Archive for October, 2013
I actually got my MIR vest some two years ago when they had a sale. Living in New Zealand the shipping cost with the steel was over $1000 so obviously I bought it without for only $70 or so. But unfortunately the only local solution for the 140 lbs of weight involved me cutting & epoxying a lot of rebar.
So it sat in its box for a whole two years while I sweated it out. Finally I had $300 on hand for the rebar and was about to score when I recalled a local fitness supplier elitefitness was recently selling weight vests with steel blocks. I decided to see if these would fit my MIR vest & if so would they sell me 46 blocks.
Well it turned out their blocks are a teeny bit lighter – 46 blocks are 100 lbs not 140 but I scored immediately for $180.
Amazingly I now have a 100lb brand new weight vest for less that it would have cost retail in the USA – I’m very happy.
The MIR is very comfortable and snug. My first session was a one hour hike with 60lbs – I’m used to 40 from my old vest.
It started great but by the end I only just made it home – the home leg is up a steep hill & I was huffing & puffing – then I had an hours nap.
Here are a couple of places telling you how to assemble the vest:
Below is the link that saved my butt – would never have figured it out otherwise…
Finally some videos from youtube & then my personal pictures…
Here’s the vest.
I look like an Australian Commando.
I’m 100KG and back in my army days I was 85-90 KG’s. Certainly I had no problem running back then as I was an infantryman. I never enjoyed it however and always wondered how to improve my style.
Well technique is more important the more you weigh & being large does not mean you are doomed to be a bad runner.
You need to check out the POSE running technique.
It really is the best advise on running I have come across & I expect to get back into it this summer