The Everlast Weighted Vest offers some attractive options for a workout session: a design that allows improved flexibility compared to what is traditionally expected from products of this kind, iron and sand weights for your torso, adjustable straps to fit various body sizes and an affordable price. But that is what the manufacturer promises.
Here is what we have to say about it in practice:
- The adjustable straps are well made, leading to a vest that is comfortable for various body sizes
- The vest stays properly in place due to the textured panels underneath the vest
- Provides effective workouts
- Improved flexibility when compared to most other vests
- Excellent price/quality ratio – $50 for a vest that provides good quality overall is a bargain
- The weights are not adjustable
- It seems less durable than other vests
We particularly liked the inside of the vest – there are textured panels that secure the weights to your body, preventing them from moving all over the place during your exercises.
Another good thing that the product has going for it is the improved flexibility compared to other vests. While you will be limited in your torso movement due to the weight itself, the freedom of movement for your arms and abdomen muscles is greater than usual.
As to things that we did not like, we have to mention the fixed weights first. The vest we tested weighed 20 lbs, and there was nothing we could do to adjust it. We understand that it comes in multiple weight options, but not being able to switch back and forth is a big negative. Beginners may find it too difficult to use; others, on the contrary, may conclude that it does not provide the resistance they need after reaching an advanced level of fitness. It is important to keep in mind that your own body and preferences will be the ones that decide whether this vest is a good fit for you. Compared to others that you can bring to the exact weight needed, this may be the biggest disadvantage.
Another drawback is the fact that the vest seemed less solid overall than some other models on the market. We were left to believe that durability may become an issue over the long term.
All in all, the vest does offer good value for the money you pay. If the non adjustable sizing isn't an issue and the vest is able to maintain its durability over time, it is a nice looking and comfortable option.