Mind Your Midriff: The Best Weighted Shorts, Pants, & Belts

Best Weighted Belt, Shorts, Pants Intro ImageWeighted clothes for the lower body are an excellent addition to any fitness regimen. Whether you’re just getting started with weighted clothing or you’re more experienced, you’ll find that weighted shorts, weighted pants, and weighted belts can offer distinct health benefits that other equipment can’t.

When I was brainstorming about my next article to add to BestHealthGear, I noticed that while I’ve covered many types of upper body weighted clothing (including weighted vests and weighted shirts), we’ve totally ignored lower body weighted clothing! Although lower body weighted clothing is less common than upper body, that doesn’t mean it’s any less effective. Read on to learn more about lower body weighted clothing and see our favorite weighted shorts and weighted belts out there!

The Best Weighted Shorts / Weighted Pants

Weighted shorts, also sometimes called weighted pants, are becoming increasingly popular in the world of weighted clothes. Athletes wear these shorts to increase resistance when working out their hip flexors, glutes, knee joints, & quads. The two most popular brands for weighted shorts are MIR and TITIN. You may recognize MIR and TITIN from our other articles – some of our favorite weighted upper body clothes come from these brands.

Weighted shorts can help you build up a more powerful lower body (think thighs, calves, and hips). When choosing weighted shorts, make sure they’re as form-fitting as possible yet still adjustable. Whether you’re running, jogging, doing squats, or jumping, you’ll be doing some intense movement in your weighted shorts, so quality research is key.

Here are a few of our favorite weighted shorts we know you’ll love:

#1 – MIR Weighted Shorts (adjustable, max weight: 45 lbs)

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MIR Adjustable Weighted Shorts are our favorite weighted pants on the market because at the time of writing, they are one of the few weighted shorts that are fully weight-adjustable (meaning you can add/remove weights). While the MIR Weighted Shorts all have a max weight of 45 lbs, you can choose to buy the shorts with only 20 lbs of weight, or the full 45 lbs of weight. Note that the weight is adjustable in 3 lb increments. MIR has a sterling reputation in the weighted clothing community because their rugged products last the test of time. These shorts are great because whereas other shorts have full compression, these are free-breathing. That means you’ll stay comfortable all the way to the end of your workout.


#2 – Fighting Sports Power Weighted Shorts (adjustable, max weight: 20 lbs)

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Fighting Sports Power Weighted Shorts are durable neoprene adjustable weighted pants that can carry a max of 20 lbs. They check all the boxes for being well-made, form-fitting, and adjustable, but they do run small, so buy these pants at a size larger than you’re used to. During our testing, we noticed that the weights are placed such that they kind of rub against the inside of your thighs when running – very uncomfortable. Thankfully, removing the inner-thigh weights fixed the problem. Fighting Sports Power provides a good alternative to the MIR weighted shorts, but it’s a noticeable step down in my opinion.


The Best Weighted Belt

Athletes wear padded weighted belts around their waist to introduce additional resistance to their lower body workouts. The best weighted belt will always be adjustable, both at the waistline and in the amount of weight attached. One of the key benefits of weighted belts is that they don’t restrict natural body movement, which can be a problem with vests. That said, they can get in the way during an abdominal workout.

#1 – All Pro Weight Adjustable Power Stride Exercise Belt (adjustable to 10 lbs)

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The All Pro Weight Adjustable Power Stride Exercise Belt (10 Lbs) is a fully adjustable weight belt ideal for walking, jogging, and other light cardio. If you have any experience with weighted clothing, you know how frustrating leaky sand and gel weights can be. All Pro’s weights are made of solid iron, which is a huge benefit that ensures long-lasting durability. This weighted belt is super comfortable, with soft padding along the waist and lower back. This belt allows for a full range of motion. The only downside is that this belt maxes out at 10 lbs; if you want more weight, check out the two belts we reviewed below.

