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Suits and Briefs: A PL Gear Guide
 

Carbine
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Join date: Nov 2010
Location: British Columbia, CAN
Posts: 49

Stats:
5'11" 220lbs

Best Lifts:
Squat: 495lbs, Bench: 345lbs, Dead: 495lbs.

Gear Experience:
None - my first squat suit

Equipment being reviewed:
Titan Centurion Wide Stance (IPF Single Ply) Size 46

Pros:
Feels awesome, very predictable support. As this is my first suit, I was worried about the characteristics of squatting in a suit - but this suit allowed me to follow my exact squat motion and simply raised my weights. I found that hitting depth wasnt much of a problem, and I feel much more confident in the hole than when I squat raw. Squatting with 495 in the suit feels more stable than 395 raw.
I was also worried about getting into the suit alone, but I can get the suit on and be ready to go in less than 5 minutes (I did buy the suit loose though).

Cons:
The straps are really loose - but this isn't really a negative. It's better to have too much than not enough - I'll just have to get them taken in.

Comparison:
None - my first suit.

Thoughts:
Very happy with the Centurion. I read and re-read all of the reviews on here, and it didn't disappoint. It's a great suit for a beginner to learn in, but performs well enough that it'll keep you competitive. I recently did an IPF meet, and the centurion/super centurion outnumbered everything else 10/1.

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khalidshadid64
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Join date: Apr 2011
Location: Texas, USA
Posts: 113

Stats 47 y/o 280lbs. 6'2"
Best Lifts: 804lb. Squat, 451lb. Bench Press 683lb. Deadlift
Gear Experience: Inzer, Titan

Equipment being reviewed: Inzer T-Rex

Pros: When straps are tight you get great pop out of the hole. Easy on, easy off. It's comfortable when it's on. I wear it with predator briefs and it's a good combination.

Cons: None to date

Comparison: My other experience is with the Inzer Leviathan. The Leviathan has great stopping power and pop out of the hole but it's hard to get in and uncomfortable. Lifting in the T-Rex is like lifting in pajamas compared to the Leviathan.

Thoughts: I'd highly recommend it to an experienced lifter.

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khalidshadid64
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Join date: Apr 2011
Location: Texas, USA
Posts: 113

Stats: 47y/o 6'2" 280lbs.

Best Lifts: Squat 804lbs, Bench Press 451lbs, Deadlift 700lbs

Gear Experience: Inzer, Titan, Frantz

Equipment being reviewed: Inzer Fusion Deadlift Suit

Pros: Pop off the floor is great. Easy on, easy off. Breathing while in the hole is fine. Good and firm in the hips.

Cons: Once the straps are tight it can be hard to get down to the bar. I developed a technique to bypass that.

Comparison: I hated the Inzer Max DL. I felt it was very uncomfortable and did nothing for me. The Fusion gets it right. Usually, my lifts are 30-40lbs lifter during training than they are in competition. Therefore, if the Fusion is allowing me to pull 680 & 700lbs during training I'm expecting big things at my next meet.

Thoughts: It's a must have in your arsenal if you're a geared lifter and the deadlift is your lift.

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tjpiattelli
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Join date: Sep 2009
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Posts: 23

Hey guys still new to powerlifting but im just confused, why would a guy want to use a canvas suit? it stops you in the hole? but wouldnt you rather get some pop coming out of the hole? if you have a poly suit dialed in and the straps tight enough a poly suit would still stop you in the hole wouldnt it? i have a metal ace pro squatter and ace briefs and have no problem stopping in the hole? or am i totally missing the point? any input would be greatly appreciated!

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hrk
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Join date: Nov 2005
Location: California, USA
Posts: 4

Stats: Age 45 5' 7 185lbs
Best Lifts: Squat: 630 bench:440 deadlift: 575
Not a sponsored lifter
Gear Experience: I started out using Titan centurion but have been using metal gear for 5 years. I've tried several other different suit from Inzer's line( t-rex, champion)

Equipment being reviewed: metal pro squatter and metal ace briefs (both multiply)

Pros: The briefs give a lot of support throughout the lift with lots of pop off the bottom. Even my 4 year old briefs still feel good. They don't tear up your hips much, some red lines at the pinch points but nothing like inzer or titan's stuff. I use them for both squats and sumo deads ( my stance is the same for both).
The pro squatter is awesome. It was my first NEW squat suit in 6 years of lifting. The suit is easy to learn and squat in. Just sit back and the almost suit catches you at the bottom. Your legs are pushed out into the correct position and there is lots of rebound out of the hole.
It doesn't have velcro which wasn't a problem, just needed a little help getting the straps up.
Even though I wear "loose" gear, the support and performance makes using them a breeze.

The two combined are an excellent combo for a intermediate lifter.

Cons: cost is the only negative with metal gear. The stuff is a budget buster fortunately they have lots of sale

Comparison: It's been a long time since I've tried Inzer's stuff and the only reason I don't is how it tears up your legs and hips when you use them especially if they are very tight. Besides, I've found something that works well, why mess with it.

