Thanks for the feedback. Right now, I’m looking at using the X-vest for GPP/cardio work only. I’ve tried a weighted backpack, but that really killed my traps and lower back, and postponed my deadlift workout for 2 days.
$300 is a relatively big investment; On the “Building My Own Weight Vest” thread, someone recommeded an Ebay seller - I guess that’s ok if you trust Ebay and the shipping is not too much for an 84lb package.
As for making your own, I never even thought about it. Sounds very hard - sewing and all. Vizunaldth and others,it will be interesting to read how that turns out.