Kensui Fitness EZ Vest plate-loaded weighted vest

Probably the best weighted vest

Most weighted vests use proprietary plates and usually weigh up to 40 lbs. Kensui Fitness' EZ-Vest uses Olympic plates or the more common 1″ plates with an adaptor (sold separately). This makes it easy to adjust the weight to your needs for your training needs. Not only is the weight adjustable, the fit can also be easily adjusted and it fits securely without much movement. You can even use it for handstands without fear of the weights falling on your head.

The plates can be loaded both on the front and back. And the pegs are also removable so when you do pushups, you have the option to only the plate on the back and remove the front peg to maximize the range of movement without the peg getting in the way.

The vest is also very comfortable to use. It comes with padded shoulder pads and doesn't impeded movement. If you need more padding you can purchase the EZ-Vest 4-inch Leather Padding ($23) but in most cases it is unnecessary.

There 3 version of EZ-Vest available. The cheapest is the EZ-Vest Lite ($99) and can hold up to 60 lbs. The EZ-Vest Pro ($149) can hold up to 130 lbs. The top-of-the-line EZ-Vest Max ($249) can hold up to 300 lbs. According to Kensui 49% of customers got the Pro, while 44% got the Max. Only 7% of customers went for the Lite version.

One thing we don't like about the EZ-Zest is that Kensui currently doesn't give you the option to choose between 1″ sleeves and 2″ sleeves. When you buy the EZ-Vest, you can only get it with the 2″ sleeves for Olympic sleeves. Most people who have dumbbells or barbells at home use 1″ plates. To use a 1″ plate you need to buy the Standard Plate EZ-Vest Adapter ($27) separately.


  • Uses easily non-proprietary plates
  • Adjustable fit
  • Removable sleeves
  • Good value even though expensive
  • Ships worldwide
  • Does not come with weights so it is cheaper to ship


  • 1″ adapters sold separately
  • More expensive than most weighted vests
  • If you don't already have plates availabe, you need to buy them
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