I use lifting straps on my back day for deadlifts, pulldowns, shrugs, and rows. I lift HEAVY (state champion and record-holder for the powerlifting federation I compete in), and the 1.5 in. wide cotton lifting straps that I use for my last sets cut into my wrists to the point of lacerations sometimes, and heavy brusing all the time. My brother who is an amature bodybuilder uses some 2 in. wide longer canvas lifting straps and says they still dig into his wrists a bit when going heavy on shrugs and deadlift. Are leather straps any better than cotton, or canvas lifting straps? Pros and cons of each please. Also, will the leather or canvas "grip" the bar as well as my cotton ones do? Thanks in advance.
Have you tried Versa Gripps?
They’re padded around the wrist and leather the wraps around the bar. I’ve never used cotton grips, but these definitely grip the bar.
I got ‘em to be able to keep deadlifting with tendinitis in my wrist. The work great (although I’m certainly not lifting nearly as much as you are!)