Use Valeo's leather lifting belt to help your squats and dead lifts and to allow yourself focus on letting your back arch. The padding is soft enough to where there is no discomfort when cinching tightly. The material is a leather like material but it is thick. It feels durable. Add 30+ lbs to your dead lift instantly after switching from the belt at the gym (either a light leather one or a Velcro one, both suck compared to this). It makes a world of a difference and you'll feel like you can focus on your strength where needed.