill, the 2 best multy ply shirts out there right now

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tjpiattelli
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hey fellas got a quick question. Couple guys at the gym have the metal king and metal ace pro bench shirt and have a fuck of a time touching in it. I was looking at getting the metal bash bencher, does anyone know if its easier to touch in that then the pro and king?

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Carbine
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Join date: Nov 2010
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Stats: 5"11" 220 lbs.

Best Lifts: Squat: 495, Bench:345, Deadlift 495

Gear Experience: Very Little - This is my first bench shirt.

Equipment being reviewed: Titan F6 (Single Ply) sz 50

Pros: Without knowing anything about shirts, I put this on and immediately put 30-40 pounds on my bench. After reading other reviews of gear, I was worried about how the shirt would react - but I found it to be very predictable. My pressing groove remained the same, and I found that it seemed to provide carryover regardless of how I set it up. Keep in mind that I don't really know what I'm doing - my first few times wearing the shirt I was trying to see how different adjustments affected the movement or carryover. I was pretty happy to see that there was some margin for error.
Going from raw to geared has shown me that my lockout is really weak, so I know that as I work that up, I'll be able to get quite a bit of carryover out of the F6. The bar moves with good speed until about half way up, so I know that as I strengthen my lockout, my weights will climb.
Also, I'm able to touch 255lbs, which I think is pretty good. It allows me to work in the shirt at lighter weights and warm up before hitting up the heavy weights.

Cons: The only downside to this shirt so far is the humbling knowledge that my lockout sucks.

Comparison: None - my first shirt.

Thoughts: Happy with the F6. I'm still breaking it in, I have about 25 total reps in it. By the looks of things, It'll last a long time before I need to worry about replacing it. Of course, I'm not using heavy enough weights to really wear it out yet.
The shirt cuts up my arms just outside of my armpits, but it's not a deterrent.
I was worried about being able to get into the shirt by myself, and it's totally doable. It takes me about 3 minutes to get it all set up and I'm ready to go. I did buy the shirt in a larger size, though.

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unstable
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@Carbine

I just got a Super F6 (Made of Katana Material) in a Size 48 and there is no way in hell that I could get it on myself. It took 2 guys with a ton of experience, about 40 minutes and work on a 3-board just to get the thing seated all the way up on me. Just an FYI on tightness. I actually had to ROW 365 lbs. down to a 3-board for the first 6 reps. GAIN SOME WEIGHT! =)

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Carbine
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@unstable

The more I train in this shirt, and the more I see what other people are doing, the more I wish I'd ordered a smaller shirt to begin with.

How do you feel the Super F6 compares to the standard F6? That would be an awesome write up...

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unstable
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I was running a Karin Klein double denim before this Super F6. The only other experience I have with poly are the super old school Inzer Blast Series shirts, so sorry I can't make a comparison bro. BTW...I'm pushing somewhere around 242's...and running a size 48, so I'd imagine that shirt is RIDICULOUSLY loose on you. I just tried boiling a pair of inzer power pants the other night, maybe I'll drop you a PM and let you know how much they tightened up. Might be worth doing to your shirt.

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scobra78
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Carbine wrote:
@unstable

The more I train in this shirt, and the more I see what other people are doing, the more I wish I'd ordered a smaller shirt to begin with.

How do you feel the Super F6 compares to the standard F6? That would be an awesome write up...



I have experience with both. The Standard F6 is very easily broken in, I competed with it in a size 50 (1 size smaller than normal) within 3 weeks and benched 485. After 2 months I noticed I wasn't getting as much pop out of it so I moved on to a size 52 Super F6 (F6 w/Katana Material with reinforced seams, neckline, scooped neck and back)by Ken Anderson with www.Andersonpowerlifting.com

The difference was very noticeable, almost what you'd expect the difference between a single ply and double ply shirt to feel like. I have been in it 4 times and still have only been able to hit a 2 board and i'm having to use substantially more weight to get there which means this shirt is going to take 6-8 weeks to really break in. I expect once I am able to touch i'll be able to put 40-50lbs on my PR by using this shirt. The super F6 is definitely not a beginners shirt, the Standard F6 I believe is. I initially bought the Super F6 in a size 50 and it is just impossible for my size to work with, its hard to bench when your arms look like a praying mantis. I moved to the size 52 and I have just enough room to get my shoulder blades pinned together and locked on the bar properly.

For the record I am 285lbs and my chest measurement is 55, shoulders 62, arms 19. Previous meet PR in Standard F6: 485lbs. Super F6 training PR: currently working to the chest but hit 635lbs to a 3 board with hanging average bands.

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