You're strong enough and experienced enough to declare that the APA and the IPA are jokes? Right. Sure. Whatever.
Have you ever even put on a Squat suit? Have you ever even lifted in a Bench Shirt?
And what's up with this obsession people have over Super Heavy Weight Powerlifters, as if they're the only people who powerlift?
First off, there are other weight classes. Second off, just because the SHWs and 308s are fairly bloated doesn't mean they have an incredible amount of Raw Strength. It's not fat and double ply polyester that's actually moving the weight. Donnie Thompson, Chad Aches, Mike Miller, Andy Bolton: These guys aren't competing in Multi-Ply meets just so they can use gear. They're competing in Multi-Ply meets because that's where all the strongest powerlifters in the world are competing.
If the Kaz, Paul Anderson, Franco Colombo, and other big old-time Powerlifters had access to Multi-Ply gear they probably would have used multi-ply gear too.
And what's up with raggin on pre-lift rituals? Is every raw lifter lifting with no emotion - pure focus - ice in his veins? I know that's not true. No matter where you go, the so called pre-lift ritual is going to take longer than the lift. It's one fucking rep. It's not going to take a long time - gear or no gear. If it takes me 4 seconds to put on a belt and 4 seconds to chalk up, then a relativly modest ritual has just taken longer than one grinder of a Max Lift.
Furthermore, for the sake of raw lifting, stop being a dick! I can't think of ANY top-level raw powerlifter who wastes his time talking about how Multi-Ply lifters are just kidding themselves.
If you don't want to lift Multi-Ply, there are plenty of Raw Federations to choose from. I think some of them don't even allow for neophrine knee sleeves if you're really anal about this. And if you want to prove your stronger than the Multi-Ply guys, then get some Multi-Ply gear and prove it.
Raw Powerlifting is a sport that's dependent on 1 thing - limit strength.
Multi-Ply powerlifting is a slightly different sport depending on 2 things - limit strength and the lifters ability to utilize his assistance gear.
No matter what, you gotta be strong.