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ZFO weight vests on eBay: 40 lbs ($60), 50 lbs ($80), 60 lbs ($90), 70 lbs ($130) - shipping included

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It's hard to find weight vests that are less than $2/lb including shipping. Most retail ones tend to be $2.50/lb or more. Here are some high-quality vests that range from $1.50/lb to $1.86/lb.
Their brand is ZFO Sports, which is pretty much the same as MiR vests.
You can compare these to the prices on the ZFO Sports site [zfosports.com]. The prices on Amazon are similar to the ones on the ZFO site.

I just bought the 60-lb vest. It's supposed to get here early next week, assuming it doesn't give the poor mailman a hernia. EEK!

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P.S. There are also some different very inexpensive vests of varying weights being sold by this one other seller, but I cannot verify the quality (or brand for that matter) of the vests they sell.
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NEW INFORMATION - Answers to people's questions

USES
At lower weights, a weight vest is great for endurance & agility exercises, like running, cycling, rollerblading, basketball, jumping rope, wall-climbing, P90X, boxing, soccer, balancing, and just walking around doing your daily life. I've used wearable weights to give me a workout while walking with someone who was less fit or less able to handle walking a few miles. And even walking can become be hard exercise when it's weighted and on hills. Smilie

At higher weights (& lower ones too), it allows you to use your newly-modified body weight to do more difficult exercises, like push-ups, pull-ups, lunges, squats, planks, bridges, crunches (less-ideal), stair climbing, balancing, and just walking around doing your daily life.

One use/benefit I expect is is to spread out weight to more of my shoulders as well as to some of my torso (using the belts). Then I can do squats with a lower bar weight, which my shoulders will greatly appreciate. Smilie


BENEFITS & PRECAUTIONS - Some can be found here:But, in general, start with light weights, & move up. Smilie


REVIEWS & RUNNING

(POST-RECEIPT UPDATE: My vest moves a bit, so running at 28 lbs was not fun, but I hope to adjust the straps to make that better. See below for more info.)

The vest may move some while you're doing a particularly active exercise, but the straps on the sides should hold it in place.

Here are some reviews of this brand of vest which also mention running with it.
VEST LENGTH

(POST-RECEIPT UPDATE: My 60-lb vest ends just below my belly button & barely touches the tops of my pelvic bones when there are weights in those pockets. It doesn't "hit" them when I jog, though. See below for more info.)

I'm not certain, but I believe the short-style ones allow for more torso bending & movement because they keep the weights above the bottom of the rib cage (or higher). These vests should work fine for most male adults (there are other designs that are less ... smooshing ... for women).
Unfortunately I don't know the measurements for these vests. I'm 5' 9.5", and the few weight vests I've tried on at the stores have barely just reached my hips. This brand/style looks shorter than those, so I expect it to barely reach my belly button.

You can see (the same) front & back images of this vest, and judge for yourself, on each of the eBay purchasing pages, e.g.:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/330745954375

To get an idea of the length, the best I could do was find these two reasonable photos of 80-lb ZFO vests:Perhaps because it's for an 80-lb vest it is longer and has more pockets than the other vests.

Other views are in the links to instructional images & a video sent to me by the vest seller:I am, though, taking a bit of a gamble on it not being too long. But I feel pretty confident that it'll be short enough that I can run in it. Smilie


NUMBER OF POCKETS, & VARIATION BETWEEN VESTS

(POST-RECEIPT UPDATE: My 60-lb vest has 15 pockets (7 in the front (3 high, 4 low) & 8 in the back (4 high, 4 low)). See below for more info.)

Unfortunately all the product images are pretty much exactly the same, so I can't tell how much the vests change from weight to weight. I would assume, like supersizedkid says, that there are no spare spaces on any of them - either the number &/or size of the pockets change, the number &/or size of the weight packets change, or some combination (probably the number of pockets).

The best I could do was find these two reasonable photos of 80-lb ZFO vests:Perhaps because it's for an 80-lb vest it is longer and has more pockets than the other vests.


