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Old 01-07-2007, 03:09 PM   #11
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Old 01-07-2007, 03:35 PM   #12
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you could always join the army or marines; they'll give you one for free :devil:
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Old 01-07-2007, 05:41 PM   #13
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Jeff.I reckon they're good because the weight is distributed evenly around your body as if you've stacked on 20lbs of bodyweight in a hurry.
I'll use mine for one or two bodyweight workouts in a row and its surprising much I improve on my times when I swap back to no vest .
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Old 01-07-2007, 05:52 PM   #14
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I've got one of those Army ones but my GoFit one is alot more comfortable than an IBA, besides if you get it dirty you have to clean it before you turn it in to CIF(LOL). Seriously though I've thought for years that we should be training more than we do in Body Armor in the Army and I think more people are leaning towards my school of thought. My oldest son went through OSUT last year and they trained in IBA the whole time and it was July at Ft Benning.
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Old 01-07-2007, 06:07 PM   #15
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Very very happy with my Smart Vest. It officially goes from 0 to 24 lbs but I am guessing you could go higher with more of the small 1 lb plates it is designed to hold.

It is very snug and makes me feel all SWAT-like and cool :-)

I think a homebrew solution (backpack, or even less high tech solutions) are great for bodyweight stuff that do not require explosive speed, but if you do things where you are moving fast (oly lifting, running, plyometrics) you need a snug vest that distributes the weight evenly.
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Old 01-07-2007, 06:31 PM   #16
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Travis,funny you should mention that.I've actually thought seriously about bringing an age discrimination lawsuit to be able to join the armed forces. I meet the required physical fitness standards even though I'm over 50.I'm a lawyer so i wouldn't have to hire one and i know several federal judges who would be sympathetic to my cause.My wife thinks I'm crazy,the problem is that I'm colored blind and have some titanium in my ankle from when it was demolished in a judo match. It would be next to impossible to be infantry or airborn.I don't want to be a clerk or a cook,although i know those positions are important too.
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