Training with a weighted vest is one of the most effective ways to build strength and endurance over long periods. The right vest should be perfect for running, pull ups, and everything in between. When it comes to weight vests not all are created equal, and going cheap is not always the best idea. Enter the MiR Air Flow adjustable weight vest. Priced from $99+ depending on the vendor and weight, the MiR is even sold by Rouge, making it an attractive option for OCR and Crossfit compared to their more expensive tactical vests. So how does MiR ir Flow weight vest fit, feel, and perform? Let’s get to it!
MiR Air Flow Weight Vest Product Features
- Holds 20lbs – 60lbs
- Shorty style weight vest
- Every items comes with weights included
- Machine washable and machine drying
- Solid Iron bar weights
- One size fits most, manufacture warranty included
- Weights can be removed
MiR Weight Vest Fit
The MiR Air Flow is a short vest, meaning it carries the weight higher on your body. This forces you to use more core strength to carry the load, allows for more freedom of movement, and helps keep you cooler. Personally I love the shorty style for all of the above mentioned benefits. Beyond the compact size the vest offers adjustable shoulder and waist straps allowing for a very snug performance fit. It may take a few sessions to get the fit dialed in.
The fabric of the Air Flow is fairly comfortable for a weight vest. I’m able to wear the it with or without a shirt and as long as use my trusted Gold Bond glide I’ve never had any real chafing and I’ve worn the vest for hours.
To get a true performance understanding of the MiR Air Flow vest I put it up against 5 main tests. Running, Pull-ups, Air Squats, Pushups, and Hand Stand Push Ups.
Like most running weight vests the key is to get it fitted properly using the shoulder straps and waist belt. It helps to have some one help you with the shoulder straps for the first fitting. Once adjusted and fitted the MiR is surprisingly agile. A lot of it has to do with the short compact design. The short design will also put extra emphasis on your core while running, another benefit in my mind. Overall the vest performs great for both hiking and running.
The MiR offers great shoulder mobility for a weight vest so it works well for Pushups. It may push your elbows out putting more force on the shoulders. This is the case for most weight vest capable of 20+ lbs so I don’t consider it a major nock.
Air squats are where the short design excels. If you have ever tried an air squat in a full vest tightened snug, you will know what I mean. Most people will unstrap them for any sort of squat or lunge movement. this is not the case with this vest.
Not only was I able to perform both strict and butter fly pull-ups int he vest, I was also able to to strict and kipping muscle ups. Did they feel as natural as without the vest? No. Where they as good or better than the other vests I’ve tried? Yes. Just like with pushups the vest may force you to widen your grip just a bit.
Hand Stand Pushups
Hand stand pushups require a perfect fit and room for movement in the shoulders and core muscles. As long as you get the vest snug before hitting the wall, it will get the job done. I was able to do both strict and kipping (thanks to the compact design) during testing. It wont feel 100% natural when kipping, but it’s better than any other vest we have in our gym.
Conclusion about the MiR Air Flow Adjustable Weight Vest
What can I say, I Love this vest! II had a chance to test the MiR before I bought it so I knew it would be perfect for my needs. It’s become my go to for workouts like Murph and other long weight vest sessions. It works both in the gym and out in the heat while the short design gives you a great range of motion. The MiR Air Flow adjustable weight vest passed every tests I through at it and is the vest I would recommend to any of my friends and readers.