After reading Chad Aichs Recent Article on EliteFts.com, http://www.elitefts.com/documents/strength_sports.htm , I decided I’d like to start using gear in competition. My Question(s) - what is the best idea, start out by getting a less expensive shirt and suit such as a Standard Blast shirt and a Champion suit( http://www.inzernet.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=01_ST_BLAST ; http://www.inzernet.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=03_CHAMPION respectively) and learn the basics of gear with these?
Or Start out getting a suit or shirt I think I may end up using in the future such as Metal Gear (IPF Bench Shirt or Inzer Rage, Metal IPF Squatter) and learn in this gear? Also, would it be recommended to start by learning one piece at a time, for example, get a squat suit OR bench shit, learn that, then for the next meet get the next piece of equipment, etc etc.
I compete in USA PL (IPF rules) in the 198 and 220 weight classes. My Current plan is to do my first equipped meet in the late fall/ early winter of this year; I already have the basics allowed in RAW, belt, knee and wrist wraps.
Thank you very much for input!