The Best Weighted Vest For Workouts – 4 Top Sellers

The best weighted vest for workouts really depends on your personal needs. But I believe they should be breathable and adjustable, considering the movements we make between exercises. We often need the ability to comfortably change things up quickly if needed. I’ll share with you 4 of the top weighted vests on the market as well as my personal experience with the one I have.

I decided to buy a weighted vest cause I got tired of adding steel plates to a backpack during my bodyweight workout routine. It was starting to become very uncomfortable the more weight I added, and I realized that it was going to be way easier to get through my workouts with a weighted vest.

The weighted vests listed below are great for workouts, cross training, and pretty much any other activity you’d require additional weight for. So, here are 4 of the best weighted vests for workouts that you can buy.

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RUNFast/Max Adjustable Weighted Vest

best adjustable weighted vest

The RUNFast/Max Adjustable Weighted Vest is the one I personally own, and I’m very pleased at how effective it is for my bodyweight workouts. It’s a top rated vest on Amazon with thousands of great reviews. However, the main reason I purchased this was its price point compared to the rest.

I didn’t have a ton of money to spend, and the more weight you want in your vest, the pricier it gets as you’ll notice with any brand. I almost went with the 60 pound option, which was only 3 dollars more than the 40 pound option. That seems like a no brainer, right?

The reason I went with 40lbs, though, is because Amazon had an “opened product” deal which allowed me to get it at half the price because the packaging was damaged. What I received was just like new, and I got it for under $50. That said, even without the discount, this brand still has the best deal, especially if you’re looking for a heavier vest.

The weights I have are in 4 pound increments and they’re in tubes of sand. You just slide them into the appropriate compartments of the vest to add weight to it. This has been very easy to do during my workouts. I either add weight or remove weight depending on the workout I’m moving to next during my routine.

I did extensive research before I decided to buy a weighted vest and spoke to different guys who use this particular vest for their own bodyweight training. They all love it, and what surprised me is that various guys who don’t even know each other are using this same brand. I don’t know if it’s the best adjustable weighted vest out there, but at least it’s doing exactly what I need it to do for my workouts, so I’m happy with it.


  • weights are included
  • weights are removable
  • weights are sand in 4 pound tubes (for the 40 lb vest)
  • one size fits most people
  • shoulder pads are an option
  • 20lbs, 40lbs, 60lbs, 80lbs, 100lbs, & 120lbs options available
  • strong Velcro strap secures vest into place


CAP Barbell Adjustable Weighted Vest (40lbs)

The CAP Barbell Adjustable Weighted Vest is a great option if you’re happy with up to 20 pounds of weight during your workouts. This vest is made of breathable mesh material and uses steel plates as weights. They slide into the slots on the vest and can be removed or added up to 20 pounds. There’s also an additional pocket where you can store your cell phone.


  • breathable mesh for comfort
  • adjustable clips to fit your body type
  • neoprene padding for additional comfort
  • steel-shot weight packets included
  • weights are 0.75 pounds each
  • up to 20lbs of resistance
  • Velcro straps on each side


CROSS101 Camouflage Adjustable Weighted Vest

CROSS101 Adjustable Weighted Vest has many different weight options to choose from and has thousands of great reviews. From everything I observed, it seems to be almost identical to the RUNFast Weighted Vest I own (first item on this list). The only difference is this one is camouflage. When I compared the two, I went with the RUNFast because I got a better price for it in the end.

This vest comes with the option of adding shoulder pads to it. If your tight on money though, you could easily go without the shoulder pads, which saves you about $10. I’m using shoulder pads with my vest, but in all honesty, I’m not sure just how beneficial they actually are.


  • weights are included
  • weights are removable
  • one size fits most people
  • shoulder pads are an option
  • weight options are between 20lbs – 140lbs
  • strong Velcro strap secures vest into place
  • vest is camouflage


Aduro Sport Weighted Vest

Aduro Sport Weighted Vest is the top seller in Amazon’s Strength Training Weight Vests and by far has the most customer reviews, most of whom are raving fans. This vest is different than the rest on this list because the weight of the vest is evenly distributed. This is actually a really nice benefit depending on your goals.

I’ve noticed with my own vest that I slide the weights evenly into the slots on the front and back, so that it feels evenly distributed while I work out. With the Aduro vest, you don’t have to worry about sliding weights in, because the weight that you purchase is already evenly distributed inside the vest with high-quality iron pieces.

However, this also means that you can’t adjust the weight. So, if you buy the 20 pound option, that’s the weight you’ll be stuck with. To me, that was a deal breaker, because I need to be able to easily adjust my weights, depending on the workout I’m doing. Still, this vest may be exactly what you need if your set on a specific weight for your workout routine. Thousands of other customers agree this vest is perfect for their needs.


  • neoprone shoulder padding for comfort
  • adjustable buckles to fit your body
  • weights are made of iron unlike other brands
  • weight is evenly distributed to prevent slipping & sliding
  • weights are 0.75 pounds each
  • 4lbs/6lbs/12/lbs/20lbs/25lbs/30lbs available
  • extra mesh pocket to add additional weight if needed


Which Weighted Vest Is Best For Your Workout?

