No matter what type of exercise you’re doing, you can always find a way to make it extra challenging.
Whether you’re in the CrossFit box sweating through a Murph or you just want some additional load on a hike, a weighted vest will add the additional heft you’re looking for to push your workout to the next level.
Weighted vests allow you to transform just about any activity into a resistance exercise. The added load makes bodyweight moves more effective without altering your form, giving you a great option to switch up your workouts on a whim if you want to free up your hands and leave the dumbbells and barbells on the rack.
Here are some of the best weighted vests to strap on your back when you want to push yourself a little harder.
Aduro Sport Weighted Vest
Minimalism is key with this vest from Aduro. You won’t be able to pack on the load you can with some of the other options (this maxes out at 20 lbs), but what you give up in weight, you’ll gain in mobility.
ZFO Sports Weighted Vest
Are you a stickler for hydration? Stow your water bottle in the specialized pocket before you strap on the belt mechanism that keeps the vest snug.
5.11 TacTec Plate Carrier
You can add your own plates to this vest from 5.11, which boasts a streamlined design to keep your workout from getting too bulky. Don’t worry about getting too sweaty — it’s also covered in a water-resistant coating.
Hyper Vest PRO Adjustable Vest
We like this vest so much, we named it the best of 2017 on our Gear of the Year list. Each size comes pre-loaded with 10 lbs., and you can add to up to 32 lbs. to that in the largest version.
Swift360 Weighted Vest
If you’re concerned with a bad fit, this vest has an extra velcro strap at the waist for improved lockdown.
RunMax Pro Weighted Vest
If you’re looking to go basic, this Amazon best-seller from RunMax is a great no-frills choice. The 20 lb. version is all you need for the Murph, one of CrossFit’s toughest WODs.
Cross101 Camo Weighted Vest
This adjustable vest maxes out at 40 pounds, and its available in multiple camo patterns. For long rucks, there’s a water bottle holder attachment.
CAP Barbell Adjustable Weighted Vest – 50 LB
Ramp up the weight on your hikes and runs with the 50 lb. version of this padded mesh vest from CAP. You won’t get bored, either — there’s an integrated pocket for youR phone to stream music while you work out.
MiR Adjustable Weighted Vest – 60 LB
This compact vest proves that looks can be deceiving — it can hold up to 60 lbs. of weight. Your bodyweight workouts will feel like you have an extra person strapped to your back, and your gains will only grow.