#2 – MiR Champion Adjustable Weighted Belt (adjustable to 36 lbs)

Picture of the MiR Champion Weighted BeltThe MiR Champion Adjustable Weighted Belt is our top choice for guys who want to intensify their resistance training. Women should steer clear of this one, as the waist is too big to fit most people, but this is a solid choice for bigger guys. I’m a 36 inch waist and it fit perfectly. I had a few friends try it as well, one was a 30 inch waist, another was a 42 inch waist – both felt it fit properly. We have reviewed tons of MiR equipment on this site, and have always given their gear high marks for construction, durability, and function. This belt is no different, with a max weight of 36 lbs and adjustable in 3 lb increments.

#3 – Power Systems VersaFit Adjustable Belt (adjustable to 20 lbs)

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The Power Systems VersaFit Adjustable Weighted Belt comes with 20 lbs of weights in 2 lb increments, and is wearable for people with waists between 30 to 46 inches. We like VersaFit’s weight belt because the waist construction is the best we have ever seen. You can kind of see from the picture that it’s a thick, high surface area belt. There’s NO slippage and NO jiggling. One downside to this belt is that the adjustable weights (2 lb increments) are made of sand, and if you’ve ever dealt with sand weights, you know they tend to leak a bit.


Why Should You Invest in Weighted Belts & Weighted Shorts?

So you’ve seen some of our favorite weighted shorts and belts, but why is this equipment a good investment for you? For lower body strength training, wearing adjustable weights around your midsection is an efficient, comfortable (but not fashionable!) way to intensify activities like squats, sprints, jumping, and jogging.

You should consider the below factors when choosing the best weighted belts and shorts for your needs:

  • How Much Weight Do You Need?: As you can see in the options above, weighted shorts and belts come in various sizes and weight limits. Do you only need a little boost in your workouts, or a bigger punch? At BestHealthGear.com, we recommend going with a higher weight limit if you’re not sure what you need. There’s no shame in getting a 30 lb belt and taking out 20 lbs!
  • Adjustable Weights: Our list exclusively features adjustable weighted shorts and belts. We would never recommend buying weighted shorts/belts that don’t allow you to add or remove weights — it wouldn’t be a smart investment.
  • Fit: Does your weighted belt or pair of weighted shorts fit snugly around your waist? There’s nothing worse when doing rapid lower body exercises than having equipment that doesn’t fit properly chafing your body or jiggling. This is probably the most important consideration yet one of the hardest to predict. Don’t be afraid to return a model if it doesn’t fit just right for you. 

Final Thoughts

Always take safety precautions when testing out new equipment. Your body is your temple, so start at lower weight configurations and increase from there when you’re comfortable.

Like we always say, please consult your trainer or sports doctor if you have any pain. Feel free to shoot us a note if you have any comments!

Best-In-Class: The TITIN Weighted Shirt Review

Picture for Titin Weighted Shirt ReviewHere’s our TITIN Weighted Shirt Review!

Are you looking for the best weighted shirt on the market today, with awesome antimicrobial wicking material, customizability, and 8 lbs of weight capacity? How about double-stitched Sorbtek® material that wicks faster than UnderArmour gear? Do you want the added safety of a limited warranty (30 days on the shirts, 1 year on the gel weights)? If so, then keep reading our TITIN Weighted Shirt review below!

The guys at TITIN Tech were the first to ask, “what if a weighted vest and a compression shirt had a baby?” If someone could create a hybrid like that, it would have all the benefits of weight vests while solving for the vest’s biggest problem: uncomfortable fit. So they did it.

TITIN Tech were the first to design and patent this niche fitness accessory, and their TITIN Weighted Shirt system is the undisputed category leader. Most reviews on BestHealthGear rank all the top options, but TITIN’s Force Full Weighted Shirt System blew the others out of the water to the point that we didn’t bother including them here. TITIN’s model is truly leaps and bounds above all others.

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The complete TITIN Weighted Shirt kit comes with three parts (left to right in the above photo):

  1. Compression Base Layer — the inner weighted shirt with pockets for weighted gel packs.
  2. Compression Outer Layer — outer compression layer to hold the gel weights tightly in place.
  3. Weighted Gel Paks — 8 lbs of weight spread across 14 gel pads.

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Click the below thumbnails to see the sizing chart (left) and a close up of how the weighted gel packs are distributed on the inner base layer (right)

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Why Buy the TITIN Weighted Shirt?

