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Picking The Best Weight Vest For Basketball

You want a weight vest that will boost your performance when you take them off. If you want to jump higher, have a faster reaction time and boost your endurance, a weight vest is an amazing tool.

However, many weight vests are not compatible for Basketball so it's important to pick the right weight vest.

In this blog post we will go over the 6 criteria that a weight vest must satisfy for basketball and our top recommendation.

1. Slim Design

You want a slim and compact vest, a sandbag vest would be extremely bulky. You also want a vest where the weights won’t be bouncing and shaking around as you are running and jumping.

2. Adjustable

You want an adjustable weighted vest so it will be form fitting no matter your shape and size. You want a weight vest that has adjustable shoulder straps and chest strap so that it is nice and tight on your body almost as if it was part of you.

3. High Design

For Basketball, you want a weight vest that will sit high on your body and mostly covering your chest.  You want the rest of your torso able to move and turn freely. Furthermore, the high design will prevent your knees and thighs from hitting the vest when you are crouching down to jump or shoot.

4. Narrow Shoulder Straps

You want to find a weight vest with minimal shoulder padding to allow for better overhead mobility. Shooting, catching rebounds, guarding all require overhead movements and you don’t want to be impeded by overly large padding. Besides, you won’t be adding large loads for basketball, so there is no need to have overly high amount of padding.

5. Portable

Let’s assume you want 30 lbs on your basketball weight vest. Would you really want to have to carry 30 lbs each day to the courts? You want a weightvest where the weights can be added and removed in seconds!

6. Washable Lining

Your weight vest is bound to get sweaty and even smelly from all your intense basketball training. Therefore, it's important you have a vest that can easily be washed. You want a vest that has a removable lining that you can throw into the washer.

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Our Recommendation: EZ-VEST®

For those who want to improve their Basketball abilities, we recommend the EZ-Vest Lite for several reasons.

Firstly, it is adjustable on both the shoulder and chest strap which is very rare to see in vests. This will allow users to ensure the vest is fitted for them perfectly.

Secondly, it sits very high on the body to allow you to jump and get your knees up to your toros without any restriction.

Thirdly, it has a shoulder straps that are only 2 inches wide compared to other weight vests that range from 2.5-4inches. The narrow straps means for less restrictions when shooting the ball.

Fourthly, the EZ-VEST uses weight plates as opposed to sandbags or iron blocks. That means instead of toying with many tiny weights all you need to do is slide one weight plate.

Lastly, it comes with a removable lining that can be removed and machine washed.

About the Author

Remy started calisthenics in 2014 and has mastered advanced movements such as the one arm pull-up, front-lever, one arm muscle-up and more.

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