5 Great Weighted Running Vests

weighted-running-vestSo you want to add a little more intensity to your running workouts but your not sure if a weighted running vest is a good option or not. Well, lets look at it in a couple of ways. First of all, what type of running do you intend to do? Short sprinting….long distance running…On road…Off road? No matter what type of running you do, experience and proper form are the most critical factors to staying healthy and preventing injury. Here are some other factors that you need to consider when deciding whether or not a weighted running vest is right for you.

5 Great Weighted Running Vests

PictureNameFit & ComfortMaterialWeight RangeUses
PictureNameFit & ComfortMaterialWeight RangeUses
Hyperwear Hyper Vest PRO Adjustable fit, Even weight distribution, Full range of motion, Steel weightsWicking fabric, Odor resistant, Open sides for ventilation10lbs and upMid-Distance, Distance running, Sprinting, Crossfit
SKLZ Weighted Vest Soft padded edges, High velcro strap, stretch pocketsBreathable, Nylon and mesh design, 10lbs and upMid-Distance running, Sprinting, Crossfit
Ironwear Speed Vest Soft Flex-metal weights, Thin flexible padded shoulder straps, Thin, Balanced weight distribution Fast dry polyester mesh, Moisture prevention technology, Up to 10 lbsMid-Distance running, Sprinting, Crossfit
TKO Adjustable Weighted Vest Comfortable fit, Softsteel weights, Velcro closure systemElastic pockets, Gel foam padding, Breathable mesh designAdjustable up to 40lbs, 1 lb weightsMid-Distance running, Sprinting, Crossfit
BOX Super Short Vest Adjustbale straps, Short Design, Cast iron weights, Perfect balanceWipe down lining, Up to 20lbsSprinting, Crossfit

Total Weight

Weighted vests will vary in weight capacity. Luckily, there is a simple and safe rule to follow when using a weighted vest for running. The 10% Rule. A weighted running vest should add no more than 10% of your body weight to be highly effective for increasing speed, endurance and strength while minimizing damage to your joints.

Fit & Comfort

The placement of the weights on the vest is one of the most important factors in determining which vest to go with. How is the weight distributed along the vest? What types of weights are they? Weight vests that use heavy metal plates may be great for strength building but they can be totally uncomfortable when running.  Instead of large bulky weights,  opt for multiple smaller weights that are evenly distributed around the vest, especially above the abdomen.  Unrestricted movement is critical to a good running workout, so minimize the pounding and get a vest that is a slim with a tight fit to eliminate bouncing.


Any good workout involves a healthy amount of sweat. Weighted running vests will take sweating to another level. That being said, breathable and moisture absorbent material is a must. Some weight vests come with moisture resistant liners and hydration ready shoulder and back liners as well. This type of material will absorb some, but not all, of the moisture that is guaranteed to develop as you get more intense with your workouts.



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