How Do I Get My Canvas Suit Off?

Create: 03/24/2008 - 09:38
A member at the BAG forum turns to forum members for advice on how he can get his canvas squat suit off faster and easier. It currently takes him about 20 minutes with three people helping. Advice:

There is no easy way to get out of a canvas, aside from losing weight or using a looser suit. It takes us FOREVER to get people out of canvas... even while using lat pulldown bars and whatever else we can wedge in there to get some leverage.

Yeah it is a process. Ideally it takes 4 people and a metal bar. First, we have the 2 people on the side pull down the straps, usually putting a foot or knee in the strap for leverage. Then the center can be pushed down enough to fit a bar through. So then 2 more people join in the fun and push down the center using the metal bar. You have to make sure the people on the sides catch up with the center or it will keep locking up. Then when you are close, all 4 people go at the same time.

Okay, on a serious note, we actually do NOT roll canvas suits down, in training our guys wear suit slippers and leave them on during training, this will make getting it off easier. Have two guys pull each leg down little by little. One guy in the front and one guy in the back, have them stick their hands and get a good handle off the bottom of the suit legs and pull down hard, it will budge about 1/2 inch and slowly work each side like that, it cuts down in time and also in wearing out the canvas material by constantly rolling it down. At the meets people are always looking at me like what the hell? how did you get that suit off so fast? i'll record this one time and post it here. I get all my canvas suits with suit slipper material sewed inside of it as well, so my meet leviathan is easy to get off as well because of the suit slipper material inside. I'm not sure how much more it will cost to make it like that though? But if your looking to get a new one ask them about that.. just let them know you saw one of AL Caslow's suits at a meet and noticed the suit slipper material inside. Remember, Don't roll it off, just stick two pairs of hands at the bottom of the suit legs and pull down hard each side little by little, suddenly it just pulls right down.

That whole suit slipper inside suit seems to be ant-productive to me. The suit would continually move when squatting rather than locking up wouldn't it? As far as the canvas breaking down we've not seen that happen. I'm sure it has become more workable and gave some but not to the point of causing the suit to give less on the lifts. S

you would think so with the suit slipper material, but not so. I have a worn two different suits and yet have had no problems at all... over the briefs it doesn't slide one bit at all. It's not THAT slick per se to think that a tight canvas suit will shift during the lift.... not at all.

Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The easiest way to get a canvas suit off is to roll it down to your hips as far as you can, then squat down as far as you can and velcro the straps around the bottom of the power rack and then stand up out of it. You may have to repeat the strap tightening process until it pops down and off. It is almost effortless in comparison to other tecqniques and takes just a few minutes. I have a ginny that used to take about 30 minutes to get off until I learned this process.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
My team and I have worn canvas for years. For us, in the days prior to suit slipper, we used baby powder to get into the suit. It helped lock the suit into place and also really helped us taking it off easier. Bonus, it keeps it from smelling like, well, a sweaty canvas squat suit. Anyway, try the powder, it has worked for us for years. You can also use the powder and the suit slippers, but make sure you put the powder in the suit first. I think this will knock time off of suit removal, although a properly fitted canvas should still be very difficult to remove. If it comes right off, it is way too loose. Note: the powder can get on your knees when putting on the suit, remember to wipe that off to keep your knee wraps tight. Good luck.

Submitted by James Hanley (not verified) on
Why has nobody build a suit with handles on the outside of the legs to assist in getting it off? I imagine it'd be quite easy to do...?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
ha ha ha!

Submitted by Marcus on
I've heard you can have suit slipper material sewn on the inside of it. I'm not buying that baby power would help much if you're wearing briefs. The main friction is briefs on canvas.

