I see someone else got the 2006 IronMind catalog already;)
The bitterness involved in the bitching over gear versus no gear never ceases to amaze me!
As an example, is Gene Rychlaks raw bench shitty? Or does Svend Karlsen's (sp?) deadlift suck? NO.
It seems the debate over gear is often used as a shield of sorts (not necessarily in this thread).
Imagine for a second if Casey were alive to use a bench shirt and a squat suit. His total would, I'm guessing, be in the 2400 range?
My point is this:
Raw lifters should stop bitching about gear and just get strong enough to lift without it. Surely, after 40 years, raw records should be near suited records.
Suited lifters should get real, and realize that in 40 years of innovation in equipment, that totals should be way up. A 2500 lb suited total is not really as impressive as a 2300 lb raw total when gear supposedly adds hundreds of pounds.
Either way, lift big and get strong!