10 Best Lightweight Running Vest

Updated on: February 2021

Best Lightweight Running Vest in 2021


Fitly Minimalist Running Pack (Classy Black, M-L-XL)

Fitly Minimalist Running Pack (Classy Black, M-L-XL)
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021

Little Donkey Andy Women's Lightweight Softshell Vest, Windproof Sleeveless Jacket for Running Hiking Travel, Blue XS

Little Donkey Andy Women's Lightweight Softshell Vest, Windproof Sleeveless Jacket for Running Hiking Travel, Blue XS
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • WINDPROOF - Mid-layer fabric of the outdoor vest is windproof. Elastic cuffs and drawcord hems help seal out the elements. A chin guard keeps you nice and warm.
  • WATER-RESISTANT & BREATHABLE - Mid-layer fabric is laminated with TPU membrane, featuring water-repellent and 3000/m2/24hr breathability to keep your core comfortable and dry in the light rain.
  • MOVE FREELY - The running vest is made of 4-way stretch fabric, allows a wide range of motion or layer beneath. You won't feel any restriction
  • ULTRA-LIGHT & ZIP-UP POCKETS - This travel vest is super lightweight and packed easily. 2 zip-up hand pockets keep your stuff safe and secure
  • VERSATILE: This windbreaker is ideal for running, travel, trail, hiking, work, golf, gardening, workout, casual etc. Slim fit, can be worn as a mid layer on frigid days or an outer layer in mild cool weather.

Osprey Dyna 1.5 Women's Running Hydration Vest

Osprey Dyna 1.5 Women's Running Hydration Vest
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • Zippered reservoir sleeve with included Hydraulics LT 1.5 liter reservoir by Hydrapak with QuickConnect and sternum magnet included
  • Vertical zippered harness slash pocket with whistle zipper pull and trekking pole attachment
  • Dual lower stretch mesh food supplement harness pockets
  • Dual extra-large stretch mesh soft flask food harness pockets
  • Accessible dual lower side panel zippered stretch mesh pocket
  • Breathable mesh wrap with soft-irritation contact surface

Columbia Women's Benton Springs Soft Fleece Vest, Cirrus Grey Heather, Medium

Columbia Women's Benton Springs Soft Fleece Vest, Cirrus Grey Heather, Medium
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • SOFT FABRIC: This Columbia Women's Benton Springs Fleece Vest is crafted of soft 100% polyster MTR filament fleece for ultimate warmth.
  • HANDY FEATURES: This Columbia women's fleece vest features two side zippered security pockets to keep your small items secure.
  • ULTIMATE COMFORT: With a collared neck and full zip closure, this Columbia women's fleece vest is designed to give you ultimate comfort during cold winter days.
  • CLASSIC FIT: With a modern classic fit, Columbia's Benton Springs Fleece Vest is lightweight with an active cut for comfortable outdoor activity.
  • Columbia's Benton Springs Fleece Vest is a outdoor layering staple during cold winters for it's warmth and comfort.

Little Donkey Andy Men's Lightweight Softshell Vest, Windproof Sleeveless Jacket for Travel Hiking Running Golf Black L

Little Donkey Andy Men's Lightweight Softshell Vest, Windproof Sleeveless Jacket for Travel Hiking Running Golf Black L
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • WINDPROOF - Mid-layer fabric of the outdoor vest is windproof. Elastic cuffs and drawcord hems help seal out the elements. A chin guard keeps you nice and warm.
  • WATER-RESISTANT & BREATHABLE - Mid-layer fabric is laminated with TPU membrane, featuring water-repellent and 3000/m2/24hr breathability to keep your core comfortable and dry in the light rain.
  • MOVE FREELY - Shell is made of 4-way stretch fabric, allows a wide range of motion or layer beneath. You won't feel any restriction
  • ULTRA-LIGHT & ZIP-UP POCKETS - This travel vest is super lightweight and packed easily. 2 zip-up hand pockets and 1 chest pocket keep your stuff safe and secure
  • VERSATILE: This windbreaker is ideal for travel, trail, running, hiking, work, golf etc. Slim fit, can be worn as a mid layer on frigid days or an outer layer in mild cool weather.

