Weightlifting Straps come in all fabrics, sizes, and styles. For a beginner it can be confusing to find the best option for your style of lifting so we'll break it down for you as clearly as possible.
To begin with, there are a variety of different fabrics that are used for lifting straps. The main four are cotton, canvas, leather, and nylon straps that all do the same job of assisting in the lift. Along with leather smelling fantastic, leather straps are the most comfortable option, avoiding chafing and calluses on the wrist which are results of the other fabrics. The other benefit of leather straps is their durability. Much to the detriment of our business model, these straps will last you years. While the leather will slightly stretch with use, they will not fray against the knurling of a barbell like the other fabrics. Expect other fabrics to give out after 6 months to a year of use.
Styles vary depending on type of lifting you're doing, and your general preference. Powerlifters typically use lasso style straps, while Olympic Weightlifters opt for tear-drop style. This is mostly due to the type of release that is required after the lift has been completed.
Specifically with our straps, we have 3 different sizes, or weights, of leather used.
7-8 oz. Straps - The thickest strap best for experienced athletes lifting the heaviest loads.
5-6 oz. Straps - The most common thickness of strap, best for almost all athletes lifting light to heavy loads. If you aren't sure which thickness to get, this is the one for you. Comes in the largest variety of color and texture options.
3-4 oz. Straps - The thinnest strap we offer, still very durable and used to lift heavy loads but performs best with lighter weight. Least common weight option we offer.
Leather is usually measured in terms of ounces. One ounce equals 1/64th of an inch thickness. Thus, a weight of 7 to 8 oz. means the leather is 7/64th to 8/64th of an inch thickness. For best results, make sure to purchase the strap that is best for your level of lifting.