Thoughts: Despite using gear that is a size too big, I still get tremendous support from it and about 150 lbs out of it. For a novice lifter, the squatter is a great suit, easy to learn and will last a long time. Also very good for sumo deadlifters.
The only hook is the price, wait for sales, check ebay or PL watch classifieds for used ones.

For reference I used a size 40 brief and 48 squatter @ 185
hips - 40
waist - 37
thighs - 24

hope that helps
Herb

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hrk
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Join date: Nov 2005
Location: California, USA
Posts: 4

four60 wrote:
Just jacked my back and hip on a deadlift session on Tuesday. So I'm in rehab right now. I just put in a order for some inzer briefs so when I go back I will still be doing 5/3/1 but at 41 I'm not doing heavy deadlifts or squats without briefs anymore. Just not in the cards for me ITs better to stay healthy. Anyone had any experience with lower back/hip injuries and if so what type of briefs helped you back?


I've had 3 surgeries on my back (herniated L4/L5 & L5/S1). I generally don't squat or DL without at least briefs (metal Ace) for anything over 250ish. I also spent considerable time doing back extensions and weighted ab work. I've found sumo is much "gentler" on my back that conventional deads.

My back is rock solid and the only time I feel anything is when my form goes to shit. Then I get pain in my right calf and foot. Then its time to back off, core work and the flexion distraction table at my office. (I'm a D.C.)

Hope that helps

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jonatan-shg
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Join date: Feb 2008
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Carbine wrote:
Stats:
5'11" 220lbs

Equipment being reviewed:
Titan Centurion Wide Stance (IPF Single Ply) Size 46


I was also worried about getting into the suit alone, but I can get the suit on and be ready to go in less than 5 minutes


That suit needs to be ALOT tighter. I wear 38 @ 220, which to me is pretty loose, but i have a hard time slipping into my old 36.. You dont't need to start tight, but 46 is VERY loose.

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merlindayana
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Join date: Jul 2011
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Carbine
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Join date: Nov 2010
Location: British Columbia, CAN
Posts: 49

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Pwrbldr4life
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Join date: Jan 2011
Location: Arkansas, USA
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khalidshadid64 wrote:
Stats: 47y/o 6'2" 280lbs.

Best Lifts: Squat 804lbs, Bench Press 451lbs, Deadlift 700lbs

Gear Experience: Inzer, Titan, Frantz

Equipment being reviewed: Inzer Fusion Deadlift Suit

Pros: Pop off the floor is great. Easy on, easy off. Breathing while in the hole is fine. Good and firm in the hips.

Cons: Once the straps are tight it can be hard to get down to the bar. I developed a technique to bypass that.

Comparison: I hated the Inzer Max DL. I felt it was very uncomfortable and did nothing for me. The Fusion gets it right. Usually, my lifts are 30-40lbs lifter during training than they are in competition. Therefore, if the Fusion is allowing me to pull 680 & 700lbs during training I'm expecting big things at my next meet.

Thoughts: It's a must have in your arsenal if you're a geared lifter and the deadlift is your lift.

Good info..
I am on the way back and had lifted in a Hardcore 8 years ago. I am thinking about trying the fusion as well as the T-Rex. Hell, the last time I squatted in a meet, all we had was a Z-suit. Thanks and good luck Sir.....

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hkellins
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Join date: Feb 2005
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Posts: 8

Stats: Age 46 5' 7 180lbs
Best Lifts: Squat: 630 bench:440 deadlift: 575
Not a sponsored lifter
Gear Experience: Almost 10 years of lifting in Metal gear. I love the stuff.

Equipment being reviewed: Metal Jack Pro Briefs (size 42)

Thoughts: In an effort to get back onto the platform, I decided to pick up a new pair of briefs. The Jack briefs were on sale (almost $100 off) so I thought it would be a good time to step up my gear.
I initially got a size 40, I was just outside the measurements and figured I could squeeze in. NOT A CHANCE!. They have no give at all. Keep this in mind when your trying to figure out size.

And here is why I'm a loyal EliteFts customer, inside the box was a prepaid UPS mailing label. I just filled out the return slip, slapped on the label and I got a size 42 two weeks later.
It took about 10 minutes to get them on and about that long to get them off. The fit was perfect.

Pros:Jack briefs are very stiff and give great support through the hips and they come up much higher on the chest. I've only used them once so it's tough to get a clear picture on how they perform. I will update in the coming months.
The legs openings are bigger which has always been a problem with gear. The legs are at an even wider angle outward which pushes you knees out. I'm able to widen my stance on sumo DL further than in my ace and still maintain form.

Cons: As with my previous review cost negative with metal gear. The stuff is a budget buster fortunately they have lots of sales and a great return policy.
They also seem to bunch up at the crease of the hips and required adjustments between each lift. That may be because they are new.
Orange? I can see the business/marketing aspect here but orange.


Comparison: When compared to Ace briefs they are very stiff and a lot more supportive however I've only lifted in them once so an honest comparison with performance isn't possible.


For reference I used a size 40 Ace Pro brief and 48 squatter @ 180. My Jack briefs are size 42
hips - 40
waist - 34
thighs - 24

Herb

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