I would never sacrifice my deadlifting weight for the sake of my grip. I don’t know why people think that deadlifting without straps is the only way to build grip strength. There are many other methods of grip-building that don’t require screwing up your deadlift.
I neglected my grip strength for a long time and now I’m playing the catch up game, but I am catching up. I just employ other grip exercises. I’d hate to imagine how low my deadlifting weight would be right now if I stayed at low weights until my grip caught up.
I’ve had people give me a hard time about using straps to deadlift. They say I’m cheating or they bitch about how I’m neglecting my grip. The irony is that I’m pulling waaaaay more than them.
I completely agree with you brother!