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Brian Lawyer
03-07-2009, 08:29 AM
This is a product review. I had my eye on these straps for a while, http://www6.mailordercentral.com/ironmind/prodinfo.asp?number=1234. So I finally got them about a month ago. It took me a little while to get used to securing them to the bar but I got the hang of it.

Honestly, I don't like them at all. The concept is that they are just barely short enough to wrap around the bar so you can bail out of a snatch if you have to. Due to this shortness they are a little tricky to get on and I don't feel totally secured to the bar once I finally get them on. I've used them for some deadlifts and some pulls but am reluctant to try a snatch with them for this reason.

I don't really know what the difference is if you have some regular size straps and you just wrap them around once. They would be easier to get on and secured to the bar real tight. Why wouldn't you be able to bail out just the same as the "short and sweet" if they were only wrapped around once?

Garrett Smith
03-07-2009, 03:20 PM
On the orders of my OL coach, I'm to only use straps on my snatch pulls. I use the old "BB-style" straps wrapped around once.

If grip is a limiting factor on a snatch, then I'd say more grip strength is needed, not straps. I would not snatch in my straps.

Dave Van Skike
03-07-2009, 04:24 PM
I have a pair that I borrow routinely. I like them becuase there's less to wrangle with.

horses for courses i guess.

Brian Lawyer
03-07-2009, 06:55 PM
On the orders of my OL coach, I'm to only use straps on my snatch pulls. I use the old "BB-style" straps wrapped around once.

If grip is a limiting factor on a snatch, then I'd say more grip strength is needed, not straps. I would not snatch in my straps.
I'm not really sure what I was thinking. They were an impulse buy. Cheap accessory.
I have a pair that I borrow routinely. I like them becuase there's less to wrangle with.


Dave, so you like the short and sweets? Or are you just talking about straps in general?

Dave Van Skike
03-08-2009, 08:25 AM
the IM short and sweet straps work great for me, i have a pair of spuds that i rarely use becuase a buddy leaves his IM shorties at the gym all the time. for bigger stuff like an axle, i prefer the long ones.

Edwin Mckean
03-19-2009, 10:36 AM
Straps can amplify improper technique....in that sense they can be detrimental.

Dave Van Skike
03-19-2009, 10:42 AM
Straps can amplify improper technique....in that sense they can be detrimental.


When driving a car, it is advisable to keep your hands at the 10 and 2 o'clock position.

Edwin Mckean
03-19-2009, 11:25 AM
When driving a car, it is advisable to keep your hands at the 10 and 2 o'clock position.

Until you can master that don't wear straps while driving.... :)

Brian Lawyer
05-06-2009, 07:56 AM
I made my own lifting straps the other day. I went to Hancock fabrics. The material that the iron mind short and sweet straps are made from is called "Nylon webbing" and they are 1.5" wide. Hancock had nylon webbing but I found this other strap material that was camouflage. It was a cotton blend like 80% cotton and something else but still very stiff material. I bought two 23" strips for $2.69 and now I have some sweet looking camouflage lifting straps.