I have wondered the same thing a while ago and have been thinking whether I should invest or not and how much does it really cost to get yourself a decently weighted vest.
The short answer to that question is that the prices range between $35 and $200 depending on many different factors but there’s a lot more behind this than just that.
If you want to learn how much exactly you should invest for a weight vest and see if this is a good purchase stick to the end of this article.
Is it a good idea to invest a lot into a weighted vest?
If you are reading this I bet this is one of the first questions that come to your head.
If you are pretty serious and want to get some good results by trying something new then it’s worth this investment.
If you repeat the same work out routine and exercises, again and again, your body slowly adapts and in time your results become smaller and smaller until eventually, you reach a plateau.
If you have never used a weighted vest before you will certainly like the results you will get because you will stress your nervous system at a whole new level leading to far better outcomes.
A weighted vest might be a great addition to conditioning training, all types of cardio, weightlifting, bodyweight exercises, Crossfit and many more.
If you want to build muscle, lose fat, get stronger, faster or build up endurance an investment in a weighted vest can surely be a good thing to do.
When it comes to pricing you surely don’t need to pay a fortune to get your hands on a good workout vest. I’ll give you more details on that later.
Are there any real benefits of using a weighted vest and what are they?
From my own and many other people’s personal experience I would definitely say, yes, there are. When I hear the words “weighted vest” I can’t help myself but think about the roman legion.
Back in the day, all Roman soldiers used to carry heavy breastplates and other equipment and they had to walk miles and miles every day until they reached their destination. If you think about it this way, wearing a weighted vest isn’t so much different than wearing a heavy breastplate.
The point of this short story is this:
Do you believe roman soldiers were total beasts?
I mean those guys were eating good food, walking miles into deep forests, fields, rivers carrying some heavyweight and even had to fight for their life after all of that.
I know that we can’t compare wearing a 45-pound vest to the lifestyle back then but I can guarantee you are for sure getting some of the same benefits soldiers got back then.
Some of the best benefits you will get from using a weighted vest are:
- It can help you increase the intensity of your workouts.
- It can provide you with additional resistance to all sorts of different training.
- It can boost your results via extra stress towards your nervous system and body.
- It’s a great addition for running, fitness walking, jogging, HIIT, bodyweight workouts (calisthenics), strength training, weightlifting, powerlifting and more.
- It helps you lose weight.
- It helps you build muscle, strength, and endurance
- The adjustable option gives you the ability to adapt the weight to your like
- Compact and easy to carry around (depending on the model and resistance)
- Can be used outside
- One size fits all – can be used by many people
- and many more
As you can already see buying a vest does bring some very good benefits and it’s definitely a good investment you can make.
But should you pay $35 or $200?
Let’s find out!
What’s the difference between cheap and expensive weighted vests?
The major difference is the amount of weight it provides you with. The more resistance (weighted bars you can add or remove) you want to have the bigger the price you are going to pay.
Of course, this isn’t true 100% of the time but it’s usually the main factor behind the price you are going to pay.
If you want to check out how much weight you really need for your weighted vest, please Click Here to see our article in which we explain the whole process step by step.
Another important factor is the type of the vest – is it adjustable or fixed. From what I have seen adjustable weighted vests usually cost more than the fixed versions.
That’s because they are usually a lot heavier and bulkier because of all the weight they carry around. Another factor that has influence over the overall price is the brand.
There are some good noticeable brands that do really deserve to have little higher prices so I would recommend you to check out the brand behind the product as well. Finally one of the most important things you should look for – the product quality.
As there is an old saying “You get what you pay for.” And let me tell you, this is actually true to some extents.
I would recommend you not to go for the cheapest options because they are cheap for a reason and usually that is a big compromise on the product quality.
To recap everything I said from this section, the more extra weight you want, the more you will have to pay. The price is influenced by the brand, quality, extra features and type of the vest. Do not go for the cheapest options because of the low quality you might get.
Now after having all that information let’s find out what is the most important thing you should look for in a weighted vest.
What should you look for in a good weight vest?
You should mainly look for one that can provide you with enough resistance for the type of your training – cardio or strength.
After that, you should look for a product that has well-padded shoulders and it’s made from a strong high-quality material that is easily washable and somewhat breathable.
You want everything to have a snug fit and hold tightly so it doesn’t wobble back and forth while using it because that can produce quite a fall resulting in injuries and bruises etc.
I would personally go for a shorter model because of the freedom of movement it provides you with instead of the traditional full torso design.
Finally, make sure it fits your budget.
Talking about budget let’s find out how much does a good weight vest really cost?
What is the perfect price range for a conventional weighted vest?
As I have previously mentioned the adequate models start from around $35 and go up to around $200.
Is there something like a “perfect spot” inside this big range.
The good news is yes, there is such a thing.
After my own personal experience, feedback from a couple of close friends and very deep research on the market I found out that the best price range for a properly weighted vest is somewhere between $40 – $100.
With that, I also want to mention that we are talking about a vest with a moderate weight of about 20 to 50-60 pounds which will be enough for most people.
If you are quite strong and need more additional weight than that then you will have to pay a little more.
For this reasonable price, you can find a lot of very good models with great features made by famous brands.
If you want to check out our top 5 best picks you can see our article from here.
I really don’t recommend you to pay a lot more than that if you don’t really need the extra weight because you really don’t have to. There are some great affordable models.
But what should you do if your budget is below that pricing?
Here is my solution…
What to go for if you have a smaller budget?
If for some reason you have only $20-$30 bucks available for this type of training equipment I would recommend 2 things.
Before we go for them I want to tell you that you will most likely have to compromise on the total amount of added weight for the vest.
The first solution you can do is to opt for our best budget model you can check out from here (it’s item #1). Just click over the hyperlink to learn more.
The second option, which I would recommend you did, is to wait a little more, have some patience until you can save the money you need.
If you’re really into working out at a constant pace and are looking for something you can use in the long term trust me. Every extra pound of resistance you get will worth the pause.
I want to personally thank you if you have reached this point and read everything I have written above.
I really hope I have helped you and answered your questions and concerns appropriately so now you are well informed and can easily make the right decision.
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Hey there, my name is Bozhidar and I’m a certified online personal trainer with University Degree in Sports and Nutrition.
With the help of my knowledge and over 8 years of workout experience, I can help you get on the next level. I own a home gym, do calisthenics, little gymnastics, and love to ride a bike.