ADDITIONAL WEIGHTS
After a variety of attempts, I was able to find only a few places that sold individual weights. Part of the problem is that the Google search on "weight bag/pouch/pack/bar" pulls up lots of extraneous hits ("weight bag" --> tripod, tent, & sled weights + home repair work, "weight pouch" --> diving equipment, etc.). (And any mix or combination of those terms with "weighted vest " was even worse.) Doing a Google image search was somewhat better than just text results. Below are the few sites I found, with the middle three being the effectively the same item. Adding the terms "replacement" or "additional" seemed to help a little.

WEIGHT INCREMENTS

(POST-RECEIPT UPDATE: My 60-lb vest has 15 4-lb weight packets. See below for more info.)

Annoyingly, I can't find the weights of the iron-ore bags in the vest on any of the sales sites that I've quoted. But I did find a review [dedicate2fitness.com] that said that for the "40lb [vest], the weights come in 16 (2.5lb) ... bags" . Another review [howdoigetfit.com] states that the weight packs "come in 5 lb. weight blocks", but that doesn't seem right, since that would mean only 8 packs total for the 40-pound vest, and there seem to be more pockets than that. Perhaps the weight per pack changes for each vest, and 5-lbs is actually fine for the 70-lb vest.

Sorry I can't be of more help there.

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ACTUAL PRODUCT REVIEW
The vest arrived in just 2 days via USPS priority mail!! I've tried it out a bit!

WEIGHTS & POCKETS
I have the 60-lb vest. It comes with 15 weight packets that weigh about 4 lbs each. The packets seem strong and the iron sand in them feels fairly stiff - very different from a packet with regular sand. There are 7 pockets in the front (3 high & 4 low) and 8 pockets in the back (4 high & 4 low). The packets fit snugly into the pockets and don't move within them at all.

STRAPS & CONSTRUCTION
Having a thinner frame, I had to finagle the straps a bit to make the vest fit tighter to me. (See strap -attaching instructions here. [youtube.com]) The straps have plenty of velcro on both sides so that they stay attached securely to the sides of the vest.

The vest material is very strong and the pockets on the vest don't seem to move or flop at all. The straps have some elasticity to them, so even when strapped on snugly, they still stretch to allow you to breathe.

The front & back of the vest are actually separate pieces that are attached together with large overlapping velcro areas and also have double-ring straps with velcro for added support. The top areas of the vest that overlap are a bit tapered, so if you overlap them more, the neck-opening becomes smaller (and the weights sit a bit higher on the torso). If you overlap them less, in addition to the weights sitting a bit lower, the neck opening gets a bit bigger, maybe by 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch.

BODILY FIT
With my arms straight up and hands at shoulder width for a pull-up, the parts of the vest that go over the shoulders do dig into my neck a bit. I did 5 assisted pull-ups with 28 lbs in the vest. I would estimate that I could do 15 of those and still not be bothered at my neck, since it only pushes in on the neck and doesn't rub across it. But I may not want to do, say, 3 sets of 20 shoulder presses; and I may have to wear something around my neck when playing basketball or some other sport where my arms go up a lot. When my arms are at my sides or sticking straight out, the vest doesn't press into my neck at all. (This is all for when I am wearing a regular t-shirt or sweatshirt.) My neck is about 15" around at the bottom. By overlapping the front & back vest pieces less, with a neck opening increase of 1/2 an inch, my above description would be accurate for a neck of about 16.5" around.

If you make the neck-opening too small, you may have to turn your head on an angle to get it through to avoid abrading your nose or ears a bit.