Durable, High Quality Material
The TITIN Weighted Shirt System is built with high quality A.M.Y. Sorbtek® antimicrobial yarn and wicks twice as fast as Under Armour compression shirts. These compression shirts are also double-stitched. As if that weren’t enough, the TITIN Weighted Shirt System has a 30 day warranty for the inner and outer layer shirts, and 1 year warranty to cover the weighted gel packs.

Most Popular Among the Pros
The TITIN Weighted Shirt System is extremely popular among Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, & HIIT enthusiasts. If you browse pictures from any Tough Mudder or Spartan Race, you’re sure to see the race winners wearing their TITIN equipment proudly. That’s quite the endorsement!

This weighted shirt system comes with 14 weighted gel packs, maxing out at 8 lbs of total weight. You can add or remove gel packs to achieve the perfect workout intensity. As you get stronger, you’ll always be able to add more weights!

Bang For Your Buck
Weighted compression shirts are the most expensive weighted clothing type, but they’re also the most effective. If you are dead-set on the compression benefits that a weighted shirt offers, the TITIN Weighted Compression Shirt (aka TITIN Force) is the best weighted shirt money can buy.

BestHealthGear.com Verdict: The TITIN Weighted Shirt

If you’re looking for the best weighted compression shirt money can buy, look no further than TITIN’s Weighted Shirt system. This piece of equipment may be expensive, but you get what you pay for. And in this case, what you’re paying for is the best weighted shirt money can buy. This weighted compression shirt comes with a limited warranty, is highly customizable, and is made of top notch materials. Invest your money in the TITIN weighted shirt and never look back.

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Two-For-One Special: The Best Wrist Weights & Ankle Weights

Image for the Best Ankle and Wrist WeightsMost weighted equipment can only be used for one purpose. You wear weighted gloves on your hands. You wear weighted vests on your torso. Et cetera. You’re probably thinking, This guy is dumb.. why is he talking about this? I came here to find the best ankle/wrist weights!”

I’ll cut to the chase. You just searched “best ankle weights” or “best wrist weights” and landed on this page, right? Well, that’s exactly my point! You’ll be shocked to find out that when it comes to ankle weights and wrist weights, there is no real distinction between them at all. All ankle weights are wrist weights. All wrist weights are ankle weights. Anyone who tells you differently is pulling a clever marketing trick to make more money.

So while you may have landed here only wanting equipment to train up your lower body, guess what?? It’s your lucky day! You’re really getting something much more versatile! Read on to see our list of the best ankle/wrist weights money can buy.

 The Best Ankle/Wrist Weights Money Can Buy

#1 – Nordic Lifting Ankle/Wrist Weights

Comes in 2, 4, 6, & 10 lb sets.Picture of Nordic Lifting Weights

These Nordic Lifting Ankle/Wrist Weights are a bit more expensive than the others on our list because the brand is extremely popular among fitness enthusiasts. That said, they’re among the best ankle/wrist weights money can buy. Like the Reehut weights below, Nordic Lifting guarantees their product with a free 1 year warranty.

This neoprene-based set of ankle/wrist weights comes with a handy carry bag. A large velcro pad ensures easy adjustability. The only negative on these weights is that they don’t come in as many sizes as others on this list.


#2 – Reehut Ankle/Wrist Weights

Comes in 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, & 10 lb sets.Picture of Reehut Weights

An ideal combination of durability and comfortability, these Reehut weights are among the best ankle/wrist weights money can buy. Reehut offers a free 1 year warranty on this product. That warranty makes these babies a safe purchase. Reehut truly stands by their product, essentially guaranteeing your satisfaction.

These weights are made of mercerized cotton (basically cotton that has been spun to make it shiny and more absorbent). Reehut’s ankle/wrist weights are filled with iron shot and have a nice adjustable velcro strap.


#3 – Healthy Model Life Ankle/Wrist Weights

Comes in 1, 2, 5, & 8 lb sets.Picture of the Healthy Mode Life Weights Set

Healthy Model Life proudly boasts that their ankle/wrist weights are worn by Victoria’s Secret Angels and other fashionistas in New York. Whether that matters to you or not, these are among the best ankle/wrist weights for female fitness enthusiasts. We love that these weights come in some uncommon sizes – 1 & 5 lb sets are hard to find!

