So you’re shopping for the powerlifter in your family, but you don’t know where to start.

At BarBend, we do a lot of work in the sport of powerlifting. Outside of reporting on powerlifting news and writing educational content, we also do a lot of product reviews. These reviews allow us to gain additional, in-depth insights into the best products within the sport of powerlifting. In this powerlifting gift guide, we’ll dive into multiple product categories including: 

Hopefully our extensive powerlifting gift guide can lead you to some great products for the powerlifter in your life! Also, make sure to check out our fitness tech gift guide for more holiday ideas. 

Best Shoes for Powerlifting

NOBULL High Top Trainer
NOBULL High Top Trainer
NOBULL High Top Trainer

The NOBULL High Top Trainers are an awesome training shoe for supporting heavy lifts, dynamic activities, and are great to wear on a day-to-day basis. 

The Details: The NOBULL High Top Trainer is often marketed as a functional fitness shoe, however, it’s a solid model for recreational powerlifting. This model provides a minimal 4mm heel-to-toe offset and has a firm midsole and outsole to support heavy weights in both the squat and deadlift. 

One of biggest pros that comes with this model is that it can be used for multiple types of training and worn on a day-to-day basis, so if you’re buying for someone who likes to powerlift, but also just train in general, then you really can’t go wrong with this shoe. 

Who They’re Great for: The avid recreational powerlifter who wants a shoe to wear on a daily basis and to the gym.

Price: $139.00 USD 

Best Weightlifting Shoes for Powerlifting

Adidas Powerlift 4
Adidas Powerlift 4
Adidas Powerlift 4

The brand new updated Adidas Powerlift 4 offers a lightweight canvas outer construction, an open forefoot design, and a strong single strap for stability. 

The Details: The Adidas Powerlift 4 is a great option for the avid powerlifter that wants a stable shoe to support squats. We love this model because it has a slightly lower heel sitting at .6″ so it can benefit both high-bar and low-bar squatters super well. In addition, the high-density EVA foam heel is great for promoting overall stability under heavy weight. 

One of the biggest reasons we like this shoe for powerlifting — besides the fact that it can support all fitness levels — is that it’s an incredibly cost efficient and durable model. 

Who They’re Great for: The powerlifter that loves to talk about their squat numbers during the holidays and want to take their game to the next level. 

Price: $80.00 USD

Best Shoes for Deadlifting

Converse Chuck Taylor
Converse Chuck Taylor
Converse Chuck Taylor

The Converse Chuck Taylor offers a flat and firm outsole, which is perfect for the powerlifting athlete. 

The Details: When it comes to promoting stability and providing the foot with a flat, stable base to deadlift on, few shoes compare to the Converse Chuck Taylor. In the sport of powerlifting, these shoes could be described as the gold standard when it comes finding a stable shoe to move big weight in. 

We like the Converse Chuck Taylor for two specific reasons, 1) you can wear them on a daily basis and in competition, as they’re flat and stable, and 2) they’re decently cost efficient with multiple options (low-top vs. high-top)

Who They’re Great for: The powerlifter that loves pushing their limits when it comes to strength training and deadlifting. 

Price: $50.00 USD

Best Knee Sleeves for Powerlifting

SBD Knee Sleeves
SBD Knee Sleeves
SBD Knee Sleeves

These knee sleeves are both IWF and IPF approved and offer a supportive 7mm neoprene construction.

The Details: The SBD Knee Sleeves are a phenomenal bet for the avid powerlifter for multiple reasons. First, they’re supportive under heavy weight and have a very strong 7mm neoprene to promote overall stability. Second, they have reinforced stitching so your investment will undoubtedly go the distance. 

And lastly, they’re approved in pretty much every powerlifting federation. This is big because not every pair of knee sleeves is permitted in certain federations, so if you’re unsure about “which” meet the powerlifter in your life is lifting in, then you’ll be safe going with these sleeves. 

Who They’re Great for: The powerlifter that takes their training seriously and competes, or wants to compete. 

Price: $82.50 USD

Best Powerlifting Belt for Competition

Inzer Advance Designs Forever Lever Belt
Inzer Advance Designs Forever Lever Belt
Inzer Advance Designs Forever Lever Belt

The Inzer Advance Designs Forever Lever Belt is a great option for the competition-focused powerlifter that wants a durable and stable belt. 

The Details: The Inzer Advance Designs Forever Lever Belt (13mm) is a solid option for the dedicated powerlifter. This belt is 13mm thick, which is great for overall torso support, as it’s slightly thicker than traditional belts. Additionally, the steel lever buckle is incredibly durable and stable. 

The biggest benefit that comes along with this belt is that it’s approved for most powerlifting federations, so you won’t have to worry if you got the “right” belt for the dedicated powerlifter in your life. 

Who It’s Great for: The serious powerlifter in the family that always talks about competing and getting stronger. 

Price: $110.00 – $120.00 USD

Best Recreational Powerlifting Belt

Dark Iron Fitness Genuine Leather Pro Weight Lifting Belt
Dark Iron Fitness Genuine Leather Pro Weight Lifting Belt
Dark Iron Fitness Genuine Leather Pro Weight Lifting Belt

The Dark Iron Fitness Leather Belt is a great choice for the recreational lifters that needs adequate support for longer, bodybuilding-style workouts. 

The Details: The Dark Iron Fitness Leather Lifting Belt is a good option for the recreational powerlifter in your life. This belt has a 4mm thick construction, which makes it supportive, but not overly thick. It’s a great belt to help lifters acclimate to what it feels like to have the additional layer of support around their torso. 

This belt is also great because it’s cost-efficient and is made to last, so more than likely your investment will go the distance for the recreational powerlifter in your life. 

Who It’s Great for: The recreational powerlifter that loves training, but isn’t competing formally quite yet. 

Price: $39.99 USD

Best Wrist Wraps for Powerlifting

Rogue Fitness Wrist Wraps
Rogue Fitness Wrist Wraps
Rogue Fitness Wrist Wraps

The Rogue Fitness wrist wraps are an awesome option for the powerlifter that needs additional wrist support when pressing and pulling. 

The Details: The Rogue Fitness Wrist Wraps are a solid option for the athlete that wants additional support for pressing and pulling. Lifters will wrap their wrists to ensure there’s no deviation in their bar path when pressing. More specifically, powerlifters will wrap their wrists during the bench press to promote overall pressing strength and stability. 

We like these wrist wraps because they’re durable, simplistic in nature, and are created by Rogue Fitness which manufactures their gear in the United States. 

Who They’re Great for: The bench press loving powerlifter pushing the upward limits of their strength. 

Price: $18.00 USD

Wrapping Up

If you’re not heavily invested in the sport of powerlifting, then it can be a little daunting shopping for the avid enthusiast in your life. There are multiple powerlifting federations out there and not every piece of equipment is created equal.

This gift guide is designed to help you out when searching for the perfect gifts for the beloved powerlifter in your life!