Well the shirt works. Sundays are not my heavy day, but I couldn't stand to get a new shirt in and not use it, so after speed bench today, I tried the new shirt out as follows.
Put 405 on the bar to test
out the shirt. No way, stopped about 4 inches above my chest, let it sit there for about 3 seconds then pressed it back up. Then tried 455, it also stopped before my chest, but just an inch above, so I let it sink in, by relaxing a little bit. Pressed that up, but it was pretty tough after having relaxed to get the bar to touch, and then went to 480. By this time I was pretty tired, and was only taking a couple of minutes between attempts, and not removing the shirt. 480 went to the chest at a good pace, blew up after a pause, and at about 3 inches from lockout, I lost the groove, and the bar started going over my head, instead of staying in the low chest groove. So I missed that one.
But the good news was that this was the first time I tried the shirt, and hit some decent numbers for me, even after speed sets, and that short of a misgrooving, I would have hit a new P.R.
Hopefully I can get it all together on March 16th. If not, it will not be from lack of effort and support. Thanks a lot to the board.