Xtreme Monkey Weight Vest – Gear Review (and need your help!)


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I have been getting more and more friendly with my weight vest lately, as most of my cardio shifted to lower impact, strength-oriented exercise.

My primary function for the vest is weighted walking, and weighted step ups (think jump box, or a moving escalator machine).I like wearing mine during hikes with friends. (They almost stopped giving me weird looks. Almost…). I may also use it for lunges in the future.

I bought this vest at the Treadmill Factory – a Canadian chain that carries weights, jumping ropes, kettlebells and all kinds of gym equipment in addition to treadmills. If you are going to visit the store, I recommend that you find one of the bigger locations (like the one I went to in Markham, ON). You can also order online.

The vests come in 25lb, 35lb, 45lb and 55lb. Mine is 45lb.


What a lovely trio. Don’t you just want to hug them? The guy in the middle is wearing my vest.

From the manufacturer:

The Xtreme Monkey commercial weight vest doesn’t sag! And the weight is evenly distributed throughout the vest for comfort and balance. The NEW design allows you to freely exercise without worrying about weights falling out of the vest.

I can attest to at least two of these claims. The velcro straps across the chest hold it snugly in place, so it definitely does not sag.

The weight pockets are a tight fit for each of the individual weights, so, yes – no worry about them falling out.

The comfort factor is a bit iffy, but that’s based on my own anatomy, and that’s where I need your help (see below).

– 45lbs adjustable vest
– 18 incremental weights
– easy adjustable velcro strap
– commercial material to ensure no rips or tears

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Perfect for:
– Handstand push-ups
– Burpees
– Bear crawls

Hmm… Can’t really vouch for any of these, as I have not done (or plan to do) any of these with a weight vest on. It’s a great way to make your cardio a bit more… “strengthy” though.


Friends, who have used weight vests and weighted packs in their training before – I need your help. I have really tight trap muscles, and right now the vest seems to compress the top of my shoulder, so it becomes unbearable after about thirty minutes. 

Has anyone experienced a similar problem? Have you been able to solve it?

Do I pad the vest? I don’t think that will help, as the straps are not thin, and they are not digging into my flesh per say, but create a general heaviness against a very tight muscle that is my trap.

Do I mobilize/roll the traps before I put the vest on?

Do I distribute the weight differently? [If I carry less than 45lb, then I can play with placing more weight on the front vs. back, or vice versa].

Looking forward to hearing from you.


Mission accomplished.

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Posted September 9, 2015

One response to “Xtreme Monkey Weight Vest – Gear Review (and need your help!)”

  1. TomF says:

    Hi Solo,

    Love your blog. Long-time reader, first-time commenter…

    I’m male, 5’7″, around 155 lbs and I’ve been using this vest for a little over 1.5 years now:

    While I think you’re a little taller than me, I’m guessing your 45 lb vest represents a greater percentage of your body weight than mine does for me.

    I use it almost daily for the walk to and from my office and parking space (around a half mile), and then also for the odd metcon, pull-ups, planks, air squats, push-ups, etc.

    Re: tight and tired traps. I definitely noticed this in the beginning, far less-so now, although still occasionally. While I never addressed it directly (i.e. with stretching, e.g.), my shoulders and traps are overall a lot stronger now than when I first got it (lots of handstands, vinyasa yoga, and cleans). Or I just got used to it. I rarely wear it for as long as 30 minutes fully-loaded.

    Fact is, 45 lbs is heavy and your shoulders and traps are just going to bear the brunt of the load. If you’re just walking (i.e. nothing that has you sucking wind like you would in a WOD), you might try tightening it a bit more around your torso to transfer some of the load there, but you also want to be able to breathe.

    The only times I’ve ever used an uneven load, it was with fairly light weight (e.g. burpees with 12.5 lbs) and I tend to load the front of the vest with the extra weight.


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