Hello. I have always favored very wide stance hip dominant BB squats.
They have been my pride point for a long time now, hitting 500 on a good day at a body weight of 160. I also have been training near max 2x per week for years.
However when I say wide, I mean really wide, my toes are under the floor rails of the power rack, and this particular power rack is actually wider than most. I'm also rather small, with a longer torso and shorter legs with a 28 inch waist. Torso stays relatively upright through most of the movement, but even with driving my knees out very far, my stance is so wide that my tibia's never become perpindicular to floor, they are slanted in toward my midline around 15 degrees from vertical at parallel.
Now if been doing these this way for years, only experienced 'problems' for the last several months, which isn't bad in and of itself because it necessitated my learning of soft tissue work around hips hams and IT. I regularly get some lower patellar knee pain (IT work knocks it out) and some hip flexor pain as well, some tronchanteric bursitis and mashed hips if I miss and dont drive my femur far out of the way. Never severe pain, Icing PWO takes care of it for the most part.
I suppose my question is this, I'm currently 26 yrs old, and I worry that I may be grinding my hips to death too soon, although Im certain this type of maintenance is routine. I do have a small waist and I have read that non geared wide stance squats can be rough on the hips, and I'd hate to cut my lifting career short.