There are many good weighted vest out on the market and several that will fall apart after a few uses.
Pretty much you get what you pay for.
You can spend a little and get something that will last a few workouts.
Or spend a fair amount and have a vest that will last for a long time. Check out this list that we have compiled over the last decade from SGPT athletes.
#10 MIR WEIGHT VEST
I ordered the MIR 50 pound short style weight vest after slowly working my way up to 35 lbs in a backpack. The backpack was starting to torque my back and I wanted to equalize the weight front and back.
The Mir weight vest is excellent and holds tight against the body. I like the short version because it allows me to use a ski-joring belt which I use when I walk my husky. Anybody wanting to increase their calorie burn can’t go wrong with this product and Amazon did an excellent job of getting shipped out. I am currently at about 41 pounds and walking on average 3 to 4 miles with it 5 days a week.
As I lose weight (about 20 lbs now) – I have been adding bars to the vest – way easier and a ton more comfortable than using the backpack. Adding weight to my aerobic workouts helped me break the stalemate with my weight I’ve had over the last 2 years.
Price at Amazon.com $179
#9 VForce 45 lb VEST
Got this weight vest for my Spartan Race training. Very happy with it. I run with the 45 lb. V-FORCE weight vest as well as strength workouts.
Weight can be adjusted from 0 to 40 pounds in 2.5# increments. The weights are small iron bars that are securely held in their own individual velcro pockets.
There are several adjustable velcro straps to get it fit just right for your size. While running, the vest felt secure. The vest nor the weights weren’t flopping around.
The shoulders and chest piece are narrow enough that your arms won’t be impeded when doing upper body training. Some of the workouts I’ve done that I loved this vest for include: running, pushups, pullups, burpees, crunches. As my strength improves, I simply add on another plate until I get the right workout. The V-force vest is made in the USA.
Price at Amazon.com $195
#8 BEAR KOMPLEX
Just ordered this on this past Friday and got it today (Monday).
Super fast delivery. The Bear Komplex tactical vest fits great and you can see that it has quality stitching.
Fits awesome, doesn’t move all around and doesn’t restrict shoulder and arm movement for pull ups or military presses. Very pleased. Oh its not too long so you can do crunches etc with it on.
This vest is built right with
mil-spec 500D CORDURA nylon which is a water-resistant coating. It also has 50mm heat treated, steel alloy buckles with a breaking load of 9Kn (2023 lbs of force).
Great design. I see it lasting a long time.
Price at Amazon.com $135
#7 ZFO SPORTS
This weighted vest is no joke, there is absolutely no way you can go out in public wearing this item without sparking comments about SWAT team/kevlar vests.
For me personally, couple the bada** look of the ZFOsports weight vest with the fact that A) i’m a woman and B) i wear it while running, and the hardcase look is complete!
This is my second vest – the first topped out at 20lbs, and i use this one currently at 32lbs. it has many improvements over my first vest (different brand, completely different style).
Price at Amazon.com $89
#6 CHRISTIANS FITNESS FACTORY
The vest itself is great. Well designed and sturdy as well as affordable. The problem is finding or making weights that fit the vest.
I’ve had the CFF Weighted Vest for weeks but haven’t been able to use it because I have to make weights to go in it. It’s a large undertaking.
If there had been some sort of empty containers to fill with sand or something, then I would have given the vest 5 stars – right now I have the CFF ratings at 4.5 stars.
Price at Amazon.com $101 US
#4 WOLF TACTICAL
Great weight vest, I use this for hiking, bootcamp style workouts and running. The 30 Lb Wolf Tactical weight vest design is much slimmer compared to many other vests hich makes it a lot easier to maneuver around with the types of activities I mentioned.
Wolf Tactical is made in the USA and they use premium 600D material that holds up to sweat and dirt, extreme tactical training, and intense workouts. This vest has laser-cut MOLLE panels at both the front and back allow easy attachment of gear or morale patches.
#3 NORTH GYM
Wore this for the first time yesterday during my run.
Let me just say I’ve owned the kind from a different company that uses the small sand weights (trash) , this molded plate is fantastic!!!!! The vest sits well on my frame (6.2 & my weight 250lbs) I am into strength training and cardio with the vest.
Did 3.3 miles and shoulders pads felt great and it didn’t bounce at all . I am beyond pleased!
We will see how the sewing and fabric does in the long run but for now the side opens for the plate to go in and it has multiple straps to keep it there ! GREAT JOB Northern Gym!
I have been using the vest for a month and I am very happy with my purchase. The plates adjust well to the female body and vest is comfortable. It does not irritate skin at contact like other vests in the market. I definitely recommend!
If you need to add extra plates you can add up to two plates each in the front and back. It has easy storage and stays snug so it will not come out.
Price at Amazon.com $169 US
#2 511 Tactical TacTec Plate Carrier
I just picked up this vest from 511 tactical for my workouts but you can also use it as an actual plate carrier for combat. My buddy had a Thorn Fit but I was interested in 511 tactical.
It is a great price but has a dual use. The 5.11 TacTec plate carrier is really comfortable and it has been through a lot of abuse.
I would recommend it to any one who is both into shooting and working out since you can use it both ways. This vest was used at the CrossFit Games last year.
Price at Amazon.com $135
#1 BEST VALUE WEIGHT VEST
I picked up this vest for super cheap after my buddy was leaving town and it has done fine for me. I used the Cross 101 Adjustable Weighted Vest a couple of times a month and it has really helped my stamina for long workouts.
It comes with 20 lbs of weight which is more than enough for workouts. My buddy has tried it on and worked out and he is wanting to get one also.
Price at Amazon.com $40 US
- Box weight vest
Ironwear Speed vest
Brute Force 2.0
Question: What are workouts I can do with a weighted vest?
Answer: A great one is the iconic workout “Murph” with a weight vest. Check out the workout below.
CrossFit hero workout “Murph”
1 mile run
1 mile run
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Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed. Start and finish with a mile run. If you’ve got a twenty pound weight vest or body armor, wear it. Post time to comments.
Question: Where can I find out more about CrossFit? Check out the main CF website here: