When do you think it's appropriate? After a certain period of training, strength levels, etc?
Or when you decide your kid might not grow much more and you feel like springing for some.
Jr. is still lifting raw at 16 yet. He's around 300/185+/400 now weighing just over the 148 limit. Tight now I think he needs more time under the bar and more strength and mass to develop until I am willing to pay for the stuff.
My 2nd reason is the variety. In the day, titan, Marathon and Inzer were the big boys and the whole suit and wraps thing maybe gave you fifty lbs. Apwsearch thinks he got 80 from a suit and wraps. Me at 148 might have gained 50 total with an Inzer Z wraps and an Inzer blast bench shirt.
Now with the stuff so tight and supportive I think it's important for a young guy to develop a solid base to properly support the weights.
Any other or different thoughts? Also, many times my son must lift at his mom's house and doesn't have help getting on a shirt or suit.