Amazingly, Healthy Model Life provides a lifetime warranty on these ankle/wrist weights. Their weights will never slip on you thanks to their huuuuuge, well-constructed adjustable Velcro straps. We were particularly impressed with how consistently easy it was to get a great, no-fuss fit.


#4 – Yes4All Comfort Fit Ankle/Wrist Weights 

Comes in 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, & 20 (!!!) lb sets.

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The Yes4All line of ankle/wrist weights are made of fast-wicking neoprene material and have a rugged, well-stitched Velco strap. If you are primarily interested in ankle weights, these are a great choice, but they’re not the best wrist weights. We found them to be too large for most members of our team to wear them comfortably on the wrists.

Keep in mind, the 2, 3, 4, & 5 lb sets are non-weight-adjustable, but the 6 lb set IS weight-adjustable. Weight-adjustable sets like these are hard to come by, so these are definitely unique from others on our list. These weights are also unique because they come in an UNHEARD OF 20 lb set. Note – please be safe when you’re working out with 20 lb ankle weights.


#5 – Da Vinci Ankle/Wrist Weights

Comes in 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, & 10 lb sets.

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Da Vinci Adjustable Ankle/Wrist Weights are not only some of the most aesthetically pleasing weights out there, but they’re also the most budget-friendly. Da Vinci kills it on price for both their lower and higher weight sets. In terms of price, they beat out all other models on our best ankle/wrist weights list.

Be wary, though, that these weights do not come with any warranty. If they break down, you’re on your own. That’s a major reason we’ve ranked Da Vinci lower on our “best of” list.

#6 – Valeo Adjustable Ankle/Wrist Weights (+ D Ring)

Only comes in a 10 lb set, but each weight is configurable from 2 – 10 lbs.

Picture of Valeo Adjustable Ankle/Wrist Weights With D RingIf you’re in the market for an adjustable 10 lb set of ankle/wrist weights, Valeo’s Ankle/Wrist Weights are one of the best you’ll find. Whereas other manufacturers prioritize offering many different weight sizes, Valeo focuses all their energy on perfecting the 10 lb set. Valeo’s commitment to the 10 lb combo size has allowed them to virtually perfect it.

These weights are extremely well padded and durable. Valeo hasn’t cut any corners here. And on top of that, they’re weight-adjustable – you can configure each weight from 2 up to 10 pounds.

Why Invest In Ankle/Wrist Weights?

Ankle/wrist weights are one of the most versatile weighted clothing types and come in a variety of lb combos, typically in the range of 1 – 20 lbs. 

When worn on your ankles, these weights are great for increasing resistance while walking, jogging, and running. Ankle weights are also a great addition to any fitness routine centered on plyometrics. Worn on your wrists, you can enhance just about any upper body exercise. Use them during lateral raises, triceps extensions, and biceps curls to target specific muscle groups.

Think about the following factors when deciding on the best wrist/ankle weights for your needs:

  • Snug as a Bug?: The most important factor for ankle/wrist weights is snugness on your body. You definitely don’t want your weights sliding or jiggling on your body. Not only is this extremely distracting during a workout, but it can make you less effective in targeting specific muscles.
  • Weight-Adjustable: The only weight-adjustable models on our list come from Valeo and Yes4All. Valeo’s weight-adjustable model, which can support from 2 – 20 lbs, backs in to the same price point as if you just bought one non-adjustable model. If you plan on trying multiple weights, buy one adjustable set rather than multiple non-adjustable sets.
  • Warranty: Durability is extremely important. If your weights break down and the iron shot/sand filling leaks out, you’ve effectively defeated the purpose of your weights. You’ll get some peace of mind if you choose a weight set that comes with a warranty.

Final Thoughts

Like all types of exercise equipment, ankle/wrist weights can be dangerous if you use them incorrectly. These types of weights are a little more risky when worn on your ankles. Over-use can cause damage to your lower body, particularly your ligaments and joints – think knees, ankles, and hips.

Your #1 priority should always be safety, so protect your body by educating yourself. Consult a physician or trainer if you have any doubts and stop exercising immediately you feel pain. Thanks for reading, and feel free to send me a message if you have any questions!

