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Old 07-13-2007, 07:02 AM   #1
Matt Richardson
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Looking for a weighted vest. Anyone find a decent quality one for a decent price? I'd like to have one that can handle atleast 50-60 lbs. I regularly hump around a 40 lb pack and a 40 lb kid on my shoulders so I need something heavy to feel like I'm doing work.
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Old 07-13-2007, 08:01 AM   #2
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I have a V-max weight vest (, it's a little bulky and has ROM restrictions with your arms. I saw a link to the SmartVest and it looked nice ( slim, fit under a shirt, etc. They also sell weighted shorts that are pretty interesting.

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Old 07-13-2007, 10:27 AM   #3
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Google X-vest as well. They go up to 80lbs
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Old 07-13-2007, 07:29 PM   #4
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I like the V-max, too. Yes, it's bulky but 50 pounds has to go somewhere. The plus is that it's adjustable in 2.5 lb increments and wears like stone.
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Old 07-14-2007, 04:54 AM   #5
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I personally have this vest: (safe link)

It's very comfortable and adjustable up through 60#. The only drawback is that, as mentioned, it does have some ROM limitations around the shoulders. I've tried to perform sledgehammer training with it and it gets a little uncomfortable after a bit. I do see that is offering vests with a narrower cut now. Perhaps I just need to wear a sweatshirt underneath my vest as a "work around".

One of the nice things about the plate-loaded vests is that you don't have to buy the weights and have them shipped. I purchased my 2.5# plates at Wally World and had the whole vest outfitted for under $150. Any round 2.5# plate will work in the vest.

As far as quality goes, it is top-notch. I don't see it wearing out for many, many years to come.

Hope my .02 review helps a little!

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Old 07-15-2007, 11:17 AM   #6
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I'm trying to decide between the V-max and the smart vest. I see the pros and cons of both but I wanted to get some feed back from the community on which one is better.
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