So which of these is the best-weighted vest for workouts? It’s hard to say, because they’re all comparable and in the end, if the vest is doing the job it needs to do as far as intensifying your workout, I’m not so sure the brand matters.

I do feel that the quality and comfort of the material on the vest is important. Depending on which workout you do, you’re carrying quite a bit of weight. My RUNFast Weighted Vest is doing a great job for my needs and the rest on this list are made with high quality materials as well.

If I have a single regret with my purchase, it’s that I didn’t get the 60-pound vest. I’d rather have more weight than I need so that if my strength increases, I can easily add more weight to the vest. But as I mentioned earlier, I went with the 40-pound option because it was an amazing deal. And if I get stronger, to the point where I surpass the 40 pound limit of the vest, I’ll consider upgrading.

That said, it seems all the weighted vests on this list are great quality products, so you may want to dig a little deeper into each one and check out the various customer reviews to determine if one of these is a good fit for your needs. I hope the information in this article was helpful. If you have any questions or comments at all, please leave them below, and I’ll be more than happy to get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you so much for reading. I really appreciate you being here.

20 thoughts on “The Best Weighted Vest For Workouts – 4 Top Sellers”

  1. Victory Oseghale

    I never knew something like this existed, it is super cool, the article also emphasizes on how it works and all.

    1. Hi Victory – glad you found the article helpful…yeah, I use it now for a variety of workouts. The only thing is I wish I got a heavier set…so I may be looking into the 60 pound version soon.

    1. Hi Daphne – glad you like them! They are fairly affordable for the most part, and I’m learning that you get a better deal when you buy one of the heavier adjustable ones. If I were to go back and make my purchase again, I’d go with the 60 pound vest or heavier, and spend the few extra bucks, cause now I’m looking for more weight.

  2. What an educative post. I never knew there was anything like weighted vests for a workout. Thanks for sharing and I’m gonna spread the knowledge too.

    1. It seems a lot of people are surprised to discover that weighted vests exist! They’re pretty cool and there are other options for weights, such as a weighted belt, which I just bought the other day actually. But yeah, the weighted vest has been awesome for a variety of workouts I do. Thank you for sharing the knowledge with others also!

  3. This is a well-sorted review of weighted vests. It’s easy making a choice of the one to go for. Thanks for the post.

  4. The thing I look for most in a weighted vest is comfort. I think the Runfast/Max adjustable vest would more than serve me well.

    1. Hey Teddy – I totally agree – comfort, especially in a vest is really important! I actually own the Runfast/Max weighted vest and I really like it. The only thing I would have done differently is ordered one with more weight in it, as I’m getting close to maxing out the one I have now. But it’s very comfortable for a variety of exercises and really easy to slide the weights in and out.

  5. The Runfast weighted vest seems to have great features for a good price. I’ll have to look for it on Amazon.

    1. Hi Danielle – the Runfast actually the weighted vest i have, and I do love it…I’m thinking of getting the same one though with more weights. I ordered the one with 40 pounds, and I’m starting to max out with it – not with all workouts, but some of them.

  6. I’ve never been very fond of weighted vests myself. However, these recommendations look awesome and I wouldn’t mind trying out at least one of them.

    1. Hi Diana – thanks for the comment. I honestly didn’t know what to think of them until I bought the RunMax weighted vest. Prior to using it, I was actually putting weights in a backpack, and that became uncomfortable, and sometimes unevenly distributed, depending on my workout, so I decided to look into the vests, and finally made a purchase. I love the one I have, although I’d go for a higher weight now. I bought the 40 pound, and I’m getting close to maxing out on it. I may actually just buy a 60 pound or heavier version of the same brand soon.

  7. I am really finding it difficult to choose one of these vests, all really look the same and the budget isn’t too overcast. Since its affordable, none of these products are bad for me

    1. Hey Wilson – thanks for the comment on this topic – yeah, they’re all pretty affordable, and you’re right, they all look about the same lol – I went with the RunMax Weighted Vest and it has been great since owning it. The only thing I’d do differently is order a heavier version, because my strength is increasing, and I’d like more weight at this point.

  8. A heavier vest has been an issue for me, never knew the advantage of such a thing. Thinking of the workouts I am into, I still give myself work by having heavy weights.

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience with this, well if you already have heavy weights with the workouts you do, then that’s totally fine and you can just keep doing that. I personally use a weighted vest because I’m doing a calisthenics home workout, using bodyweight only, so the weighted vest really helps me increase strength while not needing to rely on dumbbells.

  9. The Barbell Adjustable Weighted vest caught my eye the most. Unfortunately it is way above my price point 🙁

    1. Hey Louis – well if it’s above your price point, another thing I’d suggest, which I was doing before I bought a weighted vest, is to fill a backpack with weights, or even books. That was helping for me for a while before I even bought my vest. Also, if check back from time to time, I notice some of these brands offer great limited time deals, but you’ve got to catch it at the right moment…like products in damaged boxes half price just cause it doesn’t come in the original packaging. Things like that!

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