Hand-Picked For You: The Best Weighted Gloves of 2018

Picture of the Best Weighted GlovesWeighted gloves, also called MMA gloves or power gloves, are primarily used for upper body fitness and come in various shapes and sizes. This type of glove not only promotes hand speed among boxers and martial artists, but also helps build muscle mass in the lower and upper arms. We highly recommend weighted gloves for any athlete looking to take their upper body fitness to the next level.

It’s important that you do your research when buying weighted gloves. Choosing a pair that doesn’t fit you well can lead to blisters and irritation. Lucky for you, our team has put together a comprehensive article of our favorites. Read on to see our list of the best weighted gloves on the market today!

 The Best Weighted Gloves For The Money

#1 – Nayoya Weighted Gloves (1 lb each)

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Nayoya Weighted Gloves are the best weighted gloves that money can buy. These gloves weigh 1 lb each, just enough to add some intensity to your workout without slowing you down. Whether you’re looking for MMA gloves, kickboxing gloves, or just want to get stronger, the Nayoyas will improve arm and shoulder strength and improve hand agility.

The Nayoya weighted gloves are made of neoprene material to ensure best-in-class durability, provide a comfortable fit, and prevent slippage. They’re unisex and one-size-fits-all. They’re even popular among stroke victims who need to re-train one side of the body. Versatile and effective, you can’t go wrong with these gloves. My only complaint is that these MMA gloves are not weight-adjustable.


#2 – Empower Weighted Gloves (1 lb each)

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The Empower weighted gloves (1 lb each) are by far the most comfortable weighted gloves we have tried. If you’re a guy, don’t be concerned that Empower markets these gloves for women. In reality, the sizing is adjustable and men can easily and comfortably wear them. Take it from me – I’m a guy with very large hands. They were comfortable on me when running on the treadmill. 

Whereas the Nayoya power gloves have a strap that goes across the palm, the Empower weighted gloves are open-palm. This feature is important because it prevents wearers’ hands from getting clammy and sweaty. Not only that, but the open-palm design also allows for easier gripping; if you want to lift weights or do other activities that require your grip, these gloves will accommodate you.


#3 – Valeo Women’s Breathable Mesh Weighted Gloves (1 lb each)

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The Valeo women’s breathable weighted gloves are the third-best power gloves on our list. Valeo definitely designed these gloves for women, because I couldn’t even get them on! They have pink accents, so that definitely supports my conclusion 🙂

If you typically run small in most apparel, or find that most power gloves are too big for you, I think these would fit you perfectly. Each glove clocks in at 1 lb of weight, and the fit of these gloves seems perfect for women under 5’7″. These weighted gloves also have a semi open-palm – they don’t expose the skin, but have a highly breathable mesh.

Choosing The Best Weighted Gloves

Prioritize the following areas when choosing the best weighted gloves for your needs:

  • Free Use of Hands: Kind of obvious, but very important. When choosing weighted gloves, look for gloves with weights placed on the backs of the hands; any other glove will restrict your ability to push, pull, and grasp. This is especially important for people looking for MMA gloves or weighted boxing gloves.
  • Adjustability: Another important consideration: adjustability. We’ve been careful to only include adjustable-fitting gloves in this “best of” list because non-adjustable gloves are a real drag. Non-adjustable weighted gloves prevent you from tightening/loosening the gloves in a meaningful way, preventing you from achieving your perfect fit. Go with a pair of adjustable weighted gloves so you can customize your fit.
  • Comfortable Fit: We can’t stress enough how important it is that your weighted gloves are comfortable to wear, don’t chafe you, and don’t give you blisters. Pay special attention to the material the gloves are made of; is the material flexible or rigid? What size are your hands? You may need to try a few sets before you discover the best weighted gloves for you.


 Parting Words

We are confident that our favorite weight gloves listed above will set you up for success. Whether you’re a professional athlete or a casual enthusiast, weighted gloves are a small investment that can reap huge rewards. Always consult your trainer or physician before adding something new to your workout regimen. Also remember that your hands are sensitive, so when preparing to use weighted gloves, you need to make sure your fit is absolutely perfect.

Interested in other weighted clothing? Check out our article on the best weighted vests.

