People get too caught up in single-ply vs multi-ply. There’s not nearly as much difference between the gear as people think. For most people, it’s a 125-200 lb difference. I think it depends more on the weight class. [/quote]
I completely agree, all you need to do is look at what people have done lately in single ply gear, a 198’er just benched 650 in a single ply shirt, his previous best was 625 as a 181’er (keeping in mind his bw was at 200lbs before the comp.) in a double ply metal viking shirt. The new single ply bench record is at 900lbs, and he was going to improve upon that record at his last meet but he bombed out lol. Andrey is a great example here, he’s been training in gear for quite some time and has an awesome RPF total, but when he did a multi-ply meet he added very little on his total, I want to say it was less than 100lbs but I’m feeling lazy so someone can correct me if I’m wrong.
I believe the biggest difference is in the quality and longevity between the single and multi-ply gear, multi-ply gear holds its “pop” much longer than single ply does. A 2000lb total in almost any weight class will get you ranked in the top 50 powerlifters in America, so it’s still very hard to achieve and if you do more than likely you are among one of the best lifters in America.
As for 2000lb raw, I believe the 5% is a gross underestimate of how you would rank among powerlifters. In the world rankings 12 of the 50 people listed totaled over 2000 raw. Being just on that list puts you at about the top 1%, so being one of 12 people to total over 2000 on a list already composed of atleast the top 1% in the world should put you a little higher than top 5%.
And as for someone totaling 2900-3000, already been done, current record by donnie thompson, 2905lbs total.