Join date: Nov 2007
Location: Florida, USA
Achilles of war wrote:
I enjoy the Iron Wrist Wraps Z and the Knee ones. Easy to get them tight, not tooo constricting. The Inzer gripper wrist wraps are not bad either, not sure if they are legal though.
Nice, I'll probably pick them up then. Which length do you use? I guess I'd be deciding between 20 and 36 inches.
I actually caved and got the 20 inch grippers. Like I thought, they are just like the knee wraps, you can get a good bit of wraps cause they are stretchier. But, they make a pretty good cast. I bet the 36" ones are crazy.
Join date: Jun 2008
Location: Florida, USA
I like inzer material knee wrap wise vs elitefts for singles. I like my elitefts wraps for training, they are warm and I can have them comfortable not too tight, i think i only have the normal or heavy. The inzer z wraps for knees are a diff material and can get deathly tight, great for singles.
I am thinking about geting rehbands to compare to my TK's since my first PL meet will be USAPL which only allows sleeves. Does anyone know the length for wrist wraps in USAPL, are 20 length inzer z wrist wraps legal.
Join date: Feb 2011
Location: Alberta, CAN
For USAPL or any IPF meet the legal length is up to 36inch so pretty much anything is legal. I personally alwaysgo with the 36 because they can really cast the wrist for more stability while not having to wrap so tight your hands start pulsing. I think I remember you saying you have 36 grippers. I would use those personally.
Any brand/website recommendations on a set of bands for bench? Probably start with a medium.
Also, anyone purchase their own chains? Local source? Web source?
Best thing you can possibly do IMHO for chains is go to a Harbor Freight store. The one here has boxes of 35# of 3/8 tow chain for $25. Get four boxes and a couple caribiners and two light feeder chains from Home Depot, and cut each box into four pieces of equal length chain. The whole setup will cost around $115 and you will have 140# of chains. I am an EliteFTS whore, but this way is about $35 cheaper than 50# of chains from Elite.
Join date: Jun 2012
Location: Tennessee, USA
Hi. This is my very first post, so please excuse any ignorance on my part if I missed something pertaining to this post. By the way, nice to meet all of you! I'd like to do a 2 part review on two different sets of Inzer Knee Wraps
Gear being reviewed: Inzer True Black Knee Wraps & Inzer Gripper Knee Wraps
True Blacks: 2.5 mm (at least that's what I ordered, but they appear much shorter than the Grippers)
Pros: Very firm but flexible. Soft material doesn't cut into your skin (I'm a hairy bastard, and some wraps seem to like serving as a waxing service). Good, solid support and nice rebound.
Cons: While it's nice the soft feel doesn't rub my legs raw, they are soft to the point of being slick. I've spent many a times having to re-wrap the damn things due to them slipping out of my hands while wrapping. If it weren't for my Texas Strength Systems knee wrapper, I'd be constantly camping out in pissed off city.
Another gripe is they appear much shorter when relaxed. You have to really crank and pull these suckers hard to get a double wrap around the knee. (I use a traditional wrap starting at the base of the knee, working my way to the top and then back down, getting a double wrap over the knee cap). If you wish to use these for passive support; forget it. You'll be lucky to reach the top of your knee. I only use these when I hit reps below 5, and primarily only use for singles.
Another thing I'll say about the soft feeling material is I've had these pop out from where they were secured, ruining my lift. I'm sure it's because I'm doing something stupid, but this is my overall assessment of the Inzer True Black Knee Wraps.
Inzer Gripper Knee Wraps: 2.5 mm
Pros: This is an interesting and impressive wrap. I can use these for lighter, passive support, and I can also crank down hard for much heavier work. I was skeptical about the exposed rubber strips and how they'd feel on my skin, but honestly, they're not bad at all, and they haven't been a problem. These are extremely flexible, yet still firm. A bit more spongy than the True Blacks, but they still hold their integrity just fine.
In addition, I've had absolutely no problems losing the wrap while going around the knee. I also can keep the tension even while wrapping, and have plenty of length to complete two wraps around the knee cap. I use these for reps, as well as singles, and I really like this wrap.
Cons: Nothing's perfect, and with the benefit of the exposed rubber surface comes a few challenges. Really, the only pain is securing them when you're finish wrapping. I suppose with a partner, it's not as big a deal, but when squatting solo, the "gripper" aspect holds true, and pulling the end through is tough. Also, when you're done with the lift and want to get the wraps as quickly as possible, they can be very stubborn to remove from their anchored position.
With that said, the trick in getting these secured and removed is not a deal breaker, and I highly recommend this wrap. (Grippers). Even wrapping them using my knee wrap winder, they come out off the spindle just fine (takes some practice, though).
I still like the True Blacks, but they are more of a pain when trying to wrap them myself. For meets, I wouldn't mind using them as long as I had one of my buddies to stretch them to their potential and ensure they were anchored good. However, between the two, I really like the Grippers. They aren't just Z-Wraps with exposed rubber strips. They're easy to use, stay in place and are good at testing your patience when you're trying to get the damn things off. :-)
PS: This was exactly the type of forum I was looking for, and all of your posts have been extremely informative. Thank you for letting me share.
I have previously used inzer z wrist wraps and APT convict wrist wraps. I also have used the Elite FTS "all black" metal knee wraps.
I like both the of new wraps. The wrist wrap is the shorty and it's stretchy and soft but when you place it correctly offers a good deal of support. The con is that the material looks like it could wear out very quickly. Can't really complain because I got them on sale for like 10 bucks. Not the wrap you would want to use for a true max bench or if you had an injured wrist and needed "casting" support.
The knee wraps are awesome. I wanted something that I could put on, get some support and a low amount of carryover with all while being comftorable to wear. These are perfect.
If I had to take my pick, I'd say the wrist wraps are a close second to the inzer's and the knee wraps are better then the blacks. Hope this helps someone.
Gear Experience: own a tapered valeo belt and have used several old leather belts.
Equipment being reviewed: EliteFTS econo belt, ~13 mm thick, single prong
-extremely stiff, great for max attempts
-middle ply is a layer of stiff plastic, takes forever to break in and does not stay broken in well
-construction is not amazing (holes for prong were fraying, plies were separating
Thoughts: I bought this a couple years ago when the blue econo belts were on sale. Everyone says EliteFTS everything is top of the line, so I didn't consider other brands when I needed my first real PL belt. The product description did not talk much about the material, and I assumed it would be the suede/leather material that most new belts are in. It's made of 2 plies of suede with a plastic inner ply. This makes it so the belt never truly breaks in, and is impractical for everything but singles on the squat. Fortunately I was able to sell this on craigslist for $40 and have since ordered a new belt. I considered ordering one of the EFS lever belts, but apparently they have a similar construction. Although I was unhappy with the belt, EliteFTS' had great customer service and I have since ordered from them again.