Best Weighted Vests of 2018: Training Vests, Clothing, & More

Image of Best Weighted VestIn this article, we will review the best weighted vests on the market today. There are many types of weighted clothing out there, but weight vests are by far the most versatile and popular. Weighted vests evenly distribute added weight around the torso/chest area, making them effective tools for a wide range of fitness purposes.

Adjustable weight vests come with lots of pouches into which you can add or remove your weights. Vest too heavy? Open up a few of the pouches and remove the weights. Getting stronger? Add add more weights to your weighted vest.

If you do solid research on the best weighted vests for you needs, you should only need to buy one, ever! One weighted vest can last you a fitness lifetime, so to help you make the best choice, we’ve put together a list of the best weight vests on the market today.

What is the Best Weighted Vest For The Money?

#1 – CAP Barbell Adjustable Weighted Vest

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The CAP Barbell Adjustable Weighted Vest is our #1 best weighted vest on the market today, hands down. This adjustable weighted vest comes with sand bags that that are easy to add or remove from the adjustable pockets. When ordering, you can choose the amount of weight that is right for you (ranges from 40 lbs to 150 lbs). If you already have weights, you can add those to the vest with ease. The CAP Barbell Adjustable Weighted Vest comes with a one-size-fits-all belt to accommodate wearers of all shapes and sizes. As an added bonus, this vest has nicely padded shoulder straps to ensure you’re comfortable. A velcro strap across the front ensures a snug fit.

CAP Barbell has a sterling reputation in fitness and exercise equipment, and their company is known for making durable, high quality gear. CAP Barbell’s stitching and attention to detail make this a reliable, rugged, no-frills choice for any weighted clothing enthusiast. This vest is a little more expensive than others on our list, but as we mentioned in the introduction, if you invest in the best weighted vest, you’ll never need to buy another! This is truly the best weighted vest money can buy.


#2 – Tone Fitness Weighted Vest, 12 lbs  

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The Tone Fitness Weighted Vest (12 lbs) is the best weighted vest for people who don’t plan to add or remove vest weights in the future. At 12 lbs, the Tone Fitness Weighted Vest may not be able to carry a lot of weight, but it makes up for it by being comfortable, non-obstructive, and well-made. This weight vest is extremely popular among women whose fitness regimens revolve around walking/running, cross-fit training, or HIIT. As a larger 6’2″ guy, wearing this weighted vest felt akin to a small backpack, so it can work for men looking for a small resistance boost.

The Tone Fitness Weight Vest is relatively inexpensive. At the time of writing, this weighted vest costs under $50. It’s a sleek, easy-to-use, comfortable vest made of soft neoprene fabric, and even has a pocket for holding your cell phone (though I wasn’t able to fit my 5.5″ phone in it). At this price point, you can’t really go wrong buying this weighted vest! 


#3 – ZFOsports 40 LBs Adjustable Weighted Vest 

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The ZFOsports 40 LB Adjustable Weighted Vest is a unisex adjustable vest with a lot of cool features. If you’re looking for a reliable vest that will fit snugly during the most intense workouts, this ZFOsports vest fits the bill. This adjustable weighted vest features custom molded fitting technology to ensure that the vest contours cleanly around the wearer’s torso. A velcro belt sits along the waistline to further support a close fit.

There are a few notable bonus features on this vest. First, this is one of the only weight vests that includes a water bottle holder. Second, it has a phone holder that actually fits my huge 5.5″ pixel! Finally, this vest is fully adjustable and will suit any fitness enthusiast who wants to adjust the weight totals.


#4 – RUNFast/Max 12lbs-140lbs Adjustable Weighted Vest 

Picture of the RUNFast/Max 12-140lbs Adjustable Weighted VestThe RUNFast/Max Adjustable Weighted Vest is the best weighted vest for big and tall guys. This vest comes in a range of weights, from 12 lbs up to 140 lbs. Please note that if you buy one of the <80 lbs models, its max weight will be 80 lbs. If you choose a >100 lbs model, then it will carry up to 140 lbs. This vest works best for men 5’8″+, 180 lbs+, and can be comfortably worn by guys who wear a size XXXL!