Submitted by Putt Houston on
NEVER EVER ROLL IT DOWN! The lifter in the suit has to start the process of creating room at the bottom of the leg for someone to grab the front and back at the same time. Once you get the initial crotch lock out of the suit, the lifter needs to stand erect and create a roll or fold in the suit at the crotch. You do this by pulling at the crotch, then left hip, then rear, then right hip, then crotch again in a clockwise or counterclockwise pattern. Do this until you get a considerable amount of material to work with. The the lifter and someone else (it's a two man job) grab one leg front and back. One, two three...pull. The suit moves like 1/2 inch. Then other leg...one, two, three pull. The suit moves another 1/2 inch. Do this until all the material you made room for is used up. Then create more room in the crotch and rear and hips again. Then pull down one leg at a time again in the same process. Each 1/2 inch you go you create more room for more hands and a bigger grip. Eventuall the suit drops. The pipe theory doesn't work as good because it pulls only in the center and two big guys on each side with leverage cranking on you could EASILY throw your back out. It is a process if the suit fits you right, There is no easy way to do it. 10 minutes is normal. Putt Houston.... now with more Bom Chicka Wahwahhhhhh

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Submitted by Michael A Taylor on
[quote=Putt Houston]NEVER EVER ROLL IT DOWN! The lifter in the suit has to start the process of creating room at the bottom of the leg for someone to grab the front and back at the same time. Once you get the initial crotch lock out of the suit, the lifter needs to stand erect and create a roll or fold in the suit at the crotch. You do this by pulling at the crotch, then left hip, then rear, then right hip, then crotch again in a clockwise or counterclockwise pattern. Do this until you get a considerable amount of material to work with. The the lifter and someone else (it's a two man job) grab one leg front and back. One, two three...pull. The suit moves like 1/2 inch. Then other leg...one, two, three pull. The suit moves another 1/2 inch. Do this until all the material you made room for is used up. Then create more room in the crotch and rear and hips again. Then pull down one leg at a time again in the same process. Each 1/2 inch you go you create more room for more hands and a bigger grip. Eventuall the suit drops. The pipe theory doesn't work as good because it pulls only in the center and two big guys on each side with leverage cranking on you could EASILY throw your back out. It is a process if the suit fits you right, There is no easy way to do it. 10 minutes is normal. Putt Houston.... now with more Bom Chicka Wahwahhhhhh[/quote] lol I used to make the ugliest faces putting those things on. No, there arent any easy ways to put them on, I would just use a wal-mart bag or a trash bad or something...or how you put it.

Submitted by BIG DADDY on
" I fear no man nor do I have any limits " Charles "BIG DADDY" Bailey it depends on which suit the inzer you need 2 pliers 2 guys one on either side on the grab the leg close to the poly and pull down and out so as if your pulling away and the leg. the regular canvas 1 pliers statrting with one leg work in a circular direction while pulling down alternate from one leg to other.

Submitted by BigDawgCasa on
I have had luck with electrician's gloves, the kind with blue rubbery stick'em on them. As to handles, Greg Panora had Ginny sew some on his suit at one point--I remember them lasting about ten minutes.

Submitted by zane geeting on
good thread, i always liked the idea of suit slipper material on the inside of the suit as al caslow does. at first i thought it would slip around too much also, but after seeing the numbers al hits and the carry-over he has i dont think its a problem. to say the least

Submitted by Marcus on
Similar to the suit slipper idea, some guys wear under armor to help get briefs on. They only slide if you don't get them all the way up. i was a skeptic but now I'm a believer. I get the long ones. Then there's enough material to roll it back up on the briefs so the suit goes on easier.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Putt, The baby powder goes on the brief and in the suit. Works pretty well. Also lets you set the suit nicely.

Submitted by Putt Houston on
[quote=Anonymous]Putt, The baby powder goes on the brief and in the suit. Works pretty well. Also lets you set the suit nicely. [/quote] that's not my quote player. I could dig the baby powder though... (the quote is under the name not above)

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Submitted by theBarzeen (not verified) on
baby powder!! I like grabbing the bottom of the leg and working each leg down an inch at a time.... then bend at the hips a few times to make room in the butt of the suit and repeat ..... usually 5-10 minutes by my self