SIZE
If you exactly line up the velcro portions on the two overlapping vest pieces and lay the whole combined two-piece vest length-wise flat on the floor (e.g. the bottoms of each side on the extreme ends and the top of the vest in the middle), then the entire length of that is 44 inches.
When I put it on, it seems to be about 21 inches (maybe a little more) from where my trapezius meets my neck down to the bottom of the vest. I only measured on the front, I couldn't measure the back reasonably. Wink

USAGE

Running
I did a test of light running (w/28 lbs) and noticed that the vest did bounce a bit - more than I would want to deal with while jogging. Maybe it would bounce less with less weight? I'll have to play with the straps to see if they can hold it down better.
The two included straps are for the bottom on the vest, and when strapped snugly the vest does not flop at all, yet still stretches to allow for lots of breathing.
I added a weight each to the bottom front outer pockets, near the tops of my pelvic bones. Although they the bottom of those weights did contact the bone-tops just a a bit, they didn't seem to bump into them. I'm pretty thin, so those bones are more accessible on me. I'm 5' 9.5". The bouncing of the weights/weight vest on my shoulders was more noticeable than any incidental contact with the tops of my pelvic bone.
I found that running more smoothly (i.e. stomping less) greatly reduces the weight vest's repeated sudden landings on my shoulders.

Squatting
I just put the vest on with the lower front weights in place and did a bunch of squats with a bar. The lower, front, outer two weights did press into my thighs a bit uncomfortably, enough so that I would not want to do 10 squats that way with a heavy weight on the bar.
**BUT**, when I shifted the weight vest such that the front weights were higher and the back weights lower, the pressure on my thighs was much less and I was able to do 15 more reps w/o any irritation.
I did my squats down to where there was a bit less that 90 degrees between my lower & upper legs.
Also, the vest did not interfere with the bar on my neck/shoulders. I then re-did the experiment with my manta ray [verticaljumping.com], and the vest actually caused the manta ray to move forward a bit, but not much.

Other
It was a good, well-fitting workout just to walk upstairs & downstairs in my house. I plan on putting on some ankle & wrist weights and do some hill walking while listening to podcasts.
When there are weights in the lower front pockets and I squat low, they do press some into my thighs. This may interfere with my plans to rollerblade with the vest (or to use less weight).

Smell
It still has the factory-yuck smell (chemical/petroleum-y), so I'm gong to let it off-gas some more before I do anything that would make me breathe heavily while wearing it. After each time I put it on to test it or measure it, I start getting a headache, which I'm currently blaming on the smell. Stick Out Tongue

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Quote from araif1 View Post :
I can't decide which weight to get. arg. Been eying these vests for a long time. lol. any personal advice from those who use them? I'll mostly be using it to add resistance to squats, thrusters... because the vest allows me to add weight more gradually than my current assortment of plates. I'm looking forward to having it for pullups and hiking as well. Because I'm just using it as a supplement to the weights on the bar I figured 40lb should be enough, but I'm not sure...
I feel that I will get used to walking and hill-hiking too quickly at a lower weight, and so I went for the highest weight I could that was still a good price deal (60 lbs).

Another reason for having more weight in the vest is to spread out weight to more of my shoulders as well as to some of my torso (using the belts). Then I can do squats with a lower bar weight, which my shoulders will greatly appreciate. So having more weight on the vest means less on my shoulders (as well as less weight to risk dropping). Smilie
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Long ago 1966/67 we carried a 30 pound or more sandbag in our ruck sack along with our equipment load and water ran 7 miles climbed a rope ladder repelled off a tower then ran the 7 miles back. Never want to do that again. Maybe we were pioneers of the vest idea.
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My vest arrived in the mail today!! bounce Actually, it was on my doorstep in a priority USPS box.
I ordered my vest on March 28 at 10:13 am EST. That was fast! Smilie

The contents did smell a bit chemical/petroleum-y, so I laid them out to air out. I'll put it together and try them on when I'm less tired. At that time I'll write up what I received & how it fit. woot
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My main concern is the shoulder pads. Can you let me know how restricted your arms are for pullups?