When ordering the RUNFast/Max Adjustable Weight Vest, you can opt in to shoulder pads. If you’re going to be wearing this vest with 60 lbs of weight or more, we highly recommend going with the shoulder pads version. Otherwise, you may have some discomfort during your workout.


#5 – Cross 101 Adjustable Weighted Vest, Camo, 40 lbs 

Picture of the Cross 101 Adjustable Weighted Vest 40 Lbs Camo

The Cross 101 Adjustable Weighted Vest is one of the most compact 40 lb adjustable vests out there. This vest is 15″ long and 13″ wide when laid flat on the ground, and comes with 40 lbs of iron weights included. Its max weight is 40 lbs, and you can freely remove or add more weights as you please. We also love that it comes in camo!

One popular complaint with this vest is that there’s a little too much friction when jogging or running. I tested this vest on a 2 mile jog, and can confirm that there’s some uncomfortable rubbing around the neck and shoulder blades. That said, this weighted vest was perfect for activities like pull-ups and sit-ups.

Why Use Weighted Vests?

There are three primary use cases for weighted vests: strength, fat loss, and therapy.

  1. Weighted Vests Build Strength. Weighted clothes are extremely effective for improving one’s muscular or skeletal strength. Wearing equipment like a weighted vest can actually improve your bone density, not to mention improve muscle strength. By training your body under artificially “heavy” conditions, you trick your muscles – they’ll rush to accommodate the added weight. That means strength gains for you!
  2. Weighted Clothing Promotes Fat Loss. Weighted clothes are a solid fat loss tool, and it’s easy to imagine why. Take the example of cardiovascular exercise, like jogging. Weighted vests, ankle weights, or shoe weights force the runner’s body to work harder and burn more calories. Because your body is carrying a heavier load, it has to work harder, resulting in additional calorie burn.
  3. Weight Vests Can Be Therapeutic. Weighted clothing can be used for more than health and fitness purposes: weighted clothes are effective for soothing children and adults who struggle with Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, and other behavioral problems. This is a much more specialized use case, but a very important one nonetheless. There are also weighted vests for animals that have a similar calming purpose.


Choosing The Best Weighted Vest

There are three major considerations when it comes to choosing the best weighted vests: comfort, material, and style.

  1. Comfortable Fit: You want your vest to be comfortable so that you don’t hate wearing it! Do NOT choose a weighted vest that has narrow shoulder straps. A vest with narrow straps does not distribute weight efficiently across your shoulders. As a result, when you increase your weight, those straps will hurt a lot and dig into your shoulders. No one wants to come home after a workout to find that their vest left two raw red stripes on your skin. The best weighted vests have a broader top-of-shoulder construction to evenly distribute the weight across your upper body.
  2.  Vest Material: Hands down, the best weighted vest is breathable and does not retain moisture. Imagine exercising and wearing a garbage bag on your torso; that’s what non-breathable weighted vests are like. If you don’t choose a breathable weight vest, you’ll get too hot and clammy during exercise. We highly recommend ordering your weighted vests on Amazon because they have a free return policy. Test a bunch of vests and return the ones you don’t like. It’s risk free and helps ensure you choose the right one.
  3. Style: Are you going to wear the weight vest only for workouts, or are you looking for something you can wear during everyday life? If you’re looking to build strength throughout the day, while going to class, etc., you need a sleek, slim weighted vest that will fit comfortably under your clothes. If you’re only planning to use the vest only when you go to the gym or work out at home, you don’t need something slim and fashionable. Your usage patterns will determine the best weighted vest for you.

Final Remarks: Best Weighted Vests

The best weighted vests can provide an effective means of building up muscle strength, burning more calories, and even providing therapeutic relief. Weighted clothing is truly a versatile complement to any person’s fitness program. By using our guide above, we know you will be able to find the best weighted vests for your needs. Remember, if you buy from Amazon, you are able to try this equipment with no risk. Here are three take-aways we want all readers to leave with:

  1. Fit is super important, so try a lot of different brands and materials until you find your perfect match.
  2. You should always buy an adjustable item over a non-adjustable item; adjustable means that as you increase your strength, you won’t have to buy new equipment!
  3. Always take safety precautions and consult a physician or trainer when kicking off a new training regimen.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!