GoxRunx Reflective Running Vest Gear Ultralight & Comfortable Cycling Motorcycle Reflective Vest-Large Zippered Inside Pocket & Adjustable Waist- High Visibility Night Running Safety Vest (Yellow, M)

GoxRunx Reflective Running Vest Gear Ultralight & Comfortable Cycling Motorcycle Reflective Vest-Large Zippered Inside Pocket & Adjustable Waist- High Visibility Night Running Safety Vest (Yellow, M)
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • ♥LIGHTWEIGHT & COMFY : The reflective vest made of good quality breathable soft material that is quick drying, ultralight and comfortable features make you even don't feel wearing it, and fit for your body perfectly and stays in place during your sports activities.
  • ♥360º HIGH VISIBILITY REFLECTIVE EFFECT : This reflective running jacket which has reflective strips in multiple places that is visible away from 800 feet or more, you will be noticed quickly by cars whatever weather condition(fog, rainy, night) when you wearing the safety vest!
  • ♥ADJUSTABLE & POCKET DESIGN : Adjusting waist by durable velcro, large zippered inside pocket can hold earphones, phones and cards, and vest trim covered by reflective fabric, 4 Sizes for most women, men. PLEASE KINDLY CHECK SIZE CHART BEFORE YOU ORDER!
  • ♥SUITABLE FOR MOST OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES : The reflective running gear not only great for night running, but also perfect for cycling, biking, motorcycle, walking, hiking, jogging. Specially, the bright neon color could be always keep high visibility as reflective safety vest at outside.
  • ♥100% COMMITMENT : We 100% promise our reflective vest quality, we 100% promise full refund or free exchange if you have any dissatisfaction. Don't wait, Add to Cart now! Sharing with your family, friends!

Columbia Men's Steens Mountain Full Zip Soft Fleece Vest, Collegiate Navy, X-Large

Columbia Men's Steens Mountain Full Zip Soft Fleece Vest, Collegiate Navy, X-Large
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • SOFT FABRIC: This Columbia Men's Steens Mountain Vest fleece is crafted of soft 100% polyster MTR filament fleece for ultimate warmth.
  • HANDY FEATURES: This Columbia men's fleece vest features two side zippered security pockets to keep your small items secure.
  • ULTIMATE COMFORT: With a collared neck and full zip closure, this Columbia men's fleece vest is the perfect layering piece for ultimate comfort and warmth during cold winter days.
  • CLASSIC FIT: With a modern classic fit, Columbia's Steens Mountain Vest fleece is lightweight with an active cut for comfortable outdoor activity.
  • Columbia's Steens Mountain Vest fleece is an outdoor staple during cold winters for it's ultimate warmth and comfort.

Nathan QuickStart - 4L Blue/Cerulean/Purple Cactus OSFM

Nathan QuickStart - 4L Blue/Cerulean/Purple Cactus OSFM
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
  • FUNCTIONAL – QuickStart is equipped with a 1.5L hydration bladder, 2 front storage pockets with one zippered pocket for phone, keys and other valuables. One front pocket fits a 22oz flask. The main back zippered pocket is for extra layers and other running essentials.
  • FIT – One size fits most, with adjustable front and side straps for dialing in a perfect fit. Vest fit is snug and overall sizing tends to run slightly on the smaller side, so it is recommended that anyone on the higher end of a given size may want to size up!
  • MEN or WOMEN – Select between the blue/grey or black vest. Designed and built for everyone. Soft perimeter binding prevents chafing.
  • DESIGN - Lightweight and comfortable mesh material that wicks away sweat and water. No bounce, No chafe binding, Reflective visibility. For running, hiking, walking, ridding etc.
  • SPECS – Weight without bladder: 5.5oz. Weight with bladder: 9.5oz. Storage capacity: 4 Liters (244 cu in). Comes with 1.5L hydration bladder.

TOURUN Reflective Running Vest Gear with Pocket for Women Men Kids, Safety Reflective Vest Bands for Night Cycling Walking Bicycle Jogging

TOURUN Reflective Running Vest Gear with Pocket for Women Men Kids, Safety Reflective Vest Bands for Night Cycling Walking Bicycle Jogging
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • Highly Visible for Your Safety - Safety reflective running vest with yellow elasticated reflective bands providing 360-degree visibility at night.
  • Fully Adjustable - Sizes between. Reflective vest fit for men, women, kids, pets, etc. It is easy to put on and take off.
  • Safety Reflective Gear for Sports - Reflective Vest can be used as for running, walking and cycling. The safety bands is suitable for Ankle, Legs, Wrists and Arms.
  • Multiple Uses - The reflective Gear set can be connected to became a longer reflective belt (16” to 40”). And it is using as a waist belt or backpack belt when running or bicycle. It is also used to to blouse pants when riding bike.
  • Useful for Any Weather - These reflective vest gear is no batteries.

Osprey Duro 1.5 Running Hydration Vest, Alpine Black, Medium/Large

Osprey Duro 1.5 Running Hydration Vest, Alpine Black, Medium/Large
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • Zippered reservoir sleeve with included Hydraulics LT 1.5 liter reservoir by Hydrapak with QuickConnect and sternum magnet included
  • Vertical zippered harness slash pocket with whistle zipper pull and trekking pole attachment
  • Dual lower stretch mesh food/supplement harness pockets
  • Dual extra-large stretch mesh soft flask/food harness pockets
  • Accessible dual lower side panel zippered stretch mesh pocket
  • Breathable mesh wrap with soft-irritation contact surface

Workout for Kids: The Gold's Gym 20 Lbs. Adjustable Weighted Vest

Unlike the Treadmill-Turned-Towel Hanger, the weighted vest is a piece of fitness equipment that is likely to be used. Kids who want to increase their fitness levels can easily incorporate the weighted vest into a variety of everyday activities.