Quote from tonymotion View Post :
My vest arrived in the mail today!! bounce Actually, it was on my doorstep in a priority USPS box.
I ordered my vest on March 28 at 10:13 am EST. That was fast! Smilie

The contents did smell a bit chemical/petroleum-y, so I laid them out to air out. I'll put it together and try them on when I'm less tired. At that time I'll write up what I received & how it fit. woot
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pulled the trigger on 60lbs...
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My main concern is the shoulder pads. Can you let me know how restricted your arms are for pullups?
I just put it together & tried it out a bit.

With my arms straight up and hands at shoulder width for a pull-up, the parts of the vest that go over the shoulders do dig into my neck a bit. I did 5 assisted pull-ups with 28 lbs in the vest. I would estimate that I could do 15 of those and still not be bothered at my neck, since it only pushes in on the neck and doesn't rub across it. But I may not want to do, say, 3 sets of 20 shoulder presses; and I may have to wear something around my neck when playing basketball or some other sport where my arms go up a lot. When my arms are at my sides or sticking straight out, the vest doesn't press into my neck at all. (This is all for when I am wearing a regular t-shirt or sweatshirt.)

The front & back parts are actually separate parts that are attached together with large overlapping velcro areas and also have double-ring straps with velcro for added support. The top areas of the vest that overlap are a bit tapered, so if you overlap them more, the neck-opening becomes smaller (and the weights sit a bit higher on the torso). If you overlap them less, in addition to the weights sitting a bit lower, the neck opening gets a bit bigger, maybe by 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch.

My neck is about 15" around at the bottom. So, with an increase of 1/2 an inch, my above description would be accurate for a neck of about 16.5".
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Quote from tonymotion View Post :
My vest arrived in the mail today!! bounce Actually, it was on my doorstep in a priority USPS box.
I ordered my vest on March 28 at 10:13 am EST. That was fast! Smilie

The contents did smell a bit chemical/petroleum-y, so I laid them out to air out. I'll put it together and try them on when I'm less tired. At that time I'll write up what I received & how it fit. woot
ACTUAL PRODUCT REVIEW, PART 1
I just put it together & tried it out a bit!

WEIGHTS & POCKETS
I have the 60-lb vest. It comes with 15 weight packets that weigh about 4 lbs each. The packets seem strong and the iron sand in them feels fairly stiff - very different from a packet with regular sand. There are 7 pockets in the front (3 high & 4 low) and 8 pockets in the back (4 high & 4 low). The packets fit snugly into the pockets and don't move within them at all.

STRAPS & CONSTRUCTION
Having a thinner frame, I had to finagle the straps a bit to make the vest fit tighter to me. (See strap -attaching instructions here. [youtube.com]) The straps have plenty of velcro on both sides so that they stay attached securely to the sides of the vest.

The vest material is very strong and the pockets on the vest don't seem to move or flop at all. The straps have some elasticity to them, so even when strapped on snugly, they still stretch to allow you to breathe.

The front & back of the vest are actually separate pieces that are attached together with large overlapping velcro areas and also have double-ring straps with velcro for added support. The top areas of the vest that overlap are a bit tapered, so if you overlap them more, the neck-opening becomes smaller (and the weights sit a bit higher on the torso). If you overlap them less, in addition to the weights sitting a bit lower, the neck opening gets a bit bigger, maybe by 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch.

BODILY FIT
With my arms straight up and hands at shoulder width for a pull-up, the parts of the vest that go over the shoulders do dig into my neck a bit. I did 5 assisted pull-ups with 28 lbs in the vest. I would estimate that I could do 15 of those and still not be bothered at my neck, since it only pushes in on the neck and doesn't rub across it. But I may not want to do, say, 3 sets of 20 shoulder presses; and I may have to wear something around my neck when playing basketball or some other sport where my arms go up a lot. When my arms are at my sides or sticking straight out, the vest doesn't press into my neck at all. (This is all for when I am wearing a regular t-shirt or sweatshirt.) My neck is about 15" around at the bottom. By overlapping the front & back vest pieces less, with a neck opening increase of 1/2 an inch, my above description would be accurate for a neck of about 16.5" around.

