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My first impression on looking at this is that someone will call the police and report a suicide bomber out jogging. Not joking. I don't think I have ever seen one of these before. Does this improve running performance/endurance during training?
If you already have one and just want additional weights, check out scuba weights.

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Try searching for weighted vests instead of weighted tunics.

@sand4me: You're correct. They're used for conditioning in a variety of sports & activities. They are safer for joints than ankle & wrist weights.

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My take on this would be if you or someone you know has sewing ability to head to your local fabric store and get a few yards of sturdy cloth from the clearance section and make one for yourself. Or if you could find a suitable vest or jacket at a thrift store to use the denim from a worn out pair of jeans to sew pockets that you can fill with weights of some kind (lead shot made for shotgun reloaders, sand or pea gravel, etc.)

Then again I'm a big DIY kind of guy so I may be biased. ;)

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@sand4me: Good point haha. I do most of my work in a gym though, and they have a track that I use for running.

Though you gotta admit, even if I get tackled by a policeman for that reason...it'd be one hell of a story

@glindagw: that's what came up when I searched amazon, but they're either really expensive or the reviews say they fall apart easily or dig into the back or something.

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My son bought this one from Walmart:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Gold-s-Gym-20-lbs.-Adjustable-Weighted-Vest/5481392

He wears it under his jacket while at work (he works landscaping at the local golf course) and when walking the dog. He has had it for over a year and shows very little sign of use. With the removable weights, he can change the weight whenever he wants.

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Weightvests, as we generally call them, vary rather widely in construction, price, and use.

If you're just looking for something to wear while hiking, any old construction will probably serve. Heck, you could just carry a couple of extra 10lb weights and call it a day. However, you need to try the vests ON if you can.

Inexpensive weightvests tend to distribute weight unevenly or will rest the weight low on your body (near your stomach), which adds strain on your lower back (something you do NOT want).

GOOD weightvests are not at ALL cheap, but will keep weight higher up, and will have options to restrict weight shift, allowing more exercises to be performed while wearing the vest (running, jumping, core exercises, etc).

For an example of a very GOOD set of weightvests, go to http://www.weightvest.com

But be warned. They are PRICEY. Worth every penny (mine has lasted 10 years of rough martial arts training), but not for the casual seeker. Just too expensive for only light use.

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@sand4me: As for looking dangerous, I get that a lot, yes. I often hike in one down at a public river park. Some of the more serious trainers down there know what it is. Many people, however, assume it's a bullet-proof vest or worse.

I've never been accosted by the police in one.

They're excellent for training core strength, balance, and endurance. Firefighters generally train in 75-100 lb vests to simulate the gear they'll be carrying up and down stairs (if you don't properly respect the amount of fitness a firefighter has to have, try on a 100 lb weightvest and try to move. Those things are crazy heavy).

I train in a 50 lb one for martial arts. It adds resistance for pushups, situps, balance, and jumping drills. You can remove weight (on mine) to start small and then add more as time goes on for particular drills, ensuring you don't do something really dumb to your muscles.

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@eneref: So I guess finding a good cheap one is pretty improbable, huh. Oh well, I tried.

Thanks for the information, everyone! If any of you happen to come across one, please do let me know!

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@thedogma: Again, it really depends on what you're after for its use. If you aren't going to be bouncing around a lot (i.e. you're more interested in adding a bit of weight while hiking or some such to simulate a pack), it doesn't have to be superb. The walmart one will work okay. I've also seen $50 ones at Sports Authority.

If you're planning on using it for serious training with a lot of movement, you're probably not going to find what you need cheaply, no.

But don't give up! There's always hope!

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@eneref: Hm...what I would want to use it for is light jogging, maybe running once my knee is better (recovering from a torn ACL), and then for added weight when doing lifting/ other exercises in the gym. From what you're telling me, I think (and please do correct me if I'm wrong) I would be good with one of the $50 from Target or Wal-Mart or Sports Authority. I don't really see myself bouncing a lot or hiking....as long as it's comfortable and doesn't poke me in the back/ have a bad weight distribution, I feel I would be good.

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@thedogma: Go to the stores and try them on. Try jogging down the aisles in one. For actual jogging, you're going to want something that lets you adjust the weight as necessary, and something you can tighten pretty tightly to your body. Even 20 lbs of weight will cause some seriously uncomfortable bruising if it's bouncing against your chest/stomach/ribs while you jog.

I remember the one I tried from Sports Authority was a bit of a pain for that. Weight distribution was very low in the vest, and it was overall loose-fitting, so the weights bounced around a lot when I moved.

The walmart one there looks like it might tighten down more, but if you can, give it a try to see. Walmart's return policy is pretty lenient, though, so if you have to order and return to the store if it doesn't work out, you're probably okay with that.