Equipment Review: The Boss Squat Suit by Jeff Miller
In the world of geared lifting, canvas squat suits reign supreme as the popular choice of many lifters. However, there are a growing few lifters who know a secret. A secret I’m going to let everyone else in on. The secret is that The Boss Squat Suit by Titan is out performing many of its canvas counterparts in the multiply scene. Lifters are making the switch to The Boss because of its ease of use and performance.
Anderson Powerlifting describes The Boss as “constructed from our laminate Boss fabric. This is the heaviest, strongest unlimited poly suit in the lifting world.” It boasts a patented built in harness system constructed of 3 cm seams and grid stitching of the glute panel. There in providing extra support and bigger squats.” My wife was looking to do her first full meet and had out grown the second hand canvas suit she was using in training. After a call to Ken Anderson he sent her a pair of Boss briefs and a Boss suit. Her squat immediately went up 100 lbs. just with the suit. We had decided to break the suit in first without briefs for her to learn and get stronger. That first meet she squatted 475 lbs in just the suit. Wearing Boss briefs with a Boss suit was going to take a lot to reach depth per Ken. So she plugged away until she was strong enough to use both. Two years later she hit 633 lbs in briefs and the suit.
So what is the difference between The Boss and other suits? First off, if your hip flexors are strong enough, this suit doesn’t suck your knees in like many suits. This is no matter what your foot stance is. The Boss also doesn’t throw you forward once you put the straps on. How many times have you squatted great in a suit with the straps down only to have the suit make you almost face plant once you put them up? Also canvas suits have a ton of stopping power but almost no rebound out of the hole. The Boss allows you to get to depth and propels you out the hole like no other squat suit. Adjusting the straps will adjust the amount of stopping power the suit has. The suit is also tapered around the diaphragm and belly so that it doesn’t constrict your breathing like a canvas can. Bigger breath, means staying tighter, means bigger squat.
There is one familiar scenario played out at many multiply meets I have been to. How many times has some lifter had to be pried or even cut out of their canvas suit? This happens due to the legs swelling up over the course of warm ups and attempts. No, there aren’t a bunch of adjustable laces on a Boss. There’s no need for them. Boss Squats are poly so they give. If you swell they stretch some. Even the tightest Bosses come off in a matter of minutes.
The Boss Squat suit sells at four hundred and nineteen dollars. The Super Boss sells for five hundred twenty five dollars. The difference is a third layer of material in the seat of the suit on the Super. That is a good chunk of change. However those who buy the Boss Suit tend to make a lifetime commitment to it. It’s the only suit they will ever need. The straps are made of Aplix, which is 30 percent stronger than regular Velcro and lasts longer. Also, due to the high thread count used in the seams, the suit is virtually blow out proof. So despite the cost, it is very rare to find them on Ebay or other sites selling used gear. When you find a good thing, you tend to keep it.
To conclude, if you are looking for a high end squat suit to give you a high end squat The Boss is your suit. If you are looking for performance, comfort and ease of use then the Boss is your suit. Save the fancy time consuming, ineffective laces for your Chuck Taylors and be a Boss.