If you make the neck-opening too small, you may have to turn your head on an angle to get it through to avoid abrading your nose or ears a bit.

USAGE

Running
I did a test of light running (w/28 lbs) and noticed that the vest did bounce a bit - more than I would want to deal with while jogging. Maybe it would bounce less with less weight? I'll have to play with the straps to see if they can hold it down better.
The two included straps are for the bottom on the vest, and when strapped snugly the vest does not flop at all, yet still stretches to allow for lots of breathing.
I added a weight each to the bottom front outer pockets, near the tops of my pelvic bones. Although they the bottom of those weights did contact the bone-tops just a a bit, they didn't seem to bump into them. I'm pretty thin, so those bones are more accessible on me. I'm 5' 9.5". The bouncing of the weights/weight vest on my shoulders was more noticeable than any incidental contact with the tops of my pelvic bone.
I found that running more smoothly (i.e. stomping less) greatly reduces the weight vest's repeated sudden landings on my shoulders.

Other
It was a good, well-fitting workout just to walk upstairs & downstairs in my house. I plan on putting on some ankle & wrist weights and do some hill walking while listening to podcasts.
When there are weights in the lower front pockets and I squat low, they do press some into my thighs. This may interfere with my plans to rollerblade with the vest (or to use less weight).

It still has the factory-yuck smell, so I'm gong to let it off-gas some more before I do anything that would make me breathe heavily while wearing it. The bit of a headache I suddenly acquired have may be from testing it just now. Stick Out Tongue
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Other
It was a good, well-fitting workout just to walk upstairs & downstairs in my house. I plan on putting on some ankle & wrist weights and do some hill walking while listening to podcasts.
When there are weights in the lower front pockets and I squat low, they do press some into my thighs. This may interfere with my plans to rollerblade with the vest (or to use less weight).
Do you think that pressure on the thighs would reduce my range of motion when doing squats with a bar or cause me to have poor form?

Thanks for the prior response. I'm considering the 60lb vest now.
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Try plyometrics to build that fast twitch muscle fiber if you want to go vertical and dunk on the courts. I gained 2-3" in my vert just doing it.
that just shows how uninformed I was...doing some reading on fast twitch muscle now. Need to improve my burst speed for soccer and basketball. Looking into thos Smilie
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Do you think that pressure on the thighs would reduce my range of motion when doing squats with a bar or cause me to have poor form?

Thanks for the prior response. I'm considering the 60lb vest now.
I just put the vest on with the lower front weights in place and did a bunch of squats with a bar. The lower, front, outer two weights did press into my thighs a bit uncomfortably, enough so that I would not want to do 10 squats that way with a heavy weight on the bar.

**BUT**, when I shifted the weight vest such that the front weights were higher and the back weights lower, the pressure on my thighs was much less and I was able to do 15 more reps w/o any irritation.

I did my squats down to where there was a bit less that 90 degrees between my lower & upper legs.

Also, the vest did not interfere with the bar on my neck/shoulders. I then re-did the experiment with my manta ray [verticaljumping.com], and the vest actually caused the manta ray to move forward a bit, but not much.
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I've had the 40lb vest from ZFO for a while now. I love it. I used it for running, plyo's, body weight calisthenics. It's awesome.
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Long ago 1966/67 we carried a 30 pound or more sandbag in our ruck sack along with our equipment load and water ran 7 miles climbed a rope ladder repelled off a tower then ran the 7 miles back. Never want to do that again. Maybe we were pioneers of the vest idea.
I hear ya!

I was in the British Army - the hot deal was that we actually got paid to do all that crap! shake head
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any chance you can measure the length of the vest? and, what would be your own body measurements from your shoulders down to your belly button be? i'm much shorter and want to see how the regular style versus the short fits ...

thanks.
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If I had one of these, I'd start running with a partner for a couple weeks with it on (under a jacket as it's still cool here). He'd think I just suck at running, but then eventually after work up to 2 miles straight, I'd reveal the XX-pound vest that I've had on the entire time.
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