I had a lengthy conversation with one of the old guys I work out with today. He was telling me about how he use to train and one thing he mentioned was that he would always wears his squat suit for moderate-heavy lifting (straps down for moderate stuff) and didn't when he went really light (around 225) for high rep work. I always had the mentality that training without equipment is preferred. This guy knows his stuff though... he couldn't have won the nationals 7 times without some knowledge of the sport of powerlifting. Are there many people who always train with a suit?