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Old 05-30-2009, 10:34 AM   #1
andy atkins
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economical weight vest ?

I'm in the market for an adjustable weight vest. Would like to go up to 40#. Does anyone have a suggesstion on the best one to buy on a limited budget?
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Old 05-30-2009, 07:03 PM   #2
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Re: economical weight vest ?

I can't really suggest an economical one from experience, but I can tell you that the GoFit 20-40lb vest I bought at didn't even last 3 days before the elastic started to tear.

I ended up getting a much more costly 40lb XVest which is pretty sweet. It fits much better, the weight is distributed better (more around the chest) and it feels very durable.

I think you can get a vest capable of holding 40lbs but only get it with 20lbs at the time and add on 20 lbs later if you still needed it.

Anyway morale of the story is: probably don't get the GoFit one, the Xvests are top knotch, and the Valeo's look pretty decent for the price (but I haven't tried them).

Check Amazon for ones with free super saver shipping
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Old 05-31-2009, 11:57 AM   #3
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Re: economical weight vest ?

i dont know about the 40lb vest,but i my 20lb golds gym vest from walmart is holding up fine.i dont remember the price,but im a cheap person so i know it wasnt expensive :P
M/34/182lbs/5`8 ~ My Workout Log wfs (CFSB started on page 4,July 20th 2009)
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:24 AM   #4
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Re: economical weight vest ?

Once I asked about inexpensive weight vests and a wise man (wfs) told me, "You get what you pay for."

If you can, try to find out where the weights are loaded. Haphazard weight placement can make it hard on your posture and have unintended ill effects on your form (like making your hips sag way too much on push ups).

You can get a 50# MiR (wfs) vest on eBay for $155 after shipping. Combine that with the fact that they also have lots of special offers on the website and they're probably pound-for-pound the cheapest of the higher quality vests. Just call them up to work out a price quote instead of simply ordering. The customer service seems pretty good.

The XVest is more money, but I can attest that it is very nice.
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Old 06-02-2009, 09:20 AM   #5
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Re: economical weight vest ?

I use a tactical bullet-proof vest carrier. Second Chance was just throwing them away, so I got mine for free. I can fit 25's wrapped in towels in the front and back, but I rarely go that heavy.
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Old 06-02-2009, 09:30 AM   #6
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Re: economical weight vest ?

If you can find an Army-Navy or other surplus store near you, look for an old flak jacket or some 782 gear. You can stuff magazine pouches with lead, strap small plates to it or slip them in the pockets, or whatever else you can figure out. Make sure you try it on and see how your arm and shoulder mobility is--some models will make it next to impossible to do pullups or anything overhead.
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Old 06-02-2009, 06:06 PM   #7
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Re: economical weight vest ?

You can try the weight vests offered by Again Faster (WFS)

Good value and it will come with a one year limited warranty.
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Old 06-02-2009, 07:15 PM   #8
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Re: economical weight vest ?

backpack and doulbed-up ziploc bags of sand.
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