If that’s the case then you don’t even need to go to a meet, just lift in the gym for Instagram likes.
Well, I can see a good reason for regulating which brands are allowed - otherwise something like those denim sleeves could pass gear check and records can be set that otherwise wouldn’t have happened. The problem with the IPF is that their fees are ridiculously high, USPA/IPL charges approval fees too but if you check the rates (I can’t remember off the top of my head) it’s much lower. That is one of the reasons why there is such a limited selection of brands on the IPF list. These fees also cause the prices of equipment to increase for everyone.