The Blast series is a good way to get started, although I have yet to see someone use it in a meet. If you’re thinking about competing equipped I’d recommend just finding a used shirt that’s a little big on you.
Any supportive equipment will alter your ‘raw’ groove. But I’ve had the best luck with the Inzer Phenom. Stiffer shirts made by Metal & Titan never did much for me, the Phenom gave excellent carry over with out having to touch the bar down near my crotch. But seeing as though these shirts are $200+ new, this is why I’d recommend trying out a used one first just to make sure that equipped lifting is something you’re interested in.[/quote]
I agree with everything he said. The Phenom is relatively easy to learn, and it gives more support through the entire lift. The “stiffer” shirts give more support at the bottom, but drop off more suddenly as you get close to lock-out (IMO).