The Gold's Gym 20 lbs. Adjustable Weighted Vest

After researching weighted vests, we found they range in price quite a bit. We decided to purchase the Gold's Gym 20 lbs. Adjustable Weighted Vest. It cost about $50.00 at Wal-Mart (also available at Wal-Mart.com online). This is a flak-jacket style vest made of nylon mesh. It has 20 individual pockets; each pocket can hold a one-pound weight. The weights, which are small, nylon mesh sandbags are included (right-click to open product photos in a new window).

There are ten weight pockets on the front of the vest and ten on the back. If fully loaded, this distributes the weight evenly between a person's front and back. The fact that there are 20 weight pockets also gives the user a lot of flexibility in how much weight is added to the vest and the ways in which it is distributed.

The vest has snap-lock closures and padded shoulders. My son was happy to find the Gold's Gym weighted vest had a convenient pocket for his MP3 player. I was happy the vest had reflective tape, for added safety in low-light situations, on both front and back.

Comfort and Appeal of the Gold's Gym Weighted Vest

Somehow strapping on the Gold's Gym weighted vest prompted my son to engage in a muscle posing session. (See photo on page 2 of the article. Okay, that's not my son, but you get the idea.) After that enthusiastic display was done, I asked him about his initial impressions of the vest.

Obviously, for whatever reason, my son liked the look and feel of the Gold's Gym weighted vest right away. I think its hat tip to military styling, the "important" feel of its weight fully loaded, and the snap-lock closures all gave the vest the appeal of Serious Equipment. And what's not to love about that? Whatever it is that makes working out and achieving fitness goals more appealing, I'm all for it!

Not only did my son find the Gold's Gym weighted vest appealing, he found it quite comfortable. Although many people like to work up to full weight, my son was gung-ho (and strong enough) to put the vest at 20 lbs. right away.

Ways to workout with the Gold's Gym Weighted Vest

If your child takes to the vest, it becomes easy to find opportunities to incorporate it into his fitness or athletic training activities. We found the Gold's Gym Weighted Vest easy to use in three ways: walking, sports activities, and chores and other everyday activities.

Walking

Walking for fitness is a simple, but very effective workout. My son found that wearing the weighted vest while walking substantially increased his energy expenditure. The good thing was, he hardly noticed that fact until he finished the walk. In other words, while wearing the vest, he did extra work without really trying. Who could ask for more?

One tip my son had about wearing the vest was that it was better to fasten the vest somewhat loosely. If the vest was fastened tight around his abdomen, he felt the weight did not distribute as well over his upper body. He also felt that, when tightly fastened, the vest's weight was carried more by the its straps than by his hips and leg muscles.

The vest should not swing freely, but it should not be tight, either. It works best when it is comfortably snug.

Sports activities

A hard-core athlete can add a weighted vest to his usual training regime and see fantastic results. Weighted vests, for example, have been shown to help an athlete increase vertical jump significantly.

For the average kid who wants to improve his fitness level by building lean muscle and burning fat, wearing a weighted vest optimizes the exercise effect of simply shooting baskets, skating, playing catch and even riding a bike. It even adds a new fitness dimension to Guitar Hero!

Everyday activities

If weight loss is a goal, your child may choose to wear his weighted vest while doing all kinds of everyday activities. We identified certain activities and time periods during which the exercise effect of wearing the vest could really add up.

Chores, for example, often involve an hour or so of physical labor. Vacuuming, carrying a full laundry basket downstairs and clean laundry upstairs, sweeping the walk, picking up and shelving toys---these and similar activities are perfect for optimizing as exercise with the weighted vest.

The future of the Gold's Gym Weighted Vest

Since the weighted vest is not an activity or workout in and of itself, there is little danger that it will become the proverbial Treadmill-turned-Towel Hanger. The weighted vest is one piece of exercise equipment that is endlessly adaptable to a person's activities and activity level. Because the twenty weights for the Gold's Gym weighted vest come in one-pound tubes, it's also easy to calibrate how much "challenge" the vest adds to any given activity. All in all, it doesn't appear that my son will lose interest in the weighted vest any time soon.

Since the only effective piece of exercise equipment is equipment that actually gets used, we give the Gold Gym's 20 lbs. Adjustable Weighted Vest two thumbs-up for real-world usefulness. The vest is well-constructed, comfortable, easy to adjust (both in fit and weights), and reasonably priced compared to many other similar products on the market. About $50.00 at Wal-Mart and Wal-Mart.com.

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