Here Are the BEST Straps for Powerlifting Glory
Wrist straps are a cheap, but vital part of a powerlifter’s equipment kit.
And selecting the right pair of straps will make your deadlift training far more productive. In contrast, pulling with the wrong pair of straps can lead to slipping, constant re-adjustments, ugly (or bloody) calluses, and in turn: non-productive training.
Since most powerlifting straps are cheap, you want to put an extra emphasis on quality.
Quality because you don’t want straps that are going to break easily, or that you continually have to re-purchase because they wear out very quickly.
I’ve found a pair of straps that have endured hard deadlift training for over a year now without any signs of giving out soon.
Those are the IronMind Strong-Enough Straps.
Why IronMind Strong-Enough Straps Are The Best
The Strong-Enough straps have a history of toughness. Many world-record breaking strongmen choose them as their go-to for major competitions.
Not only are they extremely popular with top strongmen but also with powerlifters who prefer to use these in training.
Since I purchased them about a year ago, I’ve done thousands of reps with these with zero complaints. And I do a lot of volume.
I’ve found that the straps often “work together” with the knurlings on my power bar & really tighten. Once they lock in, they don’t move. If anything, they tighten more when the bar rotates rather than slip.
As of now, I haven’t really noticed any wear & tear, which I’m surprised about because I generally do about 60-70 reps of heavy deadlifts per week.
So — it’s definitely not light use. And with a power bar. The aggressive knurling tends to really dig into the straps & accelerate that wear and tear (not with these ones).
Why Should You Straps & What Are the Different Types?
Straps are generally used for volume work with pulling movements.
Doing 30 to 40 reps of block pulls in a single session with hook grip on a power bar is not fun.
And those that use mixed grips for their pulls have reservations about muscular imbalances.
For these reasons, straps are generally used for higher volume training. They’re comfortable and secure. There are also different types of traps, but which type you go with is a matter of personal preference.
The main types of lifting straps are: lasso, single-loop, and figure 8 straps.
Lasso Pulling Straps
Lasso straps are the most common ones you’ll see. They’re easy to use & set-up with. They’re fairly secure and also can be easily released if you fail a pull.
I personally use these and would consider them the most well-rounded, general purpose lifting straps. I don’t do a ton of pull-ups or rowing, so my experience with straps (in general) is limited to heavy deadlifts.
Figure 8 Straps
Figure 8 Straps are, by far, the most secure. They’re the most preferred by people going for maximal lifts.
The main advantage of figure 8 straps is also their main drawback: security.
These straps, because they’re so secure, they’re also more difficult to release. Because of this, if you fail a pull and try to let go of the bar, it will drag you down with it.
I’m sure if you watch a deadlift-fail compilation, you’ll see people stumbling and being pulled by the heavy weights. For some, this feature might cause some injury concerns, for others – it’s a non-issue.
Really, it comes down to the end-user and use case. Meaning: don’t drop the bar if you fail a lift – place it down. Know when you’re about to miss a lift.
Watch someone that’s very studied like Brett Gibbs. Whenever he misses a deadlift, he doesn’t throw it down or lets it go — rather, he knows when to call it & places the bar down.
If you know you’re a little reckless, I wouldn’t go with these.
Other than that, the added security is nice when sometimes you’re going for a maximal lift. You might notice that the bar doesn’t tend to slip a little, making the lift a tiny bit harder. So it might help you lift just a little more.
Single Loop Powerlifting Straps
Last but not least, we have the single-loop straps. These tend to slip the most but have the most variability in terms of which exercises they can be used for.
Since this is a powerlifting post (and blog) — I think I’d make the recommendation here to not go with these.
You’re going to be using them for heavy deadlifts or pulling movements, and these are not the most secure straps. Secure in terms of not slipping or unintentionally causing you to release the bar.
These are generally more useful for crossfit athletes or other such modalities that use more movements than just deadlifts or pulls of the floor.
Although — yes, there are people who use these in this setting.
To wrap this up, powerlifting straps are generally a very useful tool that will allow you to train your deadlift productively (and free of discomfort).
There are three main considerations: lasso, figure 8, and single-loop straps.
Each comes with its own pro’s and con’s. In general, and for practical use, I’d go with the lasso straps: Strong-Enough by IronMind.
They’re $17 and ship for free if you have Prime. They’ve been used by many to break world records and train heavy deadlifts. I’ve used them for over a year with a LOT of work done on them.
They’re also not very expensive, so if you’re undecided and have the budget: buy lasso and figure 8 straps!