I’ve been powerlifting for a little over two years now and my numbers are S:677lbs B:413lbs and D:678lbs. I’m looking into transitioning into equipped powerlifting and I’m trying to figure out what deadlift suit to go with. Most of the people that currently lift equipped that I’ve talked to have advised me to work on switching to sumo because there is better carryover. I honestly really suck at sumo and it feels horrible, I’ve seen that you have pulled some impressive numbers equipped conventional so I wanted to get your opinions on what suits you’ve liked and dislikes and why. Thank you for your time and input.
Honestly it might take you a little time to figure out what works best. I pull sumo with predators and the Leviathan ULP. Some lifters deadlift with just a suit, no briefs. I know Brian uses the Inzer Fusion to pull conventional with great success. The ULP is the most adjustable suit you can get. You can tighten it, loosen it and adjust it to how you want it to feel and work. Best of Luck!
In short, this is terrible advice. You should pull how you are built to pull. This will be determined by your injury history, your build, your weakness etc. Not what people say you should do. If you would like to submit some video to us, feel free to post another question and link the video.
To piggy-back off what Ken is saying: If sumo, hard to beat the LUP (leviathan ultra pro). This suit will be hard to pull conventional in, I’ve tried it. BUT, if you were to grab a fusion, you can pull both ways in it.
DD actually pulls in a fusion and Predator briefs conventional. Most only can pull this off sumo, but if you practice enough, you can pull it off. But again, it really depends on your levers. DD has very, very short legs and someone with long legs may not be able to get away with so much gear conventional.
I hope this helps.
As Brian mentioned, I’ve pulled successfully with predator briefs under the Fusion suit. I like a lot of deadlift gear. My briefs are grid stitched, the suit is too. 4 total layers ended up working the best, I did have some success in 5 layers but didn’t like how thick it all was as the bar would catch on the bottom of my briefs.
Also- to add to what Brian said, he is totally right. Pull how you are built to pull. For me this translates to pull whichever way I pull more. My best sumo pull is less than 600 pounds. My best conventional is 735… but people have told me to try sumo because of I’m short and stocky! WHY would I ever do that?? It wouldn’t make any sense. With you approaching a 700 pound deadlift, I’m assuming you have been at this awhile and likely pull much more conventional than sumo. Keep doing it that way.
As for carryover from a deadlift suit- don’t get your hopes up too high. You’ll find the least amount of carryover in the deadlift. Try some used suits and see what you like. The Fusion is a great option and you can make it stiffer and more extreme easily with grid stitching and a pair of briefs.