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    Kensui Fitness EZ Vest...

    I'm interested in throwing in some weighted push ups into my routine and came across this plate loaded vest, kinda pricey, but this is the equipment forum so here's the link...

    https://kensuifitness-com.cdn.amppro...vest%25C2%25AE

    Any experience with this plate loaded vest, or opinions on it?

    I wonder if the sleeves that hold the plates would hinder ROM on the push up since they stick out a bit, could always elevate the height I suppose.
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    Good timing with this question. I just bought the EZ-Vest Max plus the XT Sleeves, which are much shorter and can accommodate one not overly thick iron plate on each sleeve:

    https://kensuifitness.com/collection...est-xt-sleeves

    I've used it for one workout with a 10 lb plate front and back and enjoyed it quite a bit. I did inverted rows, pull-ups, chin-ups, push-ups, dips, and pike presses. The materials and workmanship seem pretty high. I have little doubt it can hold the rated weight. It fits securely and comfortably, though it shifted a little when I was doing pike presses, which wasn't surprising and it didn't move enough to cause concern.

    The big drawback that they need to solve for is putting it on by yourself. Maybe it would be easier with a partner but I'm not even sure about that. It's simple to load plates on the floor or a table, but then you have to lift it up over your head to put it on. That isn't a big deal with a couple 10 lb plates strapped it, but it seems like it would be very challenging with more than 25 lb plates. Not so much because of the weight but because it's an awkward process to hold the vest up and get your head between the plates. I just came up with an idea to put a couple tow straps over the pull-up handles on my rack with some carabiners. The pic below is a little hard to see, but I think this will make it easier to load and don.

    They regularly have a 20% off sale on Memorial Day and Labor Day. Might have one for the 4th. You have to be on their email list, I believe. I also think their site has a survey option that gives you 10 or 15% off if you take it. I picked mine up in the Memorial Day sale.

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    That looks like Ironman.
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    Originally Posted by radrd View Post
    Good timing with this question. I just bought the EZ-Vest Max plus the XT Sleeves, which are much shorter and can accommodate one not overly thick iron plate on each sleeve:

    https://kensuifitness.com/collection...est-xt-sleeves

    I've used it for one workout with a 10 lb plate front and back and enjoyed it quite a bit. I did inverted rows, pull-ups, chin-ups, push-ups, dips, and pike presses. The materials and workmanship seem pretty high. I have little doubt it can hold the rated weight. It fits securely and comfortably, though it shifted a little when I was doing pike presses, which wasn't surprising and it didn't move enough to cause concern.

    The big drawback that they need to solve for is putting it on by yourself. Maybe it would be easier with a partner but I'm not even sure about that. It's simple to load plates on the floor or a table, but then you have to lift it up over your head to put it on. That isn't a big deal with a couple 10 lb plates strapped it, but it seems like it would be very challenging with more than 25 lb plates. Not so much because of the weight but because it's an awkward process to hold the vest up and get your head between the plates. I just came up with an idea to put a couple tow straps over the pull-up handles on my rack with some carabiners. The pic below is a little hard to see, but I think this will make it easier to load and don.

    They regularly have a 20% off sale on Memorial Day and Labor Day. Might have one for the 4th. You have to be on their email list, I believe. I also think their site has a survey option that gives you 10 or 15% off if you take it. I picked mine up in the Memorial Day sale.

    radrd, you certainly delivered with all the info I needed. I seen this video on different methods on how to put the vest on from the floor...

    https://youtu.be/vHYlukI3c3s

    Though I like that carabiner and tow straps idea better, it looks badass that way too.
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    Originally Posted by Deep-Voiced-One View Post
    radrd, you certainly delivered with all the info I needed. I seen this video on different methods on how to put the vest on from the floor...

    https://youtu.be/vHYlukI3c3s

    Though I like that carabiner and tow straps idea better, it looks badass that way too.
    Thanks for that video. It makes the floor more doable. The immediate drawback I'm seeing with the carabiners and straps is the vest swings when I try to attach plates in the air. Again, no problem with light weights, but it's going to be awkward with heavy weights. Something I'm going to keep experimenting with. I feel like there is an ideal solution that I'll find eventually. I did get longer 36" straps to put it over my rack instead of the pull up handles. Using the long sleeves may also help negate the swing. Haven't tried it yet

    The vest itself works great and I didn't buy it with the intention of using really heavy weight at first. I just wanted to mix things up with some weighted calisthenics and it's perfect for that with the short XT Sleeve. The long sleeve that comes standard wouldn't be ideal for my use, but eventually I'll switch to loading it heavy for a couple key lifts and use those sleeves exclusively.
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    Originally Posted by radrd View Post
    Thanks for that video. It makes the floor more doable. The immediate drawback I'm seeing with the carabiners and straps is the vest swings when I try to attach plates in the air. Again, no problem with light weights, but it's going to be awkward with heavy weights. Something I'm going to keep experimenting with. I feel like there is an ideal solution that I'll find eventually. I did get longer 36" straps to put it over my rack instead of the pull up handles. Using the long sleeves may also help negate the swing. Haven't tried it yet

    The vest itself works great and I didn't buy it with the intention of using really heavy weight at first. I just wanted to mix things up with some weighted calisthenics and it's perfect for that with the short XT Sleeve. The long sleeve that comes standard wouldn't be ideal for my use, but eventually I'll switch to loading it heavy for a couple key lifts and use those sleeves exclusively.
    This is no doubt gonna be a future purchase for me, I could use more of a challenge on push ups and tend to do them at the end, or after my main workout, sometimes even later in the evening because I know I'll be fasted by then from the night and rested.

    It looks awesome for pull ups and possibly dips too.
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    This looks familiar:

    https://kensuifitness.com/products/e...pension-system

    Guess I pretty much nailed it with my carabiner system.
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    That is a well made and designed product. Garage Gym Reviews gave it a good rating. Costly but they can charge that since people already have plates. Problem is the plate is away from your body and center of gravity and the post hitting the ground is a problem.

    For $200-280 you can get a 20-40lb Hyper Vest TAC tactical weight vest with adjustable weight vest plates and progressively load. https://www.hyperwear.com/product/hy...weighted-vest/


    Originally Posted by Deep-Voiced-One View Post
    radrd, you certainly delivered with all the info I needed. I seen this video on different methods on how to put the vest on from the floor...

    https://youtu.be/vHYlukI3c3s

    Though I like that carabiner and tow straps idea better, it looks badass that way too.
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